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Chinese national attacked in Karachi, Baloch armed group claims responsibility

A vehicle carrying a Chinese national was attacked by unknown assailants in the Lyari area of Karachi on Tuesday, leaving the Chinese national and the security guards escorting him wounded. Balochistan Liberation Front, an armed “pro-independence” group, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that the “blatant Chinese intervention” in Balochistan and China’s “complicity” in the “barbaric” policies of Pakistan is unacceptable.

According to the details, the vehicle of the Solid Waste Management carrying a Chinese national was attacked by two unknown assailants on a motorbike in the Lyari area of Karachi. The Chinese national and the guards escorting him were wounded and the vehicle was also damaged. The wounded were shifted to the Karachi Civil Hospital.

The Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of the east zone Muhammad Nouman Siddiqui confirmed that the two attackers were on a bike and the Chinese national was visiting the area. He further said that a pedestrian was also injured in the attack. The Chinese nationals and the security guards did not receive any bullets, he said.

The “pro-independence” group Balochistan Liberation Front claimed responsibility for the attack in a media statement, saying that the Chinese intervention in Balochistan is tantamount to a “genocide.” The BLF said that if China or any other country abets Pakistani in its “barbaric” policies in Balochistan, the Baloch will have the right to defend themselves.

The BLF spokesperson reiterated the oft-repeated caveat: that the foreign investors must refrain from investing in Balochistan. He also advised the locals to distance themselves from the Chinese nationals.

Tuesday’s attack is one of the many similar attacks on Chinese nationals residing in Pakistan. A similar attack was carried out in March 2019 when a convoy of Chinese engineers and workers was attacked by the Baloch Liberation Army in Karachi. Several Chinese nationals were killed in the attack.

The BLA also carried out a self-sacrificial attack on a bus carrying Chinese nationals in Dalbandin, Balochistan, in August 2018. A number of casualties were reported.

The most damaging attack on the Chinese nationals came in November 2018 when a self-sacrificial attack was carried out on the Chinese consulate in the Clifton area of Karachi. The fighters of the Baloch Liberation Army besieged the consulate for more than an hour and killed several people. The New York Times called the attack the “most significant attack on Chinese interests” in a media report.

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Five Baloch detainees killed in a fake encounter by Pakistani forces

The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Pakistan has shot dead five Baloch citizens in a fake encounter on Sunday.

The Balochistan Post has learned from reliable sources that all five persons had been forcibly disappeared and were already in the confinement of the Pakistani security forces. The security forces then labelled them as members of armed, “pro-independence” organizations and shot them dead in a fake encounter.

The Baloch National Movement (BNM) confirmed Sunday’s incident in a media statement, saying that the Counter-Terrorism Department staged a fake encounter to liquidate the five Baloch nationals that were already under its custody. Two of the five persons – Jameel Ahmad Pirkani and Sami Ullah Pirkani – were reportedly detained by the Eagle Force, a tactical attack unit of the Pakistani military, from Quetta in January this year. The Eagle Force blamed the two detainees for carrying grenades and handed them over to the CTD.

Two of the remaining three were identified as Yousaf Marri and Arif Marri – both cousins. The former was reportedly detained while he was working in his fields in Sibi, and the latter was detained from the Hazar Ganji area of Quetta. The third individual was identified as Shah Nazar, another victim of enforced disappearance.

According to reports, the Pakistani security forces accused the individuals in question of being members of the armed groups and gunned them down in a “fake” encounter. This is not a unique or isolated incident. A similar incident also occurred in Rajan Pur in August of 2020, where the police killed five individuals in a staged confrontation, claiming that they were members of a “pro-independence” group. The Baloch political groups subsequently repudiated the claims.

Another similar incident occurred in 2015 when two Baloch nationals were accused of being associates of a “pro-independence” organization, hastily indicted and then killed in a fake encounter.

The Baloch National Movement said that Sunday’s incident is a “gruesome” demonstration of Pakistan’s “barbarity” before the world. Pakistani forces have killed “thousands” of Baloch youth in similar incidents and then thrown their dead bodies in the wilderness.

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Armed attacks, military operations in Balochistan: several killed, abducted

Military operation underway in Kohlu, Pakistani forces reportedly detained five people from Sibi and Kahan.

Sources told TBP that Pakistani forces arrested three persons named Kairo son of Shah Mir Marri, Deenli son of Shah Mir Murri and Baghli s/o Kesho Murri during an operation in Geshtrani area of ​​Kahan on February 23 and transferred them to an unknown location. Gul Bahar, a resident of Kahan and his son Angli were reportedly detained by Pakistani intelligence and security forces in Sibi. Their whereabouts are unknown since.

