By Basheer Ahmed Ijbani
In the nexus of ‘Polio invincible in Pakistan’ Bolan Voice, January 2015, edition. From the beginning of New Year 2015, the polio cases also initiated reporting in the country of Pakistan. In spite of campaigning about polio eradication, no diminution in cases has been observed. In the nexus, authorities of Health Department; on the provincial and national levels claim for eradication of Polio virus to a great extent but on ground these statements do not seem true. The vaccines used by the polio teams also do not seem effective because in Quetta a case is reported when that child was given drops approximately six times. And this case left reasons of skeptical about ineffectiveness of vaccines used by health authorities in polio eradication campaigns.
The United Nation through its commissions, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United National Children Fund (UNICEF) surveyed in Pakistan and in joint compiled report expressed concerns over the ‘weak vaccine management system’ and urged the government to adopt standard protocols to make the vaccination program effective and put brake on childhood ailments.
The report compiled by UN deportments invigorates the notions about ineffectiveness of vaccine and also supports those elements who oppose the polio drops to children and they have standpoint, this vaccine has side-effects or causing further spread of polio virus.
In Balochistan, semi-educated people and Baloch area dwellers constantly have been giving drops to their children, but they were criticized by religious elements for giving drops. The UN report, especially the detection of polio cases even after giving drops to children further may cause refusal of the dropping against polio to children or the refusing people number probable increase. The mentioned cases also invigorate the viewpoint that polio is invincible in Pakistan.
The lack of seriousness in government officials also demotivate about eradication of polio or getting country polio-free:
The government officials are incapable to show the allocated budget regarding the polio campaigns; this act indicates mismanagement or slackened firm by them in dealing the mission. When concern official about polio were asked, how many times a child is to be given drops for immunization the polio disease, so they couldn’t provide information, but they have stance that they are struggling on their level best for the polio free country.
The lack information and interest are getting dismayed to people in combat with Polio and also dimming the sacrifices of lives by volunteers.
The polio cases reported in previous and current year details are as:
25 in 2014, and 3 in 2015, total 306 cases in Pakistan in year of 2014, and till date 54% of the polio cases are in Pakistan out of world.
In Balochistan, in 2015 are from Killa-AbdUllah 84% of the cases were under 2 years of age, 45% of the polio case had received any dose.
The governmental official informed about the output of spending a sizeable budget:
More than 90% of the population remains vaccinated, and apart from a few districts in Balochistan [Like High Risk Districts Quetta, Pishin, Killa AbdUllah, Zhob] rest remains free of Polio. There are occasional cases in non-high risk districts as Loralai, this year.
Society is not cooperative so how state can be polio free:
Government official informed, at large communities are supportive of the program, however due to repeated rounds or some misconceptions individuals oppose the program. All of the polio teams are locals and community should accept them as their part as they are working to prevent the children in their areas from life time disability. It is our culture to welcome our guests and that is how the community should see the teams.
Polio vaccines are ineffective because cases emerging after drops administered:
Government official said, Polio vaccines are very effective, if you look at the history back in 1980’s more than 1000 children were paralyzed every day due to polio as a result of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, one of the largest public health efforts in history, the number of children paralyzed by this devastating disease every year has fallen from over 350000 in 1988 to as few as 359 in 2014, using the same oral polio vaccines.
There are only 3 countries in the world where polio remains endemic; Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. (No case has been reported from Nigeria this year and only one case has been reported from Afghanistan)
About ineffectiveness of polio vaccines the focal-person in Baloc-histan said:
The cases that appear even if they have received doses are due to the fact that children have not received complete number of doses. Last year 45% of cases in Balochistan had received no dose and rest had received less than 7 doses, which is not enough to build immunity. And immunity in children is different in different areas, depending on their nutrition status, hygiene and sanitation conditions and overall health. For children in Balochistan, they have to be immunized during every campaign until they are 5 years of age.How many polio workers have so far been killed in Balochistan?
Since 2012, there have been 6 confirmed killings of vaccinators. All of these vaccinators were locals of Balochistan, they were working for this noble cause receiving minimal wages as Rs. 250, 3 males and 3 women have lost their lives so far.
It was analyzed that polio in current situation is invincible in Pakistan and this logic is supported by realties exist in this country. Society is not cooperative in campaigns of eradication, religious elements oppose dropping and consider this infidels’ conspiracy, the vaccines is ineffective that after giving drops the virus persist in children, the United Nation’s subordinate organizations; the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nation Children Fund (UNCIEF) through its report declared Pakistani vaccines and staff performance very poor, in the remote areas of Balochistan and in other provinces volunteers have no access, corruption and incompetence are hampering in the way to get polio Free State.
In the perspective of above mentioned obstacles, it is believed that polio is invincible in the country of Pakistan but the religious elements get involved in campaigns or they get included in volunteer’s teams, then to some extent people will be consented to give drops to their children and probable the assaulting incidents on polio workers also reduce.
Recently, the WHO official in Pakistan Mr Michal stated in media that forced giving drops to children are not supported by them. He reasoned, this act has setbacks and people in this way will react.
The WHO official correctly assessed the psychology of here’s people, but on the other side they are going to impose travel sanctions on Pakistanis. And in Pakistani society, a section is not developed mentally that consider all positive offers by international world, especially the Europeans against their religion. Resultantly, they refuse to give drops for immunization against the Polio which leaves a large number of children without dose in country. The International world should conceive the situation and review on decision of travel banning on this country’s citizens. But in prevailing situation getting the Pakistan polio-free is not seem viable.
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By Ashfaq Yusufzai
The United Nations has expressed concern over the ‘weak vaccine management system’ in the country and urged the government to adopt standard protocols to make the vaccination program effective and put brakes on childhood ailments.
A survey conducted jointly by World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF last year has identified the key strengths and weaknesses in nine different areas of vaccine management at each level of the vaccine supply chain. The two UN agencies have recommended steps to address the gaps.
The survey says that overall scores of assessment criteria for Pakistan at all levels of the supply chain show need for improvement in most areas of the vaccine and supply management system. The vaccination management in Pakistan meets only one of the principles laid down for effective vaccination system, it adds.
The required performance standard, according to the survey, is 80 per cent for all levels. The country has more than 80 percent required standard in vaccine and commodity arrival procedures in only the first standard while it needs more improvement in vaccine storage temperatures, cold and dry storage capacity, buildings, equipment and transport, maintenance, stock management, effective distribution, good vaccine management practices, information systems and supportive management functions, which are the other eight standards required for effective vaccine management.
Vaccine distribution, stock management and information management are notably weak with performance in each category less than 50 and required immediate improvement, the survey says. It has strongly recommended to the government to take measures for effective vaccination management (EVM) to safeguard children against nine childhood diseases, covered under the government-run Expanded Programme on Immunisation.
The survey was conducted in 151 vaccine sites, which included one national store, 28 sub-national stores, 61 lowest distribution levels and 61 service points with the help of 22 teams between 2013 and 2014.
Courtesy to Dawn
By Shehzad Baloch
Situations hint that Pakistan and Tethyan Copper Company (TCC) are getting closed to reconcile about the disputed project RecoDick out of the International Court for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), where it is under trial.
