An open letter to Hamid Mir (Geo TV) by Dr. Allah Nazar

Dear Hamid Mir,

Baloch Top leader Dr Allah Nazar

Baloch Top leader Dr Allah Nazar

I’m writing you this letter with the hope that perhaps the historians – standing in the witness box of history – of next century will

reveal the truth about the oppressed Baloch nation and hold the colonial powers and occupying rulers of the day accountable and examine the role and discourse of its advocates and intelligentsia. This shouldn’t be the case that today’s columnists, intellectuals are restrained just because of the fear of the ruler or its lust of conquest.

A century ago, British Lord B. Fell said, “we know and understand the history of Egypt far better than the Egyptians do.” Even hundred and 25 years later these contemptuous words remain on the pages of the history. Similarly, the President ofPakistan Asif Ali Bhutto while in Gadhi Khuda Baksh said, “Baloch should learn politics from us.” The expression was that the Baloch are ignorant, illiterate and unfamiliar with the statecraft. The aim is that the Baloch are born to be slaves. There is only the gap of a century between the words of B. Fell and Zardari Bhutto but, the subject and message is the same: lesson of slavery.

Mr. Hamid Mir, you hold the leading position among the contemporary intellectuals belonging to the colonial state’s electronic and print media. Many of the policies of the state are devised and executed on the advice of your community. But knowledge and consciousness demands to be on the side of truth. Just like Sartre, who despite being French supported the Algerian freedom movement against colonial system with his pen and wrote a golden chapter of history. But on the other hand; Mr. Hamid Mir, you are an intellectual. Yet you not only support the inhumane, immoral and terrorizing conduct of the occupying state in Balochistan, but also been active advising the state how to eliminate the Baloch freedom fighters and to perpetuate its occupation over Baloch land by intimidating the younger brother of Shaheed Assad Baloch, Akhar Mengal so that you would enable the state to conquer the strong fortress of Baloch by building a Trojan horse out of him. If Akhtar Menagl is intimidated and taken in by you; it would be a masterpiece by your molding hand. With the threat of state terrorism, not only you tried to intimidate him into submission but became a bridge to make him cut a deal with the secret agencies of the state. You have never thought that Baloch is a nation and freedom is a right to every nation. Is it just to deprive a nation from its freedom through the use of intellectual ploy? If it was just – five hundred years ago Nicholas Machiavelli advised the prince that the kings and rulers are not bound by any values and permanent morals – then why Machiavelli is under critique? They never incriminate them because all the court-intellectuals are subservient to their respective masters. In order to maintain their stranglehold, they advice their masters and propagate their policies and the struggle of the oppressed is portrayed as wrong and being result of ignorance and sometimes religion is also utilized to subdue them. The intelligentsia of the occupier is doing the same to the Baloch and you are also involved in it.

Mr. Mir Sahib you claim to be the banner bearer of human rights and when Malala Yousufzai was attacked you were among the first to condemn this inhumane act. Although it is commendable but on December 25, 2012, when Pakistani occupying forces were showering fire and iron with their helicopter gunships at Tank of Mashkay area, in which 18 innocent women, children and elderly men were killed, among them Bahti was 2 years old and Bibi Mahnaz, 70. All the Pakistani intellectuals, including you were silent. Is this justice to your intellect or beneficial to the vicious rulers? You decide. Two years back Bibi Zamur Baloch Baloch and her daughter were martyred by Pakistani beasts in the streets of Karachi. Previously, Pakistani state agents abducted Zarina Marri along with her infant child Murad while on her way to school in Quetta. On January 21st, 2013, in Besima of Kharan district, Pakistani forces along with the local death squad, broke in to the house and martyred a prominent Balochi and Brahvi poet, Qasim Baloch along with his sister Rozina Baloch. On such poignant, heart rendering incidents not a single word comes out of the mouths of Pakistan intellectuals. Perhaps, it is because these oppressed people are Baloch.

At present Baloch are fighting a war for their freedom and the blood of freedom loving nation is cheap. The only way to do justice with their blood is to forget it altogether. Because, forgetting is the only way to escape the wrath of the master.

Those are just few examples among thousands of incidents, mutilated dead bodies of our martyrs and Baloch prisoners that I mentioned herein. Mir Sahib, nations never die. If it were so then Israeli nation would have not existed at all. Even after two thousand years of persecution they have their state. Although their suppressive treatment to the Palestinians is condemnable. General Dyer is not alive anymore but British prime minister calls the Jalyanwala Bagh mishap shameful. And your Bangladeshi history is a latest one.

