January 01, 2011
A senior commander of Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) in video message said that Baloch nation should abandon their personal interests and join the ranks of those who are fighting for the freedom of Balochland. He says that it is the demand of time and situation that Baloch must unite and stand against the enemy of Baloch Nation. The video has been posted on Youtube and distributed to news agencies in Balochistan.
The masked BLA commander said ” (BLA) were disappointed and surprised on how their own Baloch brothers have been brainwashed to take side of the enemy and provide them information against Baloch fighters. “They (enemies) are trying to create hurdles for us in our own homes”. Without naming anyone the BLA commander said that “These (agents) are the stooges and remainders of the British who have become so powerless that they cannot breathe before their Punjabi masters. They are killing Baloch youth to gain two time bread from themselves. Those youth have abandoned their homes and personal gains for the interest of Baloch Nation and freedom of Balochland”.
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Even though the BLA has made their policy how to deal with these collaborators. The BLA commander now says “We (Baloch) should cut off all ties from these stooges of enemy and stop following them to make them realize that they are isolated and not from us”. These agents of enemy are so powerless that they can’t even raise their heads and now they are waving their tails to point the directions of liberation seeking Balochs.
The message of BLA further said that these agents are neither Nawab nor Sadar they are only stooges of enemy. “Baloch Nation must also recognize them; they hired thieves, criminal and bandits at the hands of enemy and the enemy is using them against Baloch freedom fighters to harm the Baloch Nation cause,” he said.
BLA in their message appealed the Baloch Nation to expose such people and inform Baloch political forces and the BLA about their black deeds. The collaborators do not deserve forgiveness. They should not think that they can weaken the Baloch freedom struggle by taking advantage of Baloch weaknesses. “They are not from us (Baloch) and we do not consider them as our people; they were living on the pieces of enemy and now they depend on Punjabis”. If they are being well fed by the Punjabis and cannot do anything against their master then at least they must not talk against Baloch freedom fighters; if they cannot do anything they must keep quite. “If they still do not understand then BLA knows how to punish them”.
The BLA message further said that “We (BLA) are an organization and we are taking forward a program, which is the freedom of Balochistan. BLA is not the whole Baloch nation neither do we make any such claims. We ask all Baloch political parties, and freedom loving Baloch youth to unite if they believe in the cause of liberation and follow our ideology. We should keep aside our petty tribal issues and personal interests (egoism); stand together against the common enemy of Baloch Nation. We are only Baloch and that’s what we should call ourselves if we want to progress and prosperous. It is the demand of the time and current circumstances that we should leave behind tribal interests and protect our (Baloch) National interests”.
BLA commander further urged the Baloch Nation to decide one day as “NATIONAL REMEMBERCE DAY” to pay tributes to Baloch Martyrs instead of holding each martyrs day separately. On this day we should send a unanimous massage to International World that those youth, men and women of our Nation who have sacrificed their present for our future will be remembered as our heroes. This day we must tell the world that Baloch martyrs sacrificed their lives for nothing less than free Balochistan.
In their video message BLA also suggested that one day should be nominated as “Mehr Rouch” [National Unity or affection Day] to show solidarity with Baloch sarmachaars and to prove to the world that Baloch Nation rallies behind the Baloch freedom fighters. At the end of their video message BLA saluted the Martyrs of Balochistan and their families for their courageous fight against occupying forces. They termed the statements and messages of Baloch freedom loving people as a source of inspiration for Baloch freedom fighters.
The video message was dedicated to Saheed Irfan, Shaheed Sarwar aka Khalil Baloch, Shaheed Warna Majeed Zehri Baloch and Shaheed Sami Mengal. In other parts of videos the BLA showed their attacks against occupying forces (read Pakistanis) in different part of Balochistan. The video message also contained footage’s of some government agents who have been filmed while having picnics with Pakistan army Brigadiers.
Minhaz Merchant, Dec 26, 2010, 06.59am IST
"The longer you can look back," Winston Churchill said, "the farther you can look forward." Though in decline, western civilization will continue to influence global policy and culture. The rise of China will establish a powerful Confucian counter-civilizational force with strong roots in history and a sphere of influence arching from the Pacific to Africa. The third major civilization, again deeply rooted in history, will be driven by India's growing hard and soft power.
Strong demographics, a far-flung diaspora and the world's third largest economy will impel India to play a global role unmatched since the golden thousand years between the fifth century BC and fifth century AD when the subcontinent produced two prophets (Buddha and Mahavir Jain), two emperor-statesmen (Ashoka and Chandragupta) and two epics (the "Ramayana" and "Mahabharata" ).