In 2013, the Supreme Court of Pakistan declared null and void the agreement was signed between Australian Broken Hill Proprietary Company (BHP) and Chaghi Hills Exposition Joint Venture (CHEJVA) in the year of 1993. Subsequently, the BHP sold out the company shares to another anonymous company the TCC (Tethyan Copper Company), which had been operating mining works since 2008 at RecoDick, meanwhile the case was not sued against it at Supreme Court of Pakistan. But later on the case lodged and it was under trial at the Pakistani court, meantime the TCC took the matter to international forum the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and blamed for violation of pact by Balochistan’s authorities. The ICSID did not acknowledge the ownership claim by the company. Aftermath the TCC claimed for company’s deficit relating the investment in the project and that aggregated amount is around the $400 million, this effort had taken it to triumph at the mentioned forum. Presently, the company TCC seems aspiring for patch-up but conditionally that earned profitable from the project is to be given this.
The reliable sources informed, the case is being handled by the Balochistan government and the federal government is urging on provincial authorities for reconcile with TCC out of the International Court. To responding the opposition in parliament, the Chief Minster Balochistan Dr Malik Baloch said that they would not allow for selling a single stone of the RecoDick.
Here question rises, what is RecoDick? It is a small town of District Chaghi where Pakistan conducted nuclear tests. The RecoDick project is under the contentions since its discovery by BHP. In 1993, the caretaker provincial government signed agreement with CHEJVA to explore the entire district Chaghi for minerals. It was the commencing point of administrative authorization by the province Balochistan which contradicted the Pakistan’s interests. The discussed agreement partnered the Company BHP in area’s discovered minerals with share of 75% for next 56 years, whilst the government share was set only 25%, apart the royalty that is only 2%.
After exploration, 14 venues were marked for obtaining possible mineral deposits, where 48 points could be pit and this whole area was named ‘RecoDick Complex’, in the period of 1993 to 1997. At that time, the BHP got license for the exploration of minerals. On the site, 5-EL in lesser depth pit, the gold and copper deposits were discovered. The Pakistan Muslim League’s leader and former lawyer Naeem Awan said, “This was the time, the International Mining Community knew the significance of the RecoDick, and they silently were pursuing their interests”. It was Naeem Awan’s petition, which notified the Supreme Court about the RecoDick. Mr Awan told that from initial point to till now, whatsoever has been done is explicitly robbery and nothing else. He further said, “The people who are ignoring this fact have occupied the key posts and these officials are responsible to protect the Pakistan’s interests.”
Through interviews with proficient and geological literature also informs that in district Chaghi ‘RecoDick’ is situated on ‘Tethyan Magmatic Arc’ belt which is stretched on thousands kilometers from Europe to Magnolia and this strip is known for preserving the rare minerals, globally. In Pakistan, the said strip is beneath the area of Chaghi to North Waziristan.
The American Geological Survey and other institutes of the subject estimated value $1 to 3 billion of this block’s minerals. Some of geologist declared this under estimation of the existing minerals by quantity and quality, because the said assessment is excluding metals which are relating to newly introduced faculties of Science, like Nanotechnology and Semi-conductor Physics. In mentioned conditions and situating near the Sandick, here in RecoDick the gold presence and it exploration is much optimistic. And in this perspective, how agreement was signed by the share of 75/25, even before this on 50/50 base pact was made with notorious Chinese company about Sandick Gold Project? Apart from this, the agreements were made during interim government of Moeen Qureshi and which were how extended till 2008 without any inquiry and reason? This should also be probed that in RecoDick project why did not scrutinized independently? All these questions imply that TCC is also concealing something.
The information given on TCC’s official website; the part of RecoDick 2.2 billion ton is able for mining and in that average 0.53% is copper while the gold quantity is 0.3 gram per ton. And it means, 10 million ton copper and 13 million ounces gold can be extracted from the project. Contrary to mentioned facts, in a report published in 2008 by the geologists of TCC, inform that in RecoDick 18 million ton copper and 32 million ounces gold exist in the area. Hence, the TCC on its website has shown 8 million ton copper and 9 million ton gold, reduced. Even that this under estimation, the RecoDick has position on 10th level in international ranking of mining.
The experts say that profound scrutinize can up the RecoDick on 5th position in the menu of international mining. Why happening so? Answer is; the NL Resources MinCor took over the shares of BHP, which is one among the largest mining companies in world, but this is TCC merely showed off and afterward the said company was obtained by Barak Gold is of jointly the Canadian and Israelis and It is believed this the main propelling source behind the TCC for bringing the Chilean company Antofagasta for the joint venture. The Barak Gold is the largest firm in the world in the sector of mining and this company with Antofagasta got controlled on 75% in RecoDick, and then the Supreme Court intervened in to the matter.
The recent assessments which are considered some accurate, entail that for 40 years the RecoDick’s revenue ought to be $240 to 260 billion which will add the Pakistan’s national GDP $150 billion but the TCC offered $54 billion for 30 years. In the agreement with TCC a clause was including that articulates the raw material could be transfer abroad for refining. Here this provokes misgivings about the agreement with TCC that why the authorities are in haste to sell-out the minerals which can support substantially to state’s deteriorated economy?
Here the genuine heir ‘Baloch’ cannot be seen anywhere in the trade of this immense wealth and on this the entire world fixed its eyes. Some individuals like previous Chief Minister Balochistan Raisani or others who are connived with establishment might be conferred a handful wealth but the nation collectively is starving even being owner of Balochistan land rich with precious minerals, a long coast-line and key strategic position in this region. Only political conscious with a fair system can change the lives of Baloch nation, but this present regime is devoid the mentioned characteristics and never can develop the RecoDick for the nation.
By Ahmed Khan
On 5th March, 2015, by electoral bodies in provinces, the members for upper-house of the country Pakistan, the Senate were elected by voting. Here horse-trading term became common among the Pakistani politicians. Horse trading gives meaning to buy the voters’ in favor. The politicians are part of electoral bodies are expected for more wealth because they invested a lot during the election campaign or in settlement with establishment to let them reach in assemblies, then they will work on its instructions and also earn money for themselves by exploiting the positions.
The senate election was the best time for here’s politicians to horse-trade. Candidate requires 7 votes by provincial assembly members for being senator. As the result of voting, the Muslim League–N got 25 seats in Senate and Peoples Party clenched 26 and this party is on highest position in upper-house. Tehreek-e-Insaf inclusion in Senate is maiden with 7 seats. Some independent candidates surprisingly also were elected for Pakistani Senate positions.
In Balochistan, National Party won 3 seats and this party against the most obedience as bounty was given position in the Senate to Hasil Bizinjo in previous term of assemblies remembered at that time the NP boycotted election and it has no member in assembly but got position in senate, interestingly. This time the NP has MPAs at Balochistan Assembly. The Pashtoon Khuwa Milli Awami Party in past was a socialist inclined party and now fervently is taking part in all sorts of elections whether those are under the umbrella of establishment, the said party overlooked its pats ideology. The PKMAP also won 3 seats for Senate. Jamiat and Balochistan National (BNP-Mengal) of each party won one seat. It is bizarre that an independent but magnate person Mir Yousaf Badini won the seat for Senate by Balochistan’s Members of Provincial Assembly. And Mr. Yaqoob Nasir former head of Pakistan Muslim League Balochistan chapter lost his confirm seat.
