تحریر: میر محمد علی ٹالپر
ترجمہ : لطیف بلیدی
عام طور پر لوگوں کا ماننا ہے کہ شر دوسروں پر نازل ہوتا ہے اور وہ اس سے محفوظ رہیں گے۔ اسی لئے وہ ریاست کی طرف سے کیے جانیوالے جبر، استبداد اور غلیظ جنگ کے شر کیخلاف احتجاج کرنے کی زحمت گوارا نہیں کرتے جب دوسروں کو اسکا نشانہ بنایا جا رہا ہو
یومِ غضب کے دن ہزاروں مظاہرین نے 26 ستمبر 2014ء میں اگوالا سے 43 طالب علموں کی گمشدگی کی پہلی برسی کے موقع پر میکسیکو شہر میں مارچ کیا۔ معاشرے کے ہر طبقے کے لوگوں نے اس میں شرکت کی۔ انہوں نے نعرے لگائے: ”وہ زندہ اٹھائے گئے، ہمیں وہ زندہ واپس چاہیئیں“ اور یہ بھی کہ ”نہ مزید گمشدگیاں، نہ مزید اموات۔“ مارسیلو براڈسکی، جنہوں نے اپنی تصاویر میں لاپتہ افراد کو امر کردیا ہے، کا بجا طور پر کہنا ہے کہ: ”جب کوئی گمشدگی ہو تو یہ ایک طرح سے موت سے بھی بدتر ہوتی ہے۔ یہ مستقل ہے، یہ ایک ایسا جرم ہے جو جاری رہتا ہے۔“
Like many others, Mama Qadeer’s son disappeared then was found dead. Years later, he is protesting to know why.
By : Benazir Shah
Quetta, Pakistan – Few people want to talk to Qadeer Rekhi – and even fewer want to talk about him.
The 75-year-old may be affectionately venerated as “Mama Qadeer” – mama meaning “uncle” in Urdu language – but many believe it is dangerous to be too closely associated with him.
For years, Mama Qadeer has protested something the authorities claim does not exist – the disappearance of people who oppose the Pakistani government in the restive southwestern province of Balochistan, where security forces have battled an armed separatist movement since 2005.
People generally believe that evil visits others and they will remain safe. They therefore do not bother to protest when others are victimised by the state perpetrated evil of oppression, suppression and dirty war
Thousands of protestors marched in Mexico City on the Day of Indignation marking the first anniversary of 43 students’ disappearance on September 26, 2014 in Iguala. People from the entire spectrum of society participated. They chanted: “They were taken alive, we want them back alive’” and also “No more disappearances and no more deaths.” Marcelo Brodsky, who has immortalised the missing people in his photographs, rightly says: “When there is a disappearance it is worse in a way than death. It is permanent; it is a crime that continues.”
Collateral Damage had the honour of talking to Farzana Majeed, the General secretary of the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP). Along with the Secretary of the VBMP, Mama Qadeer. Farzana launched a 3,000KM long march from Quetta to Islamabad via Karachi to raise the issue of the Baloch missing persons.
The interview was conducted by Jahanzeb Hussain, the editor of Collateral Damage.
My congratulations for your march from Quetta to Islamabad for the cause of the missing persons. What are your sentiments after completing the march?
Thank you for your well wishes. When we started the march, we thought that the awareness we would raise might force the intelligence agencies and the state to release our loved ones. But along the way, we received the news that the Supreme Court and the High Court had dismissed some of the cases pertaining to the missing persons. Even more traumatic was the discovery of mass graves in Balochistan as we were marching. Nonetheless, it was still a major achievement that we managed to raise some awareness in Pakistan and abroad about the barbarism of the Pakistani state in Balochistan.
Every day a Baloch cries out for justice, Pakistan as a democracy loses its legitimacy
By: Uzair Younus
On April 30th, 1977, protestors led by fourteen strong women descended upon the presidential palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to demonstrate against their missing children. An authoritarian government responded to these protests by calling referring to the demonstrators as “the madwomen.” Under a cloud of fear and repression protestors gathered every week, using the World Cup hosted in Argentina in 1978 to raise international awareness of the human rights violations going on in the country. A decades long struggle, led by what have been called The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, ensued and eventually culminated on January 26, 2006, when the activists acknowledged the civilian government’s efforts to find the missing bodies. A similar struggle is emerging in Pakistan, as Mama Qadeer leads his followers from Balochistan to Islamabad to raise awareness about the missing Baloch.
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life. William Shakespeare
This is exactly what Latif Johar is doing rights now by observing “Hunger Strike till Death” against the illegal abduction of Zahid Baloch, Chairman of BSO-Azad by Pakistani Law Enforcement Agencies on March 18, 2014 from Quetta. His abduction is witnessed by Kareema Baloch and other BSO leaders who were coming out of a meeting when they were stopped by Frontier Corps personnel. They took him away after a few minutes of on-spot interrogation.
I attended the long march of the Baloch Voice for Missing Persons (BVMP) in Lahore to show my solidarity with the cause. I was amongst the journalists who came from various news organisations to document a critical portion of the walk that had departed from Quetta last year.
The protestors were entering the capital of Punjab. The reception they got here could mirror the reception they receive in Islamabad.
The walk had caused quite a stir among those who followed the story behind it. The protest walk, led by Mama Qadeer Baloch, the vice president of the BVMP, received due press attention at each stop they made. When they entered Punjab, excitement over the growing popularity of the cause grew.