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Balochistan- Separate Ways

Separate Ways

The separatist movement in Balochistan dates back to the beginning of Pakistan itself.

By Yasir Babbar, Islamabad

Courtesy: Newsline

The separatist movement in Balochistan has gained momentum, and relations between the province and the centre are at an all-time low. Just two months back, three Baloch nationalist leaders, Ghulam Muhammad Baloch, president of the Baloch National Movement (BNM), Lala Munir Baloch, member of the BNM’s central committee, and Sher Muhammad Baloch, joint secretary of the Balochistan Republican Party (BRP), were killed. Their killings prompted another bout of violence in Balochistan and have further strengthened support for separatists. The Baloch believe that state agencies are responsible for the killings, while the government has claimed that non-state elements who want to destabilise the country are responsible. There are also reports that separatists are threatening schools and colleges that hoist the Pakistani flag and sing the national anthem.

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We urge to be as similar as Justice Rajinder Sachar Commission of India and a similar action program for Sindhis and Balochs by the government of Pakistan

By: Ali Nawaz Memon, Maryland, USA

I heard about the Justice Rajinder Sachar Committee report on social, economic and educational status of Muslims across India was tabled in Lok Sabha.

It recognizes special problems of the Muslim community in India and suggest very creative measures relating to affirmative action programs, special quotas etc to help needy Muslims.

A brief review indicates to me that condition of Muslims in India is generally similar to condition of Sindhis and Balochis in Pakistan. We need a similar Commission, a similar report and a similar action program by the government of Pakistan for our community.

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