Free Balochistan Movement: The Long March of Balochs from Düsseldorf to Berlin
From 16th of July until 5th of August, activists of the Free Balochistan Movement went on traverse half of the Republic of Germany from Düsseldorf to Berlin by foot, equipped with flags of Balochistan and Germany, a megaphone and information leaflets to the German population about the atrocities in their homeland, at this country an unknown occurring genocide, which the Pakistani Army and the dirty Intelligence Service ISI – classified as a terrororganization by the United States Congress – perform at the elite and even on ordinary Balochs. For this purpose they make use of several jihadist groups.
On the one hand, to bring about a demographic change, urging the Balochs in the minority. The reasons are the enormous resources bearing in Balochistan, which the Pakistani Army wants to exploit by itself and the crackdown of the Independence Movement.
Because Balochistan was in history an independent state under the rule of the Khan of Kalat and is, in terms of languages, culture and customs, its own nation.
From 1947 till 1948, they could be a separate state for a short time again until they were annexed by the newly created artificial state structure of Pakistan, which placed randomly Pashtuns, Balochs and Sindhis under the rule of Punjabies. The Balochs did not resign to their suppression by the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
A part of Balochistan belongs to Iran fundamentalist state and a small part to Afghanistan.
These are all inherited structures from the Colonial Empire of the Britishs. Borders as Durandline and the Goldsmithline were drawn arbitrarily without regard to the peoples living there.
The Pashtuns were divided in the center, probably to keep them better under control. The ruling Punjabi regime is trying with all its might to push back the languages and the culture of the Pashtuns and the Balochs.
There is no investment in Balochistan, neither into infrastructure as those of schools, homes or hospitals. Women are forced to cook on woodfires, although the province has large gas reserves.
Pakistan has set up with China an economic corridor, across the country resulting from the port of Gwadar on the coast to China.
The Balochs were reproached by this agreement. Instead, Balochistan is a huge militarized zone with thousands of checkpoints and garrisons of the Pakistani Army.
The regime receives money aid for their fight against terrorism and weapon systems by the US and also by Germany.
F-16 aircraft and Cobra attack helicopters are however also used against the population of the Balochs.
The regime of the Pakistan Army has two faces. It supports terrorist organizations like Taliban, al qaida and more recently the IS, but also Lakkar e Tayyiba, TTP, Jamaat ud Dawa, Lashkar e Islam and Sepah e Sahaba, all extremist groups from Punjab, Pakistan.
They train the terrorgroups in their own military camps and use them in Balochistan to abduct the educated elite and ordinary Balochs who came under suspicion to be for independence, cruelly torturing, to murder and then to dump their bodies or to bury them in massgraves.
Amnesty International calls this a “Kill and Dump Policy” and other Human Rights Organizations even such as Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, confirm the atrocities.
Western politicians are ignoring the problem, following the Brzezinskipolicy of the American Security adviser to President Carter till Obama.
The envisages to set on all extremist religious regimes in a belt around Russia to reproach this superpower outside. Here human rights violations negligently to be accepted.
About 20.000 Balochs have been abducted and disappeared or been found dead. Over 100.000 made to refugees in their own country because their villages were shelled and burned.
The Long March is also reminiscent of the same March of Balochs up to Islamabad, with their former objective to get answers to their missing loved ones.
The activists set up of academics, like professors, students and the nine – year old Mahgonag, who is in Germany only since 11 months and already masters our language perfectly.
I spoke with Abdul Wajid Baloch, who had problems with one leg, as he has been hung in the torture cell at his legs.
With strokes of the cane he was beaten. Now he wanted to see a doctor in order to survive the rigors of the Long March.
Abdul Wajid Baloch in his previous life had been a student of marine science and a columnist for the Daily Tawar, Assap and Intekhab.
He was kidnapped on his way to Uthal University of his hometown of Mand, his vehicle stopped by the Pakistani Army in Pasni and forcefully removed to an unknown location.
He is the cousin of Sher Mohammad Baloch of the Baloch Republican Party, BRP, who has been tortured by the Pakistani Army to death.
Almost of the activists mourns victims in their family, the forced exile is the only way to escape and survive this hell alive.
Azum Noor, a poet, took part in the March. He showed me a foto of his past life, when he was not so thin as today. He is also a victim of torture.
On road passers stopped, could inform themselves, listened surprised to the atrocities happening in Balochistan, because our “German quality media” is silent about the gruesome events there.
For journalists and Human Rights Organizations, entering of Balochistan is forbidden anyway. The regime cannot use witnesses to their deeds.
Then on the Republic Square in front of our Bundestag, Rohail Baloch, nephew of the initiator and organizer of the Long March, Hyarbyar Marri, exiled in London, held an enlightening evidence – speech. Mahgonag presented her motif for her mission to join the Long March, and after the speeches of other high rank activists I was able to enlighten my compatriots in German language.
We spoke in front of a mixed international audience who listened carefully and not hesitated to take some information leafs home.
We were unable to contribute our resolution to the Group offices of the Parties at Bundestag, because of the sitting break of Parliament in August. This I will do after by correspondence to each of them. Our media I will write to individually too.
I participated in the Long March and in part, because I established in February this year an NGO called “Friends of Balochistan” , through initiative and together with Dr. Richard Benkin, USA, and Reza Hosseinborr, London, an Iranean Baloch.
Our organization is set up and supports awareness campaigns of the various Independence Movements. We strive for a big Lobby to take as think-tanks professional influence on Western Governments.
A peaceful political solution is provided, therefore, the German Foreign Office, remains in contact with us.
The Balochs have already drawn up a charter for the case of their independence. It provides for a parliamentary system along Western lines. Gladly the Balochs would like to support the West in their fight against terror. They are secular Muslims and tolerate other religions and strive for equating women. The regime persecutes Christians and Hindus.
The West is well advised to focus on the minorities in Pakistan, because only they are unreservedly in fight against terror on our western side.
Further support of the Punjabregime, means Pakistani Army and The ISI, will bring the loss of influence of the US in the whole region, which will be filled up by China.
Because the Pakistani Army dominated by Punjabies fights against the US with their terror elements.
The West must finally stand to his words. We cannot and must no longer let down the Balochs.
The following Monday, a bomb explosion took place in front of a hospital in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan.
At the attack, mainly Pashtunlawyers died and even Balochlawyers, who were all opposed to the Pakistani state. Now all extremist groups from Punjab are gathering there, as I was told today by a Baloch. He sent me fotos for evidence. I was also told that in a distance of 15 minutes, there are checkpoints in Quetta. Without the knowledge of the Intelligence Service and the Pakistani Army, no one attains unto the hospital.
By Claudia Waedlich
Columnist and Correspondent of The Pashtun Times
Writer and Human rights activist.
THE PASHTUN TIMES