Day: March 21, 2012

First Baloch women’s conference calls for Balochistan sovereignty

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Mazar-e-Sharif (Afghanistan), Mar.21 (ANI): Baloch women representatives from Central and Eastern Balochistan, Western Balochistan, Northern Balochistan, Arab, Europe and America gathered for the first Baloch Women’s Conference in Afghanistan recently.

The three-day conference, which ended last week, came out with a 12-point declaration, the gist of which was a reiteration of a long standing demand for a free, united, democratic and gender balanced Balochistan.

The declaration also said that the struggle for a unified Balochistan would continue, and demanded the withdrawal of all kinds of Pakistani and Iranian forces from Balochistan.

They demanded the release of Zarina Marri, Baloch women from Dera Bugti Ardi, Sangsila, Sryab, Dasht and other parts of Balochistan, including 15000 Baloch men, women and children abducted by Pakistan and Iran army.

Demanding equal rights for Baloch women must be an integral part of all the charters and constitutions of Baloch parties, groups and alliances, conference particpants appealed for socio-economic support for the families of all honorable Balochs who sacrificed their lives for the Baloch cause.

They also demanded the right to education, mobility, and decision making at individual and political level for all Baloch women.

A new seven-member team representatives headed by Professor Naela Quadri Baloch as president, was alos elected at the conference. (ANI)

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Discontent Lashkari Raisani resigns from Senate membership

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QUETTA: With suspected difference of opinion on resolving the Balochistan crises, senior Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Senator Haji Lashkari Raisani on Tuesday tendered his resignation from the Senate.
Sources close to Raisani while confirming his resignation, said there were differences between him and some provincial leaders of the party. These differences were also the reason behind his resignation from the post of PPP Provincial President in 2010.
“Yes I tendered my resignation to Chairman Senate and will disclose the reasons behind my resignation in a few days,” the former provincial president PPP said.
According to sources, Raisani, who is also Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani’s younger brother, was not satisfied with the central leadership’s handling of issues pertaining to Balochistan, claiming the government had mishandled it.
He had sidelined himself from party activities for the past many months and had been issuing public statements accusing Federal Ministers, including Interior Minister Rehman Malik, for polluting the political environment in Balochistan.