An Appeal for John Solecki’s release


I hope the kidnappers of John Solecki are reading these lines or someone would help these words reach them. Throughout my journalistic career, I have been an ardent supporter of the Baloch struggle for self-determination. I am glad many Baloch leaders do listen to me. They apparently agreee that the Baloch journalists and intellectuals also have a role to show them the right direction.

Initially, we thought the John’s kidnappers were not the Baloch but the Taliban. Now that it has been learnt that he is in the custody of the Baloch Liberation United Front (BLUF), I, as a Baloch journalist, would like to humbly appeal to his kidnappers to release John safe and sound. I know I cannot influence anyone. But as an analyst I can predict the consequences of this episode.


The Baloch are purely democratic people and fighting for a just cause. We are surely not as barbaric as the Talibans. We do not want the world to identify us as the enemies of the humanity. We are a people who have suffered immensel in the hands of the country’s ‘actual rulers’, who have never bothered to read even a chapter from the books of modernity and civilization.

I have interviewed Nawab Khair Baksh Marri and Nawabzada Bramdagh Bugti and their vision of Balochistan is that of a modern, progressive and secular state. The Baloch are a people who have sacrificed their lives to guard their guests. Shaeed Nawab Akbar Kahn Bugti cared so much about his Hindu minority subjects that he kept them close to his fort so that no one could harm the Hindus. The Baloch went to sacrifice their lives when Dr. Shahzia Khalid was raped by the Pakistani army. Our history is full of such examples. We can die but cannot let our guests be slightly affected.

Throughout the history, Balochs have remained an oppressed nation, not an oppressor. We have received dead bodies of our elders during every regime in Pakistan. Thousands of our beloved ones have gone missing. No one more than us can feel the anguish one undergoes when you lose a dear one or your family member goes ‘ missing’.

John Solecki is our guest. He is a friend of the humanity. I know some of the committed angry Baloch young men wanted to internationalize the Baloch cause. They have achieved their goal. Guys, John’s family is very worried about him. Now, this is not the Balochi way of protest. Please release him. Let the world know that we are different from the Taliban and other uncivilized people of the world.

If something happens to John, I can assure you that the Baloch movement will go one hundred years backwards. If not the American government but hundreds of American think-tanks, media organizations and independent groups are sympathic with the Baloch cause. They know our people are fighting a just cause. Keeping John under abduction for a longer time is going to undermine the Baloch movement. The Baloch will lose some important friends.

Through this post, I would also like to request Nawab Khair Baksh Marri, Nawabzada Bramdagh Bugti, Sardar Attullah Mengal, Khan of Kalat Mir Suleman Daoowd, Nawabzada Jamil Akbar Bugti, Sardar Akhtar Jan Mengal,the leadership of the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), the Baloch Liberation Front (BLF), the Baloch Republican Army (BRA), the Balochistan National Party (BNP), the Baloch Republican Party (BRP), the National Party (NP), the Jamori Watan Party (JWP), all factions of the Baloch Students Organization (BSO), the Anjuman Ittehad-e-Marri, Baloch Women Panel, Baloch Bar Association, Daily Tawar, Daily Asaap, Daily Azadi, Daily Ustuman, Gwanik Radio, all the Baloch scholars and everyone concerned to make a collective appeal to the kidnappers for the release of John Solecki.

As long as John Solecki remains in the custody of the BLUF, the Baloch community living across the world, mainly in the United States of America and the United Kingdom, will miserably suffer. They will be viewed suspiciously and billed as the enemies of their host countries. Further, they will not be treated with respect any more. Rather, the Baloch diaspora will be ridiculed by the local people and asked if this is he Baloch secular and democratic mindset that they had been boastfully harping about.

I am very hopeful that I will not be disappointed but my appeal would be joined by you all. Let’s reiterate: The Baloch are a very civilized people victimized by a very uncivilized enemy. If you support my appeal, please drop a message on the blog.

