Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life. William Shakespeare
This is exactly what Latif Johar is doing rights now by observing “Hunger Strike till Death” against the illegal abduction of Zahid Baloch, Chairman of BSO-Azad by Pakistani Law Enforcement Agencies on March 18, 2014 from Quetta. His abduction is witnessed by Kareema Baloch and other BSO leaders who were coming out of a meeting when they were stopped by Frontier Corps personnel. They took him away after a few minutes of on-spot interrogation.
Though issue of Baloch Missing Persons has been registered in the Supreme Court of Pakistan but nothing has been done so far. 2000 km long march from Quetta to Karachi and Karachi to Islamabad by the families of Baloch Missing Persons failed to get attention of the Pakistan Government and media. Even the campaign on social media against the illegal abduction and extra judicial killing by Pakistani law enforcement agencies has only bring the awareness in Pakistan community but no practical steps have been taken to ensure the safety of Baloch Missing Persons. This clearly indicates the power and dominancy of Pakistan security agencies over the government, judiciary and media.
On January 25, 2014 discovery of mass graves from Tutak, Khuzdar with 103 decomposed bodies are claimed to be of the Baloch Missing Persons; Government officials confirmed that the bullet-riddled bodies have been dumped in unmarked graves — many of them considered to be mass graves exposes the gross human rights abuses perpetrated by the security forces over the years in a bid to suppress a popular uprising against the government. Discovery of mass graves is still a mystery as media coverage was, and is prohibited in this regard.
According to the Commission on the Inquiry of Enforced Disappearances, the total number of cases currently stands at 621. However this figure is contested by Nasrullah Baloch, the chairperson of the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons. According to him 23,000 is the number of registered cases. From this, a whole 14,000 came during the current government’s tenure.
To mention here, Pakistan’s well known journalist Hamid Mir who received 6 bullets on April 19, 2014 – in his recent statement held ISI responsible of the attack for covering Baloch Missing Person’s long march. According to The Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS), at least 22 journalists have been killed in the province during the past four years.
In this scenario, Baloch are completely disappointed with Pakistan government, judiciary, and media. The powerful law enforcement agencies only reply to these human right violations in Balochistan is more abduction and more killing. Discussing Balochistan issue in Pakistan means calling your death!
As Pakistan has failed miserably in 64 years to resolve Balochistan conflict, therefore under such circumstances, the only hope of justice for Baloch is The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide,and other human right organization to step in and take notice of the massacre in Balochistan. Disheartened from Pakistan, Baloch needs and have right to live. They are human too and human right organizations must intervene and prove that they do exist to save humanity.