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Tribal system to be strengthened

Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur

A headline in a national daily with the byline of Ghalani (Mohmand Agency) April 23, left me wondering what had prompted such a radical shift in the government’s avowed policy of ‘no compromise’. The headline said: “Tribal system in Fata to be strengthened.” Interestingly the headline itself was within quotation marks. The news item below said, “The traditional tribal system in Federally Administered Tribal Areas is being strengthened and the status of Maliks is being restored.”

The NWFP governor, Khalilur Rahman, who was on a visit to Mohmand Agency, had said these words. The news item further read: “The governor said development was linked to peace and maintenance of peace (and was) dependent on strengthening the tribal system.” This statement is certainly a very interesting development because they seem to be making different ‘social’ experiments in different regions in hope of solving the numerous problems they themselves have created by their shortsightedness and arrogance.

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David and Goliath

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The title of this piece risks inviting the ire of our overly sensitive ruling elite, who hate being compared with anything that is not heroic and glorious. I find myself hard-pressed to find a more suitable title when an overwhelmingly superior force is pitted against a small but resolute group of people demanding rights over their resources and a life with dignity.

Quite recently, General Musharraf had said that these weren’t the seventies and the Baloch nationalists wouldn’t even know what hit them. Though in bad taste, it was true; military technology has progressed by leaps and bounds because the world can only be dominated through the barrel of the gun. Weapons development has always been the basic tenet of faith for the oppressors.

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In the line of Fire

Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur

When an ordinary individual becomes a victim of misconceived notions about his place and position in the Universe, his fallacy can be tolerated because he cannot do much harm. The situation changes radically when the one afflicted is someone who guides the destinies of a country and its people. This spells disaster for all. The consequences are there for us to see and rue.

Coveting the mantle of statesmen and historical legends is the easiest part of the job and donning it too may not prove an insurmountable obstacle given the compliant nature of courtiers, but doing justice to that position and status is not within everybody’s ambit. It is in the crucible of practice that unrealistic dreams evaporate.

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Silence is golden

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Though a lot has been said and written about the General’s book promotion trip to the USA and many have justifiably vented their anger at the gross misuse of taxpayers’ money and of self-delegated authority, not much has been said about the media’s role in such visits. Along with the seventy-plus top heavy official delegation, cavorting and carousing in the US at our expense for three weeks, there was a big contingent of media persons. The official media persons certainly must have been enjoying themselves at our expense. It remains a mystery if non-official media persons representing various media groups too were fulfilling their responsibilities at our cost. It certainly would be interesting to know who footed the bill for whom. The total cost to the national exchequer will be partly known when questions are raised in the Assembly, but the damage done to the country’s already tarnished image will never be assessed because that is not quantifiable.

We usually get a lopsided picture of these visits because the official media obscures the real issues. Credit should be given to those journalists who stay committed to honest reporting in spite of various pressures. It is their unwavering commitment and comments that keep the media free of shackles and lend respect and credibility to it. Their reports present the true picture and we should be grateful to them.

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No regrets

Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur

The subcontinent has a long history and a strong tradition of dynastic rulers. The rulers since independence have always invoked those images, values and times. That we do not have monarchy still has not been for the lack of effort on their part. The Generals, on the other hand, unable to invoke a dynasty, have depended on Nadir Shahism (the word Bonapartism doesn’t quite convey the real subcontinental flavour). These historical hangovers and pantomimes have played an important role in determining the way we have been governed.

A very distressing and anti-people method of governance has been the end result of these attitudes; good governance requires institutional policy making, decision taking, and a policy implementation system. It also demands unimpeachable integrity on the part of those who wield power; a culture of tolerance and open-mindedness is equally indispensable. Without these crucial elements we end up with the chaos, confusion and corruption which have become the hallmarks of governance in this Citadel of Islam.

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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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جب جرائم غیرمرئی بن جائیں: خضدار، بلوچستان کے اجتماعی قبروں پر

تحریر : میر محمد علی ٹالپر
ترجمہ : لطیف بلیدی

Mir Mohammad Ali Talpurخضدار میں توتک کے مقام پر 25 جنوری کو ایک چرواہے نے ایک اجتماعی قبر دیکھی جسکے بعد مقامی لوگ لاشیں نکالنے کیلئے وہاں جمع ہوئے۔ مڈل کلاس حکومت کے نمائندے لاشوں کی تعداد کو 13 تک محدود رکھنے کیلئے درد زِہ میں مبتلا دکھتے ہیں جبکہ چھن کر آنیوالی خبروں کے مطابق تعداد 150 اور اس سے زیادہ کی ہیں۔ یہاں تک کہ سپریم کورٹ کے ایک جج نے انکی تعداد 25 بتائی ہے۔ تعداد تو ایک طرف مگر یہ جعلی نمائندہ حکومت اس بات کو سمجھنے میں ناکام ہے کہ حتیٰ کہ ایک لاش بھی بہت زیادہ ہے لیکن دراصل بات یہ ہے کہ یہ حکومت بھی گزشتہ کی طرح عوام کی خدمت کرنے کے بجائے اپنی حکومت بچانے کے بارے میں

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“When crimes become invisible”: On the Mass Graves of Khuzdar, Balochistan

Mir Muhammad Ali TalpurA mass grave was discovered in Tootak, Khuzdar on the 25th January by a shepherd after which the locals converged there to recover bodies. The number of the bodies found, which the middle class government representatives are at pains to limit to 13, while reports filtering out put the number at around 150 and more. Even a Supreme Court (SC) judge said the number is 25. The numbers aside what this supposedly representative government fails to understand is that even a single body is one too many but then this government like that of the previous one is more concerned about surviving rather than serving the people.
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“When crimes become invisible”: On the Mass Graves of Khuzdar, Balochistan

Mir Muhammad Ali TalpurA mass grave was discovered in Tootak, Khuzdar on the 25th January by a shepherd after which the locals converged there to recover bodies. The number of the bodies found, which the middle class government representatives are at pains to limit to 13, while reports filtering out put the number at around 150 and more. Even a Supreme Court (SC) judge said the number is 25. The numbers aside what this supposedly representative government fails to understand is that even a single body is one too many but then this government like that of the previous one is more concerned about surviving rather than serving the people.
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Dera Bugti Under Siege

By Johar Ali Bugtti, London

“We are not scared and will fight back, they are mistaken
if they think they are superior and can eliminate us”
(Nawab Sahib)

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Construction of Deep-Sea-Port Gwadar

The announcement of General Musharraf of the construction of Deep-See-Port Gwadar in 2002 further triggered the new phase of violence between the Baloch Nationalist and the Federal Government of Pakistan. It is worth by mentioning that during the hottest months of June and July of 2002 about 50, 000 paramilitary laid siege to Dera Bugti, the headquarter of the Bugti tribe and the ancestral town of Nawab Bugti, which left the local population without electricity, water, telephone and medical facilities.
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