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The case of Wahid Baloch

admin Posted on 2016/10/8 16:30:00 ( 461 reads )

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That there is no end in sight to the agony of those families who are in excruciating pain as they do not know when their loved ones will return either alive or dead allegedly from the custody of the mighty security institutions in the country. The disappearance of Abdul Wahid Baloch from Karachi is one of those tragic cases whose mystery has not been resolved even after the passage of more than two months since his abduction. The whereabouts of social worker and publisher Abdul Wahid Baloch, a resident of Chakiwara in Lyari, are still unknown after he went ‘missing’ on July 26, while his family alleges that he was picked up by law enforcement agencies. A telephone operator at the Civil Hospital in Karachi, Abdul Wahid is a book lover, and helps Baloch authors publish their works and activists their posters. He was the sole bread earner and his disappearance has meant misery on all counts for the family.
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How Mama Qadeer made a history?

admin Posted on 2014/3/2 7:05:19 ( 4451 reads )

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By Yousaf Ajab Baloch
Baloch human rights activist Mama Qadeer 72, with 20 other Baloch women and children has made a history by breaking 84-year old record of Mahtama Gandi. Gandi had marched 390 kilometers on foot from Ahmedabad to Dandi against British Government in 1930, whereas Mama Qaeer Baloch traveled for more than 2000 kilometers on foot from Quetta to Islamabad through Balochistan, Sindh and Punjab for the harmless release of Baloch missing persons. Mama Qadeer’s this move will make new ways of struggle for young who are fighting for their rights.

This peaceful record has been made after 84-year. Because when Mahatma Gandhi started his Salt March on 12 March 1930 so he was 61- year old but Mama Qadeer Baloch took this responsibility in the age of 72- year.

Qadeer Baloch, known as Mama Qadeer is Vice Chairman of Voice for Baloch Missing Person (VBMP), a non-governmental organization striving for the safe release of Baloch missing persons. Mama Qadeer launched historic long march from Quetta to Karachi and then marched towards Islamabad to highlight the issue of enforced disappearance in Balochistan and ‘Kill and dump’ of Baloch political activists and people from different walks of life allegedly being carried out by secret state agencies.
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Editorial: VBMP March Towards Islamabad

admin Posted on 2013/12/17 5:30:42 ( 4397 reads )

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By Yousaf Ajab Baloch

The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) has started the second phase of its long march from Karachi to Islamabad from 13 December, for the recovery of Baloch missing person who have been allegedly disappeared by Military and intelligence agencies of the state. Prior to this the first phase of this long march was launched on 27 October and ended on 26 November at Karachi press club. The marchers walked on foot 750 kilometers. The second phase of this long march to federal capitol Islamabad will cover distance of approximately 1600 kilometers. Vice Chairman of the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), Mama Qadeer Baloch is determined and said that he would continue his movement and long march till the recovery of last missing person of Balochistan.
It was hoped that first phase of long march would be result oriented and successful to pressurize responsible authorities for the safe recovery of Baloch missing persons, however, the participants not only received death threats but also no Human Rights Organization morally supported them. The main stream media did not cover the long march as well. While the long march was on its way to Karachi number of people were also disappeared in Balochistan and news of recovering bullet riddled dead bodies of Baloch people appeared in media.
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"No Ordinary Long March": On the Long March for Baloch Rights

admin Posted on 2013/11/4 3:32:57 ( 4753 reads )

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By Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur

A protest long march of Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) led by Mama Qadir Reki, vice chairman of VBMP, with as many as 20 families, including women and children, carrying placards, photographs of missing persons and banners inscribed with slogans in support of their demands started their journey from Quetta Press Club on Sunday 27th; it will culminate with a sit-in at Karachi Press Club. Many relatives even fear protesting in fear of further retribution. This isn’t a march to secure justice because the relatives of missing and dead had sought all avenues but were let down by all including the Supreme Court (SC) which has been long on rhetoric and miserably short on action. This 700 plus kilometer journey which the relatives of the missing and dead have undertaken is to highlight the injustices to Baloch people. The agencies, the army and Frontier Corps (FC) naturally couldn’t be expected to provide justice because even the most partial SC reluctantly admits that these are responsible for the missing and the mutilated dead. The civil society is expected to stand up for human rights violation but their enthusiasm regarding missing Baloch persons is quite uninspiring.

