Washington, Jul 30 Today, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) sent a letter Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, asking her to provide his office with information related to the case of a missing Baluch man named Zakir Majeed. Mr. Majeed, who was the Vice-Chairman of the Baluch Student Organization, was abducted on June 2009.
Human rights groups have recorded hundreds of cases of ethnic Baluch men disappearing or being killed by Pakistan’s security forces. The Pakistani government uses kidnapping and murder to repress Baluch who express a desire for autonomy.
Earlier this year, Rep. Rohrabacher raised the case of British citizen Noordin Mengal, who was the delegate to the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization for Baluchistan, and was denied entry to the United States by the Department of Homeland Security.
We enlisted here,
Some of the souls in traumata,
Others yet awaiting recognition,
Who serve as a reminder to the international community that genocide is not yet a word only in history books.
a report by : Voice for Baloch Missing Persons
Balochistan, a sovereign state, was occupied by Pakistan on 27th of March 1948; since that day, in order to silence the voices for liberation and to instill fear among the general populace, Pakistan has employed a strategy of enforcedly disappearing people belonging to different age groups and occupations, of which only a small number has been documented in the list attached. The first people who were enforcedly disappeared were the friends and peers of Prince Abdul Karim, who were abducted in 1948, of which few were released and others are still missing, most probably murdered under custody.
Resistance literature is considered as an important factor in the development of political consciousness among subjugated peoples. Therefore, Balochi resistance literature against British colonialism merits evaluation. Even a cursory glance at the history of Balochi literature, manifests the pride and dignity that Baloch poets and epic writers have shown for their heroes. This literature also demonstrates anger and resentment against the intruders and ridicule against traitors. Notwithstanding historical accuracy, the Baloch self-perception as the guardian of noble values is perpetuated in their literature. They trace their origin from Arabia and show their presence in almost every great battle, which was fought for the glory of Islam or for the glorification of Baloch culture.
Long before the British occupation of Balochistan, the Baloch poets had condemned the high-handedness of the Portuguese and eulogized the bravery of a Baloch leader, Mir Hamal Junaid, who was arrested by the Portuguese and was taken to Portugal.1 It does not mean that they were critical of only the Europeans but other invaders like the Mongols and the Arghuns also received the same treatment. However, in view of the scope of the present study, we will confine ourselves only to resistance literature produced against the British. According to a poet as well as literary historian, Mir Gul Khan Naseer, there were clear and distinct phases of the resistance literature.
The state simply sees the Baloch aspirations and their demand for rights as an obstacle to their strategic and economic plans
The Supreme Court (SC) hearings on the missing persons in Balochistan are ending inconclusively without having done anything for the majority of the missing or reducing the agony of their relatives. Moreover, it seems that these hearings may become a reason for further aggravating the already bad conditions for the Baloch because the Chief Justice’s statement ‘there is a constitutional breakdown in Balochistan’ has serious implications. It implies that a constitutional breakdown requires special and emergency measures. Already one Baig Raj, president of Punjab Forum, in a national daily demanded that the government give it serious consideration and suggested that the situation in Balochistan be normalised by initiating a massive military operation after imposing governor’s rule. The Baloch are wondering if all these hearings were for laying the groundwork for justifying just this eventuality.
Occupied Balochistan: The Vice Chairman of the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons has said that Pakistan’s security agencies and their informer have threatened to physically eliminate him if he doesn’t end the protest camp in front of Quetta Press Club.
The Daily Tawar, an Urdu language Newspaper in Balochistan, quoted Qadeer Baloch as saying, “Yesterday, a dark window car of agencies and another white car of an informer, approached me and said if you do not end your protest, you will suffer the same fate as Nazeer Marri and Saba Dashtyari Baloch.” Qadeer Baloch further said they also verbally abused him and pro-freedom Baloch leaders, adding that, he has recognized the informer who is still armature but he exposed himself.
For every illegally occupied nation there comes a time that they need a clear democratic plan in order to regain their independence. Occupied nations always aspired toward freedom which will restore their natural rights. Those nations who happened to have political leaders with clear vision about the future prospect of the nation have succeeded to change the fate of their nation into modern democratic state. Occupied nations who failed to act as a nation have never been accepted as owner of their own homeland by the international community.
The Baloch who have been struggling since mid19th century for their freedom now reached at a point where they have two options which will decided their future as an independent nation in the region. First is the one which was chosen by Balochistan’s former ruler, Khan of Kalat Mir Ahmadyar Khan, who was able to sustain Baloch freedom for only 227 days. The tragedy of Kalat State was that almost the entire government of Balochistan consisted of outsiders. He even imported a prime minister from India. The second option is the one that we do not have to repeat the mistake again. Before we regain our independence we must produce clear roadmap of what sort of state and institutions we are going to have during the transitional process and thereafter. Without a clear plan and objective we may experience the same problem that our political leaders had experienced in the past.
Occupied Balochistan,GWADAR: Pakistani forces abducted another teenage Baloch boy from coastal town of Pishukan in District Gwadar.According to the reports, Pakistani secret agencies with the help of Frontier Corps (FC) have raided the house of Ali Mohammad, on 25th July, around 2:00 am in Pishukan area of Gwadar, and abducted his 17 years old son Kamran Ali.The Pakistani forces have shifted Kamran to unknown location and his whereabouts are still not known to his family.
The family of Kamran Ali said that,he is student of 10th grade in a local school.Family further added that Kamran is not affiliated to any student or political party and family also appealed to the authorities to immediately release their young son.
Several Baloch youth have been abducted from different areas of Balochistan in past few days, as the Supreme Court has commented that the security agencies were not implementing the orders of the Court.
According to details reports Pakistani security forces attacked a Masque (Masjid) in Sui, Balochistan when people were engaged in reading their prayers (Taraweeh). The Imam (scholar) of the Masjid, Mulavi Mohammad Bakhsh Bugti, has reportedly been hospitalised after he was badly beaten by the Pakistani security personnel. The son of the Imam, Mohammad Siddiq Bugti, was taken away and is still being held at some undisclosed location. Abdul Nabi Bugti, another son of the Imam is already in the custody of Pakistani forces.
Two other people were abducted from Quetta and Gawadar town of Balochistan. The victims have been named as Mohammad Hafeez from satellite area Quetta and Kamran from Gawadar, who has been abducted when he was on his way to a nearby Market for shopping.