Mir Sahib, lest the words of Zardari and Lord B. Fell and your silence would be deemed Machiavellian. Perhaps, our great grandchildren, while reading the bitter facts of history after a century would conclude that today’s enlightenment has not been against oppression but utilized to maintain oppression. Anyway, it has now become a chapter of history that the Pakistani intellectuals have advised the occupying army to control Makuran and Bolan in order to controlling Balochistan successfully.

Regards,
Dr. Allah Nazar Baloch
March 15, 2013

Translated by: Archen Baloch
Source: Daily Tawar

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The PYD factor forces Turkey to have a peace process with the PKK

PYD checkpoint

PYD checkpoint

By Dr Aland Mizell:

Let me be clear. I am for peace, and I support any step toward the peace process, because innocent people are payy), the PKK (Kuing the price. Therefore, I salute the BDP (Kurdish Peace Democratic Partrdistan Workers Party), and even the Turkish government for their courage in trying to end violence and bloodshed, but let’s be honest and not delude ourselves.

Based on what we have seen and what has been done in the past, this recent fanfare is an effort to discredit the BDP and to encourage division between the Kurdish parties or groups such as the BDP, the PKK, the KCK (Union of Communities in Kurdistan), and the new Kurdish religious party, the Huda-Par Party. Further, it is an attempt to reduce the number of Kurdish people who are loyal to Oçalan, so that Ocalan does not represent all the Kurds. This is just another tactical game by the Turkish government to block support for the PKK and for the PYD (Democratic Union Party) not to have influence in a post-Assad regime. Additionally, Turkey is trying to figure out who is behind the Kurdish movement and who has influence, in order to go after them internationally and domestically. Turkey is not sincere in regard to having peace with the PKK, and, therefore, the peace process will not last long.

Why do Gulenists and the AKP party support the peace process? It is important to look at their reason for seemingly doing so. They support the peace process not because they really believe that the basic rights of Kurdish people cannot be subject to or approved by the Turkish masses. They support it because they want Turkey to be the hegemonic power in the Middle East and dominate as the superpower; that’s why the Prime Minister is supporting peace and that’s why Glen and his followers are supporting the process. They fail to understand that Kurdish rights are not charity and that the basic rights of the Kurds, like their rights, are inalienable and non-negotiable.

While addressing his party’s parliamentary group last week, the Prime Minister said, “Be assured that we have not and will not do anything that would impart disgrace for our martyrs or bring shame to our nations.” Gülen used the same tone, but perhaps not the exact words, when he supported the peace process. He argued that the government should talk to the PKK without compromising the Turkish national integrity and honor.

Therefore, Turkish nationalism has officially and religiously been publically celebrated, while Kurdish nationalism is associated with factions like the PKK, the KCK, and terrorism, with the consequence of advocates of these positions ending up in jail. If the government is sincere about peace, it should use the language of peace, avoiding words like “terror.” The Turks have written the history, explained God, educated the people, and treated Kurds as subjects, not as human beings. Turks have told Kurds what to watch, what to listen to, whom to worship, whom to vote for, and what is best for them, never allowing Kurds to chose what they want or what they think is best for themselves.

As a result, many Kurds have been ashamed to consider themselves Kurds, especially for the sake of getting a job or being accepted by Turkish society. They never publically say they are Kurds. True, the former Turkish president Ozal was a Kurd, even an all time famous journalist Mehmet Ali Brand was a Kurd, and famous singers like Ibrahim Tatlises, Hulya Avsar, Ceylan, and so many others were Kurds, but the key for them to be famous is not to say publically, “I am a Kurd,” for those who publically admitted their identity have been demonized, criminalized, and exiled to Europe, like Ahmet Kaya and Shiwan Perwer.

But now history is on the side of the Kurds; and perhaps justice is on the side of the Kurds. The question remains, are Kurds ready to write their own history? Did the Kurds learn a lesson from their history or will history repeat itself? Are Kurds ready to take this advantage of the moment to be part of it or will they give up for transitory power or fame? The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has a very important role in terms of the internationalized Kurdish cause. Will all Kurds be united as one against their oppressor putting aside religion, tribe, language, and politics of the past or will they fight one another again?