After Senate election the politicians themselves expostulated about horse-trading. Mr. Sana Ullah Zehri the head of Balochistan Muslim League in media blamed for horse-trading in Senate election, and this party is ruling on country, presently. The ruling party or rulers are disable to halt the horse-trading, so who can do it? No one remains for this virtual job accomplishment.
The Senate is supreme institute in the country where people enter by unfair means, so how they will deliver the masses in fair way. In Balochistan, reserved seats for Senate were sold-out against heavy amount and scam also was appeared in media. This also boggles minds that how independent candidate won? The MPAs did not vote for their parties by which ticket they contested election and got position of MPA ship?
In Balochistan, this was reverberating elected independent candidate Mir Yousaf Badini spent a big amount and bought votes for his seat at Senate. In the result of such bargaining parties’ seasoned members were defeated.
The tradition of horse-trading pushes Pakistanis into desperation very deep. The dishonest people approached the upper-house in country and they are to set the direction of nation’s destination. Their presence at upper-house for five years is certain. Hence, this propels the Pakistanis to skeptically think about their future. The people who have no ideology and political experiences only consider personal interests but not prefer the country and masses; hence, the despicable horse-trading trend will embitter the Pakistanis lives furthermore.
By Farooq Baloch
The issue of missing persons was started reporting in 2000, in Balochistan, during the regime of Pervez Musharraf who conducted unconstitutional operations in different areas of the province. It is also believed that a large number of people mostly political workers, students, lawyers and people from grass root level have gone to missing during the military operations from different parts of the province. Many of the missing persons bullets riddled, decomposed and dumped bodies were found from various areas of the Balochistan and from Karachi the capital of the Sindh province. A large number of the people are still missing; the family members of the victims do not know about the fate of their loved ones whether they are alive or dead.
The family members of the missing persons have been managing demonstrations, protest, rallies, set up token hunger strike camp in front of Quetta press club and time to time conducting press conferences individually for the safe recovery of their loved ones since the Musharraf regime, but with each passing day the number of missing person is increasing, people are being picked up from every corner of the province. The number of missing persons has entered in thousands figure. The political parties of the largest province of Pakistan by area also claim with solid evidences that their activists are forcibly abducted in a large number.
In 2009, the relative of missing persons formed an organization Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP). It is comprised on the family members of the missing persons, whose loved ones were abducted. It is the purely non-political organization in the province and striving for the safe recovery of missing persons. The central members of the organization are follows; Nasrullah Baloch is the chairman of the organization, his uncle Ali Asghar Bangulzai was forcibly abducted on 18th October 2001, and still he is missing. The Vice Chairman of the organization is Abdul Qadeer Baloch, his son Jaleel Reki was abducted outside of his home near Girls School Kechi Baig Sariab road Quetta, on 13th February, 2009. Deceased Reki was the central secretary information of the Baloch Republican Party (BRP). After the detention of two and half years Jalil Reki’s bullet riddled with severely torture sign dead body was found from Turabt. Farzana Mjeed is the general secretary of the organization, her brother Zakir Majeed was the vice chairman of the Baloch Student Organization Azad (BSO-A). Zakir has been missing since June 2009, he was picked from Mastung district, and still the family members do not know about his fate. And further the organization VBMP has its district coordinators throughout the Balochistan to collect the data of the missing and extra judicially killed persons.
Since the formation of the organization VBMP, the activists of this have been raising voice and trying to highlight the issue of enforced disappearances, globally. After accomplishment the unbelievable historical long march, the participants of became the prominent human rights defender.
Few days back Mama Abdul Qadeer Baloch including his companions; Farzana Majeed Baloch and Faiqa were stopped by Federal Intelligence Agency (FIA) at Jinnah International Airport at Karachi, as they were about to fly to the New York city to join the World Sindhi Congress in United States of America. They were invited by the Sindh Academic and Cultural Society of North America (SACSNA) in theirs conference with agenda to highlight the violation of human rights in Balochistan and Sindh. The VBMP representatives were prevented and told by the FIA officials that, their names are on the Exit Control List (ECL), and the first investigation report (FIR) has been filed against them for involvement in anti-state activities. That is the why they cannot go to abroad.
“I along with my colleagues have met all formalities; we were having our passports and US visas including all documents about traveling to USA. Even the officials of the government have never informed us that our names are on ECL, or we are involved in anti-state activities. We have been carrying out peaceful protest for the safe recovery of our loved ones.” Said Mama Qadeer Baloch.
Farzana Majeed speaking to media men said, “I had been from Dubai last month without facing any problem. I explained before the FIA officials that I am a Baloch human rights defender but not terrorist, and this is my right to travel abroad. They did not consider all legal points.”
After this incident, Mama Qadeer in his press conference at Karachi Press club stated that the international watchdogs should take notice of Pakistani authority’s’ unfair actions; it is injustice to stop someone from going to abroad and do not let to raise the voice against the injustices and violations of human rights.
He appealed the United Nations, Amnesty international, Human Rights Watch, Asian Human Rights Commission and international community to take step against the involved authorities who have stopped them from joining international conference where they were invited to highlighting the issue of enforced disappearances and extra judicial killing of the missing persons in torture cells.
Here question rises, why they were disallowed to going out from the country. They have constitutionally and legally right to go anywhere. Even the incumbents of the organization VBMP along with their relatives of missing persons have been appearing before the Supreme Court of Pakistan and the Balochistan High Court on each hearing day of case. They have been recording their statements before the judicial commission and inquiry committees which were formed by the judiciary, provincial and federal governments to probe into the cases of missing persons. The higher authorities of the government and others have never notified Mama Qadeer and others that their names are on ECL, they cannot go to abroad, said the family members of the missing persons.
The human rights organizations internationally and nationally slammed the illicit action of the FIA officials for not letting the well-known human rights defenders to joining the conference.
As the Front Line Defender (FLD) stated in its statement, the FLD expresses concern over the travel ban on Abdul Qadeer Baloch and they believe solely this is his peaceful and legitimate human right and has impunity to defy the enforced disappearances. Further the organization urged the authorities in Pakistan to immediately and unconditionally lift the travel ban on VBMP officials, as the organization believes that it has been imposed solely as a result of his legitimate and peaceful work in the defense of human rights. Further, in statement of the organization is stated that to guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders in Pakistan, in particular those are working to combat enforced disappearances to carry out their legitimate activities without fear of reprisals and free from all restrictions.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan also condemned the incident which took place at the Jinnah International Airport Karachi with Mama Qadeer and his companions. In its statement stated by HRCP that they hope someone in authority or the judiciary itself would see why that was not done in this case, and the organization demand the government to probe and share with the people who ordered to be prohibited and also to expressly underline its commitment not to hamper citizen freedom of movement in future.
Recently Mama Qadeer along with his travel companions has completed the historical long march from Quetta to Karachi and Karachi to Islamabad. They have marched on long distance of 2800 km without using any sort of transportation. It took them more than 100 days, they walked with swollen feet, and the rulers of the country did not provide them medical facility, and did not expressed solidarity with the brave marchers.
