“I know the walk to Punjab is unsafe. There are no pockets of Baloch inhabitants who will open their houses to us or share their food. But if I come back dead from Punjab, I will think the purpose of my life has been fulfilled,” said Qadeer, who heads the Voice of Baloch Missing Person (VBMP), a group fighting for the rights of the missing Baloch youth.
Relatives reach Karachi on foot from Balochistan to raise their voice against tyranny and oppression. Hapless, they vow to march to Islamabad from here
“My father was talking on the phone, when a group of men suddenly came and started kicking and beating him up. All this happened in the blink of an eye and then they whisked him away. I and my uncle (the latter was just 13 then) were left completely shaken,” recalled 10-year old Ali Haider, while narrating the tale of how his father Ramzan Baloch was picked up.
Many of the 18,000 missing persons from the province could be dead
For Sammi (16), it was not the gruelling 27- day march from Quetta to Karachi that was a problem. “It was nothing compared to the torture my family and I have gone through in the last four years since my father went missing,” she said.
Sammi is one of the 12 women who walked for 27 days, covering a distance of 700 km, to protest against the treatment meted out to their male family members. “If there is another long march I will walk again. They picked up my father from a hospital in Mashkay at 1 am. We don’t know anything about him after that,” she said, speaking over the phone from Karachi.
While Rs 70m Oxfam project meant specifically for earthquake relief has been cancelled, Jamaat-ud-Dawa’s Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF), Jamaat-i-Islami’s Al-Khidmat and Jaish-e-Mohammad’s Al Khair Trust are visible everywhere
Last week, the Punjab Chief Minister, Shahbaz Sharif, dispatched ten trucks loaded with quilts and shawls worth Rs 9.2 million from Lahore for earthquake-stricken areas of Baluchistan.
Talking to media he said that 30 thousand quilts and warm shawls costing Rs 92.4 million, as 90 more trucks laden with similar supplies, would be sent to the calamity-hit people from Rahim Yar Khan. He also said so far relief items worth Rs 200 million had been sent to earthquake victims of Balochistan under winter package while a sum of Rs 350 million had been deposited in the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund. Everything here but so-called charity in particular is done in full glare of publicity lest some may not know how generously they help; they always mention the sums spent for relief which shows they care for the sum and not for the people. People like Shahbaz Sharif and his ilk will never understand that however warm and cosy the quilts maybe, they never warm the hearts hurt by the continued repression of Baloch for over sixty years now.
By Johar Ali Bugtti, London
“We are not scared and will fight back, they are mistaken
if they think they are superior and can eliminate us”
Construction of Deep-Sea-Port Gwadar
The announcement of General Musharraf of the construction of Deep-See-Port Gwadar in 2002 further triggered the new phase of violence between the Baloch Nationalist and the Federal Government of Pakistan. It is worth by mentioning that during the hottest months of June and July of 2002 about 50, 000 paramilitary laid siege to Dera Bugti, the headquarter of the Bugti tribe and the ancestral town of Nawab Bugti, which left the local population without electricity, water, telephone and medical facilities.
جب تک وہ زمین آپ کو واپس نہیں ملے گی آپ کے بچے آپ سے یونہی چھینے جاتے رہیں گے۔
یہ کون لوگ ہیں جو 700 کلومیٹر کا سفرطے کر کے 27 دن میں پیدل کوئٹہ سے کراچی پہنچے ہیں؟ یہ کیوں اپنا گھر بار چھوڑ کر اپنے شہر سے کوسوں دور کراچی پریس کلب پر جوان چہروں کی تصویریں لئے بیٹھے ہیں؟ آنا ہی تھا تو اکیلے آجاتے اپنے خاندان کو چھوٹے چھوٹے بچوں کو ساتھ کیوں لے آئے؟با وجود اس کے کہ ہم ہر محفل میں سیاست پر گفتگو کر رہے ہوتے ہیں اور بڑے شوق سے ٹاک شوز پر مرتب تبصرے جھاڑ رہے ہوتے ہیں ان خاندانوں کے حوالے سے کوئی سوال ہمارے ذہن میں نہیں آیا۔ بلوچستان سے نکلنے والی گیس غائب ہو جائے تو ہم سڑکوں پر آجاتے ہیں مگر وہاں کے لوگ غائب ہو جائیں تو ہمارے سر پہ جوں تک نہیں رینگتی۔یہ رویہ کس چیز کی نشاندہی کر رہا ہے اگر یہ بھی سمجھانے کی ضرورت پڑ جائے تو مجھے کہنا پڑے گا کہ ہم سے زیادہ بے حس شاید کوئی نہ ہو۔