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”سیاہ مزاح“: سیاستدانوں کے وعدے

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تحریر: میر محمد علی ٹالپر

ترجمہ: لطیف بلیدی

میں اس بات کا قائل ہوں کہ اگر وعدے بم ہوتے تو یہاں ایک بھی زی روح زندہ نہ بچتا۔ وعدے سستے داموں ملتے ہیں اور یہ لوگوں کو ان چیزوں کی بابت باور کرانے کیلئے بہ آسانی دستیاب ہتھیار ہے جنہیں عام صورت میں لوگ ردی سمجھ کر رد کردیتے ہیں۔ یہاں پر حتیٰ کہ بلوچ لاپتہ افراد کی بازیابی کیلئے عدالتوں کے وعدوں، مشرف پر غداری کا مقدمہ چلانے، پانی پر گاڑیاں چلانے اور اچھے طالبان کی کسی صورت حمایت نہ کرنے کے پختہ مگر خالی خولی وعدوں پر بھی مکمل طور پر یقین کر لیا جاتا ہے۔ لوگ سادہ لوح اور وعدہ ساز پُرفریب طور پر چالاک ہیں جو لوگوں کی انتہائی حد تک مختصر یادداشت کی بیماری پر انحصار کرتے ہیں جس میں یہاں کے لوگ مبتلا ہیں اور وہ ہمیشہ نبھائے نہ گئے وعدوں سے بری الذمہ ہو جاتے ہیں۔ میرا خیال ہے کہ اس کا تعلق اُس خود ساختہ مقدر پرستی سے ہے جو اس خطے کے لوگوں کی نفسیات کا حصہ ہے اور اس کا زیادہ تعلق مذہب اور طویل نوآبادیاتی نظام کے اثرات سے ہے جس میں تعلیم اور میڈیا کے ذریعے ’ریاستی بیانیے‘ کے غالب اثر و رسوخ کا تذکرہ اگر خارج ہو؛ ایک ایسا بیانیہ جس نے بنیاد پرستی کی شیطانیت، جمود اور بلا چون و چرا سرخم تسلیم کرنے کو فروغ دیا ہے اور اس کی حوصلہ افزائی کی ہے جو یہاں پھلی پھولی ہے۔

“Black Humour”: On the Politicians Promise

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Quilts don’t warm hearts

While Rs 70m Oxfam project meant specifically for earthquake relief has been cancelled, Jamaat-ud-Dawa’s Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF), Jamaat-i-Islami’s Al-Khidmat and Jaish-e-Mohammad’s Al Khair Trust are visible everywhere

Mir Muhammad Ali TalpurLast week, the Punjab Chief Minister, Shahbaz Sharif, dispatched ten trucks loaded with quilts and shawls worth Rs 9.2 million from Lahore for earthquake-stricken areas of Baluchistan.

Talking to media he said that 30 thousand quilts and warm shawls costing Rs 92.4 million, as 90 more trucks laden with similar supplies, would be sent to the calamity-hit people from Rahim Yar Khan. He also said so far relief items worth Rs 200 million had been sent to earthquake victims of Balochistan under winter package while a sum of Rs 350 million had been deposited in the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund. Everything here but so-called charity in particular is done in full glare of publicity lest some may not know how generously they help; they always mention the sums spent for relief which shows they care for the sum and not for the people. People like Shahbaz Sharif and his ilk will never understand that however warm and cosy the quilts maybe, they never warm the hearts hurt by the continued repression of Baloch for over sixty years now.
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“Black Humour”: On the Politicians Promise – Mir Mohammed Ali Talpur

During the recent visit to Awaran Nawaz Sharif promised its miraculous rehabilitation; he couldn’t have been serious because it is eight years since Balakot earthquake and rehabilitation has not even been half completed there yet.

Mir Muhammad Ali TalpurI am convinced that if promises were bombs there wouldn’t be a soul left alive here. Promises come cheap and are the handiest tool to bamboozle people into believing fantasies they would otherwise reject as garbage. Here even the solemn but empty promises of courts recovering Baloch missing persons, of trying Musharraf for treason, of running vehicles on water and of no support for the good Talibans are unqualifiedly believed. The people are gullible and promise makers deviously astute who rely on the extremely short memory disease which afflicts the people here and always get away with unfulfilled promises. This I suppose has got much to do with the in-built fatalism which is part of psyche in this region’s people and has a lot to do with religion and of course the effects of prolonged colonialism not to mention the overwhelming influence of ‘state narrative’ through education and media; a narrative which has promoted and encouraged the evils of fundamentalism, passivity and acquiescence to prosper here.
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Balochistan Quake-hit Areas Under Severe Food Scarcity: UN

awaran-earthquake-24: Almost a month has been passed to the deadly Balochistan earthquake and the United Nationas (UN)’s Food Security Cluster (FSC) in a report issued on Wednesday cautioned for another disaster in the strife-torn province as majority of the earthquake survivors are facing acute food shortage.
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COMMENT : Credibility compromised — Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur

The mala fide equating of the Baloch nationalists with the fundamentalist sectarian/jihadist outfits is aimed at maligning the Baloch 

Mir Muhammad Ali TalpurThe raison d’être of human rights organisations under all circumstances should solely be the protection of human rights, without any deviation for any consideration. The members of these organisations should transcend all personal, political, social, national, economic and cultural prejudices to stand up for human rights because any departure leads to the irreparable loss of the credibility and influence of the organisation. The duty of these organisations is to defend human rights at all costs; they cannot and should not appear to be a party to any state or institution. Sadly, sometimes, these organisations — though ostensibly safeguarding human rights — get carried away by state-inspired narratives and the establishment’s interests, which they consciously or subconsciously subscribe to or identify with. Their becoming a party to a set of ideas irreversibly harms the struggle for protection of human rights.

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Army forces its way into Mashky-Gajjar, distributes aid

by Mahvish Ahmad

This correspondent left the scene at 5.30pm on the first day of the operation, though reports from contacts in the area confirm that the helicopters, shooting, and shelling continued all day on Tuesday.

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MASHKY: It was 6 O’clock on Monday morning as this correspondent suddenly woke to the loud sounds of explosion in the otherwise sleepy town of Mashky-Gajjar, as the army troops entered the town centre to take control where the Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF), a banned separatist militant group, had been quite active and in recent weeks many separatists organisations had remained involved in helping thousands of quake-affected residents.

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Urgent appeal for medical assistance to Balochistan quake survivors: BNM letter to MSF

doctor-msf-logoOctober 7th, 2013

Chris Lockyear,
Operations Manager
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
333 7th Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001-5004

SUBJECT: Urgent appeal for medical assistance to Balochistan quake survivors

Dear Chris,

We write to you from Awaran where twin quakes recently flattened 95% of the area leaving more than 350,000 people homeless. We the Baloch National Movement (BNM) with the help of Baloch Students Organization – Azad (BSO-A) and a couple of local NGOs, have been tirelessly working to provide relief assistance to the quake victims.
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