Baloch leader Hyrbyair Marri spoke as the special guest, whereas Dr Yunas Samad ‘Director, Ethnicity and Social Policy Research Centre, University of Bradford and Dr Faisal Devji ‘Department of History, University of Oxford spoke about the different aspects of Baloch peoples’ struggle for liberation and the grievances of the Balochistan. Dr Sarmila Bose ‘Department of Politics and International Relations’ University of Oxford chaired and moderated the Seminar.
Hyrbyair Marri showed some the historical maps of Balochistan to the audience and explained that Balochistan throughout the history was a sovereign state and had treaties and friendly relations with its neighboring counties and empires. Talking about the current situation Mr Marri said that the current government is no different than its predecessors. The military operation, target killing of pro-independent Baloch leaders and abduction of Baloch political workers, students and ordinary Baloch are still continued. He also showed the pictures of missing persons, torture victims and those who have been martyred fighting for liberation of Balochistan.
After the speech he answered the queries of the audience answering to a question if there were any chances of compromise with the government of Pakistan, Hyrbyair Marri said “there will be no compromise on Independence, the military must give a time frame of withdrawal from Balochistan”.
Videos of the discussion [question & answer session] are coming soon on BalochWarna.org