Let us not turn Panjgur into Swat and wait for another Malala to be a saver!



Balochistan has been in turmoil since its occupation in 1948 and from that time up till now Balochistan has been facing insurgencies. Balochistan conflict started over the resentment of being illegally occupied by Pakistan and with passing of time this resentment turned into a movement of Baloch rights, and provincial rights. Unfortunately the impotency of Pakistan government and deployment of armed forces in Balochistan kept fueling the issue. Especially the death of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti by Armed forces was the last nail in the coffin and since then the Baloch movement for rights has completely transformed in to a movement of a Free Balochistan.

 Never in Pakistan history, had government or establishment ever taken steps to resolve Balochistan issue peacefully. Instead, kill and dump policy, extra judicial killing, enforced disappearances, genocide, and military operations are the dirty tactics being adopted by government and establishment. Thousands of Baloch are missing; hundreds of their mutilated bodies have been found, mass graves of Baloch missing persons have been discovered, ongoing military operations in many parts of Balochistan, extreme human rights violation is what Baloch nation is suffering from. In reaction to this action, Baloch nation is not only forced to adapt arm resistance for survival but also 2000 km long march from Quetta to Karachi and Karachi to Islamabad and a recent hunger strike till death being observed by Latif Johar for the recovery of Baloch missing Persons is to draw attention of International human right organizations to intervene and resolve Balochistan conflict. pujgur threat

At the moment struggle of Baloch rights and use of full force by establishment to crush this movement is on peak. Baloch who are already suffering miserably are now being exposed to another threat from an underground organization Tanzeem-ul-Islami-ul-Furqan, an armed group based in Panjgur, Balochistan’s western district, has threatened 23 English Language Learning Centers to shut down and stop imparting co-education and teaching in English, which they say is ‘Haram (prohibited) in Islam’. Local police advised that under such circumstances girls should not go to school.This development came after the recent operation against Baloch (so called) militants. Though this is not an only attempt to discourage girls from getting education in Balochistan, many times educational institutions have been bombarded, girls have been threatened in past also from going to Schools and colleges.

It seems that someone is trying to radicalize people in Panjgur. This is the first time that we have seen Baloch women taking an effective part in the progressive Baloch rights movement. From doctors, lawyers, teachers to journalists, and political activists we can see the strong presence of Baloch women. Stopping girls from getting education means to seize the development of Baloch society. And to mention here Panjgur and Kech regions are known as centers of learning and the ‘intellectual capital of Balochistan’.

 In the preS-16sent scenario of Panjgur where along with Balochistan Levies and local Police, more than 15000  personnel of the army and the Frontier Corps (FC) are deployed, a heavily guarded district where a military  operation is also in a full swing has been threatened by an unknown organization. Question is; where does this  organization come from? How did it prevail under the strong presences of paramilitary forces? Who will benefit  from this threat? Why ‘halal’, ‘haram’ and ’Islam’ issues are only raised in the areas where Pak Army has dirty  targets to achieve?

 Unfortunately Pak Army and state carries a history of promoting radical Islam as a tool to fight against ‘unwanted’. Spilling-over of Taliban culture into Panjgur is not just a threat to Baloch nation but to bring down  Baloch Nationalist on their knees at any cost. The threat to eradicate education from Balochistan is an attempt to weaken the progress and prosperity of Baloch nation.

To save Baloch is directly proportional to saving Balochistan. In this worsening situation Mr. Sabir Baloch,    the Deputy Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan and Mr. Rehmat Baloch, Balochistan’s Health Minister      whose    native land is Panjgur should speak up and address this issue on federal and provincial level.  Also    humanitarian organizations and civil society should also raise slogan. Let us not turn Panjgur into Swat and wait for another Malala to be a saver!

Humanity is Calling

Humanity is calling!! Image

Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life. William Shakespeare

This is exactly what Latif Johar is doing rights now by observing “Hunger Strike till Death” against the illegal abduction of Zahid Baloch, Chairman of BSO-Azad by Pakistani Law Enforcement Agencies on March 18, 2014 from Quetta. His abduction is witnessed by Kareema Baloch and other BSO leaders who were coming out of a meeting when they were stopped by Frontier Corps personnel. They took him away after a few minutes of on-spot interrogation.

Though issue of Baloch Missing Persons has been registered in the Supreme Court of Pakistan but nothing has been done so far. 2000 km long march from Quetta to Karachi and Karachi to Islamabad by the families of Baloch Missing Persons failed to get attention of the Pakistan Government and media. Even the campaign on social media against the illegal abduction and extra judicial killing by Pakistani law enforcement agencies has only bring the awareness in Pakistan community but no practical steps have been taken to ensure the safety of Baloch Missing Persons. This clearly indicates the power and dominancy of Pakistan security agencies over the government, judiciary and media.

ImageOn January 25, 2014 discovery of mass graves from Tutak, Khuzdar with 103 decomposed bodies are claimed to be of the Baloch Missing Persons; Government officials confirmed that the bullet-riddled bodies have been dumped in unmarked graves — many of them considered to be mass graves exposes the gross human rights abuses perpetrated by the security forces over the years in a bid to suppress a popular uprising against the government. Discovery of mass graves is still a mystery as media coverage was, and is prohibited in this regard.

According to the Commission on the Inquiry of Enforced Disappearances, the total number of cases currently stands at 621. However this figure is contested by Nasrullah Baloch, the chairperson of the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons. According to him 23,000 is the number of registered cases. From this, a whole 14,000 came during the current government’s tenure.

To mention here, Pakistan’s well known journalist Hamid Mir who received 6 bullets on April 19, 2014 – in his recent statement held ISI responsible of the attack for covering Baloch Missing Person’s long march. According to The Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS), at least 22 journalists have been killed in the province during the past four years.Image

In this scenario, Baloch are completely disappointed with Pakistan government, judiciary, and media. The powerful law enforcement agencies only reply to these human right violations in Balochistan is more abduction and more killing. Discussing Balochistan issue in Pakistan means calling your death!

ImageAs Pakistan has failed miserably in 64 years to resolve Balochistan conflict, therefore under such circumstances, the only hope of justice for Baloch is The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide,and other human right organization to step in and take notice of the massacre in Balochistan. Disheartened from Pakistan, Baloch needs and have right to live. They are human too and human right organizations must intervene and prove that they do exist to save humanity.