Balochistan Liberation Army
Overview
 
The Balochistan Liberation Army (also Baloch Liberation Army or Balochistan Liberation Army) (BLA) is a terrorist group based in Balochistan
Balochistan (region)
Balochistan or Baluchistan is an arid, mountainous region in the Iranian plateau in Southwest Asia; it includes part of southeastern Iran, western Pakistan, and southwestern Afghanistan. The area is named after the numerous Baloch tribes, Iranian peoples who moved into the area from the west...

, a mountainous region within southern Iran
Iran
Iran , officially the Islamic Republic of Iran , is a country in Southern and Western Asia. The name "Iran" has been in use natively since the Sassanian era and came into use internationally in 1935, before which the country was known to the Western world as Persia...

 and Pakistan
Pakistan
Pakistan , officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is a sovereign state in South Asia. It has a coastline along the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman in the south and is bordered by Afghanistan and Iran in the west, India in the east and China in the far northeast. In the north, Tajikistan...

. The organization is a participant in the Balochistan conflict
Balochistan conflict
The Balochistan conflict is an ongoing conflict between Baloch nationalists and the Government of Pakistan over Balochistan, the country's largest province...

  and strives to establish an independent state of Balochistan, free of Pakistani and Iranian rule. The Baloch Liberation Army became publicly known during the summer of 2000, after it claimed credit for a series of bombings of attacks on Pakistani authorties.
On 17 July 2006, the government of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

 listed the BLA as a proscribed group
Terrorism Act 2000
The Terrorism Act 2000 is the first of a number of general Terrorism Acts passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It superseded and repealed the Prevention of Terrorism Act 1989 and the Northern Ireland Act 1996...

 and banned their members from the UK As a result of this designation any person associated with the organization is barred from entering the United Kingdom.
The group's actions have also been described as terrorism
Terrorism
Terrorism is the systematic use of terror, especially as a means of coercion. In the international community, however, terrorism has no universally agreed, legally binding, criminal law definition...

 by the United States Department of State
United States Department of State
The United States Department of State , is the United States federal executive department responsible for international relations of the United States, equivalent to the foreign ministries of other countries...


Pakistan has repeatedly accused India of supporting Balochistan freedom movement though Pakisan has never made this public nor any clues have been found regarding this.
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The Balochistan Liberation Army (also Baloch Liberation Army or Balochistan Liberation Army) (BLA) is a terrorist group based in Balochistan
Balochistan (region)
Balochistan or Baluchistan is an arid, mountainous region in the Iranian plateau in Southwest Asia; it includes part of southeastern Iran, western Pakistan, and southwestern Afghanistan. The area is named after the numerous Baloch tribes, Iranian peoples who moved into the area from the west...

, a mountainous region within southern Iran
Iran
Iran , officially the Islamic Republic of Iran , is a country in Southern and Western Asia. The name "Iran" has been in use natively since the Sassanian era and came into use internationally in 1935, before which the country was known to the Western world as Persia...

 and Pakistan
Pakistan
Pakistan , officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is a sovereign state in South Asia. It has a coastline along the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman in the south and is bordered by Afghanistan and Iran in the west, India in the east and China in the far northeast. In the north, Tajikistan...

. The organization is a participant in the Balochistan conflict
Balochistan conflict
The Balochistan conflict is an ongoing conflict between Baloch nationalists and the Government of Pakistan over Balochistan, the country's largest province...

  and strives to establish an independent state of Balochistan, free of Pakistani and Iranian rule. The Baloch Liberation Army became publicly known during the summer of 2000, after it claimed credit for a series of bombings of attacks on Pakistani authorties.

Decleared as a terrorist organization

On 17 July 2006, the government of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

 listed the BLA as a proscribed group
Terrorism Act 2000
The Terrorism Act 2000 is the first of a number of general Terrorism Acts passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It superseded and repealed the Prevention of Terrorism Act 1989 and the Northern Ireland Act 1996...

 and banned their members from the UK As a result of this designation any person associated with the organization is barred from entering the United Kingdom.
The group's actions have also been described as terrorism
Terrorism
Terrorism is the systematic use of terror, especially as a means of coercion. In the international community, however, terrorism has no universally agreed, legally binding, criminal law definition...

 by the United States Department of State
United States Department of State
The United States Department of State , is the United States federal executive department responsible for international relations of the United States, equivalent to the foreign ministries of other countries...


Claims of support from India

Pakistan has repeatedly accused India of supporting Balochistan freedom movement though Pakisan has never made this public nor any clues have been found regarding this. In 2010, Prime Minister of Pakistan Yousuf Raza Gilani showed that he given a dossier to India regarding its involvement in Balochistan but India clearly rejected it.

Furthermore India is accused of supporting the BLA from its consulates in Afghanistan..British intelligence strongly believes New Delhi is covertly supporting the BLA British and ramps the support up when it wants to apply more pressure to Pakistan.

Some Officials state be the insurgency is an internal problem with no external role.

External links

  • Exclusive report on Baluch separatists, 10 Jun 07, Al Jazeera
  • Never Mind The Baluch, An article by Ben Hayes of Red Pepper (magazine)
    Red Pepper (magazine)
    Red Pepper is an independent ‘red, green and radical’ magazine based in the UK. For most of its history it appeared monthly, but relaunched as a bi-monthly during 2007.- Origins :...

     that criticises the UK Government for listing the BLA as a terrorist organisation under the Terrorism Act 2000
    Terrorism Act 2000
    The Terrorism Act 2000 is the first of a number of general Terrorism Acts passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It superseded and repealed the Prevention of Terrorism Act 1989 and the Northern Ireland Act 1996...

  • http://fpc.org.uk/events/117 Foreign Policy Center's(FPC/London) report about Balochistan.
  • http://www.balochpeople.org/eng/2007/jan/opinion1.htm#2 Answer to the FPC report about Balochistan.
  • http://intellibriefs.blogspot.com/2007/09/baloch-nationalists-can-approach-icj.html Baluch Nationalists can approach ICJ, need not be a "State"
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