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Desolating pestilence – Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur

Desolating pestilence takes heart from the fact that the majority here refuses to see its real face under different excuses to console themselves for not supporting what is just and right 

Mir Muhammad Ali TalpurCecil, the popular lion who lived in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, was killed in early July. He was lured out of the park and wounded with a crossbow by a US dentist, Walter James Palmer, assisted by a hunter, Theo Bronkhorst, and a local farmer, Honest Trymore Ndlovu, from Minnesota. He was finally killed by Palmer after 40 hours of tracking. Palmer spent around $ 50,000 to kill him. When the news broke the world was up in arms and a petition to Zimbabwean President Mugabe demanding punishment for Palmer collected more than 164,500 signatures within hours. Sadly, here even when people are killed no one stirs.

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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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آزمودہ کار سپاہی

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تحریر : نزیحہ سید علی
ترجمہ: لطیف بلیدی
تقریباً 40 برس قبل ہونے والے دھماکے میں جب محمد علی ٹالپر نے اپنے دونوں ہاتھ گنوائے تو اسوقت وہ طبی سہولیات جیسی شے سے کوسوں دور بلوچستان کے مری علاقے کی پہاڑوں میں تھے۔ دو ڈاکٹروں کو ان تک پہنچنے کیلئے، کراچی سے کوئٹہ تک کا ایک ہوائی سفر اور پہاڑوں میں اونٹ پر سواری سمیت، چھ دن لگے۔ لیکن یہ جنگ کا مارا آزمودہ کار سپاہی 1970 کے عشرے کی بلوچ بغاوت کا حصہ ہونے کی کہانی سنانے کیلئے زندہ رہے۔

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The veteran warrior – Naziha Syed Ali

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WHEN Mohammed Ali Talpur lost both his hands in an explosion some 40 years ago, he was in Balochistan’s Marri hills, miles away from anything resembling medical care. It took two doctors six days, including a plane trip to Quetta from Karachi and a camel ride into the mountains, to reach him. But this battle-scarred veteran warrior survived to tell the tale of being part of the Baloch insurgency of the 1970s.

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New Education Challenges in Balochistan

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Balochistan faces serious education challenges as youth quit school to protest the enforced disappearances of their family members.

Cases of Baloch missing persons have gone unresolved since 2001.

In an unprecedented march on October 27, 2013, 71-year-old Mama Qadeer Baloch led a grueling long march from Balochistan’s capital Quetta to Karachi, and finally to Islamabad. This march was documented by the Voice of Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) for the safe release of thousands of Baloch allegedly abducted since Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.

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Footprints for Freedom

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Outnumbered, one man from Balochistan still marches for his people

Series: Profiles in courage from Balochistan 

A series by Jahanzeb Hussain

In 1930, Mohandas Gandhi embarked on his famous Salt March, travelling 380 km, while producing salt and refusing to pay Britain’s tax, in defiance of colonial rule. In 2013, 70-year-old Mama Qadeer Baloch and a handful of comrades covered greater than five times that distance, marching more than 2,000 km across Pakistan to demand an end to human rights abuses in the province of Balochistan and the return of missing persons.

Mama Qadeer Baloch is a founder of Voice for Baloch Missing Persons, formed five years ago to bring attention to atrocities committed by the Pakistani armed forces in Balochistan. The tale of the Missing Persons of Balochistan is one of the most underreported in the world. In the past decade, the Pakistani state has kidnapped almost 20,000 people from Balochistan, as part of its dirty war to crush the nationalist insurgency and freedom movements. The policy of abducting Baloch youth, leaders, and intellectuals, torturing them and dumping their mutilated dead bodies in remote parts of the province is known as “kill and dump.”

In this exclusive interview, Jahanzeb Hussain talks to Mama Qadeer Baloch about his ongoing journey.

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