According to reports, the missing Kairo Murri’s house was also set ablaze by the army personnel. The number of people who went missing after the arrest are said to be high but their identities have not been ascertained yet.

Whereas, a military operation has also been launched in Bambor, in which spy planes including gunship helicopters are taking part.

It is to mention that due to the communication shutdown in the area timely news access is not possible.

According to eyewitnesses, military helicopters have landed at various places in the area while gunship helicopters have been seen shelling. Authorities have not yet released any details about the operation.

In recent days, there have been reports from credible sources that Pakistan’s top military establishment has decided to launch a large-scale military operation in different parts of Balochistan. The decision to launch the operation came after a series of attacks by Baloch insurgents on the CPEC route and the recent massive attacks on Pakistani forces in and around Bolan region of Balochistan.

In the recent attacks, a prominent armed insurgent group Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) inflicted heavy casualties and captured several posts of the Pakistan Army.

In another news, on Thursday, BLA claimed responsibility of multiple attacks in Khuzdar, Quetta and Kalat districts of Balochistan. As per the group’s press release to the media, “the freedom fighters of Baloch Liberation Army targeted employees of an exploitative company working on China Pakistan Economic Corridor. The vehicle of this company was targeted with an IED when it was travelling with a convoy of Pakistani military. At least four employees of the exploitative company and two personnel of Pakistani military were injured in today’s attack.”

The aforementioned company is working on projects related to the China’s multibillion project China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Khuzdar. BLA in its statement warned all such companies to refrain from being part of “occupier’s exploitative” projects in Balochistan. It said that these projects are used to exploit Baloch resources and further “oppress” the Baloch nation.
BLA also accepted responsibility for hand grenade attacks in Quetta and Kalat districts.

“On 23rd February BLA freedom fighters targeted undercover agents of Pakistani intelligence agencies in Quetta. Under the disguise of hairdressers these state agents were working to collect intelligence and provide a base for other agents,” statement read.

The BLA spokesperson Jeeyand Baloch said that on 20th February in Kalat, BLA freedom fighters targeted Naseebullah Zehri, an agent of Pakistani Military Intelligence.

According to reports across Balochistan, an increase and intensity has been witnessed in recent attacks of insurgent groups.

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After Pakistani envoy’s statement, UN is bound to recognise Baloch independence movement – Dr Allah Nazar

Prominent Baloch leader Dr Allah Nazar Baloch has said that UN is morally bound to recognise Baloch independence movement if they follow Pakistani envoy’s logic.

In a tweet on Friday, the Baloch leader said: “Baloch are fighting an armed struggle for their suppressed self-determination and freedom, following that logic the UN is morally bound to recognise the Baloch independence movement,”

The logic he referred in his tweet was Pakistani envoy to UN Munir Akram’s statement at UN.

Mr Akram talking about Pakistan’s Kashmir policy in his briefing to UN security council had said: “The struggle of peoples for self-determination cannot be equated with terrorism. Peoples whose right to self-determination has been recognised and which is being forcibly suppressed, have the right, under the Charter and the resolutions of the UN General Assembly, to resort to all possible means, including armed struggle to secure their right to self-determination.”

Dr Allah Nazar is a prominent leader of Baloch armed group Balochistan Liberation Front, which is struggling for “independence of Balochistan”. In a video message last week the Baloch leader had said that: “if Pakistani diplomats overtly favor Kashmiris that they have the right to acquire arms and military hardware, which is permitted in the Charter of UNO, then the Baloch also have the same rights.”

“Similarly, if they are entitled, then we expect the same from India, China, Britain, our Arab friends in the Middle East, the US, and the rest of the civilized world that they would support the Baloch nation,” he added.

He added that in view of the grave atrocities in Balochistan, the region should be declared a no-fly zone. “I appeal to all powers of the world, be it the US, France, Britain, other temporary members of (the UN) Security Council, like India and others, and the Secretary-General of the UNO that Balochistan should be declared as a no-fly zone and international observers should be sent to visit the area.”

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BYC to celebrate Culture Day as expression of solidarity with missing persons

Baloch Yakjehti Committee has announced to celebrate March 2 the Baloch Culture day as an expression of solidarity with the victims of enforced disappearances.

A spokesperson for the Baloch Yakjehti [solidarity] Committee Karachi, issuing a statement regarding the occasion of Baloch Culture Day, said that culture is the identity of nations and it is the culture that keeps nations alive.

