Vancouver: International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons and Baloch Human Rights Council (Canada) held a Balochistan Human Rights Awareness Day at the Simon Fraser University to inform the Canadian students and public about Pakistani and Iranian state atrocities against Baloch civilians.
Baloch students from Simon Fraser University actively participated in the one-day event by setting up information booths displaying photographs of enforced-disappeared Baloch youth and of the tortured, bullet-riddled bodies of Kill and Dump victims in Balochistan.
Since 2005, the Human Rights Commission has been paying special attention to the increasingly alarming human rights situation in Balochistan. The Commission has organized four fact-finding missions to the province, the reports of which have been widely disseminated. A special desk on missing persons has also been set up in Quetta that maintains data on enforced disappearances and killings.
However, it was after reading Mohammed Hanif’s account of his meeting with Qadeer Baloch in Dawn that the idea of a book came to me. Hanif’s conversation with Qadeer Baloch about the disappearance and killing of his son, Jaleel Reiki, was moving – and disturbing – in a way that statistics can never be. I knew that if HRCP were to publish a book about the missing in Balochistan, Hanif would be the writer to put the stories together. He was quick to agree and joined HRCP’s fact-finding mission to Balochistan in May 2012.
Occupied Balochistan: The Baloch Student Organisation – Azad and the Baloch Salvation Front (BSF) have paid rich tributes to young Baloch freedom fighter Haq Nawaz Baloch on Sunday.
The spokesman of BSO-Azad has said that the way Sarmachar Haq Nawaz Baloch bravely fought against the occupying forces and defended the motherland is a guiding torch for the whole nation.
Mohammed Hanif, Mohammad Ali Talpur, Farzana Majeed and I.A. Rehman — Photo by Alisia Pek/Dawn.com
Karachi: Farzana Majeed’s voice resonated through the garden as she explained what happened to her brother at the session on the launch of the book The Baloch Who is Not Missing and Others Who Are. “It has been four years since Zakir Majeed Baloch was taken into the custody of Pakistan’s secret agencies,” said the MPhil student. “He had raised his voice against the ongoing atrocities in Balochistan.”
Since then, Majeed has been campaigning for her brother’s release. Her protest has largely gone unnoticed, as have those of hundreds like her. Since 2010, protestors from the Voice for Baloch Missing People have been sitting outside the Karachi Press Club with framed photos of sons, daughters, brothers and fathers who have been missing for years. They are victims of the campaign of enforced disappearances credited to the country’s military and intelligence organisations. The stories of how they were one day taken away, and not heard from since, are not those which one hears often because like them, their accounts are largely missing from the agendas of news organisations.
Thousands of Baloch have gone missing since 1974 and continue to go missing while more than 700 of them have had their tortured bodies dumped all over Balochistan
Selective and convenient paranoia is ingrained into the psyche of the ‘establishment’; consequently, we keep getting ridiculous explanations and excuses for all the anguish and agony in Balochistan. The establishment’s spokespersons defend it with truisms attractive enough to befool people. They want people to overlook the fact that Balochistan’s present situation is the product of the atrocities and exploitation of the last 64 years and believe that all that this is a creation of international conspiracies by powers with ulterior motives.
Karachi: Baloch Human Rights Organisation (BHRO) held a protest demonstration in front of Karachi Press Club, on Saturday, against abduction of five Baloch students from Karachi by Pakistani security agencies.
Protesters were carrying placard and banners, which condemned the state terrorism in Balochistan including abduction and extra-judicial killing of Baloch youth.
بلوچ کیساتھ پاکستانی ریاست کا سلوک کینہ پرور اور سفاکانہ ہے اور کمزور بہانے پیش کرکے وہ اپنی ذمہ داریوں سے انحراف جاری رکھے ہوئے ہے
ایک لاپتہ بیٹے، بھائی، یا دوست کا درد کسی شخص کی نفسیات پر گہری چھاپ بنائے رکھتا ہے۔ یہ ایک ان مٹ درد ہے، اسے نہ تو وقت اور نہ ہی دلاسے کم کرسکتے ہیں۔ دو ہفتے قبل، میں اپنے ساتھی ’جانی‘ دلیپ داس کی 91 سالہ ماں سے اپنی ادائیگیء احترام کیلئے گیا۔ اس کے پہلے الفاظ تھے، ”میرا جانی کیسا ہے؟“ وہ اب بھی یہی سمجھتی ہے کہ وہ زندہ ہے اگرچہ یہ 1975ء کا سال تھا جب اسے شیر علی مری کے ہمراہ فوج کے انٹیلی جنس نے بیل پٹّ سے اٹھایا تھا۔ انہوں نے اور ان کے شوہر، ایئر کموڈور (ر) بلونت داس، جو چند سال قبل انتقال کرگئے، نے اسکے بارے میں کوئی خبر حاصل کرنے کی بہت کوشش کی لیکن تمام محنت بیکار گئی۔ اگرچہ مسز داس کو دل کے کئی دورے پڑے ہیں لیکن لاپتہ بیٹے کی یادیں اور درد جانے کا نام ہی نہیں لیتیں۔
The Pakistani state is unforgiving and brutal in its treatment of the Baloch and it continues to deny responsibility by presenting flimsy excuses
The pain of a missing son, brother, or a friend remains deeply etched on a person’s psyche. It is an inerasable pain, which neither time nor consolations diminish. A fortnight ago, I had gone to pay my respects to my comrade ‘Johnny’ Duleep Dass’s 91-year-old mother. Her first words were, “How’s my Johnny?” She still believes he is alive though it was in 1975 that he along with Sher Ali Marri was picked up by army intelligence at Belpat. She and her husband, Air Commodore (Retd) Balwant Dass, who passed away some years ago, tried to get some news about him but all efforts were in vain. Although Mrs Dass has suffered strokes but the memory and the pain of her disappeared son refuses to go away.
The protest of families of abducted Baloch entered 1062 days as a whole and 82 Day in Karachi on Tuesday (19 February 2013) .
Delegations of Civil Society Lawyers and people from all spheres of life have continuously been visiting the VBMP’s protest camp to express their solidarity with families of abducted Baloch at Karachi Press Club.