For example, the new political party, Huda-Par, has emerged in southeast Turkey espousing Kurdish Islamic ideologies and threatening to take votes away from the BDP and to reduce its power. The BDP is now the main Kurdish party that has defended the rights of Kurds in a democratic way for a long time despite the Turkish regime’s oppression and incarceration of opponents. In spite of all, the BDP still stood up and refused to compromise Kurdish rights. If you look at the Prime Minister’s campaign and the Gulenists’ media campaign against the BDP, they posit that the BDP is not Muslim and accuse the members of being a cult religion. Now Erdogan and Gülen are helping to promote the new Islamic party to organize freely, develop and spread in the Southeast and even in western Turkey. The Turkish government and Gulenists will do anything to advance the party’s work. Their expectation is that the PKK, the BDP, and the Huda – Party will fight against one another.

The Kemalist governments’ long restraint on religion in public life is now gone; in its place, the new Gülen Turkish Muslim missionaries’ effect on political discourse reflects a new chapter in Turkish and Kurdish politics. They put all the blame for the bad treatment of Turkey’s Kurds on the secular Turkish government and try to ignore their own cooperation with the military or their silence against the Turkish regime.  As early as 2005, Prime Minister Erdogan said that, “more democracy, not more repression, is the answer to the Kurds’ long-running grievances,” admitting that Turkey needs “to face up to its past.” Have Turkey, Erdogan, Gülen, and other groups faced up to the Kurdish reality yet? How many Turkish generals, police, soldiers, or civilians are in prison because of the crimes they committed against the Kurds in Southeastern Turkey? How many soldiers or police are in jail because they burned Kurdish villages or even killed children? But still the Islamic government is using the same language about Turkish honor or Turkish people, never acknowledging the need for Kurdish honor and Kurdish justice.

Playing the Kurdish card to pacify the PKK is not new for regional players. We will see in a couple of weeks that the Gulenist media and the AKP-owned media will be busy discussing how effective Oçalan is. The BDP Kurdish political movement will go through a tough test during this short period asking, “How effective is Oçalan? Is he still in charge of the PKK and does the PKK still listen to him? How much influence does he have on the BDP?” For someone who has been in prison for almost fourteen years and not allowed to have access to the outside world except for his lawyer,   (although sometimes even his lawyer could not meet with him) and even then under the Turkish government’s watch, Ocalan is not a free man. In well over a decade since his incarceration, the globe has undergone true changes especially in the Middle East. No longer is Yasser Arafat in charge of Palestinian, the presidents of Egypt and Tunisia have been ousted by uprisings, and Syria is on the brink of upheaval. Also, the Gulenists and AKP have dethroned the Turkish military.

Some looming questions will be answered soon. If the Kurdish parties don’t listen to Oçalan, what will happen? If they do listen to Oçalan, what will happen? Does the fate of more than twenty million Kurds living in Turkey depend on one man who has been in jail for more than fourteen years? Turkey has never sincerely acknowledged the existence of Kurdish problems or accepted that the Kurds have problems in Turkey: Turkey always sees Kurdish issues as an economic problem or a security problem. To delegitimize the Kurdish movement, the government has called it a terrorist problem. If Turkey does not recognize Kurdish problems, how can Turkey find the solution for them? How can a peace process push through? Since the foundation of the Republic of Turkey, Kurds have resisted Turkey’s biased, cruel, and unjust policies toward the Kurds who are asking for social, political and economical freedom. Instead of gaining freedom, as a result of this request, thousands of Kurds have been imprisoned, tortured, kidnapped, or killed. The Turkish government realizes that it cannot take away such God-given rights, especially with the Arab Spring, the Kurds in Iraq having their autonomous region, a new global order emerging, America losing its power in the Middle East, and now the war in Syria bringing chaos.

The Kurds remain the biggest obstacle especially in regard to Gülen’s dream to bring back the Ottoman Empire to the Middle East. First, if the Kurds in Syria get their autonomous region like in Iraq, it might jeopardize the dream of the reemergence of the Ottoman Empire because the regional players or international powers will use the Kurds to weaken Turkish domestic politics. The second reason for Turkey’s paranoid about the Kurds being united is because the Kurds control the major resources of oil and water in the Middle East. That is why Turkey is so involved in Syria’s civil war. Turkey knows Syria is weak and split among its factions thereby giving the Kurds a critical role just like the Kurds in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein.

Disunity among the Arabs and unity between the PKK and the PYD worry Turkey, so this new PYD factor has forced Turkey to have a peace process with the PKK for a short period of time. Turkey does not want Syria to become like Iraq, so that the Kurds in Syria become autonomous. Therefore, both the Assad regime and the Turkish regime have tried to entreat the Kurds to join their side. Turkey has also wanted to have a division between the PKK and its leadership because those who support the PKK have a strong loyalty to Oçalan and see him as an extraordinary person. Turkey’s strategy is to reduce the Kurds’ trust in him.

