by Shawn Forbes
On the International Women’s Day I ask everyone to join me in celebrating the extensive accomplishments of the inspirational and influential women activists from the turbulent region of Balochistan.
Women like Voice for Baloch Missing Person’s General Secretary Farzana Majeed Baloch has remarkable role as human rights activist .Farzana Majeed Baloch was an accomplished student, holding a MSC in chemistry and a BA in Balochi. Five years ago, Farzana’s younger brother and Baloch Student organization leader Zakir Majeed Baloch was unlawfully abducted by in Mastung. Zakir Majeed Baloch was a 27 year old English student at the Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences. After his abduction in 2009 Farzana Majeed Baloch began a crusade for his safe release. She went before regional courts and supreme courts to petition for her brother’s release, yet was turned away. When the courts refused to help, Farzana Majeed took up peaceful protest. Several times she staged hunger strike demonstrations at the Islamabad supreme courts, but to no avail. After all avenues of legal action had been exhuased, Farzana Majeed Baloch joined the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons Long March for Justice.
ISLAMABAD: Awami Workers Party, Progressive Youth, Pakistan Youth Alliance Revolutionary Socialists and NSF Pakistan held simultaneous protests at Lahore and Islamabad Press Clubs on Sunday against the racial attacks on Baloch students at Preston University Islamabad.
Islamabad: A gang of eight students attacked and critically wounded three Baloch students in Preston University Islamabad on Saturday.
According details Baloch students Khalid Kurd, Mehran and Fakhar were having lunch at University’s cafe. When a gang of eight students Umer Satti, M.Ali, Ahtasham, Afridi BBA students in Preston university led by Mashood Ali approached them started swearing them for speaking Balochi with each other.
The increasing evidence of widespread human rights violations highlight the need for the EU to strengthen its role in the troubled region of Baluchistan, says Niccolò Rinaldi
Baluchistan is one of the most troubled and poorest provinces of Pakistan. Bordering with Afghanistan and Iran, Baluchistan is rich in oil, gas, and minerals, but nevertheless its development has been hindered by the turbulence prevailing in the country. This feeling of injustice among the Baloch population has caused decades of long battle between the Baloch separatists and the Pakistani government. The Pakistani army and security forces are accused by the Baluchistan population of not only usurping their wealth, but also violating their fundamental rights. These protests have led to more abuse, persecution and are even inflicted by Pakistani officials.
ISLAMABAD: A European Union (EU) delegation on Wednesday met with representatives of the Voice of Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) Long March leaders, and expressed its concern with the large number of enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings in different parts of Balochistan.
ISLAMABAD: Mama Qadeer Baloch, who carried out the 2,800 kilometre long march from Quetta to Islamabad for the recovery of Baloch missing persons, has said that they have contacted the United Nations after being disappointed by the government and the judiciary.
They have consulted officials of the world body in Islamabad and have been assured that the United Nations will soon take up the issue of missing persons with the Government of Pakistan. Mama Qadeer expressed these views in the Geo News programme ‘Capital Talk’, while talking to the host of the show Hamid Mir on Wednesday.
The journalists at the National Press Club in Islamabad started asking questions with intention to provocate, ridicule and malign the Marchers in particular and the Baloch in general. Angered by their attitude Banuk Farzana Majeed Baloch gave them a dressing down they will never ever forget.
It is difficult to put those emotions into the translation but at least people will get an idea what she said.