Balochistan wounds not healed
June 03, 2011
Despite tall claims by the incumbents, Balochistan is still facing massive difficulties in the form of target killings, kidnapping for ransom while the resistance forces in Balochistan have crippled lives of innocent people and last but not the least political and democratic forces in Balochistan have failed to heal the wounds of its people and compensate the miseries and injustices which they are facing hence Balochistan is in hot waters with each day passing.
Few days before, Supreme Court of Pakistan rejected the report of the Balochistan chief secretary submitted on target killing incidents in the province and directed him to submit a detailed report comprising a list of all the target killing and other terror incidents occurred in past three years within a week.
A two member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Ghulam Rabbani conducted the hearing of the case on filed by Balochistan High Court Bar Association.
Giving remarks in the case Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said government will have to safeguard the rights of the people as Articles 9 and 14 of the constitution are not for display sake. Apex court questioned the progress on the assassination case of the elderly Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti who was killed five years ago in his cave. Only FIR has been registered in this case but the culprits are roaming around freely, court mourned.
Court questioned the existence of a democratic government and writ of the constitution in the province. Innocent people are being targeted; kidnapped and dead bodies are being recovered since three years but what has government done to stop such incidents, Court questioned.
Court said despite having necessary security force, sensitive agencies and cooperation of the Pak Army, province is failed to control the crime and law and order situation.
Court questioned the Chief Secretary about the previous order extending financial help to the people affected in such terror cases.
Chief Justice said Balochistan people are very patriotic and if the culprits of the terror incidents are not arrested then we would have to held government responsible for them.
He said the heirs of lost people are forced to knock all the doors but there is no one to help them.
He said we won’t allow Chief Secretary to sit and enjoy in his office. Implementation on the constitution is the source of strength for all of us, CJ said.
Taking stock of things of the grave situation, on May 28, 2011, under the aegis of Jamaat-e-Islami Balochistan, a National Jirga was organized for the immediate recovery f missing persons, unremitting incidents of target killings, incidents of decomposed bodies and other burning issues in Balochistan.
The National jirga organised by the JI called upon all political parties to set up a committee to hold talks with angry Baloch activists to restore normalcy in the province.
It warned that continuous finding of bullet-riddled bodies of missing Balochs was dangerous for the integrity of the country.
Presided over by JI chief Munawar Hasan, the jirga was addressed by Dr Jehanzeb Jamaldani of BNP-M, Arbab Zahir Kasi of ANP, Jaffar Mandokhel of PML-Q, Jamal Shah Kakar of PML-N, Jan Buledi of NP, Allama Syed Hashim Musavi, Mir Yousuf Notezai of JWP and former advocate general Dr Salahuddin Mengal.
They said that an FIR should be registered against Pervez Musharraf for the assassination of Nawab Akbar Bugti, adding the Baloch leadership would not sit on the negotiating table if the former military dictator was not punished.
They regretted that rulers had not learnt any lesson from the debacle of East Pakistan and urged them to accept ground realities of Balochistan and settle political and constitutional issues amicably.
The leaders of Jamaat-i-Islami and Jamhoori Watan Party said that the PPP-led government had failed to curb lawlessness and control price-hike and called upon all political parties to join hands to help the masses get rid of it.
Addressing on the occasion, JI Amir Syed Munawar Hasan and JWP President Talal Bugti said the country was passing through crises and people were feeling insecure because the law and order situation was deteriorating.
Both leaders said the nation was facing crisis because intelligence agencies were meddling in political matters.
Mr Hasan said that extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearance of youths and oppressive methods used allegedly by security forces were serious issues and needed to be tackled to win trust of the people of the province.
He claimed that military operations were the root cause of the uncertain situation in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and said that the use of force would not resolve any problem but widen the gap between people and the government.
Mr Bugti said that thousands of tribesmen were killed in Dera Bugti in the military operation and 60,000 Bugtis were either forced to shift to other provinces or migrated to Afghanistan.
He said that there would be no peace in Balochistan until people displaced from Dera Bugti and Kohlu districts were allowed to return.
The JWP leader said that he would go to Punjab soon to meet the leadership of the PML-N and other political parties as a last attempt to save Pakistan because it was the responsibility of the largest province of the country to support the Baloch people.
PML-Q parliamentary leader Shaikh Jaffar Mandokhel opine that it is utterly disappointing that no one is accepting Balochistan and a step motherly treatment is meted on it hence history of 70 is being repeated like Bengal was not accepted as big brother.
Acting Central President of the Balochistan National Party Dr Jahanzeb Jamaldini said that since partition of Bengal, Balochistan is facing enormous difficulties adding if the problem is not solved today then tomorrow will never come.
National Party Central Secretary Information Jan Baladi said that some part of the Establishment always think one step ahead but it is wrong adding they have done nothing for the national interests of the country.
Various ANP Leaders and others urged the need to halt military operation and instead of FC, Levies Police Force must take the responsibility of law and order.
They were of the clear-cut stance that recent decision of the Supreme Court regarding Recodec project is appreciable. While people should also take into confidence in other mine resources such as Saindak, Dodar Lead and Zinc project Lasbela Chamalang, Gas and Coal projects, Gawadar Port and other big projects.
The agents belonging to the intelligence agencies take away people to undisclosed locations from various parts of the province. Resultantly, fear and panic has been spread across the province due to insecurity. The number of missing persons including students, political workers, lawyers, doctors and women have been increasing day by day and reached to its alarming position. Therefore, there is a dire need of their recovery.
The National Jirga demanded to the government that all missing political workers should be recovered soon and false cases should be removed. While people have been facing acute difficulties due to unnoticed and long load-shedding. It has been demanded to the government that immediate relief should be provided to the farmers possessing small lands.
The Jirga claimed that due to the negligence of provincial and federal government side, the provincial capital Quetta has been facing number of issues and there is lack of basic facilities including water, education, health and others. The city needs an urgent attention of both the provincial and federal government.
The National Jirga assures a full support and cooperation for the peace and democratization in the province. The Jirga emphasized that we want to bring change in the country by providing a way forward for honest and sincere leadership for the country. While the Jirga condemns the Kharotabad fiasco which is against the local and Islamic traditions. The Judicial Commission should pace-up its speed on Khoratabad fiasco.
Expressing grave concerns and reservations over the National Jirga by JI Nawabzada Jamil Akbar Bugti, a son of prominent Baloch nationalist leader late Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti said that establishment and state departments are still following the policy of Baloch genocide and no changes have been seen in their manners while the establishment has itself shut down all doors of negotiations to resolve the problems.
He said that killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti has been politicized adding some people are weeping and showing their sympathy but I rest assure that they are not sincere persons.
He said that he filed a petition in the Balochistan High Court but no progress has been made hence drama of sympathies must end.
He again made it clear that Bloch Nation don’t want pettiness of hypocrites.
Those who are talking about national interest and welfare of the Bloch people are liars as they want to politicize on the blood of poor people of Balochistan and nothing else in this regard.
He further added that JI has been the firm supporter of Dictator Pervez Musharraf adding that National Parties must not forget that JI was a part of the MMA and it is equal partner in launching military offensive against Baloch.
In the meantime, various serious circles think that is an important activity as it was need of the hour but they opine that the role of JI has always been very suspicious and we must not trust them adding political parties must show some seriousness as they have lost their credibility in front of the entire nation.