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Naela Qadri Baluch on Jan Ki Baat Part – 2

Second part of the interview deals with:

Naela Quadri Baloch continues to explain Pakistani government’s involvement in Balochistan, in a conversation with Pradip Bhandari and Akriti Bhatia of Jan Ki Baat. Women are raped, children are tortured and murdered routinely in Balochistan. Baloch blames the Pakistani army, “a group of dacoits and thugs in uniform”, for these crimes. She also observes that most of the members of Pakistan’s civil society have a stake in Pakistan’s army, feudal structure and diplomacy, thus, refuse to problematize their cordial relations. There are a few citizens that openly support the Balochistanian mission but these are rare instances.

Sabeen Mahmud, a Karachi-based activist and human rights advocate, was shot dead, when her organization hosted a discussion, ‘Unsilencing Balochistan’, to show solidarity with the Baloch cause. Baloch calls Mahmud a martyr for her relentless support.

Balochistan has a massive landscape and very little population, Quadri Baloch says, and has its own infrastructural problems but this does not serve as a justification for Pakistan’s occupation of that land. She holds that Balochistan remain a nationstate that was answerable to and comprised of the Baloch people. Pakistan’s lack of democratic functioning has only increased the sufferings of its neighbours.


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