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Lateef Johar on hunger strike to protest abduction of BSO-Azad chairman Zahid Baloch
In 1948 the independent state of Kalat, under duress, acceded to the newly created country of Pakistan. Since then the Baluch have fought five insurgencies in an effort to secure the rights promised them in various treaties with both the British government and Pakistan.
  • HUMAN RIGHTS

  • thumbnail imagePAKISTAN: Human rights defenders in Pakistan in need of defence

    The killing of senior lawyer, Rashid Rehman, on May 7, 2014 in his office in Multan has once again brought into focus at home and abroad how little the Pakistani state values those who risk their lives for the promotion and protection of fundamental rights for all. Rehman was killed despite having earlier expressed serious concern for his safety after threats were issued by named and identified persons and despite seeking protection from the state. His call for security was ignored.
  • thumbnail imagePAKISTAN: A student leader is missing after his arrest by the ISI as witnessed by his associates

    The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the disappearance of a student leader from Balochistan province. He has been missing after his arrest from the meeting of the executive committee of his organisation by the notorious intelligence agency of Pakistan, the ISI.
  • thumbnail image7 days of “Hunger Strike Till Death” for Release of BSO Leader Zahid Baloch

    On April 22nd 2014 BSO-Azad representatives held a press conference to announce BSO-Azad Central Committee member Latif Johar’s intent to “Hunger Strike Till Death” at the Karachi Press Club to protest the enforced abduction of Chairman Zahid Baloch.
  • thumbnail imageThe abduction of Zahid Baloch: Open Letter Demanding The Release of Baloch Missing Persons

    On March18th, 2014 around 5:00pm in Quetta, Zahid Baloch chairperson of Baloch Student Organization– Azad (BSO-A), was abducted at gun point. Banuk Karima, vice chairperson of BSO-A, witnessed the abduction. She notes, 'Pakistan's secret agencies and security forces abducted Zahid Baloch, I along with three other members of BSO-A witnessed the abduction. We are deeply concerned about his safety and feel that his life is under serious threat. Zahid Baloch is not the only missing Baloch.
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  • DEVELOPMENT / GLOBAL ISSUES

  • thumbnail imageLong-ignored ethnic strife cuts off Pakistan’s gas

    Millions of Pakistanis are suddenly without gas supplies after ethnic Baloch separatists blew up three pipelines from gas-rich Balochistan Province to the country’s most populous Punjab Province. The attack serves as a powerful reminder that the forces of entropy in Pakistan are not limited to Islamic militants and hostilities with neighboring nations.
  • thumbnail imageThe Plunder of Saindak’s Copper and Gold

    The Saindak copper-gold mine is counted amongst the mineral resources that mark Balochistan as a rich land. Despite the existence of gold and copper in great amounts and with great value, the Baloch nation is unable to benefit from it because the Chinese exploitation of Baloch resources is continued with the assistance of state authorities and the establishment. The Saindak production or so-called Baloch share has never been utilized for development of Baloch and Balochistan.
  • thumbnail imagePrivate schools in Panjgur closed after threats

    QUETTA: Due to threats and intimidation, all private educational institutions have remained closed for the past eight days in Balochistan’s southern district of Panjgur.
  • thumbnail imageLetter on behalf of imprisoned hactivist Jeremy Hammond

    Jeremy Hammond, a former member of the hacking network Anonymous who has become a cause célèbre for hacktivists, civil libertarians and those concerned about the rights of whistleblowers, is a gifted young computer programmer who is currently spending a decade in prison. His crime? Leaking information from the private intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting, information which revealed that Stratfor had been spying on human rights activists at the behest of corporations and the U.S. government.
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