Pakistan’s on-off dialogue with the Taliban has been commanding headlines and the attention of politicians and diplomats. But there has been little interest in a dialogue that could end the longest civil war in Pakistan’s history, says guest columnist Ahmed Rashid.
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In early 2012, brothers Noordin and Bhawal Mengal decided to make a film about the ongoing human rights crisis in Balochistan, a large province in south-western Pakistan. The producers commissioned a British filmmaker, David Whitney, to make the film with their help.
After a lengthy development phase, shooting began on the “The Line of Freedom” in September 2012. The cast and crew braved high temperatures in the desert and mountains to shoot this short film at an undisclosed location.
Baloch Students Organization (Azad) has strongly condemned target-killing of young Baloch poet and political leader Qassum Wafa by Pakistani death squads in Panjgur.
Qassum Wafa was Baloch National Movement’s councilor and organizer of Panjgur district. Wafa was targeted when he was on his way to Chitkan Bazar with his brother.
The entire Pakistani establishment is culpable of the ‘dirty war’ that is conducted against Baloch people.
On October 9, 2013 a division Bench of the Patna High Court (PHC) absolved all the 26 persons of Ranvir Sena (RS) accused of massacre of 58 Dalits, including 27 women and 10 children in Laxmanpur Bathe village in Bihar’s Jehanabad district on December 1, 1997 of all the charges; 16 of them had been awarded death sentences. The Bench opined, “We are of the view that the prosecution witnesses are not reliable and so all the convicted persons are entitled for benefit of doubt,” and considered it appropriate to release them forthwith.
It took Razzak Baloch’s family 24 hours to identify him through old marks on limbs because his face was mutilated beyond recognition
After the recent attack on a train near Machh, Bolan, in which only the locomotive and the railway police compartments were targeted, Railways Minister Khwaja Saad Rafique, very bravely, said, “Militants should surrender otherwise the government will pay them (militants) in their own coin… we would respond with 10 rockets in response to one fired by the militants.” The fact is that even when no rockets have been fired the security forces have fired countless rockets of wanton brutality against the Baloch who had had no option except to resist the unwarranted brutality. How many rockets had the Baloch fired in March 1948 to be forcibly annexed or in October 1958 for Kalat to be attacked or in 1973 for the elected Ataullah Mengal government to be dismissed and a terrible military operation conducted or for the present ‘dirty war’ claiming thousands of victims to be unleashed with the killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti and Balaach Marri? There is an uninterrupted history of unprovoked aggression against the Baloch and it intensifies every day.
The establishment understands quite well that without turning Gwadar and large parts of Balochistan into a joint Chinese-Pakistani cantonment, they will not be able to move an inch
Passengers are relaxed in a cruising airliner all dreaming of their cherished destination and the pleasurable environment they would be in when suddenly the captain’s anxious voice breaks the calm. He says, “Ladies and gentlemen due to unavoidable circumstances a change of plans has been necessitated and we have been diverted to an uninhabited island. However, there is good news and bad news; which do you want first?” All demanded the bad news first. He said, “The bad news is that there is nothing to eat there except horse dung but the good news is that there is plenty of it.”
اگرچہ بلوچ کے خلاف متعدد فوجی آپریشن کیے گئے ہیں، لیکن پہلے کبھی بھی بلوچ مائیں سڑکوں پر احتجاج کرنے نہیں نکلیں
آج ماوں کا دن ہے، اور ماوں کے اپنے لاپتہ بچوں کےلئے آنسو اور درد تکلیف دہ انداز سے اس تفریق کو نمایاں طور پر ظاہر کرتی ہے، اِنکے لاپتہ بچے اور وہ آسودہ مائیں اور اُنکے محفوظ بچے۔ اس سے دنیا کو ان غمزدہ ماو ¿ں کیلئے ہمدردی کا آغاز کرنا چاہیے اور اپنی ذمہ داریوں کو سمجھتے ہوئے یہاں اور دوسری جگہوں میں ’جبری گمشدگیوں‘ کا خاتمہ کرنا چاہیے۔
Although there have been numerous military operations against the Baloch, never before have Baloch mothers taken to protests in the streets
Today is Mothers Day, and the tears and anguish of mothers for their missing children will poignantly highlight the stark contrast between them, their missing children and the content mothers and their safe children. It should make the world earnestly start caring for the agonised mothers and understand its obligation to put an end to ‘enforced disappearances’ here and elsewhere.