My Balochistan is looted and my people are muted…

Jumma Jan, Unless sardar gang is kept in their homes and take leadership from them, we baloch common people have no future. Sardars are fence sitters.

Jumma Marri

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Balochistan’s expropriation, marginalization and dispossession by Pakistan were from day one and continue ever since ruthlessly…
Baloch leaders and people never accepted merger with Pakista n those few who accepted reluctantly first wanted thrashing out crucial issues like constitutional status, provincial autonomy and allocation of resources and other vital issues of governance. Soon after the merger, conflicts arose between the government of Pakistan and Balochistan.

Balochistan is the largest province in terms of area, lowest in population and the poorest in per capita income. Today there is a feeling in Balochistan that this province is part of federation on paper only, and at the mercy of the Centre that continues to exploit it’s natural wealth and quells any signs of dissent with force.

I believe our resources have more value than the few promised development Projects KB Marri said. No one can deny Balochistan’s importance economically and strategically.

The first deposits of gas were discovered in Sui in 1953. Gas was supplied to Rawalpindi and other areas of Punjab in 1964 but Quetta, the capital of Balochistan had to wait until 1986 for its share of the gas which it received only when the central government decided to station a military garrison in the provincial capital. In the Dera Bugti district, home to the gas fields of Sui and Pir Koh where there have been disturbances recently, only the town of Dera Bugti is supplied with gas. It receives it’s supplies only because a Para military camp was opened there in mid 1990’s. Overall, only four of the 28 districts of Balochistan are supplied with gas.

Once the only source of countries gas supplies today it is still 46 per cent of Pakistan’s total gas production, the province consumes only 12 per cent of its own production. The remaining goes to the rest of the country. In addition, the central government charges a much lower price for Baloch gas than it does for gas produced in other provinces, particularly Sind and Punjab.

Moreover, Balochistan receives no more than 12.4 per cent of the due royalties for supplying gas. This is a grave exploitation of the Balochistan’s natural resources. We are not talking here about other minerals like uranium, gold silver, cooper iron ore, marble and other precious stones, fruits and fishing industries the list is huge…

We seek justice against the plunder and looting of our resources and against the deprivation and poverty which is wide spread in rich but starving Balochistan…

Photo: My Balochistan is looted and my people are muted… Balochistan’s expropriation, marginalization and dispossession by Pakistan were from day one and continue ever since ruthlessly… Baloch leaders and people never accepted merger with Pakistan those few who accepted reluctantly first wanted thrashing out crucial issues like constitutional status, provincial autonomy and allocation of resources and other vital issues of governance. Soon after the merger, conflicts arose between the government of Pakistan and Balochistan. Balochistan is the largest province in terms of area, lowest in population and the poorest in per capita income. Today there is a feeling in Balochistan that this province is part of federation on paper only, and at the mercy of the Centre that continues to exploit it’s natural wealth and quells any signs of dissent with force. I believe our resources have more value than the few promised development Projects KB Marri said. No one can deny Balochistan's importance economically and strategically. The first deposits of gas were discovered in Sui in 1953. Gas was supplied to Rawalpindi and other areas of Punjab in 1964 but Quetta, the capital of Balochistan had to wait until 1986 for its share of the gas which it received only when the central government decided to station a military garrison in the provincial capital. In the Dera Bugti district, home to the gas fields of Sui and Pir Koh where there have been disturbances recently, only the town of Dera Bugti is supplied with gas. It receives it's supplies only because a Para military camp was opened there in mid 1990's. Overall, only four of the 28 districts of Balochistan are supplied with gas. Once the only source of countries gas supplies today it is still 46 per cent of Pakistan's total gas production, the province consumes only 12 per cent of its own production. The remaining goes to the rest of the country. In addition, the central government charges a much lower price for Baloch gas than it does for gas produced in other provinces, particularly Sind and Punjab. Moreover, Balochistan receives no more than 12.4 per cent of the due royalties for supplying gas. This is a grave exploitation of the Balochistan’s natural resources. We are not talking here about other minerals like uranium, gold silver, cooper iron ore, marble and other precious stones, fruits and fishing industries the list is huge… We seek justice against the plunder and looting of our resources and against the deprivation and poverty which is wide spread in rich but starving Balochistan…

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