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Long March of Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP)

admin Posted on 2013/10/28 4:16:49 ( 663 reads )

The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) protest,which is becoming one of the world’s peaceful and long protests, has now launched a long march from Quetta to Karachi to press the authorities for recovery of missing Baloch political workers. The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) Chairman VBMP, Nasrullah Baloch and Mama Qadeer Baloch led the long march participants from Quetta. Besides men, women and children were also part of the march in a frustrated attempt for recovery of their loved ones. The Participants of the long march will be traveling from Quetta to Karachi.

The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP has been protesting for last three years, however, no remarkable developments have been noticed in recovery of Baloch missing persons. The leaders of the V.B.M.P allege that current rulers have intensified the kill and dump policy in Balochistan and the intelligence agencies have picked up a large number of Baloch political workers to suppress their voice but the officials disagree with the claims.

Though the Chief Minister Balochistan, Dr. Malik Baloch linked peace in Balochistan with the safe release of missing persons and asserted that his government was committed to bring an end to recovery of mutilated dead bodies in the province, unfortunately on Saturday he acknowledged before the media that his government could not accomplish success regarding the release of Baloch missing persons.

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Baluchistan’s running sore

admin Posted on 2013/10/11 12:37:48 ( 621 reads )

By Sameera Rashid
‘There are thousands missing if you believe the Baloch Nationalists, hundreds according to the human rights organisations and none according to our intelligence agencies’

While carrying out study of Western structures of power, Michael Foucault, a 20th century French philosopher, abandoned the traditional approach to the problematic of power, which relied on juridico-institutional models, largely concerned with questions of state sovereignty and legitimate authority of power, and analyzed the concrete power techniques employed by the state to control the individuals ‘very bodies and forms of life’[i]. Totalitarian powers of the twentieth century made extensive use of bio-political power structures, such as concentration camps like Auschwitz and Cremona, to regulate political activities of its subjects by controlling their biological life. Individual placed inside the camps were not only placed outside the boundaries of humanity but also deprived of basic human freedoms.

During times of emergency or exception, even the western democracies, fell into the trap of resorting to techniques of concentration camps and surveillance technologies. Japanese Americans were interred in ‘war location camps’, such as Manzanar, California etc., during World War II and the US citizens were spied upon by the state intelligence agencies in the 1950s for their alleged sympathies for communists. More recently, Guantanamo Bay is a prime example of a concentration camp, that is opened for individuals, who pose threat to national security- there the state of exception invariably replaces the rule of law.

In Pakistan, where, on the one hand, democratic norms and values have not been institutionalized, and on the other hand, security apparatus has not been brought under the jurisdiction of democratic structures of the state, Pakistani citizens are dispossessed of fundamental rights in a time of emergency such as military operations and raging insurgency. The Pakistani incarnation of Aushwitz and Manzanar etc. are detention centers of intelligence agencies. These detention facilities operate beyond the confines of law and their detainees are often known as ‘missing persons.’

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The barbarity of perpetrators’ justice

admin Posted on 2013/7/15 9:21:28 ( 836 reads )

By Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur

It was a cool night of November 7, 2010. Faiz Mohammad Mazarani Marri’s torture-inflicted wounds were being nursed at his house in Metroville, Karachi (Gulshan) by his old parents. He had returned home three weeks earlier after having been in the custody of the intelligence agencies. That night a posse of Sindh Rangers, police and other intelligence agencies personnel descended on their place. On the insistence of his aged parents they confirmed their identity and let them see the official cars parked outside. On March 2, 2011, his badly disfigured body was found in Gwandain Dasht area near Quetta. He was buried at the ‘Baloch Martyrs Graveyard’, New Kahan, Quetta.

Marri will now be joined there by his brother Khudadad Marri, who was picked up on June 24 along with his cousin Bijjar Marri by Pakistani military and intelligence agencies from a passenger bus between Bakhtiarabad and Rabi area of Balochistan. On July 1, a police party found a badly tortured body in Dera Allahyar, Jaffarabad district, Balochistan. It was Khudadad, and as Mohammad Hanif says, he was now no longer missing but Bijjar Marri still is; the increasingly insecure establishment has become extremely brutal and vicious. With Khudadad’s martyrdom the number of my former students killed has reached 17. Many other friends and students are still missing.

Two more brothers, also my students, have the Baloch Martyrs Graveyard as their last resting place. Mohammad Nabi, the younger son of Baz Mohammad Pirdadani, was abducted by the personnel of Pakistani intelligence around 4:00 pm from Saryab area on April 4, 2012, while the elder Mohammad Khan was abducted two hours later from Jinnah Town, Quetta. Their mother had appealed to the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) and International Human Rights Organisations but on May 28, three tortured, blindfolded bodies, stuffed in a bag, were found in the Ferozabad area of Quetta. Police said that the hands of the deceased were tied behind their backs. They were identified as Mohammad Khan, Mohammad Nabi Marri and Mehran Khan Kiyazai. A relative of theirs, Gullay Marri, who received their bodies, was disappeared some days later and his fate remains unknown. The picture of the brave mother of these two martyred brothers with her grandchildren alongside her sons’ Balochistan flag-covered grave is iconic for the defiance and pain it symbolizes, but then such iconic Baloch images never make it to the mainstream media.

