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(By Aleem Maqbool BBC News, Gwadar )
The threats to Pakistan's future do not just come from the recent wave of militant attacks, but also from discontent in communities around the country.
Gwadar is almost as remote a town in Pakistan as you can get. On the coast of the country's largest province, Balochistan, close to the Iranian border, it is nearly 2,000km (1,250 miles) from the capital, Islamabad.
Down on the shabby beaches, people earn a living the way they have done for generations, fishing and boat-building.
It might, at first, feel like it is a world away from the violence elsewhere.
But trouble's simmering here too.

'Fight for rights'
In a small, dark, compound, we met members of various separatist groups - the Baloch National Front, Balochistan Republican Party and Balochistan Liberation Army.
We hear their grievances, and their threats.
"What else do we have left," says Rehman Arif, of the BRP, "except our guns, and to fight for our rights?
"This region of Balochistan, which has seen civilisation for thousands of years, is being oppressed by Pakistan. We're ready to accept assistance from anyone in our fight. We appeal to India for help."
This public plea for help from the country's sworn enemy will alarm Pakistanis.
So too might the fact that almost everyone we came across in the town supported moves for their province to break away from Pakistan.
"The Pakistani government doesn't do anything for us," says Shaukat, a fisherman. "They only work for themselves. We just labour hard, but nobody cares," he says, before wading into the water and clambering onto his boat for another long day at sea.
Poverty here, and right across the province of Balochistan, is on the rise. It is, once again, stirring decades-old feelings of resentment towards the country's establishment.

Many Baloch feel they have been cheated, and that while Pakistan plunders their local resources, like natural gas, coal and copper, local people remain poor.
"We've got nothing," says Tariq Ashraf, a businessman in Gwadar's old quarter. "You can see all the children, look at them, look at the dirt, look at the houses. The politicians just give us promises."

Resentment
The Prime Minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, has a new promise, and he has come to Gwadar to make it. He tells us his government will develop the port, and bring business and jobs here, for the people of Balochistan.
Haji Saleh Muhammed says jobs don't go to locals
"They were not given their rights for the last 62 years [since the creation of Pakistan], therefore we have launched a package with the title 'Aghaze Huqooq-i-Balochistan' [The beginning of the rights of the people of Balochistan]. That is why I am here."
And it is not just the prime minister. The entire cabinet flies in for, among other things, a meeting on a ship in Gwadar Port.
It was meant to provide a boost to the area, and help attract investment. However, the sight of huge government convoys and reports of the millions of rupees of expenditure on the cabinet meeting did not impress some. Many in Gwadar supported the separatist's call for a strike.
Even with new development projects there is resentment. Many here feel that any benefits that development brings will leave the area.
By chance, not far from the port, clutching a folder, we find Haji Saleh Muhammed.
"I am from Gwadar, I am a port crane operator," he says. He opens the file, that he says he always keeps with him, to show us his qualifications and certificates, received during 12 years working in Dubai.
"I came back to work in my city, but they have brought people from outside. Karachi people are working here, I am just sitting around.
"Gilani says jobs will come here, but most will go to outsiders."
On the beach, we even found a policeman who said the poverty and injustice had got so bad, he would lay down his life for Baloch independence.
Last chance
Prime Minister Gilani reiterated to us his assertion that there was considerable evidence that India is already supporting the Baloch separatists, but accepted that the region had been neglected by Pakistan in the past.
However, he also insisted that the general picture is much better than it appears.
"Balochs are patriotic, 99.9% support Pakistan. There are maybe a handful of people who are towing the foreign agenda of somebody else - we are negotiating with them," he says.
"The time will come when the people themselves will realise that we are on the right path, and they will start supporting us."
Mr Gilani's going to have to work fast here, because it feels like the last chance people are going to give the politicians to reduce poverty and inequality.
If they fail, Balochistan could quite easily become a focal point in Pakistan's destabilisation.
Mirror: Balochistan reaches boiling point

Anyone from balochistan? How bad is the situation there?
 

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Blog is nothing but propaganda.
RAW is on killing civilians in Baluchistan and some lawyers and element in Judiciary and senate are working for RAW.
 

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Well it is all because of corrupt rulers, during Musharraf rule he start building up Gawadar, he completed many roads including beutiful Coastal Highway from Gawadar to Karachi, also the port & he was trying to build Gawadar into another Karachi which could have benefit our economy. Many projects are halted when the current govt came to power. I am from Karachi but i want govt to develop Gawadar & Balochistan, they should make it big secure modern economic city, Truly speaking Gawadar have all potential to become a great city in the region, even better than current leading cities in Arabian sea like Dubai & Karachi.
 

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(By Aleem Maqbool BBC News, Gwadar )
The threats to Pakistan's future do not just come from the recent wave of militant attacks, but also from discontent in communities around the country.
Gwadar is almost as remote a town in Pakistan as you can get. On the coast of the country's largest province, Balochistan, close to the Iranian border, it is nearly 2,000km (1,250 miles) from the capital, Islamabad.
Down on the shabby beaches, people earn a living the way they have done for generations, fishing and boat-building.
It might, at first, feel like it is a world away from the violence elsewhere.
But trouble's simmering here too.

