Balochistan, India, & Sindhu Desh

A Federation of Balochistan, India, & Sindhu Desh

By B. R. Gowani

The violent actions of the Muslim militants and the willful inaction of the Pakistani government seem premeditated and designed to let the country get destroyed and disintegrate. The disintegration could also come through a civil war involving many ethnic, political, and religious groups. …

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We Refuse to Be Enemies: August 14 – 15 in San Francisco : Joint Celebration of India and Pakistan’s Independence days

San Francisco (August 6, 2010.) – On the 64th Anniversary of Pakistan and India’s Independence Friends of South Asia and Global Fund for Women invite you to A panel discussion on the peace process between India and Pakistan with: Nosheen Ali, Samar Minallah, Lalita Ramdas & Admiral L.Ramdas moderated by Anu Mandavilli and Anasuya Sengupta on Saturday, August 14, at 12 Noon at Global Fund for Women, 222 Sutter Street Suite 500, San Francisco CA 94108.

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KASHMIR BURNS AS VIOLENCE CONTINUES

Kashmir burns again as India responds to dissent with violence

The hospitals are filling up with gunshot victims but angry protesters say the world is blind to their plight. Andrew Buncombe reports from Srinagar

A dozen men appeared, gathered around a blood-smeared trolley, rushing its occupant towards the emergency surgery room. Abdul Rashid, said his friends, had been shot in the head by police who had opened fire on a peaceful gathering. “There was no stone-pelting, nothing,” yelled one of the 25-year-old’s friends, as medics pulled shut the doors to the surgery room. “There was no curfew … They fired indiscriminately.”

Once again, Kashmir is burning. Buildings and barricades have been set alight and its people are enraged. The largest towns are packed with heavily-armed police and the hospital wards are full of young men with gunshot wounds. Around 50 people have been killed since June, more than 31 in the last week alone, and dozens more have been wounded. The dead include young men, teenagers and even a nine-year-old boy, reportedly beaten to death by the security forces after he tried to walk to the local shop.

And yet for all their pain, the people of Kashmir believe they are suffering alone. They say that unlike places such as Kosovo or East Timor, which both secured independence in recent years, the world is deaf to Kashmir’s demands for autonomy. They blame the US and UN for not doing more and criticise Britain’s David Cameron for refusing to raise the issue of Kashmir when he visited India last month, declining to upset his hosts, with whom he was seeking to boost trade and investment deals, even as he bluntly criticised Pakistan for exporting terror. “We were disappointed and so were the people,” said Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, a moderate separatist leader who has been placed under house arrest. “Of all the foreign countries, Britain has more moral responsibility for this mess.”

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SAPAC’s First Annual Get together in Washington

Munawar Laghari

Washington : The Sindhi American Political Action Committee (SAPAC) is pleased to extend an invitation to it’s First Anniversary Banquet Dinner, September 23, 2010, 6-10pm, Phoenix Park Hotel, 520 North Capital St, NW, Washington, DC- 20001

Please join SAPAC for a celebration of it’s first year working to Save Sindh, and for an exciting program with exceptional speakers:

Guest of Honor: Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA), Guest of Honor: Representative Dan Burton (R-IN), Guest Speaker: Ms. Malou Innocent (Cato Institute), Guest Speaker: Dr. Asoka Bandarage (National Advisory Council, Georgetown University)

Members of the Sindh and Baloch Communities will also be sharing their views on the US-PK relationship, providing Honored Guests with valuable insight regarding the current situation across the region. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to speak alongside SAPAC with influential policy makers on behalf of your people! You could make a pivotal difference in future US-PK Policy!

Dalit women face multiple forms of discrimination in South Asia

Kalavanti Raja is the first Dalit woman in Pakistan to receive a master’s degree.

Kalavanti Raja of Pakistan Dalit Solidarity Network described the plight of Pakistani Dalit women, whose caste (“untouchable”), religion (Hindu) and gender make them most vulnerable to all kinds of injustices in a Muslim society. They are frequent victims of brutality and sexual violence but no cases are filed against the perpetrators because all law enforcing agencies in Pakistan are controlled by “feudal lords who kill their own women in the name of honor”.

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Balochistan legend rejects talks with Pakistan

by Ahmar Mustikhan

SINDH- KARACHI: The father of the Balochistan liberation movement has said the Baloch people have been pushed to the wall and there is no way out for them but to fight back against the Pakistani occupation of their homeland.

Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri, 81 – a legend in his lifetime – in an interview said the Baloch have been left with no choice but to pick up arms in self defense.

He said he would ask each and every Baloch to live like a common man during daylight, “but after dusk turn into a lightening thunder against the enemy.”

The veteran leader said announcement of packages by Islamabad can no longer solve the burning issue of Balochistan as the struggle of the Baloch people have advanced far beyond any such eyewash by Islamabad.

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