That the Baloch do not respond dramatically publically to the atrocities against them has relegated their plight to obscurity
Mr Mohammad Hanif, author of the multiple prize-winning book, A Case of Exploding Mangoes had kindly asked me to moderate the launch of The Baloch Who is Not Missing and Other Who Are at the Karachi Literary Festival last month. In the book, Saman Baloch, daughter of missing Dr Deen Mohammad Baloch, asks Hanif a very poignant question, “If they want to hang my father, they should bring him to the court, put him on trial and hang him in front of us. We will at least have the satisfaction of knowing that he is no more. But if they keep him alive for three years, four years and if they torture him every day and then kill him and dump his body what is the point of that? To begin the session I had put this question to the panelists and Hanif rightly said, “They do it because they can get away with it.” My view was that a culture of impunity prevails and this is done to intimidate those who defy the might of the establishment and fight for their rights.