No Flotilla for Balochistan: Western Media ignores a Slow-Motion Genocide

“If East Timor, Kosovo, South Sudan and Eritrea can get help from the West to gain their freedom, why not Balochistan?” Marri asked, as he savoured a meal of Pakistan tikka masala in a Geneva restaurant. “As you can see I love Pakistani cuisine, but I am not a Pakistani; I am a Baloch, seeking a dignified life for my people as free men and women.” 

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No flotilla for Balochistan

Western media ignore this ongoing, slow-motion genocide

Boys stand next to a man as they watch fuel trucks which were set ablaze in the Bolan district of Pakistan's Baluchistan provinceTarek Fatah
The Toronto Sun

A terrible war is unfolding in a faraway land called Balochistan. Almost daily, bodies of young men, kidnapped and tortured to death by the Pakistan occupation army, end up in ditches. Others, still alive, are thrown from helicopters into the arms of the rough mountain terrain below.

Yet, not a single western journalist covers this ongoing, slow- motion genocide of the Baloch people.

Compare that to Gaza: Even a single Palestinian death at the hands of the IDF results in banner headlines.

But no one notices the daily massacres of the Baloch, not even the Palestinians.

A few years ago, a similar slaughter of Muslims by fellow Muslims dragged on for years before the world woke up to the Darfur genocide, where black-skinned Africans were decimated by the Arab Janjaweed of Sudan.

No flotilla sailed for Darfur, and none will likely leave harbour for Balochistan.

For Muslims, especially the victimhood-obsessed Islamists in the West, the lives of the Baloch and Darfuri are of less value to Allah than those of the Arab.

The irony is the Baloch are strong backers of the Palestinian movement in a relationship that has triggered absolutely no reciprocity.

Last week, I attended a workshop at the UNHCR in Geneva on Baloch Human Rights and witnessed first-hand how not a single Muslim state from the 56-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) was willing to pay even lip service to the tragedy of the Baloch.

When Mehran Marri, the Baloch spokesman, wanted to make an intervention to register the ongoing killings of his people, the Pakistan delegate rudely interrupted him, demanding the chair cut off his speech; she dismissed the interruption and allowed Marri to continue.

Marri is the youngest son of Balochistan’s elder statesman, the octogenarian Khair-Bux Marri (with whom I spent time in a Balochistan jail as a political prisoner).

With anger blazing in his bluish-green eyes, he asked: “Why do Islamic countries support the independence of Palestine, but not the independence of Balochistan? Don’t we have a stronger case than them for a national homeland? While we have a distinct language, culture and a history going back thousands of years and a state since the 1500s, they don’t.”

Balochistan (the size of France) is currently occupied by Pakistan and Iran, with part of it in Afghanistan. The Pakistan part secured its independence from Britain on Aug. 11, 1947, three days before Pakistan came into existence. Its independence was recognized by Pakistan for nine months, before the Pak Army invaded and occupied it in March, 1948. Since then, four armed insurrections have taken place with considerable loss of life.

As the third generation of Baloch youth fight, they have turned to the West for help, with some success at hearings in the U.S. Congress led by Brad Sherman (D-CA) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA).

I asked Marri if it was wise to seek help from the U.S.

“If East Timor, Kosovo, South Sudan and Eritrea can get help from the West to gain their freedom, why not Balochistan?” Marri asked, as he savoured a meal of Pakistan tikka masala in a Geneva restaurant. “As you can see I love Pakistani cuisine, but I am not a Pakistani; I am a Baloch, seeking a dignified life for my people as free men and women.”

No Flotilla for Baluchistan

7 comments for “No Flotilla for Balochistan: Western Media ignores a Slow-Motion Genocide

  1. Baloch
    October 12, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    it is matter of grave concerns that a 60 people dead bodies of Baloch have been found within 4 months. they aren’t the uneducated or ignorant who went missing and when found them, they were dead but they are the intellectuals. the cream of Baloch people are selectively kidnapped and killed brutally. A Pakistani can condemn the Kashmiri plight, if he can censures the Palestinian miseries, the Muslim of Burma then why they turn a deaf hear to the case of Balochistan? no matter if one claims the Hindu of Inda is nonmuslim to cause miseries for Kashmirs, the Jews of Isreal for Palestan and Budhist of Burma kill muslims then unfold the closed lashes of the eyes to see that it’s none then Pakistani Muslim army acting brutality to Baloch muslims. if this is Islam Pakistan represents then i’m glad i’m liberal and secular. Hats off Mr. Tarek Fatah.

  2. Ahmar Mustikhan
    October 12, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Agreed, Western media attention is needed to expose the brutalities of the Pakistani security forces and extremely violent terror outfits like the Baloch Republican Army and Baloch Liberation Army, whose leaders are based in the West. The two sides have innocent human blood on their hands.

    • Archen
      October 13, 2013 at 5:58 AM


      Baloch liberation Army and Baloch Republican Army are popular armed resisting organizations, including Baloch Liberation Front led by Dr Nazar.. By the virtue of these secular forces’ struggle, we general public have got ridden of Jihadi forces in Balochistan, even though people like, you want us to be subjugated by JuD and Lashkar-e-Jangvi. According to information, you’ve been tasked with certain responsibility Through Dr Malik by ISI to blackmail Baloch leadership abroad comprising Hyr Beyar Marri and Nawab Brahamdag Bugti..

  3. ghulam baloch
    October 15, 2013 at 3:39 AM

    sir hope your hard work and syampathy will bring a change in international community. I will object only the word Slow Motion genocide .sir i disagree to it because as you know to day pakistani army and its agencies are killing the cream of baloch nation including Doctors , Engineers , Philoshpers, lecturers , students, political workers, we all know that these profesions are the base and foundation of a nation and pakistan is shrinking the foundations uptill now more then 1500 hundred activist have sacrifices their life for free Balochistan.literacy rate of balochistan is very low due to long long occupation of balochistan.if it continues in the same way and internationl comunity will not raise a voice and favour to Baloch Nation then the time is not too far that this Rigion will be in hand of islamic fudamentalist. So as a word is almost used by friends that its a slow genocide killing for a slave nation its a fast genocide killing beacuse our nation is loosing lives of professionals its my humble request to every one who has some sympathy to Baloch Nation and Balochistan should declear it as fast genocide killing of a Nation. Thanks

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  5. Excelsior
    October 24, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    As the West ignores the atrocities being committed in Baluchistan by Pakistani forces, the Chinese have quietly by agreement with the Pakistani government taken over the running of Gwadur seaport as well have secured valuable mining rights in mineral-rich Baluchistan. These are additional headaches Baluchi people will have to sort out when independence eventually comes to this troubled land.

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