'Fight for rights'
In a small, dark, compound, we met members of various separatist groups - the Baloch National Front, Balochistan Republican Party and Balochistan Liberation Army.
We hear their grievances, and their threats.
"What else do we have left," says Rehman Arif, of the BRP, "except our guns, and to fight for our rights?
"This region of Balochistan, which has seen civilisation for thousands of years, is being oppressed by Pakistan. We're ready to accept assistance from anyone in our fight. We appeal to India for help."
This public plea for help from the country's sworn enemy will alarm Pakistanis.
So too might the fact that almost everyone we came across in the town supported moves for their province to break away from Pakistan.
"The Pakistani government doesn't do anything for us," says Shaukat, a fisherman. "They only work for themselves. We just labour hard, but nobody cares," he says, before wading into the water and clambering onto his boat for another long day at sea.
Poverty here, and right across the province of Balochistan, is on the rise. It is, once again, stirring decades-old feelings of resentment towards the country's establishment.

Many Baloch feel they have been cheated, and that while Pakistan plunders their local resources, like natural gas, coal and copper, local people remain poor.
"We've got nothing," says Tariq Ashraf, a businessman in Gwadar's old quarter. "You can see all the children, look at them, look at the dirt, look at the houses. The politicians just give us promises."

Resentment
The Prime Minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, has a new promise, and he has come to Gwadar to make it. He tells us his government will develop the port, and bring business and jobs here, for the people of Balochistan.
Haji Saleh Muhammed says jobs don't go to locals
"They were not given their rights for the last 62 years [since the creation of Pakistan], therefore we have launched a package with the title 'Aghaze Huqooq-i-Balochistan' [The beginning of the rights of the people of Balochistan]. That is why I am here."
And it is not just the prime minister. The entire cabinet flies in for, among other things, a meeting on a ship in Gwadar Port.
It was meant to provide a boost to the area, and help attract investment. However, the sight of huge government convoys and reports of the millions of rupees of expenditure on the cabinet meeting did not impress some. Many in Gwadar supported the separatist's call for a strike.
Even with new development projects there is resentment. Many here feel that any benefits that development brings will leave the area.
By chance, not far from the port, clutching a folder, we find Haji Saleh Muhammed.
"I am from Gwadar, I am a port crane operator," he says. He opens the file, that he says he always keeps with him, to show us his qualifications and certificates, received during 12 years working in Dubai.
"I came back to work in my city, but they have brought people from outside. Karachi people are working here, I am just sitting around.
"Gilani says jobs will come here, but most will go to outsiders."
On the beach, we even found a policeman who said the poverty and injustice had got so bad, he would lay down his life for Baloch independence.
Last chance
Prime Minister Gilani reiterated to us his assertion that there was considerable evidence that India is already supporting the Baloch separatists, but accepted that the region had been neglected by Pakistan in the past.
However, he also insisted that the general picture is much better than it appears.
"Balochs are patriotic, 99.9% support Pakistan. There are maybe a handful of people who are towing the foreign agenda of somebody else - we are negotiating with them," he says.
"The time will come when the people themselves will realise that we are on the right path, and they will start supporting us."
Mr Gilani's going to have to work fast here, because it feels like the last chance people are going to give the politicians to reduce poverty and inequality.
If they fail, Balochistan could quite easily become a focal point in Pakistan's destabilisation.
Mirror: Balochistan reaches boiling point

Anyone from balochistan? How bad is the situation there?


Similar stories of Tribe oppression for valued minerals.... James Cameron can make another Avatar on this story...

I don know why Governments are so insensitive towards their own people..
 

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Similar stories of Tribe oppression for valued minerals.... James Cameron can make another Avatar on this story...

I don know why Governments are so insensitive towards their own people..
Pakistan is not able to take care of its own people. Why are they worried about indian kashmir?
 

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Similar stories of Tribe oppression for valued minerals.... James Cameron can make another Avatar on this story...

I don know why Governments are so insensitive towards their own people..
What will you say about naxalites in your country? Aren't they fighting for rights as well? Development takes time.

Besides there is a sticky thread regarding Baluchistan. You can consult that for developments.

http://www.defence.pk/forums/national-political-issues/12882-balochistan-40.html
 

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BSO leader among three found dead in Balochistan​


QUETTA: Three more decomposed and mutilated bodies, including that of a zonal organiser of the Baloch Students Organisation-Azad (BSO-A), were recovered from different parts of Balochistan on Sunday.

According to official sources, body of a missing student, Fareed Baloch, was found near a river in Ferozabad area of Khuzdar district and was shifted to the Khuzdar Civil Hospital for autopsy. Fareed was whisked away some 45 days ago from Quetta.

Hospital sources said that Fareed was shot in the head and his body also bore torture marks. The victim was a zonal organiser of the BSO-A.

Another body was recovered from Saryab area of Quetta and was shifted to the Bolan Medical Teaching Hospital for postmortem. However, identity of the victim, who was shot in the head by unidentified killers, could not be ascertained.

Separately, the Balochistan Levies recovered a bullet-riddled body from Awaran district. The victim was later identified as Saleh Muhammad, a resident of Quetta. A few days ago, Saleh was abducted by unidentified abductors while travelling in a passenger van near Breith area. The body was handed over to the heirs after necessary medico-legal formalities. Levies forces have launched an investigation into the murder. Nevertheless, a complete shutter-down strike was observed in several areas of the province to protest against what they described as “an involuntary accession of Balochistan to Pakistan”. The strike call was given by the Baloch National Front.

The call received a good response in Turbat, Hub, Mand, Hoshap, Khuzdar, Naushki, Chagai, Kharan and Washuk areas, where business and trade activities remained paralysed on Sunday.

Law enforcement agencies have stepped up security in the said areas of the province to avoid any untoward incident.
 

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Balochistan will remain with Pakistan - If any external country tries to disintegrate Pakistan.We'll make sure it goes down with us.Pakistan cannot be disintegrated period.
 
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