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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Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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