The organization VBMP has been observing the token hunger strike camp in several cities of Pakistan and they have completed 1925 days of token hunger strike at established camp. The organization VBMP has taken out number of rallies and demonstrated several times against the injustices and violations of human rights in Balochistan.
Now it is the responsibility of the provincial and federal governments to provide them justice, and take practical steps to recover their loved ones. The government should lift the ban traveling to abroad on the organization members and should take action against those, who stopped them at Jinnah Airport Karachi from going to the USA with purpose to join the conference of human rights.
By Najeeb Qambrani, Kharan
The issue of missing persons is worsening on each passing day in the province of Balochistan, where a large number people have gone missing. According to the family members of the victims their loved ones were abducted by security officials and the cases of missing persons are under proceeding at the Supreme Court of Pakistan, yet no action has been taken against those who perpetrated. It is believed that in Blaochistan province, the figure of missing persons is more than rests of the provinces of Pakistan. The family members of the victims are striving for the safe recovery of their loved ones. Now it is utmost responsibility of the state authorities and its institutes to provide the justice these aggrieved families, and curtail the power of the agencies.
Furthermore, the law and order situation in the province is worsening on each passing day; it is the duty of the state machinery to maintain the law and order within the state, and take action against those who are involved in criminal activities. The culprits must be apprehended and produced before a Magistrate within 24 hours of the arrest. If the victim held culprits, must be punished according to the law. The family members of the victims must be given an access to their loved ones, no matter wherever they are detained.
In Balochistan, the family members of the victims are denied of the judicial rights. The families of the victims do not have any sort of access to their loved ones, even they do not know about the fate of their loved one, whether they are alive or dead.
The Chief Justice Supreme Court of Pakistan, Balochistan High Court and the Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), are pleaded to recover missing persons of the province in the consideration of human rights.
By Shehzad Baloch
Political thinkers and edified with progressive mindset people in Balochistan must remember a personality who sacrificed his life for freedom of humanity. The day of 21st March is martyrdom anniversary of Comrade Hameed Shaheen Baloch a pro-independent person. Comrade Hameed was on the way to Karachi on 20th March, 2011, when counter revolutionary elements arrested him from a passenger coach, in the vicinity of Quetta city, and on next day 21st of March his dead body was found by his family. This way, a revolutionary political thinker and affable person was disjoined the oppressed people of Balochistan.
Rare one in society born who can conceive requirements of human and they ponder over the resolve or gain of those substances and such people call political thinker. Otherwise, majority of people in a society only remain engage in routine works or persuade a better career for the individuals or seek wealth to bring amenities in personal life and so on.
A great mind ever thinks about ideas which lead toward a system and civilization to mankind. Martyred Hameed Shaheen Baloch had had politically thinking power. He studied his surroundings and international political settings, and then adopted an ideology. Further, for implementation of bright thoughts he worked politically. When he felt time conducive for underground, works as concept spreading, the great ideology of human liberation with provision of justice to its contemporary people and upcoming generations, he went underground. Because the imperialist of age and its allies never digest to educate people and get freed from its hegemony.
Hameed was known as pedagogue (ustad) among his comrades because of being political teacher. It is understood that human mind needs be luminous, further it is human tilt toward truth. At the best comrade Hameed was performing but nefarious people were sick-of with virtue of Comrade because he believed in truth and it needs systemization, reasoning and dialectic. Comrade always taught the companions to abide by the discussed splined course to seek justice and parity for all humans.
The misanthrope and mischievous exist everywhere, and such people hampers the way of righteous and sometimes temporally they over on truthful but triumph of truth is certain and long-lasting. Comrade Hameed Shaheen with brilliant mindset taught people and brought up them as ideologically who travelled with you a long journey.
Comrade Hameed and other political workers were well aware of significant of rules and ideology in movement. So they were striving to glitter mentioned qualities, otherwise, a movement voids revolution, humanism but turn into merely a purposeless war which lasts for a period and then fades-away, naturally. Similarly, the Baloch movement is to come up with revolutionary codes, otherwise its fate will be indifferences, quarrels on trivialities, rifts into factions; eventually defeat with disgrace will be theirs destine.
Comrade Hameed Shaheen and otherwise progressive thinkers who embraced martyrdom was putting movement on path of systemization. They were struggling for a state with system, and their demand never was rehabilitation or reinstate of old Kalat-State or any other tribal set up which are out-dated or void to provide justice with modern age wants to Baloch. They were also desirous for supremacy of institutes that were supposed to be vested power of decision making. They were fully opposing the personalities or individuals influence on the Baloch movement. They had program about accountability including check and balance in all ranks of movement.
The revolution or struggle for fair system is basic essence in any movement. Today, the erosion is being observed in movement, everywhere split is taking place which are not positive signs, and this is also disloyalty with blood of martyrs including Comrade Hameed. The Baloch political workers mull over erosion in movement, perhaps it is impairing the basic essence of movement, as result they are getting divided in fraction and cannot ascertain the reasons behind falling comrades in hands of counter revolutionaries.
Comrade Hameed went to bring down of justice and a system of parity for Baloch including entire world humans. He wanted to see all human free and went for struggling human-liberty where he embraced martyrdom and got permanent place in memories of humanist and justice loving people. His comrades are anticipated by Baloch and oppressed to materialize revolutionary thoughts and bring red-dawn of justice.
By MB Baloch
There is no shortcut way to cure any ills of society. Every social evil have its firm roots and are deeply entrenched with the very fabric of society. A permanent solution of any issue needs benevolent action. Any procrastination will add misconception regarding the prevailing issue. Balochistan widely has known the mismanaged province of the Pakistan.
A little glance over the historical background of Balochistan shows that the unfortunate people of this land never had given chance to lay a prosperous life. Since the Balochistan has got the status of province being ruled as a neglected portion of land. All political parties had tested their fates. Sadly to say did not endeavor to change the life style of masses. When Dr Malik descended into power as the Chief Minister of province, with the coming of power an unprecedented debate started among the public discourse that the change is about to having come in Baluchistan. People are started predicting that Dr Malik will provide opportunity to people to stand on their own foot. But all claims turned as an empty dream.
The rampant corruption, political conflict, bad governance, mismanagement and law and order situation is worse in its kind. The interesting fact is in recent days Dr Malik started his educational policy of banning cheating in institutions. It is really ridiculous to note that the education system is casting a dismal picture. The teaching method in whole province is utterly ugly. Insufficient funding and lack of proper interest are became the part and parcel of our education structure. The outdated curriculum is not any more informative for new generation.
Before going to stop the cheating in exam, there must be some rational thinking regarding the solution of issue. The first and foremost priority of government must be to provide free cast of education to youths. This irrational policy is rather to minimize the issue further camouflaging the problem. Instead of curtailing this hydra headed monster, the new action plan of government is creating hurdle for students. In fear of failure mostly students are reluctant to sit in exam. Broadly speaking this undefined method directly affecting the IQ (Intelligent Quotient) of youths in Balochistan. The lack of rudimentary apparatus in school is the major cause that is manipulating the education system to improve properly. The glaring example is District Awaran that after the 2014 earthquake whole District had immensely destroyed. Despite passing of two years yet a proper construction process started to provide to the people. There is no safe building for students to continue their study process. Little kids are helpless to sit in open sky to attend the classes.