“The civilized nations of the world have always tried their best to keep their language, dress, customs and traditions alive, so they have not only been able to maintain their presence on the world map but also have played an important role in the development of the society,” he added.

The spokesman further said that Baloch culture spans thousands of years and the Baloch nation has managed to keep its language, dress, customs and values alive despite plenty of difficulties.

Nations cannot survive without language and culture and in order to maintain our national culture, we need to struggle in all circumstances. To secure the existence of Baloch nation , we need to maintain our language, customs and values.

to conclude, the spokesman said the Baloch Solidarity Committee will celebrate Baloch Culture Day as an expression of solidarity with the Baloch missing persons. A cultural walk will be organized from Karachi Arts Council to Karachi Press Club and solidarity will be expressed with missing persons by participating in the missing persons protest camp.

Baloch Culture Day is officially being celebrated since 2 March 2010. On this day, Baloch men., women and children wear their traditional dresses, play Balochi songs, and do Balochi chap (dance). They exhibit the specialities of Balochistan, such as dates, food, tea, traditional ornaments, swords, guns, jewelery and handcrafts.

It is to recall that the first Baloch culture day festival in 2010 was attacked in Khuzdar University of Balochistan by hand grenade bombs which resulted in killing 2 young students and injuring several others. The Baloch student organisations and nationalist groups accused Pakistani intelligence agencies for the attack.

Balochistan is known as the richest region for its natural resources but Baloch peoples are the poorest and most backward in the country. There is currently the fifth insurgency underway since early 2000’s. They blame that Pakistani army and federal government has always discriminated them and kept them backward.

Many hardcore nationalists claim that Pakistan has illegally occupied Balochistan and they want to regain their independence.

Rights organisations from Balochistan state that at least 45 thousand people are forcefully disappeared by the Pakistan Army. It’s been more than a decade the families of those missing persons are protesting on daily basis.

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اسد خان اچکزئی کی گمشدگی بعد شہادت بلوچستان کے حالات کو بیان کررہی ہے – ماما قدیر

سندھ کے دارالحکومت کراچی میں وائس فار بلوچ مسنگ پرسنز کے احتجاج کو 4237 دن مکمل ہوگئے۔ شہری عوامی محاذ کراچی کے ڈپٹی کوارڈینیٹر عبدالرحمٰن، مرکزی آرگنائزر زہرہ خان، زاہد بارکزئی اور دیگر نے کیمپ کا دورہ کرکے لواحقین سے اظہار یکجہتی کی۔

اس موقع پر وی بی ایم پی کے رہنماء ماما قدیر بلوچ نے کہا کہ ہم یہ کہتے رہے ہیں کہ بلوچستان میں آج بھی مارو اور پھینکو کی پالیسی جاری ہے۔ آج عوامی نیشنل پارٹی کے ترجمان اسد خان اچکزئی کی لاش کی برآمدگی بلوچستان کے حالات کو بیان کررہی ہے۔

انہوں نے کہ سیاسی رہنماوں اور ورکروں سے لیکر طلباء، اساتذہ سمیت کوئی بھی مکتبہ فکر بلوچستان میں محفوظ نہیں ہے، فورسز اہلکاروں کی شہر بھر میں اور شاہراہوں پر موجودگی کے باوجود جبری گمشدگیوں کے بعد لاشوں کی برآمدگی خود شواہد فراہم کررہی ہے کہ ان کے پیچھے کون ہے۔

ان کا مزید کہنا تھا کہ بار بار اپیلوں کے باوجود اقوام متحدہ اور عالمی برادری نے چھپ کا روزہ رکھا ہوا ہے لیکن بلوچ ہر کھٹن آزمائش جھیل کر ڈیٹھ اسکواڈز کے خطرات، وحشت و بربریت کے سائے تلے کوہ گران عبور کرکے طویل جدوجہد جاری رکھے ہوئے ہیں۔

دریں اثناء 4 مارچ 2017 کو بلوچستان کے ضلع قلات سے جبری طور پر لاپتہ کیے جانیوالے نوجوان سراج بلوچ کے گمشدگی کیخلاف سماجی رابطوں کی سائٹ پر کمپئین چلائی گئی۔
اس موقع پر ظہیر بلوچ نے لکھا کہ بلوچستان میں معصوم لوگوں کی جبری گمشدگی روز کا معمول بن چکا ہے ایسا کوہی دن نہیں گزرتا کہ کسی گهر سے کوئی نوجوان جبری طور پر ریاستی اداروں کے ہاتهوں لاپتہ نہ ہو۔ سراج بلوچ بهی ان ہی نوجوانوں میں سے ہیں جو پچهلے 4 سالوں سے ریاستی عقوبت خانوں میں قید ہے۔

