December 16, 2012

Alienation of the Baloch from Pakistan is complete

One of the biggest problems in Balochistan has been  the conspiracy of  silence regarding the in the much vaunted 'independent' media of Pakistan. Apart from extremely the sketchy reportage of the horrors being visited on the Baloch, the mainstream Pakistani media has paid little attention to Balochistan. This was partly because the media is now allowed free access to large parts of Balochistan by the security forces, partly because of behind-the-scenes threats and intimidation of journalists by officials, and partly because Balochistan did not make for a good copy. Quite simply, the rest of Pakistan was either not interested in what was happening there or else preferred to shut its eyes and pretend that nothing was happening there.  

But the truth of the matter is that a lot happened inside Balochistan which has pushed, at least the Baloch areas, to the point of no return. The alienation of the Baloch from Pakistan is complete and there are reports that it is no longer possible to raise the Pakistani flag or sing the Pakistani national anthem in the Baloch dominated areas of the province. In September the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary disappearances visited Balochistan in September 2012 to look into the case of missing person


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