Connor Hayes speaks with Shahzavar Karimzadi, Senior Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, about the history of the Balochistan liberation struggle.

We at Peace in Kurdistan and Campaign Against Criminalising Communities thought it important to have an in-depth examination of the issue. The discussion recorded here is extensive, covering a wide range of topics, including the history of the Balochistan region, British colonization, the division of Balochistan into disparate nation-state territories, the creation of Pakistan, the history of the Balochistan independence movement, tactics of torture and repression employed by the state, the geopolitical dimensions of the situation in Balochistan, Baloch culture and social relations, and the struggle against the criminalization of the Baloch movement under the global war on terror.

Shahzavar Karimzadi is a Baloch economist, human rights activist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire in England. He is the author of several books, including ‘Methodology of Deception’, ‘Dialectic of Regressive Errors’ and ‘Money and its Origins’.

Connor Hayes is an activist, researcher, and a student of philosophy. He was a member of the 2019 International Peace Delegation to Imrali.

For more resources on Balochistan and the Baloch independence movement, please see the following:

Harrison S. (1981) In Afghanistan’s Shadow: Baluch Nationalism and Soviet Temptations, Carnegie Endowment for Intl Peace.

Dashti N. (2012) The Baloch and Balochistan, USA, Trafford Publishing.

Breseeg T. M. (2004) Baloch Nationalism: Its Origin and Development, Royal Book Company.

Karimzadi S. (2015) Methodology of Deception, London, Humgaam Press.

CAMPACC. (2010) “Baluchistan under state terror: The UK ban on the Baluchistan Liberation Army.” Accessible here:

This interview is sponsored by the Peace in Kurdistan Campaign and the Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (

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