Baloch ruling elite’s lifestyle outshines that of Arab royals

From the Newspaper | National | By Iftikhar A Khan and Kalbe Ali

22nd March, 2012

Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani owns a safety and security firm and a mining company with a capital investment of Rs106.5 million. – File photo by APP
Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani owns a safety and security firm and a mining company with a capital investment of Rs106.5 million. – File photo by APP
ISLAMABAD: Balochistan is considered to be a neglected province where a majority of population lacks basic amenities, but the ruling elite of the province has an entirely different story.
Many members of the club have pieces of land greater in size than some small towns of the country, using precious vehicles rarely seen even in big cities and having more glamorous lifestyle than even royal families of the Arab world.
According to a statement of assets and liabilities submitted to the Election Commission for 2010-2011, Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Khan Raisani uses a luxury sport utility vehicle (Hummer H2) gifted by an unnamed friend from United Arab Emirates (UAE) and a Harley Davidson motorcycle brought to Pakistan after a waiver on customs duty. The price of Hummer and motorcycle has been cited as Rs180 million and Rs3.2 million, respectively. He has two other vehicles, including a land cruiser.
He owns a safety and security firm and a mining company with a capital investment of Rs106.5 million. He also owns over 30 properties valued at Rs150 million in his own and wife’s name.
The Minister for Home and Tribal Affairs, Mir Zafar Ullah Khan, owns 24,338 acres of land, most of which he has inherited and is yet to be distributed. He has Rs51 million in two bank accounts and owns Rs20.7 million house.
The Minister for Building, Agha Irfan Karim, owns four properties, including a farm house, 150 acres of agricultural land and a house in Quetta, but has not mentioned the price, just writing “not evaluated” in the remarks column against the detail of immovable property.
He owns two diamond-studded Rolex wrist watches, two more with gold and silver, 10 diamond-studded cufflinks and 200 tola of gold.
Pir Abdul Qadir Algilani owns 3,200 acres of land in Kalat and Lasbella, and an under-construction farm in Lasbella on 400 acres. His other properties include a two-acre hut in Gaddani. The Pir also has Rs33 million. He has mentioned investment in stocks, too, in his statement.
His other properties include two coal mines, three manganese mines, one cooper mine and one iron ore mine in his own and his wife’s name.
Pir Abdul Qadir has 300 guns issued by the Ordnance depot of the GHQ as his mother’s inheritance from Khan of Kalat, her father. He also owns antiques and gems of unspecified quantity and value.
The Minister for Fisheries, Mir Hammal Kalmati, owns assets worth Rs238 million. He owns seven properties worth Rs238 million and has over Rs28 million in bank accounts.
However, in contrast to most of the cabinet members in Balochistan, the Minister for Higher and Technical Education, Tahir Mehmood Khan, has assets of Rs86.5 million in Quetta. He has jewellery valued at Rs1.5 million and Rs63,600 in two bank accounts.
Jan Ali Changezi has no immovable property in or outside Pakistan. The total worth of assets, including furniture, jewellery and cash in hand and bank, comes to Rs1.6 million.
Muhammad Ismael Gujjar owns property worth Rs19.65 million. He has not mentioned the value of a dairy farm, eight commercial vehicles and two unspecified Pakistan-made cars of 2011 models and one Japan-made car of 2007 model. He has around Rs400,000 in two bank accounts.
Sardar Masood Ali Khan owns assets worth Rs235 million, including commercial and residential property, and 500 grams of gold ornaments. He owns no car.
The total worth of Mohammad Younas Mullazai’s assets, including a house and a commercial plot, is Rs5.5 million. He too owns no car.
Ali Madad Jattak has put at Rs7.3 million the value of his house and 18,000 sq feet land he had purchased after selling livestock — 48 camels, 23 cows and buffalos and 525 goats and sheep valued at Rs15.34 million. He has Rs0.5 million in cash and owns no car.
Ainullah Shams owns a house, agricultural land and open plots worth Rs 12.6 million, but has no bank account and owns no car.
The most valuable thing under possession of Molvi Abdul Samad is his car worth Rs350,000 followed by the share in a house mentioned as Rs50,000. He has put the value of furniture in his use at Rs200,00 and holds the same amount in cash as well. He has Rs3,800 in his bank account.
Syed Matiullah Agha has Rs9.1 million in his bank accounts. He has put the value of his four properties, including agricultural land and plots, at Rs4.5 million. He has an automobile engineering business in Karachi and owns a shop in his village. He also does not own a car.
Asfandyar Khan Kakar has an open plot in Pishin he purchased in an unspecified year for Rs2.8 million, with a present market value of Rs7 million. He has Rs575,315 in two bank accounts, but has no car.

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Balochistan an integral part of Pakistan, says Magsi

Our Staff Correspondent | Back Page | From the Newspaper

26th March, 2012
Commander Southern Commad Lieutenant General Alam Khattak presenting shield to Governor Balochistan Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi during concluding ceremony of Mela organized in connection with Pakistan Day by Pakistan Army at Askari Park. — ONLINE PHOTO by Ahmad Kakar
QUETTA: Balochistan is and will remain an integral part of the country.
This was stated by Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi in his address at the concluding ceremony on Sunday of a three-day festival organised by the Pakistan Army and the provincial government as part of the Pakistan Day celebrations.
Commander of Southern Command Lt-Gen Alam Khan Khattak, Balochistan Assembly Speaker Muhammad Aslam Bhootani, son of Khan of Kalat Prince Mohammad Ahmedzai, provincial ministers and senior military and civil officers attended the ceremony.
Governor Magsi said Balochistan would always remain part of Pakistan.
“No-one will be able to separate Balochistan from Pakistan,” he declared. He said the people of Balochistan were patriots and no-one should have any doubt about it.
Thousands of people, including women and children, visited festival in the Askari Park over the past three days. Cultural shows representing all provinces were organised.
A large number of stalls were set up in the park. An army band presented a musical programme. A karate show was also organised.
The governor announced a grant of Rs500,000 for welfare of special children.
Awards were given to owners of winning stalls.


