May 15, 2012

Compelling Conversations: The Balochistan Series (Part 1)

 

Friday, 18th May 2012 | 7:00 pm

Thousands of people have been killed and similar numbers have been injured, displaced, arrested or have gone missing due to the conflict in Balochistan. Despite this, the province remains an enigma for most Pakistanis who do not live there. Official history books are riddled with inaccuracies, and the mainstream media rarely covers the conflict with much depth.

The aim of the Balochistan Series at T2F is to encourage open and informal dialogue about the Balochistan conflict, and especially to bring you voices that are generally not heard. Join us in our discussions with academics, activists, and journalists to get a range of views about what is happening in Balochistan.

Session 1: A Brief History of Baloch Nationalism (1920s to 2004)

Did you know that from August 11, 1947 until March 1948, Pakistan officially recognized the State of Kalat as an independent sovereign state? Did you know that TV presenter, Najam Sethi and journalist, Ahmed Rashid were among a clandestine group of students from London who joined the guerrilla movement in the mountains of Balochistan in the 1970s?

Part of the problem in any discussion about the Baloch conflict is the lack of awareness or availability of credible information on the history of the movement. In the inaugural session of this series, we will discuss the history of the Baloch nationalist movement from its inception in the 1920s up until 2004 (prior to the start of the current insurgency).

Dr Syed Jaffer Ahmed is the director of the Pakistan Study Center at the University of Karachi and has written extensively on the subject of federalism in Pakistan.

Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur is a columnist for the Daily Times newspaper. He is an advocate for Baloch rights and was among those who joined the guerrilla movement during the 1973-1977 conflict.

Nazish Brohi has been working in the development sector for 14 years in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. She has led research projects and has published on impacts of conflict; women and land politics, on various forms of violence, and on the religious right wing in Pakistan.

With our moderator, Nazish Brohi and the audience, our two guests will have an informal discussion about the rise of Baloch nationalism and the major features of its history.

Anyone interested in doing some reading ahead of the session can find links on our website at: http://www.t2f.biz/balochistan

The next three sessions of the Balochistan Series will focus on:

- Understanding the current insurgency (2004 – present)
- Women in the Balochistan conflict
- The impact of the conflict on non-Baloch citizens in Balochistan

Date: Friday, 18th May, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
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10 comments:

Zarrar Khan said...

This is sheer propaganda. The inside story of Balochistan is a bit different and those who have been living there for the last 30 years know it first hand. Check this. It might help you get a deeper understanding of the issues faced by common Baloch Muslims: http://pakistancyberforce.blogspot.com/2012/02/baluchistan-inside-crosshair-untold.html

Zarrar Khan said...

Also watch what Mir Ahmadan Bugti, the first cousin of late Nawab Akbar Bugti has to say about Balochistan issue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtuRJKrO5gg

Habibullah Khan said...

On an interesting note, Israhell's puppets Qatar and UAE are organizing, funding and promoting Baloch separatists instead of helping solve real problems of Balochistan. A couple of months back, a Qatari official visited Balochistan and "lost" millions of dollars while doing hunting! Lol, doesn't that smell fishy? To whom did he "lose" those dollars? See this video. Baloch separatists being trained and organized in these slave nations of Israhell, chanting the so-called Free Balochistan anthem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5snAhjSJVtc

Amna Khan said...

Can someone please explain this to me? I am confused. Is this the reality of Balochistan? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ivb1BSegjE

sweet muslim said...

Isn't it a coincidence that the names mentioned above of some journalists and other activists are in the favor of independent Baluchistan while thousands of other renowned journalists, bureaucrats, analysts and politicians who have absolutely opposite point of view and do not support independent Baluchistan are literally ignored. WHY??? Is very easy to do by the way. If you have money you can bribe anyone to do treacherous job against its own state. Three or four names mention here have no value in Pakistan. All the people know that thousands of CIA workers are very active in Baluchistan at the moment who buy the traitors and try to raise non issue in to a boiling water. Balochistan was, is and will be the ultimate part of Pakistan till the day of judgement as 90% of the Balochi love Pakistan. There are some who have complaints regarding development issues and that is also because of the purchased politicians.

sweet muslim said...

Isn't it a coincidence that the names mentioned above of some journalists and other activists are in the favor of independent Baluchistan while thousands of other renowned journalists, bureaucrats, analysts and politicians who have absolutely opposite point of view and do not support independent Baluchistan are literally ignored. WHY??? Is very easy to do by the way. If you have money you can bribe anyone to do treacherous job against its own state. Three or four names mention here have no value in Pakistan. All the people know that thousands of CIA workers are very active in Baluchistan at the moment who buy the traitors and try to raise non issue in to a boiling water. Balochistan was, is and will be the ultimate part of Pakistan till the day of judgement as 90% of the Balochi love Pakistan. There are some who have complaints regarding development issues and that is also because of the purchased politicians.

Anonymous said...

Stability and peace is very much needed word in Balochistan right now, as many anti Pakistan and foreign funded terrorists and so called intellectuals are trying their best to break it away from rest of it. The activities of miscreants are rarely discussed in mainstream media that is why the enemies of Pakistan does every propaganda against its defenders the Pak Army and even non baloch who served their whole lives in Balochistan and loved their birth place, are maligned and even executed by terrorist of BLA.The anti pak militia brings loads of weapons inside country to wage war against innocent poor balochis of the province of Pak,here is the news reference where it was mentioned that Shahzain Bugti, is under arrest for smuggling military-grade weapons from Afghanistan in sixteen cars http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-9-107487-A-leaked-video

Anais Malik said...

Watch this video.Its a lesson for all those supporting so-called “Azad balochistan ” that who are they be fighting against ? When Mubasher Lucman asked from grandson of Khan of Qalat that why his grandfather joined Pakistan in the first place if today they are so against it he replied : Holy Prophet Muhammad pbuh gave direct orders to Khan of Qalat in a dream that a holy land Pakistan is coming into being and you are trying to hinder it ? So on Hazrat Muhammad saw orders he joined state of Qalat with Pakistan.
http://voiceofmiddleclassbaloch.blogspot.com/2012/04/grandson-of-khan-kalat-talking-to-media.html

Anais Malik said...

Balochistan movement or Greater Balochistan is supported by only 3 out of 70 Baluch Sardars.The rest of the Sardars want to be part of Pakistan.And these 3 Sardars that are sitting abroad and running Azad Balochistan movement from Switzerland and England because obviously they dont have public support in Balochistan.The majority of people in Balochistan are Pashtuns and not Baluch contrary to public knowledge.And Pashtuns are on the verge of suing these Sardars because they definitely are loyal to Pakistan.These 3 Sardars are actually underworld grug barrons and illegal arms dealers.So if you are supporting them then you are supporting criminals unknowingly.Also watch this video Brahamdagh Bugti openly accepted that they take aid from not only RAW but also ready to take aid/money even from satan.
Brahamdagh Bugti busted and blasted by Kashif Abbasi in this exclusive interview.Watch and decide for yourself what these 3 Sardars are upto.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pco3P2NpCh4

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