There is no concept of teacher training system in Balochistan. Mostly teachers have been selected on Balochistan package basis. They do not know how to administer the system; because they are simply B.A pass have no knowledge to teach the students. Owing to the special favor teachers only visit the school for collecting salary and after immediately become disappear from the scene. This duplicitous way of thinking is rapidly deteriorating the structure of education system in Balochistan.
Another interesting point is these due to low salary teachers are disappointed to pay the duty.
Surprisingly the new religious surge in the province is a horrific threat to the parents to allow their children to continue the study. Numbers of private education institutes were set ablaze in Mekuran division. If a holistic approach could not bring by the government, this constant threat will spoil the environment and erase the concept of learning from Balochistan. For reforms in education sector the following measures are to be taken promptly:
- The first and foremost priority of Balochistan government should be to establish teacher training center.
- The share of funds of education sector must be increased on priority basis.
- The student politics to be stamp out from all educational institutions.
- The outmoded curriculum should be renewed without any further delay.
It is a high time for the Dr Malik to use the education portfolio separately. An urgent step towards the issue is the need of time.
By Colin Packham
Scientists said this black hole was formed about 900 million years after the Big Bang.
But with measurements indicating it is 12 billion times the size of the Sun, the black hole challenges a widely accepted hypothesis of growth rates.
“Based on previous research, this is the largest black hole found for that period of time,” Dr Fuyan Bian, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Australian National University (ANU), told Reuters on Wednesday.
“Current theory is for a limit to how fast a black hole can grow, but this black hole is too large for that theory.”
The creation of supermassive black holes remains an open topic of research. However, many scientists have long believed the growth rate of black holes was limited.
Black holes grow, scientific theory suggests, as they absorb mass. However, as mass is absorbed, it will be heated creating radiation pressure, which pushes the mass away from the black hole.
“Basically, you have two forces balanced together which sets up a limit for growth, which is much smaller than what we found,” said Bian.
The black hole was discovered a team of global scientists led by Xue-Bing Wu at Peking University, China, as part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, which provided imagery data of 35 percent of the northern hemisphere sky.
The ANU is leading a comparable project, known as SkyMapper, to carry out observations of the Southern Hemisphere sky.
Bian expects more black holes to be observed as the project advances.
By Farooq Baloch
The wealth cleft line between humans; wealthy and indigents. The destitute are enslaved in 21st century, or they are merely livings to facilitate in the lives of magnates. The tycoons are above the all modern states laws, exempted by religion, and they also above the ethical constraints.
The Arab kings, princes and other affluent for playing and hunting the rare birds including the sexual pleasure come to the Balochistan and other parts of Pakistan. They are facilitated by security, provided philandering environment and all other luxuries by the state authorities and local agents in shape of Sardar, MPAs and MNAs.
The state’s controllers do not apply laws on these discussed Arab magnates, because they are conferred with costly gifts and heavy amount, and reciprocally these foreigners are exempted by the laws, even they have been allotted hunting fields.
Balochistan is very famous in Gulf Countries for hunting the Houbara Bustard. For more than three decades, the royal families including their companions from the Arab states, as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates leave their deserts and set up their camps in several areas of the country Pakistan, especially in the season of hunting the Houbara Bustard, the rare migratory bird come from Siberia, Mongolia and Central Asian Republics at the start of the winter season and these birds go back to areas at end of winter. The Royals of the above mentioned states have been hunting the rare birds in the countries’ various districts, which were allocated for them, and many districts of Balochistan province is among them. The Arab Sheiks have been hunting the rare birds in various districts of the province since 8 decade.
Even the Balochistan High Court (BHC), ordered the cancellation of the areas which were allotted to the Arab Royal families and other foreigners hunting of the houbara bustard, and said it is illegal for Arab Sheiks and others for the hunting of this rare bird and other wild life in the province. The Higher Court of the province further stated that, it violates the International Life Conservation Convention (ILCC). The Court issued notices to the Federal Interior Ministry, the Chief Secretary of Balochistan and Wild Life department and directed them to inform it regarding the action for the protection of these rare birds in the province.
The Arab Sheikhs hunted the houbara bustard and violated the ban of the higher judiciary, the Supreme Court of Pakistan, and Balochistan High Court order.
During the last year, the Saudi Prince hunted over 2,100 hubara bustard within three weeks. Permits allow the holders to hunt 100, houbara bustard in 10 days in the areas allocated to them, excluding the reserved and protected areas.
Despite it, the Provincial and Federal governments including the influential people of the areas warm welcomed to the Arab Royals in Balochistan for hunting the rare birds, they were facilitated with tight security and protocol, during their stay in Balochistan.
During the last year, on November 23, the government of Balochistan issued 28 allotments to the Arab Sheik’s and ministers in the province. The Balochistan High Court has cancelled all allotments made by the provincial government, further the Balochistan government approached the Supreme Court of Pakistan for challenging the Balochistan High Court order, and the case is not fixed for hearing till now.
According to media reports, 29, special permits were issued to the king families of the Arab states in 2014, for hunting the Houbara Bustard granted by Foreign office. Further reports say, that special permits have been issued to the Arab Sheiks of the above mentioned states and various districts of Balochistan were allocated to them.
The Prince of Saudi Arabia Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al –Saud has been allotted the districts of Balochistan province are follows; Dera Bugti, Dera Murad Jamali, Naseerabad, Jafferabad and Duki of district Loralai.
The United Arab Emirates President and Abu Dhabi ruler Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayad-Al-Nahyan has been allotted these districts of Balochistan; Zhob, Ormara, Pasni, Gawader, Kharan, Panjgoor and Washuk district.
The Deputy Supreme Commander of United Arab Emirates Armed Forces and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Gen Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan has been given district Sibbi, Tehsil Lehri Domki area only.
Rulers representative in the western region Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan has been given the district Sibbi of Lehri Tehsil minus Domki area, old Katchi, Sani and Shoran area in Bolan district of Balochistan.
Qila Saifullah district including Kar Khurassan less sub-division Muslim Bagh of Balochistan has been given the member of Ruling family Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa BinZayed-Al Nahyan.
The Khuzdar and Lasbela districts and the area in the North West of the province located in Chaghi district have been allocated to the Vice President and Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum.
The king of Bahrain’s uncle Sheikh Ebrahim Bin Hamad Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa was allotted the district of Musting in Balochistan.
The Bahrain’s commander in chief of defence forces, Marshal Sheikh Khalifa Bin Ahmad Al –Khalifa has been given the Toisar Tehsil Musakhel district in Balochistan.
The Qatar Emir’s brother, Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al –Thani has been given Musakhel and Drug Tehsil of Musa khel district Balochistan.
The Qatar Emir’s uncle, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani has been given Loralai district less Duki area in Balochistan.
Qatatr former Prime Minister’s brother Sheik Falah Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al-Thani has been given Jhal Magsi district in Balochistan.
A member of the Supreme Council of the Royal families of Qatar has been given Turbat district in Balochistan and other member of Qatar Sheik Thani Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Thani has been given Surab Tehsil and Kalat district in Balochistan. Sheik Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al-Thani has been allotted Kingri tehsil of Musakhel and Barkhan district in Balochistan.
