- n. A native or inhabitant of Balochistan, a region of west-central Asia.
- n. A language spoken mainly in SW Pakistan (80% of speakers), SE Iran and S Afghanistan. SIL standard divides Balochi into three related languages, Eastern Balochi, Southern Balochi and Western Balochi.
- n. an Iranian language spoken in Pakistan and Iran and Afghanistan and Russia and the Persian gulf
“Ahmar Mustikhan, a vocal Baloch activist, is an advocate of a number of the most prominent policy alternatives: "Despite the budgetary crunch, the minimum the U.S. can do in its own long-term interests is to launch the Voice of America Balochi Service, re-start the USAID program, open its consulate in Quetta, talk with Baloch leaders when it comes to Balochistan, and help the Baloch escaping persecution in both Western (Iranian) and Eastern (Pakistani) Balochistan.”
“Such efforts could include setting up new Baloch programs at Western and Indian think tanks, adding Baloch courses offered by South Asian Studies departments, starting private Balochi language media outlets, reaching out to U.S. and foreign media, and promoting Baloch cultural programs and exchanges.”
“They include Sindhi and Balochi nationalists, those suspected of involvement with militant groups, journalists, others who seem to fit no definite category but may have, in one way or the other, evoked the ire of influential people.”
“On the bill is the Balochi folk singer Akhtar Chanal Zehri, whose handlebar moustache and curling beard identify him as soon as he walks onto the stage with his guitar-like five-stringed instrument, the dhamboora.”
“It is thought that a Balochi nationalist group was responsible for the murder, having previously accused Sasoli of being linked to a pro-government militia.”
“There was also a statement by a leader of the Balochi movement in exile (in the United States) explicitly calling on India to assist the cause.”
“One can also turn to the equally non-specific October 2009 allegations by Major General Salim Nawaz, inspector general of the Frontier Corps paramilitary force in Balochistan, or this statement in March 2010 by Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik claiming "solid evidence" in the form of the discovery that Balochi separatists were found to have weapons manufactured in India.”
“Which in turn improves the willingness and ability of Pakistan's government to crack down on non-Balochi extremist groups, and so on.”
“Tie 2010-2011 national government allocates twice as much money for Balochi development as was in this year's budget, with emphases on roads and schools.”
“Moreover, the fact that Balochi separatists might seek outside assistance, including assistance from India, is hardly surprising.”
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