This page is intended to serve as an accompaniment to the Balochistan Series being held at T2F. Before each discussion session, we will post a list of links to literature or videos. Hopefully you will find it useful to browse through these links to find out more about subjects that we may not have enough time to discuss in enough detail during the discussion session.
Session 1: History of the Baloch Nationalist Movement (1920s to 2004)
Photo: Leading Baloch nationalist politicians gather on the balcony of the National Awami Party headquarters in Quetta awaiting the arrival of Khan Wali Khan in the 1970s. (Source)
The first discussion session in our series (on May 18) will focus on the history of Baloch nationalist movement from its beginnings in the 1920s until, but not including, the current insurgency that began around 2004.
Our guests for this session are B.M. Kutty, former political secretary to the Governor of Balochistan, and Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur, a columnist and a participant in the 1973-1977 insurgency.
Below are some readings (including one by our guest Mr Talpur) that deal with the subject.
- Memories of Another Day, Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur, Newsline, 4 June 2009
- Interview of Sher Mohammad Marri (aka General Sheroff), Pakistan Forum, May-June 1973
- The Accession of Kalat: Myth and Reality, Dushka Saiyid, Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad, Autumn 2006
- Baluch Nationalism and Superpower Rivalry, Selig Harrison, International Security, Winter 1980-1981
- Knights, not Pawns: Ethno-nationalism and Regional Dynamics in Post Colonial Balochistan, Paul Titus & Nina Swidler, International Journal of Middle East Studies, 2000
- Baloch Nationalism: Its Origins and Development, Taj Mohammad Breseeg, Royal Book Company, 2004
Session 2: Understanding the Current Insurgency
In the second session of the series (on June 28) we explore the causes for the outbreak of the current insurgency in Balochistan, and the changing nature of Baloch nationalism and followers.
Our guests are are former senator Sanaullah Baloch of the Balochistan National Party, and Mir Sohaib Mengal, central committee member of the Baloch Students Organization-Azad.
- The Resurgence of Baluch Nationalism, Frédéric Grare, Carnegie Papers, January 2006
- The Forgotten Conflict in Balochistan, International Crisis Group, 22 October 2007
- Balochistan: middle-class rebellion, Mahvish Ahmad, Dawn, 5 June 2012
- The Future of Dr. Allah Nazar, Malik Siraj Akbar, The Baloch Hal, 8 August 2011
- Balochistan: Pakistan’s other war, Al Jazeera English, January 2012