Monthly Archives: July 2012

Rep. Rohrabacher Requests Information on Missing Baluch; Questions Administration’s Actions

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.

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کوئی امید نہیں تبصرہ : میر محمد علی ٹالپر ترجمہ: لطیف بلیدی

ریاست بلوچ کی خواہشات اور حقوق کیلئے ان کے مطالبے کو محض اپنے اسٹریٹجک اور اقتصادی منصوبوں کیلئے ایک رکاوٹ کے طور پر دیکھتی ہے

لاپتہ افراد یا ان کے رشتہ داروں کی اکثریت کی صعوبتیں کم کیے بغیر، سپریم کورٹ میں بلوچستان کے لاپتہ افراد پر کی جانیوالی سماعتیں غیر متعین طور پر اختتام پذیر ہورہی ہیں۔ مزید برآں، ایسا لگتا ہے کہ یہ سماعتیں بلوچ کیلئے پہلے ہی سے برے حالات کو مزید ابتر کرنے کا باعث بنیں گی کیونکہ چیف جسٹس کے بیان ’بلوچستان میں ایک آئینی بگاڑ آچکا ہے‘ کے سنگین مضمرات ہیں۔ اس کا مطلب ہے کہ اس آئینی بگاڑ کیلئے خصوصی اور ہنگامی اقدامات کی ضرورت ہوگی۔ پہلے ہی سے کسی بیگ راج نامی شخص، پنجاب فورم کے صدر نے، ایک قومی اخبار میں مطالبہ کیا ہے کہ حکومت سنجیدگی سے غور کرے اور تجویز پیش کی ہے کہ بلوچستان میں صورتحال کو معمول پر لانے کیلئے گورنر راج نافذ کرنے کے بعد بڑے پیمانے پر فوجی کارروائی شروع کی جائے۔ بلوچ سوچ رہے ہیں کہ آیا ان تمام سماعتوں کا مقصد صرف اس امکانی صورت کو جواز اور بنیاد فراہم کرنے کیلئے تھا۔

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Some of the souls in traumata, Others yet awaiting recognition

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 

 Background

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.

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The Baloch Resistance Literature Against the British Raj

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.

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COMMENT : No Expectations — Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur

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.

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End the protest or face physical elimination: Pakistan security agencies threaten Qadeer Baloch

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.

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Why legitimize slavery! Say No to election under Occupation

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