by Shawn Forbes
On the International Women’s Day I ask everyone to join me in celebrating the extensive accomplishments of the inspirational and influential women activists from the turbulent region of Balochistan.
Women like Voice for Baloch Missing Person’s General Secretary Farzana Majeed Baloch has remarkable role as human rights activist .Farzana Majeed Baloch was an accomplished student, holding a MSC in chemistry and a BA in Balochi. Five years ago, Farzana’s younger brother and Baloch Student organization leader Zakir Majeed Baloch was unlawfully abducted by in Mastung. Zakir Majeed Baloch was a 27 year old English student at the Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences. After his abduction in 2009 Farzana Majeed Baloch began a crusade for his safe release. She went before regional courts and supreme courts to petition for her brother’s release, yet was turned away. When the courts refused to help, Farzana Majeed took up peaceful protest. Several times she staged hunger strike demonstrations at the Islamabad supreme courts, but to no avail. After all avenues of legal action had been exhuased, Farzana Majeed Baloch joined the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons Long March for Justice.
BSO Azad Hub Zone senior body meeting was held under the presence of Zonal presidency whereas the chief guest was Senior Vice Chairperson BSO Azad Banuk Kareema Baloch. The conference started with two minutes silence in remembering the martyrs. The conference concluded the prior organizational performance report, organizational works, criticism and self-criticism, current affairs and future tasks which were discussed with ease.
For several years, Pakistan has been facing a separatist insurgency by ethno-nationalist rebels belonging to the Baloch ethnic group. The guerrillas in the southwest province of Balochistan have become increasingly daring with their attacks. Two weeks ago, they shocked the rest of Pakistan by destroying the historic residence of Pakistan’s founding father Mohammed Ali Jinnah in the town of Ziarat.
Balochistan is one of the most underdeveloped regions in Pakistan, and has traditionally had a heavily male-dominated patriarchal society. Women have rarely had a role in public life. But things have been changing recently, as increasing numbers of women are taking up active and leading roles in the Baloch nationalist movement.
The vice chairperson of BSO-azaad said that Pakistan government has intensified it atrocities in Balochistan, anyone who raises voice for freedom is not safe any longer, the world should acknowledge Baloch National struggle. If the international community fails to take notice of state atrocities then peace in the region will be impossible and trade deals will not be allowed.
تحریر: بانک کریمہ بلوچ
بانک کریمہ بلوچ
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