It is true that the Turkish government and the PKK are tired of war, but if the PKK wants to win this, it must focus on getting rid of the terrorist label and on being a legitimate Kurdish resistance group in the international community’s view. The Turkish government cannot afford to have a war with the PKK especially since, as we all know, Turkey has problems with Iran, Iraq. Syria, and Israel; thus, if Turkey continues to have war with the PKK, Turkey will lose the battle.

In conclusion, the Turkish government has received insurance from the West and the United States by their suppressing the Syrian Kurds. The Turks’ main concern is not about Assad’s being undemocratic, his being a dictator, or his oppressing the citizens, but the main concern for Turkey is to eliminate the Kurdish people there. That is why I do not believe Turkey sincerely wants to have peace with the PKK or the Kurds; instead, Turkey wants to define Kurdish policy in the Middle East. Regarding Syria, Turkey says that Kurdish problems should be solved within the framework of Syria’s territorial integrity and that the rights of Kurds should be guaranteed. This approach was Turkey’s slogan for the Kurds in Iraq under the Saddam regime, but when Saddam was gone and the Kurds got their autonomous region, Turkey did not have any other choice but seemingly to cooperate with the Kurds. It worked with the Kurds to create a division between the Iraqi central government and the KRG government, and now Turkey does not recognize the Iraqi central government, instead directly dealing with the Kurdish Autonomous Region. It sound like history’s divide and conquer rule; but it is an odd application, isn’t it? We all know that the road to peace is not easy, but as long as the peace partners are really committed to peace, then it can be achieved. The Kurdish public does not know much about the peace process and what is going on because everything is being negotiated in secret. We all know peace without the PKK will not happen, but peace with only Oçalan will never be sufficient either.  The Kurdish peace process should not just deal with only one man who has spent more than fourteen years in jail; it should deal with the BDP, the democratically elected representatives. The Turkish government, if it is sincere about peace, should use the language of peace avoiding the word “ terror,” because associating the Kurdish cause and rights with terror delegitimizes it. The Kurdish problem is not a terror problem; it is a problem of human dignity, a problem of not being considered equal to Turks, unless Kurds present themselves as Turks. The new Turkish Constitution and the state should recognize Kurds as a political entity and recognize Kurds as a nation not as mountain Turks. The lack of recognition of the Kurds and, therefore, their existence has not been established within the Turkish public. The Kurds’ entry into the public sphere and politics, therefore, may have had to come via PKK violence. Now, however, the Turkish government and Gulenists should be honest about the peace process, beginning with acceptance of Kurdish social, political, and economical problems. Neither Gulenism nor Ottomanism can be the solution for these problems. Only justice is the solution to the Kurdish problem.

Dr. Aland Mizell is with the University of Mindanao School of Social Science, President of the MCI and a regular contributor to The Kurdistan Tribune, Kurdishaspect.com, Mindanao Times and Kurdish Media.You may email the author at:aland_mizell2@hotmail.com

Sindhudesh Liberation Army: A Ray Of Hope For Oppressed Sindhis

By Meeragh Singh:

Activist of Sindhudesh Liberation Army

Activist of Sindhudesh Liberation Army

Sindh has remained slave its most of time under different imperialist nations. Due to its prosperity and full of resources most of the imperialist nations occupied it. It was occupied by Arabs, Tatarians, Arghoons, Mughals and Pakistanis. Some have occupied sindh in the name of religion while some have occupied its natural resources and kept under their invasion. But sindhis never remained under their supervision, they roared like lion and faught with full refusal. Sometimes they fought like Maha Raja Daahar the first martyred against Arab Imperialists and some times in the supervision of Doolah Darya Khan for defending their homeland Sindh against Arghoon Imperialists. This rebut of sindhis against imperialists caused to keep safe their language, culture and civilization till today on the map of the world.

This refusal and denying of Sindhis is so long and they have got astonishing tales of sacrificing and patriotism. In the current circumstances sindh has been remained slave since 1843. From 1843 to 1947, Sindh remained under British imperialism. In the rule of British Shaheed Soorihya Badshah announced Guerrilla warfare against British Imperialists. During the warfare they hanged Soorihya Badshah and stopped that movement. From 1947 to 2013 Sindh is under Pakistan Imperialism in the name of religion. But sindhis are fighting with full zest against every imperialism. They founded a new freedom fighting organization which is famous among all sindhis with the name of Sindhudesh Liberation Army. The liberation Army was founded by Commander Darya Kahn in 2010. But its historical background is given below.