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From: Siddique Baloch <Siddique_Baloch>
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Subject: [balochi_culture] Fwd: (SPN) Event marking the “Illegal occupation of Balochistan on March 27, 1948”.

First of all lets’ be realistic. Let’s not call it a “ILLEGAL OCCUPATION”, as It is not an illegal occupation but was willful deliberate and voluntary merger of Khan Kalat with Jinnah of Pakistan. Khan Kalat did signed the document of accession on his own free will to please the prophet Mohammad (PBUH) after seeing him in his dream. He did it to prove that he is a good Muslim. He signed on the death warrants of millions of Baloch despite the fact that the both Baloch upper and lower houses voted unanimously to stay free and independent.
Balochs, Protesting against Pakistan, should also protest against Khan Kalat and his family for selling Balochistan to Pakistan.
This was not the first time Khan Kalat have sold Baloch land. In 1883, the Khan of Kalat sold the Quetta district and adjoining territories to the British government. Alongside the land, it was also an outright sale of the people, like a herd of cattle. Heirs of Khan of Kalat were also obliged to adhere to this hire purchase arrangement. He received an annual grant of Rs. 25000 for selling the most attractive part of Balochistan to the British government. The irony is that non of the money received was used for the welfare of ordinary Baloch people. No any Road, Hospital or School was built to help the ordinary Balochs, but was pocketed as personal wealth and was used to build palaces.
In 1783, the Khan of Kalat sold Gwadar to Taimur Sultan of Oman. On September 8, 1958, Pakistan purchased the Gwadar back from Oman for $3 million. Gwadar officially became part of Pakistan on December 8,1958. At the time, Gwadar was a small and underdeveloped fishing village with a population of a few thousand at that time.
Let’s not forget, It was again Mir Ahmed Yar Khan in Kalat who weighed Qaid Azum Mohamad Ali Jinnah and his sister into Golds and Silvers and give it to them as gift where the ordinary Baloch slept in hunger with empty stomach. 
The lust of selling Baloch land and resources continue as the current Khan Kalat Mir Suleman Daud Khan recently sold a piece of priceless diamond-studded Baloch crown and a centuries old carpet of Kalat palace, that belonged to Baloch National heritage, to multi millions dollars in Dubai and bought himself a nice home in Cardiff, U.K for cash.
That was not enough. Khan Kalat is currently busy joining hands with Afghanistan’s Northen Alliance Warlords to sell the Balochistan’s natural wealth and Gwadar port to higher bidder such as UNOCAL and other oil and gas giant companies in exchange for to re-establish his monarchy (Khanate), over the bullet riddled dead bodies of Baloch people, with the help of some Iranian thugs and Jundullah terrorists, by suing the fancy slogan of Azadee, but Baloch Nation will not let them succeed in their evil game. Balochistan belong to Baloch people not to Khans, Nawabs and Sradaras.
On one sdie Khan Kalat shouting slogan of Azadee (freedom) from London, but at the same time his son Prince Mohammad Ahmedzai is sitting with Commander of Southern Command Lt-Gen Alam Khan Khattak, Balochistan Assembly Speaker Muhammad Aslam Bhootani,Governor Magsi and provincial ministers and senior military and civil officers celebrating Pakistan Day. May be Khan Kalat can explain why his son was celebrating “Pakistan day” and what does this mean of riding two horses at the same time? How long they will fool the ordinary Balochs??
Siddiqe Baloch, Karachi

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You are cordially invited to an event on marking the “Illegal occupation of Balochistan on March 27, 1948”.
To forfeit the independence of a Nation is a worse kind of human right violation in the human history. Balochistan, was an independent, secular and democratic country before March 27, 1948, forcefully occupied by Pakistani Army, since then Baloch people are fighting to regain their independence from this illegal occupation by Pakistan and Iran.
Pakistan and Iran are conducting slow motion genocide in both Eastern and Western Balochistan so as to silence the voices of secularism, democracy and world peace in the region.
We are inviting, all the progressive and peace loving people to attend the event. The event will be attended by a wide variety of experts coming from different walks of life to share their views and opinions on the subject of how Balochistan was occupied and how this current occupation of Balochistan by Pakistan and Iran have changed the region’s socio-economic growth, democratic values, and peace for the decades and why an independent and free Balochistan is vital for peace and prosperity for the region.
Topic of the Event:
“Illegal occupation of Balochistan on March 27, 1948”
WHERE: Milliken Mills Community Centre, 7600 Kennedy Rd
             Markham, ON L3R 9S5, Main Intersection 14th and Kennedy Rd in Markham
WHEN:   Sunday, March 25, 2012
TIME:     5 p.m – 9 p.m.
The Event on Illegal occupation of Balochistan is being organized by Baloch Human Rights Council of (Canada) & International Voice for Baloch Missing People (IVBMP).
Baloch Human Rights Council(Canada) & International Voice for Baloch Missing People(IVBMP) are the London-based organizations having branches in Norway, Austeralia, Sweden , and Denmark . Both BHRC & IVBMP are non-profit organizations struggling to raise the issue of gross human rights violations committed against Baloch people by the Pakistani and Iranian authorities in Eastern and Western Balochistan respectively. BHRC & IVMBP are primarily involved in raising international awareness on enforced disappearance, torture, and extra judicial killing of Baloch youth in Pakistan and Iran with the co-operation of UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (UNWGEID).