The fourth civilizational strain set to compete for space and salience this century is Islam. Though spiritually tethered to Mecca, Islam has not had a centre of gravity since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1917 and the abolition of the Caliphate by Turkey in 1924.
The west is propelled by American and European values, China by its ethnic homogeneity, India by its ancient religions and philosophy. Each has a clear geographical anchor. But Islamic civilization, whose worldwide influence is strong and growing, is as much at home in East Asia ( Indonesia and Mala
How will the four competing civilizations engage each other as the 21st century unravels? Consider first their relative economic power.
According to the IMF, Asia (led by China, Japan and India) will account for 34% of global GDP by 2015. By 2030, Asia's GDP will exceed the combined GDP of the United States and Europe. This is not a shift in the balance of global economic power but a restoration of the status quo. Till 1775, China and India accounted for 50% of global economic output.
The colonization of Asia and Africa, the Atlantic slave trade and the invasive settlements of the Americas and Australasia wrenched power from east to west. That process is now being reversed by strong economic growth in the east and relative stagnation in the west.
Each of the four civilizations that will shape this century has threads going back millennia. Ancient Greece and Rome are the precursors of the US-led west. Chinese and Indian civilizations date back to 3,500 BC. Islam, of course, is the youngest of the four civilizational strains but, geographically , it too has predecessors in antiquity: Mesopotamia (today's Iraq), Persia and Egypt.
While Christian Europe clashed repeatedly with Islam from the eighth century onwards, the west began its slow ascent in the 13th century. Education was the key. Oxford, Cambridge, the Sorbonne and Heidelberg -the great universities of the west-were all founded around this time as seats of ecclesiastical learning. Soon, they evolved into centres of science, arts and the classics. The scientific and industrial revolution that followed the Renaissance in Europe enabled the west to lay the foundation for modern nationstates.
India and China, meanwhile, lay dormanttwo ancient and weary civilizations in decay. Each was reshaped by contact with the expansionary west and Islam. But their approach to outsiders was markedly different. China's martial dynasties, confident in their 'middle kingdom' self-image of being the centre of the world, treated upstart 17h century British and Dutch emissaries with disdain and remained largely free of western influence (except in coastal Hong Kong). India, fragmented and directionless, was plucked, piece by piece, first by Islam and then by the British Empire. Like a sponge, it absorbed them all and remade them in its own mould.
Where do Russia and Latin America fit in as world power moves from west to east? Latin America will remain in the west's sphere of influence. So will Russia, though competitive pressures over the Caucasus will be a continuing source of intra-Europe friction. Russia's sharply declining birth rate and population will weaken it. Most of western Europe too will be impaled by ageing and falling populations.
Throughout history, civilizations have clashed over territory and faith. The 21st century has moderated some of those primal ambitions. But it is in the nature of man to compete for power . The west is weakening, but will remain a global technological and cultural force for much of this century. China and India will be restored to their historical pre-eminence. Islam will have to change from within to compete successfully with other civilizations. It will have to modernize and adapt-hether in Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq or Somalia.
As a young nation but an ancient civilization, India stands out for its diversity and democracy, the two markers that will determine which civilizational strand emerges strongest in an era of contesting but collaborative global values.
The writer is the chairman of a media group
With the New START treaty ratified, the Obama administration can turn its attention to the real source of nuclear instability among the great powers: China's buildup of conventional ballistic missiles. The latest destabilizing system is China's anti-ship ballistic missile, the "carrier killer" that the head of the U.S. Pacific Command, Adm. Robert Willard, deemed operational last week.
During the many upcoming Sino-American summits, including a state visit by President Hu Jintao, the Obama administration should begin pressing China to join the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and stop its missile buildup.
Why are China's missiles the greatest source of unease? Because there are no defensive answers that do not risk an immediate escalation of tensions - and Beijing's missile force is soon likely to have the ability to ground Pacific-based U.S. air forces and sink surface ships in Asian waters.
China has the world's most ambitious missile modernization program. The anti-ship ballistic missile program that Willard identified is one of many Chinese advances; others include mobile multiple independently targetable (MIRV) intercontinental ballistic missiles, hypersonic post-boost vehicles that remain in the atmosphere and preclude intercept in flight, and a new generation of extended-range, ground-launched land attack cruise missiles. No missile defense program on the horizon is capable of intercepting these systems.