لاپتہ راشد حسین کیلئے آواز اٹھانے والی ان کی بھتیجی ماہ زیب بلوچ نے لکھا کہ سراج بلوچ بھی ان افراد میں شامل ہے جو جبری گمشدگی کا شکار ہوئیں۔ سراج کے لواحقین انکی راہ دیکھتے غم اور آنسووں کے ساتھ 4 سال گزار دیئے۔ غم کے عالم میں انتظار کے دن اور طویل ہورہے ہیں، سراج بلوچ کے لیے آواز اٹھائیں اور انہیں انصاف فراہم کرنے میں مدد کریں ۔

علاوہ ازیں مختلف مکاتب فکر کے لوگوں نے کمپئین میں شرکت کرکے سراج اور دیگر بلوچ لاپتہ افراد کی بازیابی کی اپیل کی۔

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Balochistan: Military operations expected as forces advance in Kharan and Nushki

An alarming number of Pakistani security forces have been reportedly seen advancing in district Kharan and Nushki of Balochistan. The patrolling garrisons have also been reinforced, and the air is thick with rumours that a large-scale military operation might soon be underway.

According to the details, the security forces’ convoys have started arriving in Nushki since Sunday. The patrolling squadrons have also been reinforced in several towns, including Ahmad Wal, Mal and Reqo.

Similar circumstances also pervade district Kharan as the military convoys continue to arrive in the area. On Monday, the forces reportedly blockaded several areas located in the proximity of Kharan.

The authorities have not yet commented on the developments, but it is suspected that a large-scale military operation might soon be underway in Balochistan.

The speculations have been somewhat validated by the recent arrival of Pakistani Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed to Quetta and his subsequent meeting with the inspector general of the Frontier Corps and other high-ranking officials. Rasheed visited the FC headquarters on Sunday morning where he met with the Inspector General of the FC Balochistan, Major General Mohammad Yousaf Majoka.

The interior minister was briefed on the military operation preparations, the surveillance of the borders and the overall law and order situation in Balochistan. Speaking on the occasion, Rasheed said that all the required steps will be taken to ensure long-lasting and durable peace in Balochistan. He said that the implementation of the National Action Plan – an action plan introduced by the government of Pakistan to crack down on ‘terrorism’ – in Balochistan will be ensured. He said that interprovincial communication and cooperation will also be promoted.

The arrival of the Pakistani interior minister to Balochistan and subsequent meeting with the FC officials have raised the alarm that a wide-ranging military operation might be imminent in Balochistan.

Reliable sources have revealed that the military institutions have decided to carry out a massive military operation in various areas of Balochistan – namely Harnai, Bolan, Kalat, Mastung, Makran and Kohlu. The decision was reportedly made after the consecutive crushing attacks on the security forces in Bolan and its environs, and to protect the developments of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Since the beginning of 2021, several military operations have been carried out in the aforementioned areas. These operations were carried out by large regiments of the Pakistani security forces and military choppers were also used in the operations.

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Panjgur: 10 Baloch traders killed by Iranian forces on the border

Ten Baloch oil traders were killed and several others wounded after the Iranian border security forces opened indiscriminate fire on them on the border near Panjgur, Balochistan.

According to the details, the Iranian forces killed 10 Baloch traders in a shootout near Haq Abad, a region bordering Iran in western Balochistan. It is not yet clear why the forces opened fire on the traders.

Viral videos of the incident show a large gathering of the Iranian forces on the border. The forces initially fire few shots at a time, but the shootout almost immediately morphs into a full-scale cannonade.
The incident enraged the locals who then staged a protest near the Iranian border. As a result, the Pakistani as well as the Iranian forces were forced to abandon their posts and flee.

Thousands of Baloch traders earn their livelihood by transporting oil from Iran via the “Iran-Pakistan” border. With widespread unemployment, economic activities being next to nothing, lack of industries and little development in the private sector, hundreds of well-educated Baloch youth resort to the risky oil trade to earn their bread and butter.

The Baloch oil-traders are frequently harassed both by the Pakistani as well as the Iranian border security forces. They are reportedly forced to pay stupendous fines – sometimes almost 20% of their earnings – to the Pakistani security forces to get a passageway through the border. Even then their miseries are not over, their vehicles loaded with tens of oil barrels are confiscated and returned for a crushing ransom.

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