Thursday, 28th June 2012 | 7:00 pm
Since 2004, Balochistan has been in the midst of an insurgency – regarded by Baloch nationalists as the fifth Baloch insurgency since the creation of Pakistan. Baloch miltants are engaged in a guerrilla war with the Pakistani military, while more significantly the ideological war over the region has become more intense than ever before.
Increasing numbers of Baloch nationalists are now calling for all-out independence rather than just autonomy, and it is reported that in many areas, the Pakistani national anthem is no longer sung in schools. While previous insurgencies in Balochistan had been largely limited to tribal areas, today, the settled regions of the south have become a major hotbed for the Baloch nationalist movement.
Join us at T2F for the second session of the Balochistan discussion series, as we explore the causes for the resurgence of Baloch nationalism, and the changing nature of its ideology and followers.
Sanaullah Baloch is a central leader of the Balochistan National Party, and served as a member of the Senate of Pakistan from 2003 until 2008. He currently lives in self-imposed exile in Geneva, Switzerland, where he continues to advocate for Baloch rights and autonomy for Pakistan’s provinces.
Mir Sohaib Mengal is the international representative and a Central Executive Committee member of the Baloch Students Organization-Azad, a student group that calls for Balochistan’s independence. He is currently based in London where he is studying accountancy.
Joining us via Skype, our two guests will have an informal discussion about the subject, moderated by writer and journalist Mohammed Hanif. This event follows on from our first session in the series that focused on the history of the Baloch nationalist movement.
Anyone interested in doing some reading ahead of the session can find links on our website at: http://www.t2f.biz/balochistan
Date: Thursday, 28th June, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
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Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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