“Though I have lost my son but I can raise my head high because my son was killed for his association with the land that gave him birth.” Said the mother of slain Baloch journalist Alyas Nazar whose mutilated body was dumped at a road-side a few days back. The recent kill and dump hike in Balochistan has alarmingly crossed 70 in number within a span of few months.
Alyas Nazar, 26, was a masters student of computer sciences in Balochistan university and was associated with a monthly Balochi magazine “Darwanth”. His body was found along with that of Qamber Chakar on Pasni-Turbat road. The later a student of economics was a popular political activist of Baloch Students Organization. He was only 24. Alyas and Chakar both went missing a few days before of their callous murder. Thousands of Balochs have gone missing in the same manner since past few years. Security personnel of Pakistani secret agencies have whisked away thousands including women and children in last ten years. It has been a recurring process they abduct, torture, realease and then again abduct and torture them. But the light on the other side of tunnel went off for ever when a body was thrown in Bolan Medical College on 5th July 2010. The body was later identified as Faiz Ullah Baloch. He went missing two months before his death when a passenger-van carrying them was interrupted. Two other companions of Faiz were also abducted along with him. The body of Faiz bore marks of inhumane torture. Since then more than 70 families have shared the same fate as that of Faiz Baloch’s family.
This has created huge panic in the mineral-rich but poverty-stricken province of Balochistan which has been struggling for its independence since its forceful annexation with Pakistan in 1948. The families of missing persons rush to hospitals with heavy hearts each time they see a ticker on the state oriented TV channels of Pakistan mentioning the recovery of dead bodies. The writer himself has gone through this trauma when his own brother, a student of computer sciences, was abducted a year ago and was kept in illegal and incommunicado detention for 27 days. Later recovered but with a severe psychological disorder caused by brutal torture. He is still under treatment. But not as lucky as the writer few get able to see the faces of their missing ones without a pulse in body and with fierce torture marks. The worth mentioning is that of prominent Baloch writer advocate Ali Sher kurd whose mutilated body was found in khuzdar on 24th September 2010. He went missing from Quetta three days before the recovery of his body. He had multiple fractures on almost all bones. The signs of bashes using a dagger were prominent on his body. According to family sources of the deceased, the lawyer’s forehead was drilled with a machine.
The murdered persons belong to every class of society. Though the majority are student political actvists But some lawyers, doctors, engineers and tribal elders have also been the target of this human rights violation. One of the most dreadful case was of folk singer Faqeer Ajiz Shahwani. His only crime was audio cassettes released by him that included songs with revolutionary poetry. His death ignited riots in the native city of singer. Lock outs were observed for two consecutive days. Others prominent include Advocate Zaman Marri, Journalist Lala Hameed Baloch, Asim Baloch, 14-year-old Majeed Zehri, Zubair Sarparah and Irfan Sarwar. These Departed also include the less known Ghulam Farooq Mengal and Ashfaq Mullazai who both were the newphews of serving information minister of Balochistan Younus Mullazai.
In spite of gross human rights violation in Balochistan the ill-fated and doomed Baloch nation couldn’t succeed in attracting International media and Human Rights Champions. Other than few tickers and a very few talk shows on local and international media nothing else has been aired about the poor situation of Balochs. A ray of hope emerged on 29th December 2010 when a report narrating the concern of Obama Administration on disappearances in Pakistan was published in New York times. The report amazingly included a few lines about the human rights condition in Balochistan too. But interestingly the report only read a torture story of two BNP activists and failed in recalling the hundreds and thousands of other atrocious anecdotes.
Human Rights Organizations and international forces have a moral obligation to immediately intervene in Balochistan’s situation in order to save further lives from being torture murdered and to ensure the human rights situation in Balochistan do not worsen.