Pakistan’s security services have ‘disappeared’ Baloch people for 20 years, yet we are portrayed as terrorists. We need justice
I started protesting after my father, Dr Deen Mohammed Baloch, was abducted from his hospital in Khuzdar, Balochistan, on 28 June 2009. I became an activist, raising my voice against the heinous crime of enforced disappearances: more than 5,000 people are missing in Balochistan.
In the 13 years since my father was taken, I have spent most of my time on roads, in front of journalists’ press clubs across Pakistan – with a photograph in my hand, asking a simple question: “Where is my father? What is his crime?”
تحریر: میر محمد علی ٹالپر
ترجمہ : لطیف بلیدی
روزانہ 30 کلومیٹر چلنا کوئی کھیل نہیں ہے، حتیٰ کہ سخت جان لوگوں کیلئے بھی، اور یہاں پر تو نازک اور کمزور لڑکیاں، ایک بوڑھا آدمی اور ایک دس سالہ لڑکا تھے
ماما عبدالقدیر ریکی کے بیٹے شہید میر جلیل ریکی 13 فروری 2009ء میں اغواء کیے گئے؛ وہ بلوچ ریپبلکن پارٹی کے سیکرٹری اطلاعات تھے۔ قدرتی طور پر ماما قدیر نے اپنے بیٹے کی رہائی کی کوشش کی کیونکہ ’مارو اور پھینک دو‘ کی منظم پالیسی کی پیشگی طور ابتداء ہوچکی تھی اور بلوچ کارکنوں کی بری طرح سے مسخ شدہ لاشیں بلوچستان میں ملنا شروع ہوئی تھیں۔ اپنے بیٹے کی حفاظت کو یقینی بنانے کی کوششوں کے بدلے میں انہیں صرف اور صرف جھوٹے وعدے یا دھمکیاں ملیں۔ جب انہیں احساس ہوا کہ ریاست کو اس ظلم و ستم کیلئے شاید ہی کوئی چیلنج کرے تو انہوں نے بلوچ کارکنوں کے اس غیر انسانی اور ظالمانہ اغواء اور قتل کیخلاف احتجاج شروع کرنے کا فیصلہ کیا۔ اس احتجاج کو اب 2,287 دن پورے ہوچکے ہیں۔ 28 جولائی 2009ء کو پریس کلبوں کے باہر علامتی بھوک ہڑتالی احتجاج کیے جارہے تھے۔ اس کے علاوہ 27 ستمبر 2009ء میں لاپتہ بلوچوں کی بازیابی کیلئے ایک تنظیم وائس فار بلوچ مسنگ پرسنز قائم کی گئی، ماما قدیر بطور اس کے وائس چیئرمین اور نصراللہ بلوچ، جن کے چچا اصغر بنگلزئی کو 2001ء میں اغوا کیا گیا تھا، بطور اس کے چیئرمین۔
Walking up to 30 kilometers a day is no mean feat even for a hardy lot and here were those delicate and weak girls, an old man and ten-year-old boy
Mir Jalil Reiki Shaheed, son of Mama Abdul Qadeer Reiki, was abducted on February 13, 2009; he was the information secretary of the Baloch Republican Party. Mama Qadeer naturally strove to secure the release of his son because the systematic policy of ‘kill and dump’ had started in earnest and the severely mutilated bodies of Baloch activists had started appearing in Balochistan. All he got in return for his efforts to secure his son’s safety was false promises or threats. Realising that the state was hardly being challenged for its atrocities, he decided to start a protest against the inhuman and unjust abductions and killings of Baloch activists. The protest is now 2,287 days old. There was a token hunger strike protest outside the press clubs on July 28, 2009. Moreover, on September 27, 2009 the Voice of Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), an organisation for the recovery of the missing Baloch, was formed with Mama Qadeer as vice chairman and Nasrullah Baloch, whose uncle Asghar Bangulzai was abducted in 2001, as chairman.
KARACHI, Dec 10: In a charged atmosphere at the Karachi Press Club on Tuesday activists and writers demanded answers to questions about disappearances in Balochistan.
Speaking at a seminar organised by the Voice of Missing Baloch Missing Persons, many advised the state to refrain from repeating the mistakes made in 1971; others spoke about what it meant to live as a family member of a ‘missing person’.
Occupied Balochistan: The Baloch Doctors Forum on Friday said it was a positive step that doctors from interior Balochistan including Hub, Mastung and Dera Bugti joined Baloch Doctors’ Forum.
The BDF assured that it will meet the expectations of those friends who trusted their organisation and joined them.
The central spokesperson of BDF in his press release urged the government to arrest the abductors of Dr Abdul Aziz Baloch and the killer of Dr Lakhi Chand Baloch. Moreover he said, “The government has failed to arrest the killers of professor surgeon Dr Mazar Khan Baloch, Dr Naseem Baloch, Dr Baqir Shah, Dr Dawood, Aziz Baloch and Dr Hameed Bangulzai. Whereas Dr Deen Mohammad Baloch and Dr Akbar Marri are missing from past four years and the perpetrators involved in their abduction have not been arrested.”
Europe: Even doctors are not safe in Balochistan. Dr. Deen Mohammad Baloch and Dr. Akbar Marri are among dozens of doctors who are missing or have been killed. The Pakistan Medical Association reports that at least 26 doctors have been killed in Balochistan in recent times and as many as 17 have been kidnapped. Khuzdar, Mastung, Quetta or Jaffarabad – doctors are not safe anywhere as they are allegedly being targeted by the security forces and spy agencies. Instead of taking action against criminals and providing protection to doctors, the Balochistan government has acted against several doctors by suspending them from their jobs. The doctors in the region have been on strike for months against kidnappings and targeted killings.
Occupied Balochistan: Baloch doctor’s Forum, in a statement, said that Baloch Doctors’ Forum and Pakistan Medical Association started the ongoing protest when Dr Deen Mohammad Bangulzai was discovered, and it will continue until the release of Dr Ghulam Rasul, Dr Deen Mohammad Baloch and Doctor Akbar Marri.
The protesting doctors said the government was not paying serious attention to their protest because it has failed to protect the doctors and arrest abductors and killers of their associates. “The killers of Professor Dr Mazar Khan Baloch, Dr Baqir Shah, Dr Saleh Baloch, Dr Momtaz Haydar, Dr Samad Khan Achakzai and others are still at large”, said the BDF.
Occupied Balochistan: The Daughter of Dr Deen Mohammad Baloch said she had hoped that after registering the cases of abducted Baloch her father would be released on the date given by Chief Justice and that she would be lucky enough to at least celebrate one Eid (Muslims Festival) with joy.
However, on 30 July 2012 Dr Deen Mohammad Bangulzia, abducted few days ago, has been released but her father, Dr Deen Mohammad Baloch who was abducted in June 2009 is still being detained at some undisclosed location. She further said, “I have tirelessly been waiting for my father but now our wish to celebrate a happy Eid is still in complete.”