Further the reports say, that the influential people of the areas are getting direct benefits from the Royal families of the Arab states, they are getting funds in the name of Madrassas in the region and their visits to the mentioned Arab States are free, they receive gifts such as vehicles, valuables, cash and even during the election the influential people of the areas will be supported by the Arab Royls.
Protests were reported against the hunting of the houbara bustard and killing wild animals by the youth activist from the Chaghi district in front of Quetta Press Club, they chanted slogans against the government and demanded the government; these protected birds must not be hunted by the foreigners and others. In social media, a face book page is made by the community of the country and calling on Viagra to save the endangered houbara bustard bird. A None Governmental Organization (NGO), namely Houbara Protection Organization in district Washuk as well recorded their protest against the hunting of said birds and preserve to asset of Rakhshan valley.
The Arab hunters with sophisticated guns and other equipment’s hunt hundreds of birds daily wise, in this way, they are causing extinct of rare birds and wild animals which are essential ingredients of ecology that is utmost for human survival. The state authorities have no concern about their citizens’ life, but they only consider their individual interests, and that is the why they permitted the Arab hunters even the reluctance of the discussed areas people. The allocated hunting sites and in surroundings dwelled masses are righteous to disallow for killing their birds and wild animals. Otherwise, the ecology misbalances, which also effect total environment of area and life gets disturbed. In the consideration of ecology, the Arab hunters must not be allowed.
After the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the world turned into uni-polar and the capitalism posed its ugly face to the inhabitants of this planet. The above mentioned Arab hunters belong to oil-rich countries. The said states are main part of current prevailing oil politics in the world, which is being practiced under the umbrella of the United States of America. The capitalism voids humanism and gave birth to neo-liberalism and through this the fewer people have occupied entire wealth of world, and remaining humans are merely commodity, market or the facilitator to magnates. By now, the neo-liberalism clearly can be observed in Pakistan, specifically in Balochistan. In this region, the rich people of oil producing countries come for recreation, hunting and sexual pleasure. They are spoiling ecology of Balochsitan by killing the rare birds and wild animals. They are trampling the human values and ethics by their sex-maniac and vulgarity. The regional agents merely for wealth facilitate these Arabs and contaminating society ethics. The wealth has supremacy, and in front of humanity it is abhorrent or is devalued. In the cleft world by neo-liberalism, the Balochistan an occupied by imperialist and is being dealt by comprador and its local agents in cover of tribalism and religious elements. Where Arab affluent are like God-father and common people are like livings to facilitate them in all aspects of life.
It has been observed, when any obscene activity takes place in the Balochistan or in Pakistan, so the religious elements take-up the sky for anti-religious activities. But about the case of Arab hunters they have kept mum. Arab hunters openly commit vulgar activities besides the hunting. The religious activists have closed their eyes and zipped their lips because their funds may not be stopped. The capital also deals significantly in this regard.
By Akram Jamaldini
No doubt, teachers are the guardian of civilization. The tempo of progress and development of any nation depends on its teachers and leaders. Because both elements take lead on their shoulders and as a result, became highly estimable in their vicinity.
However, here my article signifies the concise biography of a venerable teacher, social worker and veteran educationalist known as Sir Haider Jamaldini Baloch. He is a visionary, committed and profound personality. He belongs to a middle class family. During his learning process, he faced many challenges. Amid unfavorable circumstances, he completed his education.
Soon after that, he felt the alarming tone of illiteracy across the Balochistan. Especially, he observed the deprivation of education in Noshki. Likewise; he decided to start his career as a teacher. In fact, he was well versed with the following quotation “Maxim Gorky’’. “Motivation and grooming of kids is onerous phase than their birth one”.
Thus, acknowledging the tremendous potential demonstrated by him. He accepted the daunting and challenging task. He was never overwhelmed by the enormity of task. He built himself by sheer determination and force of character. He is made of sterling material and is second to none. Resultantly, he alone started promoting education.
Albeit, such initiative was a strenuous task and it was taken in a backward area. As our society, portrays a picture of grief. It’s his awfully haunted by illiteracy all around. He undertook the challenge on fast track basis. He sought the timely and swift control of situation and made significant contribution. He knew that road to prosperity is lying in education. So, he decided to raise the status of education and laid the first educational foundation of spark society comprising on “spark school” and “Karar academy”. Since 2000, he has been serving as principal at spark school and as a director at Karar academy. Apart from this, he is also leading the training of newly teachers, as to providing them the requisite acumen to ascertain students credential and sustainability.
Due to which, spark society is proceeding by leaps and bounds. It has changed not only the very shape of educational background of Noshki city, but also inspired he nearly adjacent districts.
Spark society, led by Sir Haider Jamaldini Baloch, doing their best to find out the talent on grass root level through the academy as through their efforts, he sends young guns to many institutes to groom them for the achievement of genuine demands; the students not only perform well but also prove awesome in their respective fields.
Similarly, he is also satisfied with his vision. However, he terms the success of spark society as evidence of strength in spark society team.
Though, he embarked upon the journey to set up spark society 15 years ago and certain people criticizes him on having this initiative alone, he said adding , “Time has proved that my step was in right direction to better the sagging future of education.”
He is a mentor not only to me but many young people who sought his guidance; always ready to reach out and help.
He has a truly inspirational personality inspiring people around him, especially the youth. He is a genius spreading his knowledge and has a soul of steel, fighting his challenge life thrown upon him. He is a visionary with dreams to do much for Noshki, Baluchistan and its people.
Subsequently, he proved himself as truly educationalist.
The HRW is a New York based international non-governmental organization which investigates the reports of Human Rights violations around the world and compiles its annual report. The HRW’s objective to compile reports of Human Rights violations is to bring them to the attention of media in its efforts to build pressure on those groups and governments that are involved in crimes and Human Rights violations. The reports of HRW have international significance and authenticity.
Human Rights Watch was established in 1978 under the name of a non-governmental organization ‘Helsinki Watch’. The aim of Helsinki Watch was to investigate and publically report abusive policies of governments of former Soviet Union but later it made further braches such as American Watch, Asia Watch, African Watch and Middle East Watch. However, in 1988 it dissolved and amalgamated all these committees to form Human Rights Watch (HRW).
The Human Rights Watch report released in 2015 is its 25th annual report which reviewed the state of Human Rights in around 90 countries of world and presented a summary of Human Rights violations. The report top priority to the activities of the ‘Islamic State (IS)’ or ISIS, China’s attacks on Uyghur population in Xinjiang region and the crimes of drug mafia groups in Mexico. This report also contains a short but comprehensive mention of ongoing Human Rights violation in Balochistan which reads a following:
“The human rights situation in Balochistan remained abysmal. Despite the May 2013 election of a civilian government, the military has retained all key decision making functions in the south-western province and blocked efforts by civil society organizations and media to cover ongoing violence there.
Enforced disappearances linked to the security forces continued with impunity. On March 18, plainclothes gunmen later identified as belonging to Pakistan’s paramilitary Frontier Corps allegedly abducted Zahid Baloch, chairperson of the Baloch Student Organization-Azad in the provincial capital, Quetta. Baloch’s whereabouts and safety remained unknown at time of writing. Despite rulings from the Pakistan Supreme Court in 2013 demanding justice for victims of enforced disappearances, as well as recommendations from the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances in 2012, Pakistan’s government has failed to meet its obligations under the constitution and international law prohibiting enforced disappearances.”