12 Responses to “An Appeal for John Solecki’s release”
  1. Christopher - USA says:

    Your appeal is very much appreciated as friends of John’s here in the USA all share your feelings. No good for the Baloch people can come from this situation and it is everyone’s hope that his captors will recognize this fact and release him shortly. He has been held for 10 days now and we pray that his health and spirits are holding up well. He is a peaceful man who has always done his best for those in need and his captors can show the great mercy and compassion the Baloch people are known for by setting him free at once.

  2. Talha Masud says:

    Despite my harsh words against prevailing Baloch arm struggle, let me put it to the truth of my heart that I feel for the Baloch people. They have hearts to absorb pain and spread love in the reward. I am in full support to your appeal.

  3. Arsalaan says:

    I don’t think any of Baloch groups committed this inhuman act of kidnapping. How on earth some one could dare kidnap a US citizen from that part of Quetta (Chaman Housing Society) which is out of the reach of Baloch operatives during the rush hours of day time, and above all following the assassination of Hazara Democratic Party’s leader ‘Hussain Ali Yusafi’ there were heavy presence of Police and para-military forces in the area! And how come we haven’t even got a simple description as to the ethnic features of the kidnappers. Not forgetting that before the Mr Solecki was kidnapped, his driver was shot at and he died. Surely, during those few impotant seconds (day light) many people were around. What and whom did they saw?

    My guess is the act of kidnapping was engineered by the ‘Intellgence Agencies’ using perhaps their Baloch assets so that they (the agencies) could pit the US govt against the Baloch groups, because the pakistani policy makers have been accusing US and India of meddling into the affairs of Balochistan.

  4. gmcmissing says:

    Arsalaan, there was a time when your theory was bought by the public. But you need to think ‘out of the box’.

  5. Najeeb Qazi says:

    I have my apprehensions about measure of the Bloch Liberation United Front. Their short –sighted action is detrimental to the Baloch movement.

    Firstly, I am greatly mystified at the establishment of the new group! I do not know that why don’t the SARMACHARs attempt to forge unity and follow the suit of the Hamas and LTTE, which are also waging insurgencies against their respective oppressors under the umbrella of single organizations in a far better and far stronger manner. Some cases, I do not quite understand that what the establishment of the new groups means. I guess, as simply a Baloch, do deserve the right to query the BLUF walas that did they in any way take into consideration the fact that their action could ultimately be a precursor to billing the Baloch struggle, which is purely for self-determination, as a terrorist one worldwide. Most importantly, is that actually in accordance with our culture and cordial national norms to deal guests ? Can we afford to lose the ethical support of the international community at this very crucial juncture.
    I desperately appeal to the kidnappers of John to rethink about what they had just committed at least on humanitarian grounds and release him as soon as possible.

  6. Courtney says:

    Thank you so much for your appeal. John is a dear friend and we are in constant communication with his family. Please please to anyone reading this, do not let him die. John is a good man and killing him will accomplish nothing. Please listen to this appeal and take it into consideration.

  7. Najeeb Qazi says:

    I am so very much optimistic that he will obviously be released quite safely and as well as shortly! Insha’allah

  8. I started visiting Balochistan during 2007 floods response from United Nations. My first preception of Balochistan was dangerous and rigid, but when I started meeting people and visited the villages, I started to understand the cultrure. I started to understand how minority enjoys thier place in the community, how guests are honored and welcomed. Please dont do anything against the values of Balochistan. Please release John, he is a good human being and not our enemy.

  9. In the name of Islam, do what is wise and merciful: Release John Solecki, an innocent young man who has devoted his life to alleviating the suffering of refugees.

    Consider this: To harm John will only provide the U.S. and its allies in the region with a pretext to attack, kill and injure hundreds of your innocent men, women and children.

    And remember, if revenge is sweet, Mercy is sweeter.

  10. Syed Fayaz Ahmed Sayar Afghani says:


  11. Lincoln says:

    Thirty years ago when I knew John in college, he was already marked as one of the kindest of the kind. To those of who knew him, it is no surprise to learn that he taken himself so far from home and family and friends to work with refugees — only despair that his willingness to put himself in harm’s way on behalf of others should be rewarded with kidnap and the threat of death. We thanks the Balochistani who have spoken out on this blog and elsewhere in support of John’s release. And you can know that the plight of the Balochistani has registered with us.

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