May 24, 2010
from an Interview with a European Journalist about
by Hafeez Hasanabadi
Translated By Archen Baloch
"I was so well protected by my Baloch friends that I never
felt at risk. In fact, I was, and still am, more worried
about the personal security of those who helped me as they
may be victims of reprisals. Baloch hospitality was overwhelming
everywhere I was in Balochistan." These are the
words of the famous European journalists Karlos Zurutuza
whose interview was published in San Sebastian, by Sara Etxart,
under the Headline of "Balochistan
a land of limits."
He is one those sensitive and concerned European journalists,
who are not only writing about Baloch and Balochistan for
a long time, but also trying hard to depict the true picture
of Baloch nation in real spirit in their writings to spread
awareness among their own(Europeans, Americas, Canadians,
Australians) people. So that, as tax payers, they ask their
respective governments forcefully, why they are supporting
such terrorist and tyrant regimes with their money, who bombard
villages and kill people, put on fire their crops and acidize
the faces of the innocent children? And that, in these despotic
countries, their public money is being used to buy bullets,
instead of poverty eradication.
Bibi Wendy Jonson and Waja Peter Tatchel are among those
who are constantly putting a lot of efforts into high lighting
the Baloch national issue.
Waja karlus's constant writing about Baloch nation, affirms
his compassion for humanity. Last year he and Peter Tatchel
were accorded Nawab Akber Bugti Award in recognition of their
hard works for highlighting Baloch national issue by Baloch
national leader khair Beyar Marri.
Now coming to Karlus Zuruturza's interview, which has been
published in many international sites, including theBaluch.com,
Balochwarna.org, According to him, the main reason of the
Baloch polarization and the failure of their national struggle,
is the occupation and the unjust politics of world powers
in the region where they have compromised Baloch Unity by
interring into morbid deals with dominant nations, i.e. Persians,
Punjabis and Pakhtoons. In order to not antagonize the dominant
nations over Baloch, they have deprived them of the right
to unite or to gain power to rise above.
In his point of view, the big powers and the developed world
are still unaware of the importance of Baloch nation and
Balochistan. The people of the developed world do not have
the sufficient awareness about the fact that when we talk
about Balochistan, it means we are talking about the most
important geostrategic land on the earth. This country possesses
a vast costal belt, which forms the choke of Persian Gulf,
where the gas and oil pipelines of Central Asia would pass.
In terms of energy, Nature has bestowed upon the Baloch the
richest land, where coal, oil, gas, uranium, silver, gold,
aluminum and countless other natural wealth have been discovered.
Where the Chinese, Chileans, Canadians and Australians companies
are engaged in looting the precious wealth and the locals
are deprived of its income.
In concise, we could say the biggest natural resources of
the Asia are hidden in the womb of Baloch motherland.
Keeping in view these facts, Karlus emphasizes upon the international
community, that when they talk about the geopolitics of the
region, they should abandon their apathy towards Baloch and
Balochistan and start thinking about the new dimensions,
and then they will have to admit the fact that Balochistan
holds the key position in the region. And we believe that
in the near future, the big powers will come around this
As we had earlier said that Karlus has a clear vision about
Baloch and Balochistan. According to him, Baloch is a distinguished
nation, with a distinguished homeland, language, culture
and with a common history. But, under the imperialistic politics
of 91th century the British Empire divided it into different
In fact it is the basic of his philosophy, under which, Baloch
national struggle establishes itself to be a liberation movement,
rather than a secessionist one. And it also bears out the
fact that Baloch war is a defensive one.
He expresses his views about the current
situation of Balochistan, which are exactly true to the point.
He says that 80% per cent of Baloch people, in Pakistani
controlled province are deprived of education. This province
not only constitutes the status of poorest, but also bearing
the brunt of worst state sponsored terrorism, where villages
after villages have been subjected to aerial bombardment.
People are displaced under the open sky for years. Thousands
innocent people have been forced into disappearance without
any court and trail. No one knows about their well being
These atrocities are not confined only to Eastern Balochistan;
Western Balochistan is also subject to worst type of barbarism
and savagery under the Iranian theocratic regime, where people
are shot to death and hanged in public. And political workers
are picked up and hurled down from the flying helicopters.
According to his accounts, the survival of the Baloch nation
is the issue of the current situation in Balochistan; Because
Pakistan and Iran have put in place all their paraphernalia
to liquidate Baloch from its existence. On the question of
a journalist that if Balochistan has been ignored! Then narrate
us a story which corroborates your claim? Karlus sums' up
the entire situation into a nut shell, by sighting his last
year's journey to the region, according to him; his findings
could be a comprehensive book consisting of several volumes.
And I completely agree with him. He says, last year, when
he visited the area, where natural gas was discovered in
1950, with which entire Pakistani household is enjoying cooking,
but I found that Baloch are cooking their food with animals
dry excretions and firewood, they bought from their neighborhood.
Now imagine the extent of the deprivation and the suppression
of the Baloch people on their homeland?
On the occasion of receiving the Nawab Akber Bugty award,
he said that he was very proud of the fact that his efforts
had been recognized. But at the same time he also said that
he had high regard for the works of those Baloch journalists
who had taken the responsibility of reporting the truth under
the dangerous circumstances, Regardless of the fact that
they would face imprisonment and death. He said that he praised
the bravery Baloch journalists deep down from his heart.
Actually, the basic point of his interview was to raise awareness
about the Baloch issue in the "first world community" so
he succeeded, otherwise, had it been the case of inferring,
he must have repeated the words of his friend, Peter Tatchel, "If
tiny East Timor can be an independent nation, why not Baluchistan"?