The HRW report also condemned the ‘Protection of Pakistan Ordinance’ and attacks against Shia Hazara community in Balochistan. The report have linked the attacks against Hazaras to Pakistanis security forces in these words; “The militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) continued attacks on Shia Hazaras in Balochistan. The government failed to successfully prosecute and imprison suspects, in part due to sympathy for the group within the security forces.”
The separatist organizations in Balochistan have welcomed the HRW report but at the same time they demanded from the Human Rights Watch to investigate the issue of discovery of mass graves in Tootak area of Khuzdar Balochistan and continuous shelling on civilian populations by state forces. Baloch secessionist parties and leaders said even though the HRW’s annual report and inclusion of Balochistan is praiseworthy but the situation of Human Rights in Balochistan is far worse than what has been briefly mentioned in the report.
Baloch Students Organization – Azad (BSO-A) has welcomed Human Rights Watch (HRW) 2015 report on Balochistan. In a statement issued at the beginning of New Year, the central spokesperson said that the report was brief but on point.
The spokesman further said that Pakistan continues to commit serious human rights violations in Balochistan including widespread military offensives targeting innocent civilians in remote villages. BSO-Azad’s Chairman Zahid Baloch who was abducted by state security forces on March 18, 2014 in Quetta and ex-Chairman Zakir Majeed abducted on June 8, 2009, remain missing. Hundreds of workers including Imran Qalandarani, Irshad Qalandarani, Aftab Qalandarani and others remain missing among thousands of innocent civilians abducted by state security forces. Pakistan remains in denial and continues to massacre the Baloch with impunity.
State sponsored religious extremism in Balochistan has put ordinary Baloch lives in great risk where Baloch women face serious threats of acid attacks by sponsored Jihadis. In August last year, 8 innocent Baloch including father of ex-BSO-A Secretary General Raza Jahangir, were brutally murdered in Awaran in which Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD), based in Awaran forces camp, is directly involved.
Religious extremists that are based and regularly trained in state forces camps across Balochistan are involved in closure of girls’ schools in Panjgur, Kech, Gwadar and systematic targeting of Baloch educationalists including Sir Zahid Askani. Similar groups are involved in targeting Zikri Baloch community. Recovery of bodies of two Zikri Baloch elders in Kech and beheaded body of Baran Baloch in Gwadar is the continuation of agencies-backed religious groups’ activities in Balochistan.
BSO-Azad urges world human rights organizations to speak up against the humanitarian crisis in Balochistan.
By Farooq Baloch
“The Supreme Court of Pakistan approved an application was submitted by the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) for the swift hearings on missing persons’ case, further honorable court has formed a larger bench for proceeding. The VBMP expresses solidarity with the victim family members whose loved ones were forcibly disappeared from different countries, and the organization condemns such inhuman acts.’’ The VBMP chairman Nasrullah Baloch reproached such acts through a press conference at Quetta press club.
“The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) is non-political organization and peacefully endeavoring for the safe recovery of missing persons and working against the extra judicial killings. We condemn the forcibly disappearances and the extrajudicial killings of the victims in detention cells, taking place all over the world including Pakistan, we express solidarity with victim families, such actions are violation of human rights.’’ Mr Baloch said as denouncing.
“All the missing persons should be released, if they are facing any charges, so they must be produced before the court of law and are to be given right to defend themself legally.’’ Demanded the chairman VBMP.
“We have submitted an application in the Supreme Court of Pakistan for urgent hearing of the cases about missing persons, because it is a humanitarian issue, it should be given priority on other cases, and it must not be kept in dark. The court approved the application and formed a larger bench for the hearing on case on regular bases. The court should also play its due role for the recovery of missing persons.’’ Said Nasrullah Baloch.
“About the recovery of bullet riddled, decomposed bodies dumped in Balochistan we have submitted an application in the Supreme Court. Among the decomposed most of bodies are of Baloch political workers who were forcibly abducted on different times, due to sever torture their dead’s could not be identified. The government has not arranged any morgue for keeping these decomposed bodies. The DNA test and finger prints of these bodies are not taken by the authorities of the concerned departments.’’ Informed Nasrullah Baloch.
“In application, we have adopted stance that these recovered bodies are the father, brother, husband and have other relation with someone. There should be arrangements for conservation the decomposed bodies in cold house until these are identified, and the people of far flung areas of Balochistan whose endeared ones have gone missing, must be informed about the recovered bodies, so they can receive the body and bury them with human dignity.’’ Chairman said.
Further the VBMP official said, “It is fundamental right of every individual that to know about their loved one fate that is no more in this world.’’
“We have requested the Supreme Court of Pakistan through application about recovery of decomposed bodies that this prestigious institute issue directives the provincial governments to make arrangement for conservation of dead’s till the identification by relatives. The area Station House Officer (SHO) to file the First Information Report (FIR), and shift the body to hospital for the DNA test and finger prints of the dead bodies found in their jurisdiction. Further the details of deceased-one should be advertised in newspapers for informing the relatives to receive the remains of their beloved one who is demised. This process strictly is to be checked by authorities and if any official does not act upon this order, then action should be taken against that. We hope the court will order to the provincial governments for the facilitation of the decomposed bodies in the light of prescriptions.” The chairman speculated.
“The United Nation, international human rights organizations and world community should play their due role and take action against those countries including Pakistan where the enforced disappearances and extra judicial killing are taking place.’’ Nasrullah Baloch said summing-up the conference.
By Frank Gardner BBC security correspondent, Saudi Arabia
The Romans had a name for Yemen.
They called it Arabia Felix – Happy Arabia – because of its lush, rain-fed mountain scenery.
Today that epithet sounds tragically inappropriate.
Already the poorest country in the Middle East, wracked by soaring unemployment, dwindling oil and water reserves and home to the most dangerous branch of al-Qaeda, now Yemen is being torn apart by war of many sides.
The Saudi-led air strikes began last month, raining down precision-guided missiles on a rebel group called the Houthis who swept down from their mountain stronghold in the far north six months ago, taking town after town, and pushing out the UN-recognized President Hadi.
That alarmed the Saudis and the other Gulf Arab states, especially as they suspect the hand of Iran as being behind the Houthis’ spectacular blitzkrieg.
How else, Saudis keep saying to me, could an impoverished group of tribesmen get the training, the weapons and the money to take over half the country?
There’s a sectarian angle here too. The Houthi rebels are Zaidi Shias, representing about a third of the population. The Saudi rulers are suspicious of Shias, many of whom look to Iran for spiritual leadership.
Saudi Arabia is a predominately Sunni Muslim country and the Saudis are starting to think they’re getting encircled by proxies of Iran wherever they look: in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and now Yemen.
Enough, they said, drawing a line in the sand. At a secret summit in a Saudi palace last month they threw together a 10-nation coalition in a belated and possibly doomed Gulf Arab attempt to turn back the Houthi takeover of Yemen and restore their ally to power.