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Disappearances and extrajudicial killings continue unabated in Balochistan -- the civilian governments remain callously indifferent

admin Posted on 2013/6/18 9:12:07 ( 756 reads )

During the first four months of the year 2013 no restraint was observed on the part of the military in their actions. Abductions by unknown persons, disappearances and extrajudicial killings continue unabated in the war torn zone of Balochistan province. During the months from January to April, according to the Voice of Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), an organisation that compiles records of missing persons and extrajudicial killings, 244 persons were abducted, 11 recovered, 34 extrajudicially killed and 26 died during military operations in different parts of the province.

According to the Pakistan Medical Association, Balochistan Chapter, 32 doctors are missing and 28 doctors have so far been killed. In addition dozens of lawyers are missing and many have been extrajudicial killed after abduction. Besides this, generally there is no rule of law and any person can be picked up and killed for any reason.

However, a new situation has arisen in the policies of the law enforcement agencies in that they have extended their jurisdictions to other provinces. Today Boloch citizens are being abducted from Karachi, the capital of Sindh province, where they go for higher education.

The Baloch Students Organisation-Azad (BSO-A) is the target of supra constitutional forces. Students between the ages of 16 to 24 are kidnapped by persons in plain clothes and members of the Frontier Corps (FC). Two of them were extrajudicially killed, two were recovered with disabilities after continuous torture and two of them remain missing since January 2013.

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Baloch missing persons: a soul-rending saga — II — Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur

admin Posted on 2013/2/25 17:10:40 ( 927 reads )

The Pakistani state is unforgiving and brutal in its treatment of the Baloch and it continues to deny responsibility by presenting flimsy excuses

The pain of a missing son, brother, or a friend remains deeply etched on a person’s psyche. It is an inerasable pain, which neither time nor consolations diminish. A fortnight ago, I had gone to pay my respects to my comrade ‘Johnny’ Duleep Dass’s 91-year-old mother. Her first words were, “How’s my Johnny?” She still believes he is alive though it was in 1975 that he along with Sher Ali Marri was picked up by army intelligence at Belpat. She and her husband, Air Commodore (Retd) Balwant Dass, who passed away some years ago, tried to get some news about him but all efforts were in vain. Although Mrs Dass has suffered strokes but the memory and the pain of her disappeared son refuses to go away.

I have lost 16 of my former students; they are Sobdar, Wahid Bakhsh, Shah Mir and Ahmad Murghiani, Zaman Khan and Ahmed Ali Chalgari, Arzu, Sherbat, Murad, and Zaman Sherani, Mohammad Khan and Mohammad Nabi Pirdadani, Faiz Mohammad, Nasir and Wazir Khan Mazarani, Gulzar Taingiani and Ghulam Qadir Pirukani. Some including Dr Akbar Pirdadani are missing. My bonds with them are deep; many often said to me, “Ustad, ta mae na rawa-e-pith astay” (Teacher, you are like a father to us). Among Marris, a ‘na rawa-e-pith’ means a non-natural father but a father nonetheless. Many said, “Ustad, ma tae na rawa-e-bach astoon,” meaning your non-natural sons but sons nonetheless.

Allah Baksh Bangulzai’s son Hafiz Saeed Rehman has been missing for more than 10 years. During his search for his son who left home on a bicycle that day, he has visited mortuaries, seen an exhumed body, got different versions regarding his son’s disappearance, which include his being in jail to have died in a bomb blast. Deviousness dominates the official versions that keep changing. A fortnight after his son’s disappearance an MI person had come and asked him if his son had any connection with jihadi outfits. He replied in the negative. At one time, his name appeared as being in jail on the Balochistan High Court lists but that too proved wrong. A religious-minded Baloch is as much in danger as is a secular Baloch.

Saman Baloch is a student of M.Sc. Chemistry in Balochistan University; her father, Dr Deen Mohammed, a medical officer in the government hospital in Arnaj, Khuzdar, was picked up by the intelligence agencies on June 28, 2009, after breaking the door of his hospital residence. He was a member of the central committee of the Baloch National Movement (BNM). His brother was questioned about his political activities. Saman is in a quandary, as she always must lie because she does not want her teachers to know that when she is not in class, she is either at a protest camp, at a court hearing, or addressing a press conference in the hope that some journalist will write about her father. She feels bad about lying. Saman worries about her father’s fate and asks why they keep them years in custody and then kill them. She says, “If they want to hang my father, they should bring him to the court, put him on trial and hang him in front of us. We’ll at least have the satisfaction of knowing that he is no more. But if they keep him alive for three years, four years, if they torture him every day and kill him and dump his body, what is the point of that?” She adds, “Seeing these dead bodies, hearing about them, waiting for more to turn up, we ourselves have turned into the walking dead, we feel like those dumped bodies.”

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