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1958: Nowroz Khan's reign

A major battle took place at Wad in Jhalawan district in 1958. The Baloch were led by Nowroz Khan, the 90-year-old chief of the Zehri tribe.

india Updated: Aug 28, 2006 18:58 IST
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• When Islamabad, fearing Bengali domination, consolidated the Western Wing of Pakistan into a unified province, the Baloch resisted.

By 1955, Karim had completed his prison term and with his brother mobilised widespread demonstrations through tribal chiefs.

The Pakistan army moved in again on October 6, 1958, and arrested the Khan and his retainers, accusing them of secretly negotiating with Afghanistan for a rebellion.

• The arrest sparked off violence. The government bombed villages suspected of harbouring guerillas.

Zehri tribe chief Nowroz Khan

• A major battle took place at Wad in Jhalawan district on October 10, 1958. The Baloch were led by Nowroz Khan, the 90-year-old chief of the Zehri tribe.

Finally, Nowroz Khan agreed to lay down arms in return for the withdrawal of the One Unit plan, safe conduct and amnesty. Once again, the army dishonoured its pledge.

Nowroz was arrested, and five of his men were hanged in July 1960, on charges of treason. Nowroz Khan himself died in Kholu prison in 1964, becoming another Baloch martyr.

First Published: Feb 09, 2006 21:18 IST