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Radio NPR's Report on Violence in Balochistan

When asked which agencies were involved in enforced disappearances and killings, Balochistan communications minister Sadiq Ali Umrani quipped, "I have told you enough. If I tell you more my body will also be found along a roadside."

Baluchistan girl
Sometimes worth a thousand words...

(SALEM) - One of American's most popular public radio stations NPR (National Public Radio) carried a news story last July about the ongoing independence struggle in occupied Balochistan.

This is a subject we explored in the recent article, Balochistan & Bangladesh - Enduring Pakistan's Selective Genocide. The myriad problems relating to Pakistan's history and aggressive military politics are ugly and widespread. It is tragic for a nation of mostly peaceful people who, like Americans, have little control over the actions of their country's military preoccupation.

The YouTube clip below includes interviews with Balochistan minister and a Baloch girl whose father was abducted on 15 August 2010 by Pakistan's Frontier Corps... in full view of the public.

His tortured body was found in May. See the report at our link above to learn more about incidents of this nature, and to see photos.

Balochistan communications and works minister Sadiq Ali Umrani confirmed to the NPR that Pakistan law-enforcement agencies were involved in the enforced disappearances and killings.

When asked which agency, Umrani quipped, "I have told you enough. If I tell you more my body will also be found along a roadside."

As in Sri Lanka, and other parts of the world where resistance against military oppression exists, journalists in Balochistan who report atrocities tied to Pakistan's military, live in peril and threat of gruesome deaths if they continue their reports. A list was recently released of at least 35 Journalists from Balochistan who were warned to stop writing about Pakistani atrocities in Balochistan; otherwise they will be killed one after other.

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Sean Flynn was a photojournalist in Vietnam, taken captive in 1970 in Cambodia and never seen again.

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