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Hameed Baloch (Urdu: حمید بلوچ‎) was an activist for the Baloch Students Organization (BSO) who was executed by the Pakistani government in 1981, and is regarded as a heroic martyr by Baloch nationalists. He was arrested on 9 December 1979, while he was a student at Government Degree College Turbat, on charges of firing at a military officer from the Gulf state of Oman who was recruiting Pakistani Baloch soldiers from Balochistan province to suppress the Dhofar Rebellion. Oman at the time was facing a Marxist–Leninist insurgency in its Dhofar province. Ever since Oman took control of the Balochistan enclave of Gwadar in the 18th Century (now under Pakistani control), it had hired foot soldiers from Balochistan to serve in the Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces.

The BSO, being a leftist organization, was opposed to the recruitment to fight against the Dhofari rebels, whose ideology it shared, fearing it would earn notoriety for the Baloch in the eyes of progressive forces throughout the world and weaken the Baloch nationalist movement in Pakistan. Secondly they saw it as aiming to 'pervert' the youth in Baloch society against Marxist–Leninist teachings by offering huge salaries for their services in a mercenary army.

Hameed was tried by a special military Court and condemned to death, even though the Omani officer was unhurt in the incident. The death sentence was carried out on 11 June 1981 in Mach prison, with Hameed's age being just 23 years. He wrote a will just hours before being taken to the gallows expressing defiance.

The execution left a significant impact on the Baloch nationalist movement and Balochi literature, with many ethnic-nationalist poets and writers dedicating works to his memory.

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DAWN.com

DAWN.com
Tue, 11 Nov 2014 18:01:30 -0800

The names of vice presidents are: Rajab Ali Rind (Balochistan) Syeda Ghulam Fatima (Punjab), Engineer Hameed Baloch (Sindh) and Sher Zaman Khan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa). Central committee members of the party are Mir Shafqat Langove, Dr Ishaq ...

Examiner.com

Examiner.com
Tue, 07 Oct 2014 01:37:06 -0700

"We do not have any news yet," Engineer Hameed Baloch, a senior official of the ruling National Party said on phone. However, the Bramsh News Media mouthpiece of the Baloch Liberation Front announced Dashti, aka as Ghulam Shah Qahtani has been ...

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DAWN.com
Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:38:56 -0800

ABU DHABI: Misbah-ul-Haq said he felt proud to become his country's most successful captain, four years after he was handed the job in the post spot-fixing scandal which left Pakistan cricket in tatters. Misbah bettered his illustrious countrymen Imran ...

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Tue, 20 May 2014 21:53:32 -0700

“Armed men barged into the house of Master Abdul Hameed Baloch and opened fire on him and his other relatives sleeping inside the house,” Balochistan Levies official Noor Khan told The Express Tribune. The incident took place at 4:30am and the armed ...

DAWN.com

DAWN.com
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:19:47 -0700

KARACHI: Dean of Islamic Studies Faculty at the University of Karachi Dr Shakeel Auj was shot dead by unknown assailants on Thursday. His vehicle was fired at following which he was taken to the Aga Khan University Hospital where an official said Dr ...
 
New York Times
Wed, 21 May 2014 01:46:24 -0700

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The Pakistani military said it killed at least 60 militants, and injured at least 30, in aerial raids on terrorist hide-outs across the North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghan border early Wednesday. Local residents ...
 
Examiner.com
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:45:50 -0700

In fall last year, another senior leader Engineer Hameed Baloch had accused the Pakistan military of carrying out anti-Baloch repression in the garb of relief work after a massive earthquake left at least two districts devastated and hundreds of ...
 
the Diplomat
Thu, 26 Dec 2013 19:56:22 -0800

Lala Hameed Baloch worked for the Daily Intikhab. On November 18, 2010, his bullet-riddled body was found outside Turbat. He had disappeared on October 25 while travelling to his home in Gwadar; local journalists said he was seized by the Pakistani ...
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