Jeay Sindh Inqlabi Mahaz (Jeay Sindh Revolutionary Front):

It was founded by Shafi Mohammad Burfat and many others in the decade of 1980. In the time of 80s, the national movement of sindhudesh was pure political in its nature. Shafi Mohammad Burfat announced this through a press conference that the freedom of Sindhudesh is just possible through insurgency. After the press conference Pakistan state with the help of its military institutions launched an operation but failed to stop the Front. JSRF was not that much active but it started a propaganda campaign of freedom of SINDHUDESH through insurgency in all over sindh. The front got so much support in mass. It also gained attraction from the secular countries of the world. In the era of 1988 Pakistani establishment and its filthy agencies created a dispute among Sindhis and Muhajirs (Urdu Speaking Sindhis) which caused a great havoc in sindh. State booked Shafi Mohammad Burfat in different cases and he started living as an exile. On the one side its JSRF was not that much stable and on the other-side Shafi Mohammad Burfat remained exile so the movement stopped for time being.

Emergence of Jeay Sindh Qomi Mahaz (JSQM):

After the death of G.M Syed, who was the founder of the ideology of Sindhudesh, freedom fighting organizations of Sindhudesh realized that they must struggle in a one form for the freedom of Sindhudesh. Jeay Sindh Qomi Mahaz (JSQM) is the result of Jeay Sindh Tahreek (JST), Jeay Sindh Mahaz (JSM) and Jeay Sindh Revolutionary Front (JSRF). Shafi Mohammad Burfat questioned over the policy of JSQM and asked for the Resistive Wing. Over this most of his members objected and refused to establish a Resistive wing. After this Shafi Mohammad Burfat along with his members resigned over the membership of of JSQM and in 2000-01 founded a new Political Party Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaaz (JSMM).

Shafi Burfat political representative of Sindh & Chairman of JSMM

Shafi Burfat political representative of Sindh & Chairman of JSMM

JSMM And Sindhudesh National Liberation Movement (SNLM)

After the emergence of JSMM, Shafi Mohammad Burfat was its first party Chairman, who declared the idea that the freedom of Sindhudesh is only possible through the National Resistance. He, with his companions took oath at shrine of Sain G.M Syed and in 2003, suddenly Gas pipelines, Railway Tracks, Government Banks, High Transmission lines of electricity were destroyed through crackers and it was owned by the commander of Sindhudesh National Liberation Movement Ghulam Hussain Chandio. He declared through a pamphlet that we will destroy everything of Pakistan Imperialist till the freedom of Sindhudesh. The series of crackers continued whole year and Pakistani state institutions launched an operation against all freedom fighting organizations including JSMM. During operation state made JSMM responsible for all violence happened in 2003-4. JSMM was of four years when state launched an operation against it and it was consists of only 156 members. Through the operation state abducted its central body and active members. But SNLA continued its struggle with the same spirit but that was not as much effective and state continued its operation for two years and in that operation 80% activists of JSMM were abducted.

Re-emergence of JSMM:

The leaders and activists of JSMM who were booked in different cases, they were released in 2008-09. The once again worked with new spirit and organized the organization with new infrastructure and it came to be the 2nd largest political party among all national parties of sindh. Most of the nation found JSMM as the voice of sindh and joined JSMM in large ratio.

Foundation of Sindhudesh Liberation Army:

When JSMM re-emerged with new spirit and with full mass then the questions were raised about the organizational policy of JSMM that why she is not practicing the policy of “Freedom through Violence”? Different rumors were spread among sindh against JSMM as it was the leading organization in Sindh. In the era of 2010 a series of bomb blasts was done in different cities of sindh namely, sukkur, Ghotki, Khairpur, Nawabshah, Hyderabad, Karachi and its railway tracks were destroyed. The series of bomb blasts rocked whole sindh. People propagated that the series of blasts was made by the commander of Sindhudesh Liberation National Movement, Ghulam Hussain Chandio. But it came to the knowledge of people through newspapers and leaflets thrown at the blast sites that the blasts were made by Sindhudesh Liberation Army (SLA) and its Chief Commander Darya Khan claimed responsibility. A question raised in whole sindh that who is Darya Khan? People propagated according to their opinion that it is no one except Shafi Burfat. Shafi Burfat favored the series of blasts and called Darya Khan as the real son of soil and ordered his party members that you must advocate SLA in whole sindh and from today every member of JSMM is advocate of SLA. SLA appeared totally different from other armies of the oppressed nations it rocked whole state just in a single day with a series of blasts cracked in different cities. It set a new example in the history of Guerrilla warfare movements. SLA rocked whole state by blasting continuously from 11 February 2011 to 17 February 2011. It cracked Gas Pipelines and Railway tracks by doing 26 blasts for 6 days. After series of blasts state launched operation against JSMM and state killed 2 senior vice chairman namely Sirai Qurban Khuhawar, Noorullah Tunio and other leaders Zulifqar Kolachi, Aejaz Solangi, Rooplo Cholyani and Muzafar Bhutto. But blasts were cracked with new spirit and last time it cracked 26 blasts in 6 days but after the operation it cracked 28 blasts in just single day. State continued its operation through ISI and MI against JSMM. During operation in May 2012 SLA cracked 36 bomb blasts in national banks of Pakistan in just few hours. After the second series of blasts state and its agencies killed JSMM’s General Secretary Muzafar Bhutto and threw his dead body at road as they stop blasting but SLA didn’t stop its activities and continued its struggle and killed 10 Paki Terrorists including 3 ISI workers at main Qazi Ahmed Road in a Bus. After the killings of Paki-Panjabis; state and its institutions were worried that this will create the same circumstances like in Baluchistan. ISI and MI didn’t find the solution of problem so powers were given to rangers. Rangers with the help of police launched operation against JSMM activists, they searched their homes and tortured their family members but they didn’t find a single member inside home.

Today sindhudesh liberation Army is a ray of hope for all oppressed sindhis. Every sindhi is loving and seeing in the eyes of Chief Commander Darya Khan. Even though they do not have the idea about its look and they haven’t seen Darya Khan but they call their sons with the name of Darya Khan. Darya khan has become the voice of Sindh. He is struggling as a real son of soil. Every sindhi and activist of JSMM is appealing the commander of SLA Darya Khan for the revenge of national heroes, who were killed by Pakistan state. As on the birthday of Sain G.M Syed, Saima Bhutto the wife Muzafar Bhutto and Pirah Khuhawar Daughter of Sirai Qurban Khuhawar also appealed Chief Commander of SLA for the revenge of sindhi national martyrs. Sindhi nation believes in his struggle and it will never end aimlessly but will end with the freedom of SINDHUDESH.

Meeragh Singh is student of international relations in New Delhi;   You may email the author at:  meeraghsingh_ir@yahoo.com

Curfew in Srinagar, other towns of Kashmir valley

ConflictWatch20SRINAGAR: Curfew was imposed on Friday in all major towns of the Kashmir valley, including this summer capital, to prevent violent protests in view of the volatile situation following the death of a youth in police firing earlier this week.

Curfew would remain in force in the entire Srinagar city and all major towns, including Baramulla, Sopore, Bandipora, Awantipora and Kakapora, said a police statement broadcast on the local radio station here.

A senior police official said curfew had been imposed in view of the violent protests in the region since March 5, following the death of a 24-year-old youth in a firing incident in north Kashmir’s Baramulla town.

Nearly a dozen people were injured in clashes between stone pelting mobs and security forces across the Kashmir valley on Thursday.

Despite curfew restrictions on Thursday, hundreds of people participated in a protest march in Baramulla’s old town. Police had to use force to disperse unruly mobs in other parts of the valley.

In Srinagar city, clashes between stone pelting mobs and security forces continued till late evening in Zakoora area.

Protestors also set afire a vehicle belonging to a private cement factory in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said.

Kosova: Stalemate Over Serbian Minorities Continues

Conflict Watch14

As talks between Serbian and Kosovar Prime Ministers continue in Brussels, the issue regarding Serbian minorities remains unsolved. 

Below is an article published by the Miami Herald:

A senior EU official says progress has been made in talks between the prime ministers of Serbia and Kosovo, but the Serbian leader says there’s still a stalemate over the status of the Serb minority in Kosovo.

Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and Kosovar Prime Minister Hashim Thaci met Monday in Brussels for their sixth round of talks mediated by European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

Afterward, Ashton issued a statement saying, “We made good progress.” The statement didn’t elaborate but said another meeting was set for March 20.

Dacic, however, said there was no progress on the autonomy of Kosovo Serbs who oppose the ethnic Albanian government in Pristina, Kosovo’s capital.

He says the sides “exchanged our stands, but the differences remained.”