This march isn’t a march of Pajeros and Prados it is a march of the real children of Balochistan’s soil, the salt of the earth who have suffered loss of their dear ones because those brave souls had dared to demand their inalienable rights. The lead placard announcing this historical march is carried on a wheelbarrow. This march is about dedication and commitment of the relatives of missing and dead to their loved ones. This isn’t a random march because this journey has been going on for more than 1300 days and this march is simply another aspect of it. Imagine the pain of relatives who for the last four years have given up their normal lives to struggle for their loved ones recovery. The VBMP protest camp is always manned and the establishment has tried threats, promises and cajoling to make them give up but they have persisted with a fierce determination in spite of knowing that justice will not come from the perpetrators who are as the rulers here as well.

If you would know what prompts this protest in Balochistan you may understand this protest march better. I suppose a few examples will do; when body of Sangat Sana, a member of the central committee of the Baloch Republican Party (BRP) formerly chairman of Baloch Student Organization (BSO-Azad) who was whisked away from the Kolpur area in Bolan December 8, 2008 was found on February 13, 2012 from Murgab, Turbat, it apart from torture had 28 bullets wounds on his chest and head. Sana belonged to a rich and influential tribal family but opted to throw in his lot with those who sought better destiny for their nation. He could have lived long had he compromised the trust that his friends had reposed in him; unable to break and destroy his determination and dedication his vicious enemies set about meticulously to torture his body for four long years. Defeated in their purpose they showed their evil viciousness by firing 28 bullets into his head and torso.
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Pakistan army atrocities in Balochistan and silence of International Community

admin Posted on 2013/7/15 9:20:00 ( 5670 reads )

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By Faiz M Baluch

A video footage, presumably captured from a smart phone, emerged on social media exposing the brutalities of Pakistan military against Baloch people in Mashkay Balochistan. In the footage one can clearly see that Pakistan military personnel are burning Baloch houses where Baloch women and children beg them to stop burning their houses as they have nowhere to live. The Khaki uniformed men of military speak in Pashtu, Peshawari dialect, with each other but shout at Baloch women in Urdu asking them to go away and threatening to burn more houses.

The footage is interesting as it catches the thief/criminal army of Pakistan red-handed because in the past due to heavy restrictions imposed by the military the media could not access to the war zones hence it gave the military the benefit to deny their criminal actions against Baloch people across Balochistan. The other thing the video shows is the head scarves that the military men are wearing similar to those that the religious extremists usually wear which illustrates the collusion between the pro-Alqaeeda extremists and the military and confirms the repeated statements of Baloch leaders that Pakistan Army and the religious extremists are two sides of the same coin.

The video is a hard piece of evidence to press charges against Pakistan in the International Criminal Court and bring the Pakistani perpetrators – the military and civilian culprits to justice. The Baloch already have enough evidence and witnesses against Pakistan’s crimes against humanity in Balochistan that include target killings, enforced-disappearances and under-custody killings of pro-independence Baloch activists and their supporters. CCTV footage were presented to the Pakistan Supreme Court showing that the Para-military forces were abducting at least two Baloch activists. The court ordered their release but MI (military intelligence) dumped their dead bodies two days after the court order – directly challenging the court’s authority and it was also a grim warning to the Chief Justice that “you don’t have the power to dictate us.” Local police officers have also told the court, as part of their witness statements, that FC (Frontier Corps) and secret agencies are involved in abductions and killing of Baloch activists. Ministers from the previous government testified that they have seen the Pakistani forces shooting three young men from behind at close range in Mastung area of Balochistan.
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The case of Wahid Baloch


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How Mama Qadeer made a history?


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Editorial: VBMP March Towards Islamabad


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The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) has started the second phase of its long march from Karachi to Islamabad from 13 Dece...

"No Ordinary Long March": On the Long March for Baloch Rights


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A protest long march of Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) led by Mama Qadir Reki, vice chairman of VBMP, with as man...

Pakistan army atrocities in Balochistan and silence of International Community


<a href='http://www.bygwaah.com/modules/editorials/article.php?storyid=34'>Pakistan army atrocities in Balochistan and silence of International Community</a> By Faiz M Baluch

A video footage, presumably captured from a smart phone, emerged on social media exposing the brutalities of Pakistan military against...
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