Photograph Fazila Baloch allegedly enforced missing wife of Dr.Allah.Nazar of banned #BLF
Fazila, Zarina, Farah, Sakina, Sulma are among those names which are very common in Urdu-speaking and Punjabi-Speaking urban chattering class but some names are little bit strange for them like Ayal, Gorjan, Zheerag. When we add Baloch with these common and rare names then we understand their identity and region with which those belong. Now question is that why such names are being mentioned when we deal issues like internal displacement of the Baloch people or Baluoh asylum seekers, enforced missing persons and alleged fake encounters in Baluch populated areas.
But such names we see only in posts made on social media. In mainstream media there is totally silence. We can say that culture of silence has been prevailed and our print and electronic media totally submerged into this silence culture.
It has been said that allegedly Karachi rangers in Uniform and some other in plainclothes armed with guns stormed into house of Nawaz Atta Baluch, general secretary of Baluch Human rights orhanization-BHRO in Gulistan-i-Juhar Karachi in midnight on 28th October, 2017. Women in the said house were tortured when they asked the raided party to show the search warrants. A women named Farah Baloch was over thrown from the roof of the said house and got fracture in spine. Atta Nawaz Baloch, 8 years old Aftab s/o Muhammad Younis Baloch and two other boys were picked up by the raided party and now all picked up persons have been enforced missing because Karachi Rangers officially denied of conducting any raid in the house of Nawaz Atta Baloch of Baluchistan Human Rights Organization-BHRO.
It has been learnt that Farah Baloch( who got fracture in her spine cord during alleged raid of the Karachi Rangers at a house of human rights activist) is widow of Shahnawaz Baloch cousin of Nawaz Atta Baloch, who was killed by Pakistani securtity forces at his home in alleged encounter. Shahnawaz Baloch married to Farah Baloch just before three days when he was encountered to death by security forces. Farah Baloch called it fake encounter and extra-judicial killing of her husband. She was in struggle for justice with cooperation of BHRO when she faced Karachi rangers.
Incident happened in Gulistan-i-Juhar Karachi was totally blacked out in mainstream media and just appeared in Social Media as usual. Social media activists showed strong reaction on enforced missing of eight years old student Aftab baloch and over throwing of Farah Baloch from roof.
Protest campaign was getting momentum when news of missing of Fazila baloch, wife of Allah Nazar, head of banned militant baloch organization Baloch Liberation Front-BLF, her three yrears adopted daughter,Popal Jan, her relative women Sulma d/o Raheemdad along with her one and half year old son Irfan, Iyal d/o Amin baloch along her two years old daught Zaheerag and Gorjan appeared again on social media and totally blacked out by mainstream media as usual.
On social media after missing of wife of Dr.Allah Nazar baloch of BLF and three other women there are being made contradictory claims by Baluch organizations and pro-Pakistani security forces social media accounts.
Baluchistan National Movement, a baluch separatist political party uploaded a scanned press release on its tweeter and Facebook accounts( The Baluchistan Post, a news website also referred this press release while posting news of the said missing) which claims that Fazila baloch along with her three years old adopted daughter Popal Jan baloch and other there women, relatives of her, two younger babies had come Quetta for treatment of Fazila baloch suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder-PST after getting injuries during a bombing o her village in Muskay district of Baluchistan and could not recover fully after botched backbone operation and they all were allegedly by intelligence agencies from Sariab road Quetta on 30th October,2017. But still independent sources did not confirmed this claim and neither any security or intelligence agency accepted that they had taken Fazila and others into their custody.
But Ahmad Qureashi a controversial anchor, seemed pro-security forces officials who are facing of allegations of making human rights violations in Baluch areas claimed in a tweet that Fazila baloch was arrested at Chaman Pak-Afghan border while trying to flee to Kandhar Afghanistan. But this calim could not be verified by security agencies of Pakistan immediately.
Popal Jan Three years old adopted Daughter of missing Fazila Baloch
After arising of insurgency in Baloch majority areas of Baluchistan access for national and international media has been near to banned now not only from security agencies but it is due to aggressive approach of baloch militant organizations.
Often owners of big TV channels imposed undeclared censorship and black out policy on news about insurgent areas in Baluchistan. Independent reporting environment does not exit there and silence culture prevails there. Security forces and intelligence agencies not only those who are in denial position on question of human rights violations, and other related issues like extra-judicial killings, enforced missing persons but we see baluch militant organizations in denial position of attack on civilian peoples and even they justify attacks on Punjabi, Sindhi laborers, teachers, shopkeepers, doctors and others.
