Separatists say the attacks on women are the latest battlefront in an ideological war between the rebels, who are fighting for a greater share of the region’s mineral and gas wealth, and state-backed Islamist proxies who want to terrorise the population into acquiescence.
A recent spate of acid attacks in Balochistan has sparked an impassioned debate about rising Islamisation that is forcing an increasing number of women to stay at home.
The horrific crime, which disfigures and often blinds its overwhelmingly female victims, has long been used to settle personal or family scores with hundreds of cases reported every year.
Voice for Baloch Missing Persons(VBMP) rallied against enforced disappearances’ and safe release of disappeared Baloch on Eid day in Quetta. The relatives of missing persons in a large number with political activists, students and members of Voice for Baloch Missing Persons joined the rally. The protesters including women, children and old aged parents of missing persons chanted slogans against enforced disappearances’ of their loved ones. They marched through different roads of the city and later staged a demonstration outside the Quetta Press Club.
Baloch woman leading VBMP long march with Mama Qadeer Baloch
It was that long march from Quetta to Islamabad earlier this year which displayed that the women of Balochistan are very much relevant in the political realm.
By: Farooq Abdullah
For Most of us, the group of words like violence against women, harassment at institutions or work places, rape, honor killing and gender disparity are not that staggering because we listen about these so often in mainstream media–both domestic and international–that it offers none but very little appall by now. Besides, it is way too “ordinary” a news in this part of the world to get noticed.
India, for instance, where reports of raping women continued with brutal killings afterwards, rush to our auditions through any medium on an almost daily basis. We too, in Pakistan, are not lagging behind in generating these kind of news nowadays and the media of both countries –owing to the concern that both states have for each other–seems to have merged and unlike people and trade, news makes its way across the border very smoothly.
بلوچستان میں لاپتہ بلوچ سیاسی کارکنوں کے لواحقین نے آج عید کے پہلے روز بھی صوبے کے مختلف علاقوں میں احتجاج کیا ہے۔ کوئٹہ میں نکالی گئی ایک ریلی میں مردوں کے ساتھ ساتھ خواتین اور بچوں کی ایک بڑی تعداد نے شرکت کی ہے۔مظاہروں کے شرکاء نے حکومت کے خلاف شدید نعرے لگائے اور بلوچستان میں انسانی حقوق کی مبینہ خلاف ورزیوں کو بھی تنقید کا نشانہ بنایا۔ مظا ہرین نے اقوام متحدہ سے لاپتہ افراد کی بازیابی کے لئے پاکستانی حکومت پر دباؤ بڑھانے کی اپیل کی اور حکومت سے لاپتہ بلوچ نوجوانوں کو منظر عام پر لانے کا مطالبہ کیا۔
BALOCHISTAN: At least nineteen (19) people were injured when a bomb exploded near pilgrims’ bus in Balochistan’s Khuzdar district, on Monday 28 July 2014.
According to levies official, the roadside blast occurred in Garesha area, when the Zikri pilgrims were traveling in the bus from Turbat to Khuzdar. The bus was partially damaged in the incident.