The problem of missing persons and torture is not a new phenomenon here. It has been practiced against dissidents the establishment felt threatened by, with varying degrees of brutality and gruesomeness. Balochistan has had more than a fair share of disappeared persons
Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur
“Speech is silver but silence is golden” is an adage that Nawab Mohammad Aslam Raisani, the chief minister of Balochistan and chief of Sarawan, either never heard of or decided to ignore. A few days back in a press-talk at Khuzdar he came up with an outrageously insensitive and preposterous statement that most of the missing persons had “deliberately gone underground to malign the country’s intelligence agencies”.
Reiteration of Musharraf and Rehman Malik’s theory of volitional disappearances by one who as a tribal chief and chief of Sarawan is under moral obligation to protect the rights of any Baloch who has been wronged is beyond comprehension. Aslam Raisani’s statement has added insult to a grievous injury. He has forfeited his moral right to represent the Baloch people either as a chief or a chief minister.
Baloch Nationalist Army (BNA) spokesman Mureed Baloch, in a statement released to the media said that Gulzar Imam alias Shambay is in custody of Pakistan’s intelligence agencies. He had gone missing some time ago, the organization investigated the issue and found out through credible evidence that Gulzar Imam alias Shambay is in the custody of Pakistan’s intelligence agencies.
He further added that the organization is conducting its investigation to determine the circumstances of Shambay’s slipping into the hands of the agencies and they will reach the culprits involved.
Sammi Deen Baloch from her social media twitter account said Lala Faheem Baloch, the manager of Ilm-O-Adab Publishers, has been released, who was forcibly disappeared from the office of Ilm-O-Adab Publishers Karachi on August 26 this year.
The leader of Voice for Baloch Missing Persons further said that where and why Lala Faheem Baloch was kept for three months, how was he treated, can the law enforcement agencies bring those who violate the laws to justice?
Tens of thousands of protesters, including women and children, blocked an expressway leading to Gwadar port on Sunday after what they said was the government’s failure to meet a Nov 20 deadline to implement their demands.
The rally participants — fishermen, students and labourers led by Gwadar Haq Do Tehreek’s leader Maulana Hidayatur Rehman — marched towards Gwadar port and raised slogans against the government.
For more than three decades, Molavi Abdolhamid has been the most prominent Sunni clergyman in majority Shia Iran. He is a figure that has been present on the political scene over the past 25 years. The cleric attracted attention during the 2005 presidential election, when candidates sought to attract the votes of Iran’s Sunni community, and then as tensions rose in the eastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan, home to a Sunni Baluch minority estimated to number up to 2 million people. More recently, his remarks regarding Iran’s ongoing nationwide protests made the headlines, in particular his call on the country’s Shia clerical leadership to organize a referendum.
Molavi Abdolhamid Ismaeelzahi was born in 1947 in the village of Galugah, Sistan and Baluchestan, and attended school in Zahedan, the provincial capital, before moving to Pakistan. In 1970, he returned to Zahedan to teach at the Darul Uloom Seminary, now the biggest Sunni seminary in Iran.