Over the past decade China has claimed that it needed to expand its missile force because of ongoing tensions with Taiwan. Relations with Taiwan have warmed, yet Beijing's missile buildup continues. While there is little doubt that Chinese nationalists want to force Taipei into a settlement, it now appears that the Taiwan issue also served as a justification for a massive missile modernization program. For China, a missile-centric military strategy makes sense: Defending against sophisticated ballistic and ground-launched cruise missiles is extremely difficult, and, unlike the United States and Russia, China is not a signatory to the 1987 INF treaty, which precludes only Washington and Moscow from deploying short and intermediate range land-based ballistic and cruise missiles.
By building a missile force second to none, China is increasing its capability to coerce its neighbors into resolving political disputes on its terms and the costs of a U.S. response. But the expansion of China's missile force both undermines regional security and exacerbates a classic regional arms race. The only real defense against these weapons is offense, so countries threatened by China's missiles will seek the ability to target the infrastructure supporting missile launches within nuclear-armed China. India and Taiwan are investing in precision strike systems heavily reliant on missiles. Over time, Japan may feel compelled to deploy its own ballistic and cruise missiles.
More ominous still is that China's missile buildup could result in the INF's demise. Moscow has already threatened to pull out if China does not sign the treaty. And, with its tactical fighter bases and surface ships increasingly vulnerable, the United States also may have no choice but to abrogate the treaty and deploy mobile land-based missiles - a capability much more difficult for China to attack - to places such as Japan; this could become the only way to deter Chinese aggression. The end of the INF would mean a missile arms race involving four great nuclear powers - India, China, Russia and the United States. Without sustained attention to China's missile force this frightening scenario is becoming more plausible.
Even absent a ballistic missile competition among the great powers, strategic stability in Asia is increasingly uncertain. If Washington remains bound by the INF, its response options in a conflict with China are highly escalatory. If U.S. tactical fighter bases and surface ships were hit by Chinese missiles, Washington would have to consider responding by targeting missile assets inside China with intercontinental ballistic missiles. To do so, Washington will need to further develop its Prompt Global Strike system, a means of accurately launching long-range missiles from the continental United States. Because such missiles could also be used to carry nuclear weapons, Chinese defenders would have no way of knowing whether the munitions flying toward them were carrying nuclear or conventional warheads. This uncertainty raises the risk of a Chinese nuclear response.
China's unrelenting deployment of missiles will soon force Washington to choose between pulling out of the INF or developing longer-range, strategically unstable military responses that are consistent with the agreement. If Washington is serious about reducing the risk of nuclear conflict, it should pursue a third option - pressing China to join the treaty. Failure to do so will quickly make New START irrelevant to nuclear stability.
Mark Stokes, executive director of Project 2049 Institute, served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years. Dan Blumenthal is director of Asian studies at the American Enterprise Institute.
By Shahid Husain
The Vice Chairman of Voice for Baloch Missing People, Abdul Qadir Baloch, said here on Tuesday that it was not true that the non-Baloch people in the country’s largest province were being killed by Baloch people. They were being killed by the intelligence agencies in such a manner that blame was pinned on the Baloch people, he alleged.
He was responding to a question at a news conference at the Karachi Press Club (KPC) on Tuesday afternoon.
“The poor people are not exploiting the resources of Balochistan. Why will Baloch people kill the poor non-Baloch people?” he asked the questioner.
He said the alienation in Balochistan was totally due to the atrocities against the Baloch people in the last 63 years, and despite the fact that the government of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had offered a package to Balochistan and that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Iftikhar Mohammad Choudhry, had been taking suo motu action on the “missing” people in Balochistan, “we were getting dead bodies of missing Baloch people on a daily basis in one part of the province or another”.
He said during the last two months alone as many as 80 disfigured bodies of Baloch activists had been found in different parts of Balochistan, some of them beyond recognition.
“Yesterday, four disfigured corpses of Baloch people were found in the jungles of Dagari Dasht and Mastung, who were identified as Shadi Khan Marri, Sohbat Khan Baloch, Zubair Sarpehra Baloch and Tariq Bangalzai Baloch while Balochistan National Party (BNP) leader, Latif Shahwani, was killed in Khuzdar in broad daylight,” he said.
He said according to the list prepared by the “Voice for Baloch Missing People” as many as 1,330 people were “missing” in Balochistan.
The chief minister and the governor of Balochistan themselves handed over a list of 992 “missing” people to the chief justice of the Supreme Court and to the home minister, he added.
The “Judicial Inquiry Commission for Missing People” was constituted, but it neither bothered to visit the residence of any “missing” person nor provided any information about torture cells. Its report published a few days ago was biased and untrue and “we condemn it, and urge the Supreme Court to investigate how much money was spent on it from the exchequer”, he said.
