The journalists at the National Press Club in Islamabad started asking questions with intention to provocate, ridicule and malign the Marchers in particular and the Baloch in general. Angered by their attitude Banuk Farzana Majeed Baloch gave them a dressing down they will never ever forget.
It is difficult to put those emotions into the translation but at least people will get an idea what she said.
Journalist: What would you like to say?
Farzana Majeed: First of all my name is Farzana Majeed Baloch and I am the sister of Baloch student leader Zakir Majeed Baloch who was abducted on 8th June 2009 by Pakistani secret services agencies from Padingabad in Mastung and to date he is being tortured in their torture cells. I am that sister when her brother got abducted on 8th June 2009 she (referring to herself) started to protest from 9th June 2009. During this protest she (referring to herself) did hunger strikes, press conferences, went to Karachi Press Club, Quetta Press Club. I have come to Islamabad three times and sat here for hunger strike, and your Supreme Court (the Supreme Court of Pakistan) supposedly the institution of justice here to it I have come for hearings in it in Islamabad three times and I have gone to it many times in Quetta as well but I got justice from nowhere. Why don’t you ask these questions from them?
The five year of pain we have spent aren’t ordinary years; all that you do is write five and years. It isn’t as simple as that; these five years, these painful five years, we have spent on roads and streets. Aren’t we mothers and sisters of someone? Don’t we have needs? Don’t we have feelings? Don’t our mothers wait for their beloved children?
The forces that you speak of and claim are our defenders and protectors in Balochistan but are they in fact our protectors or are they our murderers? This is also question that you have to answer. The protector is the one who protects people. Not the one who forcibly takes people away in vehicles and later throw their mutilated bodies. Aren’t these questions that demand answers? Give answers to these questions. It is for answer to these questions that we have come out. Seeking answers to these painful questions we have walked 3000 kilometres.
We aren’t psychotic; we aren’t insane girls who wander needlessly on the roads. We have brought our pain and sorrow from our homes; our mothers have become psychologically patients waiting for their children who have been locked up in your torture cells for years. Why don’t you answer these questions?
Girls as young as these (pointing to female journalists) and even younger have been widowed there. Young women have received mutilated bodies of their brothers. Old mothers have carried the mutilated bodies of their beloved sons. Mama Qadeer Baloch himself carried the mutilated body of his son Jalil Reki Baloch; this young boy (Mama Qadeer’s grandson Beauragh) has seen his father Jalil Reki Baloch’s mutilated body. Give answers to these questions. Why do you keep harping on questions about BLA, maps, Haiyr Biyar, Brahamdagh, Khair Bakhsh, why do you keep asking us these questions? Moreover they (our leaders) will certainly support us, why shouldn’t they support us we are their children. If you’ll kill us will they not ask you, how will they not raise the matter in Geneva while you keep on killing us young Baloch.
What sort of ridiculous questions do you ask us? We aren’t deranged and we aren’t making a drama it is you who are carrying out a charade and trying to befool and trick Baloch mothers and sisters. Now do you comprehend and understand what it is all about? We need answers to these questions. Don’t you people have mothers and sisters? Did anyone of you see me on the roads five years back; did you then know who Farzana Majeed was? Did you know him (pointing to Ali Haider she asked)? Did Mama Qadeer appeal to the NATO five years back? You sit here and try to ridicule us and malign us, is this the way of civilized?
Now you answer my questions. Go to your government and your Nawaz Sharif (Prime Ministor of Pakistan) and tell them that Farzana Majeed Baloch demands why she did not get justice in five years. Ask Asif Ali Zardari (ex-President of Pakistan) why didn’t I get justice in these five years? I need answers to these questions and it is for this for reason I am going to the United Nations. I am going to the UN because no institution here is listening to our grievances so you (the UN) ask them why our grievances aren’t being heard.
Don’t I know how to speak and write or don’t I know how to conduct myself so why I am not heard here? These are my questions and it is the answer to these questions I demand of the Pakistani state, and regarding my brother (Zakir Majeed Baloch) who, if he has committed a crime and the allegations that the government has against him, should be presented in Supreme Court or the High Court; punish him if proved guilty if then Farzana Majeed Baloch says something then you have the right protest.
Now do you understand? It is these things that we want to ask of the Pakistani state. You all refuse to see these demands of ours and only thing you see is why we are we staging hunger strikes, why are we going to the UN, why we don’t support the federation and why we don’t go to the Parliament? What the Parliament has ever done anything for us?
“Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) will contnue its struggle until and unless all the missing Baloch are recovered or we know what happened to them.” Mama Qadeer Baloch