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The BALOCH who is not MISSING & others who are – Mohammed Hanif

The Baloch who is not missing & others who are

Since 2005, the Human Rights Commission has been paying special attention to the increasingly alarming human rights situation in Balochistan. The Commission has organized four fact-finding missions to the province, the reports of which have been widely disseminated. A special desk on missing persons has also been set up in Quetta that maintains data on enforced disappearances and killings.

However, it was after reading Mohammed Hanif’s account of his meeting with Qadeer Baloch in Dawn that the idea of a book came to me. Hanif’s conversation with Qadeer Baloch about the disappearance and killing of his son, Jaleel Reiki, was moving – and disturbing – in a way that statistics can never be. I knew that if HRCP were to publish a book about the missing in Balochistan, Hanif would be the writer to put the stories together. He was quick to agree and joined HRCP’s fact-finding mission to Balochistan in May 2012.

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بلوچ لاپتہ افراد : ایک روح شکن داستان (حصہ دوم) تبصرہ : میر محمد علی ٹالپر ترجمہ: لطیف بلیدی

بلوچ کیساتھ پاکستانی ریاست کا سلوک کینہ پرور اور سفاکانہ ہے اور کمزور بہانے پیش کرکے وہ اپنی ذمہ داریوں سے انحراف جاری رکھے ہوئے ہے

Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur

ایک لاپتہ بیٹے، بھائی، یا دوست کا درد کسی شخص کی نفسیات پر گہری چھاپ بنائے رکھتا ہے۔ یہ ایک ان مٹ درد ہے، اسے نہ تو وقت اور نہ ہی دلاسے کم کرسکتے ہیں۔ دو ہفتے قبل، میں اپنے ساتھی ’جانی‘ دلیپ داس کی 91 سالہ ماں سے اپنی ادائیگیء احترام کیلئے گیا۔ اس کے پہلے الفاظ تھے، ”میرا جانی کیسا ہے؟“ وہ اب بھی یہی سمجھتی ہے کہ وہ زندہ ہے اگرچہ یہ 1975ء کا سال تھا جب اسے شیر علی مری کے ہمراہ فوج کے انٹیلی جنس نے بیل پٹّ سے اٹھایا تھا۔ انہوں نے اور ان کے شوہر، ایئر کموڈور (ر) بلونت داس، جو چند سال قبل انتقال کرگئے، نے اسکے بارے میں کوئی خبر حاصل کرنے کی بہت کوشش کی لیکن تمام محنت بیکار گئی۔ اگرچہ مسز داس کو دل کے کئی دورے پڑے ہیں لیکن لاپتہ بیٹے کی یادیں اور درد جانے کا نام ہی نہیں لیتیں۔

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COMMENT : Baloch missing persons: a soul-rending saga — II — Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur

The Pakistani state is unforgiving and brutal in its treatment of the Baloch and it continues to deny responsibility by presenting flimsy excuses

Mir Mohammad Ali TalpurThe pain of a missing son, brother, or a friend remains deeply etched on a person’s psyche. It is an inerasable pain, which neither time nor consolations diminish. A fortnight ago, I had gone to pay my respects to my comrade ‘Johnny’ Duleep Dass’s 91-year-old mother. Her first words were, “How’s my Johnny?” She still believes he is alive though it was in 1975 that he along with Sher Ali Marri was picked up by army intelligence at Belpat. She and her husband, Air Commodore (Retd) Balwant Dass, who passed away some years ago, tried to get some news about him but all efforts were in vain. Although Mrs Dass has suffered strokes but the memory and the pain of her disappeared son refuses to go away.

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