Baloch said two days ago in Killi Qambrani area of Quetta, the FC conducted an operation at night and forced women and children to stay outside in intense cold and arrested some 70 people.
He said that the Constitution said that a person arrested must be produced before a magistrate within 24 hours after his arrest, but the law of the jungle prevailed in Balochistan.
He said police were not ready to lodge an FIR against the FC on a “missing” person or a disfigured body.
“After the order of the Supreme Court only two FIRs have been lodged, one about my son, Jalil Reki, who was arrested by the ISI and the Frontier Corps personnel on February 13, 2009, in my house in broad daylight and who is still missing. The other of Abdul Karim’s son, Sameer Baloch, who was arrested in Turbat on October 14, 2010,” he said. “Nobody knows about their whereabouts or whether they are alive or not,” he said.
Baloch said “Voice for Baloch Missing Persons” had been organising hunger strike camps in Karachi, Islamabad and different cities of Balochistan for the last one year. In Karachi, he said, the camp was organised for the third time since December 19.
He said the nationalist parties of Balochistan were protesting regarding “missing” Baloch people almost daily.
Responding to a question he said it was wrong that Taliban leader Mullah Omer was hiding in Balochistan.
To another question, he said it was also erroneous to say that the provincial government of Balochistan had been getting its due share from the Centre.
The Balochistan chief minister had been in such a deplorable condition that he could not construct the Quetta-Mastung road for the last six years, he said.
UN experts deeply concerned with gross human rights violations which may amount to crimes against humanity
GENEVA (31 December 2010) – UN human rights experts* are deeply concerned that, according to credible sources, enforced or involuntary disappearances, arbitrary detentions, extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and acts of sexual violence may have occurred or may still be occurring in Côte d’Ivoire in relation to the presidential elections.
“When committed in certain circumstances, enforced disappearances amount to a crime against humanity,” warns the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. “Those who have perpetrated such horrendous acts shall be held accountable.”
The Working Group recalls that, according to its General Comment on enforced disappearances as a crime against humanity, adopted in 2009, “when there are claims of practices of enforced disappearances which may amount to crimes against humanity, the Working Group will evaluate these claims in the light of the criteria listed in Article 7(1) of the Rome Statute, as interpreted by international and hybrid tribunals and, if appropriate, will refer them to the competent authorities, be they international, regional or domestic.”
Victims of enforced disappearances, including the relatives of the disappeared, have the rights to justice, redress, truth and adequate reparation. If allegations of enforced disappearances appear to be well founded, the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances will see that those rights are respected.
Hundreds of persons have reportedly been arbitrarily arrested and detained. Some have been taken by force to illegal places of detention where they are held incommunicado and without charge. The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is alarmed at these events and views these practices as heinous violations of international human rights law.
Christof Heyns, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions also expresses his deep concern at the number of reported extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. He stresses the importance of the right to life and urges all Ivoirian parties to prevent extrajudicial executions and to take all necessary measures to protect the life of the population. Mr. Heyns also wishes to reiterate the warning against the risks of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity made by the Special Advisers of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide and on the Responsibility to Protect.
The Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its causes and consequences, Rashida Manjoo, is concerned at allegations of acts involving sexual violence committed by armed men: “Sexual violence continues to be used as an instrument of war, and women and girls are left without protection.” Ms. Manjoo calls on all parties to do their utmost to prevent the perpetration of sexual violence, address any act of sexual violence and offer judicial remedies to the victims.
Persistent and effective measures should be undertaken to have all allegations of torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment that may have occurred in the context of the 2010 presidential election, promptly and impartially examined by the competent authorities, notes the Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan Méndez. Determined measures should be taken to hold those responsible who encourage, order, tolerate or perpetrate acts of torture and to have them brought to justice and severely punished. In addition, since arbitrary arrests, abductions and enforced disappearances enhance the risk that its victims may be tortured, the authorities are under an affirmative duty to take steps to prevent any and all acts of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, stresses the present vulnerability of human rights defenders engaged in denouncing human rights violations, and urges all parties to respect their legitimate work.
The UN experts highlight that they are ready to fully cooperate with all Ivoirian authorities and parties to work to establish a State where human rights is central and the rule of law is upheld. They will continue to closely follow the situation in Côte d’Ivoire.
The Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances is comprised of five independent experts from all regions of the world. The Chair-Rapporteur is Mr. Jeremy Sarkin (South Africa) and the other members are Mr. Ariel Dulitkzy (Argentina), Ms. Jasminka Dzumhur (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Mr. Osman El-Hajjé (Lebanon) and Mr. Olivier de Frouville (France):
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