In the presence of state oppression, undeclared censorship, insecure environment for media persons, human rights activists, unfriendly attitude of both state and non-state actors in Baluchistan independently facts finding and to verify allegations of human rights violation with precision and accuracy have become very difficult task and not easy and without risk of life.
I think security forces and intelligence agencies making operations against baloch militant organizations in Balochistan even in Karachi are not very different in their methods and strategies than those adopted by Indian military, paramilitary forces, intelligence agencies in insurgent areas in India like Kashmir, Nagaland, and Maoist dominated areas in South India, enforced disappearances, fake encounters, discrimination based on ethnicity, religion, creed and identity, and denial or justifying positions are common phenomenon.
Urban chattering classes either in India or in Pakistan have same responses on such issues….. Near to total silence or very offensive or harsh toward rising voices on such inhuman and anti-human rights drives. Silence culture is very dangerous in case of Baluchistan and Baluch people. Alienation of Baluch people is increasing day by day from Punjab and they are very annoyed on silence in Punjabi dominated urban centers.
(of a person or animal) able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions.
‘babies are generally far more resilient than new parents realize’
‘the fish are resilient to most infections’
Riaz Malik says : Regarding Hamid Mir’s “support” for the Baloch cause, the Fake liberal Mafia always presents that clip of his interview with Shehzad Roy.
During that clip, Hamid Mir misappropriates and hijacks the Baloch cause to vent his prejudice against the previous PPP government and dilutes criticism for the army. but that is not the worst part. Hamid Mir also creates a False binary to equate Baloch Nationalist struggle with the cause of his favourite Takfiri Deobandi terrorist group, the Taliban.
In one part of that 7 minute interview, Hamid Mir chastised the army for allowing the US to “violate our sovereignty” when U.S. Seals came in and killed Osama bin Laden.
When Hamid Mir criticises the army’s operation against Baloch nationalists, he in effect wants the army to stop any operation against the Taliban as well. This is a tactic that was used by others as well including Imran Khan and I think even PML N.
Hamid Mir is a sectarian bigot and a fraud who misuses the Baloch cause to create sympathy for the Taliban and also to create opposition for any operation against the Taliban and other terrorists.
Who can forget the despicable performance of Hamid Mir when he ganged up with Irfan Siddiqui and allowed Imran Khan to harass and abuse Dr. Hoodbhoy in a Capital TV episode in 2009. In 2010, leading alternate site LUBP was viciously targeted by Hamid Mir for exposing his anti-Ahmadi bigotry and his links with the Taliban which lead to murder.
A symposium was organized by Irtaqa Institute for Social Sciences Karachi on 15 October, 2016. In that symposium participants expressed their concerns on issue of enforced missing people and violation of human rights in Pakistan.
In start General Secretary of Irtaqa Institute Kaleem Durrani presented brief introduction of Irtaqa Institute. “This institute reflects progressive point of view of intellectuals on changing situation in society. Today here are Hani Baloch and Mahin Baloch-daughters of enforced missing poet and writer Wahid Baloch- who are in constant struggle for release of her father since 26th July,2016”, he said.
“Their struggle once again issue of missing persons helped to bring in lime light and we pay tribute both of them for their courage and braveness. And they are both presiding over this symposium”, He added.
After inaugural speech made by Kaleem durrani, Hani Baloch made a speech. She said,” Enforced missing of our father Wahid Baloch has destroyed peace and calm of our whole house. A person who cannot see any person in pain has been missed since 26th July, 2016 and those are responsible for this missing are silent.”
“We are knocking doors of courts, Police stations and visiting again and again offices of lawyers but nobody is ready to hear our request. My mother are shocked and she is patient of hypertension. My grandmother is hospitalized and I could not muster up such courage to tell her truth”, she added more.
“ Here Human Right Commission for Pakistan, humanists, book lovers are not only supporting us but they are included in our struggle for release of my Baba(Father) Wahid Baloch and other missing persons. Symposium for Missing persons from institute like Irtaqa is sign of living humanity still in our society”, Hani Baloch said during her speech.
Hani regretted that when in Latin America Museum for commemorating of period of enforced missing persons are being erected, we are raising question: Why our papa Wahid Baloch was missed? But there is nobody here to reply us and no one here to tell us about alleged crime of our father. If my father committed any crime then what should my father to do for saving his life. Lessons of peace and brotherhood are given in schools and colleges here. Is that peace not to tell whereabouts my father? She questioned. Here are no democratic rights. I visit every place for justice but cannot find, she said.
Dr.Hafeez Jamali from Habib University said,
“Issue of missing persons has become issue of many people in Pakistan. Human rights are being violated and it is false to say that only militant Baloch people are enforced missing. Every Baloch has a missing which is either his/her class fellow or relative. Environment of fear is dominated in Baluchistan due to growing in number of missing persons. No young man in Baloch community, who do not see torture in dreams or he/she has not fear of enforced missing. When I was researching and collecting matter for my doctoral thesis then my observation was that in those days Baloch fishermen were frightened to go Karachi or come to Gawader city because fear of missing or picking up by intelligence agencies was in their mind. Dr.Hafeez praised much Hani Baloch and Mahin Baloch for their forthcoming for release of their enforced missing father and thus brave girls helped in breaking silence on issue of missing persons.”
Kashmiri student Jawad said,” Every Nation living in Pakistan is target of enforced missing and this is all happening due to demand for their rights from these nations. We will have to use every democratic way including through writing, making speeches, protest to make possible release of Wahid Baloch and this release will make possible more releases of missing persons in Pakistan.
Sartaj Khan, member of Revolutionary Socialist organization was also there along with his other comrades. His view was that in Pakistan, from Wazirstan to Karachi masses are being targeted of state campaign for capitalist occupation. So called development is state narrative and whoever raise voice against displacement, poverty, backwardness is declared at once traitor, terrorist and agent of state enemies.
“Issue of missing persons is also linked with capitalist developmental narrative of state”, comrade Sartaj added.
Political worker Praim Lal criticized funded oriented and project based non-governmental sector’s approach toward such issue and said that issue of missing of Wahid Baloch is a political issue and we cannot restricted it to just non political aspect. Project based NGO’s cannot run a political movement.
Rahat Saeed, a progressive writer and intellectual from Karachi said,
“Movement for release of Wahid Baloch, in fact is encouraging other families of missing persons. Release of Wahid Baloch is only way to stop enforced missing of people next. Intellectuals, Poets, writers cannot see massive violation of human rights and freedom for speech in society. This is desire of those evil forces which want to divide our society. Enforced missing is not civilized way to handle with alleged crimes and to protect the country. If Wahid Baloch is involved in any anti-state activity or in any other crime then a case should be registered against him and he should be produced in court.”
Human rights activist Abdulhai briefed the audience in symposium about details of human right violations in Pakistan. His view was that unlawful acts like picking up people and then missing them are being taken to frighten and terrorize the people active for human rights or challenging state narrative on different issues. When government set up a commission for enforced missing persons then Supreme Court disposed of all cases of enforced missing people and now this commission is working just in papers.”
Blogger and writer Asim Jan said,” Baloch, Sindhi, Urdu speaking , people from Gilgit-Baltistan,Kashmir and even from Punjab tenants are being picked up and now thousands of people are missing and state actors are involved in such extra-legal and unconstitutional acts. We will have to fight against this on larger scale.
Prominent activist of Democratic Students Federation-DSF Naghma Sheikh stressed on all nationalists, Marxists and democratic currents in all nations of Pakistan to become part of this movement for release of missing people in Pakistan till to achieve the target. We should adopt the message delivered by Hani Baloch today.
Baloch writer Imadad Hussain revealed worst situation of human rights in Lyari of Karachi. According to him there are thousands of residents of Lyari have been extra-Judicially killed or are now in list of enforced missing people. Mostly extra-judicial killing were of nationalist activists or political workers. People are so frightened that coaching centers have been closed. Many families were destroyed in the name of so called gang-wars. Victims are not only Baloch but some Sindhis also. He appreciated those persons and organizations who are raising voice for Wahid Baloch. He stressed on political workers and human rights activists to come Layari and collect evidences of genocide of people of Layari in Karachi. Wahid Baloch was a harmless not a celebrity but a small Baloch innocent writer and poet and he was picked up and now he is also in missing persons. In Layari such innocent children were slaughtered who ever chewed Pan along with.
Dr.Riaz Ahmad, teacher from Karachi University also made a speech in symposium. He said,
“To make people missing is to create fear among rights seeking people but when state of denial comes from those who do all this ,it means they are also coward and frightened people. They are aware of their guilt. Along with imperialists so called mega development projects our society has been facing murderous war and this war like situation we can give alternative face through stressing on right for speech and right to hear truth and right to bear it. This is only way to combat state and non-state barbarism. We should make fast movement for release of Wahid Baloch while contacting people through media and social media and grow our contacts each to other. “