Change of presidents
But in fact the Houthis largely owe their military success to someone much closer to home. They’ve formed an alliance of convenience, a sort of pact with the devil, with the very man who tried to bomb them out of existence five years ago.
Ali Abdullah Saleh ruled first North Yemen, then a unified Yemen, for 35 years, until he was forced out of power by the Arab Spring protests.
He refused to believe that Yemen was better off without him. So he set about wrecking the peaceful political transition of power that Yemen’s friends had worked so hard to engineer.
Whole units of the Republican Guard remained loyal to him, bombs went off and towns were fought over.
President Hadi who replaced him, an elderly, genial southerner, has been no match for Saleh’s machinations. He must be rueing the day he agreed to let his predecessor stay on in Yemen.
I interviewed Saleh once, in his fortified palace in the capital, Sanaa. It did not go well.
Speaking in Arabic without a translator, I asked him what he wanted his legacy to be.
The unification of North and South Yemen, of course, he replied, this was his crowning achievement. I thought I would soften him up by asking what benefits this had brought, but the way I said it in Arabic came out as ‘well what was the point of that?’
What? he barked, glaring at me furiously, summoning his official translator, and looking pointedly at his watch.
As president, Saleh fought six short wars against the Houthis until it ended in an uneasy truce. Now he’s cynically using them to destroy those who he sees as usurping his power.
The Houthis are fierce, effective fighters, used to living on little in the black, volcanic mountains that straddle the Saudi-Yemeni border.
When I visited them in their stronghold city of Saada my girlfriend and I were woken on our first morning by a burst of heavy machinegun fire from a pickup truck outside in the street.
“It is celebration,” said the man on reception, unfazed. Later we met a pair of brothers who took us out to the mountains to show off their skills with a Kalashnikov.
Chewing the narcotic qat leaf and racing across the desert in a beaten-up old car, they thought it was the biggest joke to swap places behind the wheel while driving at 60 miles an hour.
Their shooting was every bit as wild as their driving and before long a farmer emerged, shouting and cursing. “What the hell are you doing?” he said. “Bullets are coming down all around my sheep!”
I have no idea what dizzy heights those two rose to after that in Yemen’s tribal hierarchy, but the Houthis and their allies are now in control of most of the important parts of Yemen, despite more than a week of airstrikes.
If those fail to dislodge them then the Saudis have not ruled out a ground invasion, but everyone knows that carries enormous risks of getting bogged down into a vulnerable army of occupation.
Instead, the Houthis face a more dangerous foe – the jihadists of al-Qaeda. The jihadists are Sunni fanatics and they hate all Shias, including the Houthis.
In Yemen, al-Qaeda seems to be the only force capable of confronting the rebels on the ground.
On Thursday, their ranks were swollen by a jailbreak of dozens of convicted al-Qaeda fighters. Soon they will be rallying the Sunni tribes to join forces and fight the Houthis from the North.
And all the while, the Americans look on from afar, in despair.
Until just a few weeks ago they thought they had a reliable partner in President Hadi. President Obama even held up Yemen as a shining example of a counter-terrorism partnership.
Now that partnership has crumbled to dust, and so too have Yemen’s immediate hopes of emerging from this intractable nightmare.
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His group fights against Pakistani Jihadis in Balochistan. In the year 2004 the Balochistan Liberation Front or the BLF led by Dr Allah Nazar Baloch claimed responsibility for attacks on Chinese engineers in Gwadar.
Dr Allah Nazar Baloch a gold medalist doctor turned guerilla leader leads one of the most powerful Baloch resistance groups in Balochistan called the Balochistan Liberation Front or the BLF.
The Baloch nationalism is a movement that claims that the Baloch people are an ethno-linguistic group mainly found in Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan are a distinct nation.
The movement propagates the view that Muslims are not a nation and that ethnic loyalty must surpass religious loyalty, though this view has been challenged by both the 1971 independence of East Pakistan and the discrimination many Mohajirs have historically faced within Pakistan- source Wikipedia.
Dr Allah Nazar Baloch said the rogue ISI is crushing the Baloch freedom movement. In this exclusive interview ith Oneindia, Dr Nazar spells out in details various issues ranging from the attempts made by the Chinese to enter into Balochistan with the help of the Pakistanis and also the role that India could play in Balochistan.
Q: Does Pakistan’s ISI continue to indulge in the oppression of the Baloch people?
Dr Nazar: No doubt. The rogue ISI is brutally crushing the Baloch freedom movement and violating international laws in Balochistan. Thousands of Baloch have been killed and thousands forcibly disappeared.
Thousands of houses burned down in army operations. World human rights organizations barely pin point this issue and Balochistan doesn’t even makes it in their lists.
On 14th February, 2015, Dr Sanaullah Baloch was asked to visit the army camp in Awaran for his missing son Saddam a police servant under their custody.
On 18th February Dr Sanaullah’s mutilated dead body was found on roadside. Hundreds of villagers are under same army custody in camps. This is a simple example of ISI’s tyranny. But the international community and media are criminally silent.
Q: Recently Pakistani Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharrif urged provinces to implement decisions taken under the National Action Plan. What are your views on it?
Dr Nazar: Yes. The Taliban, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Lashkar e Tayyeba are the strategic assets of Pakistan. Pakistan’s national action plan and military courts are formed against the Baloch. 152 cases from Balochistan have been sent to military courts so far. It is up to the world how they see it.
Q: There are reports of growing Chinese power in Balochistan. Could you tell us more about it?
Dr Nazar: Obviously China’s role in Balochistan is imperialistic. It is supporting Pakistan militarily and financially to crush the Baloch freedom movement. Now a huge Chinese army unit is present in Gwadar. Pakistan has allotted three thousand acre land to China in Gwadar. So Baloch nation considers China a partner of the occupier. Baloch nation will resist both.
Q: Does Iran continue to work with Pakistan in Balochistan?
Dr Nazar: Iran is a theocratic state like Pakistan. Both are leading different versions of Islam. But in the case of Baloch, their attitude is the same.
Q: Whose presence do you find more threatening in Balochistan? China or Iran?
Dr Nazar: China is present in Balochistan with a number of Chinese army personnel which are directly involved in Baloch genocide. It is a threat not only to Baloch but for the entire region as well as India. Now China is demanding new legislation from Pakistan. Pakistan is ready to give it all to China as part of dirty its game, constitutional protection.
This is not acceptable for Baloch. Let me clarify that China is also using Gwadar port as a naval base. So Gwadar is very near to the Strait of Hormuz. USA, India cannot imagine the subsequent drastic consequences.
Q: How helpful has India been to the cause of the Baloch people?
Dr Nazar: India could be supportive but India and rest of the world are blackmailed by Pakistan. So the Baloch is suffering terrorism and genocide and the world is calm. As a neighbouring country of Baloch it is a moral duty of India to support the Baloch.
Q: Do you think the new government in India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi will do more for the people of Balochistan when compared to the previous government?
Dr Nazar: As the world’s largest democracy India and the civilized world must realize the importance of a free Balochistan. India can never get the superiority of waters without a free Baloch state.
Q: Recent reports suggest that the ISIS is making a foothold in several parts of Pakistan. Does the ISIS pose a problem in Balochistan as well?
Dr Nazar: ISIS is present in Balochistan in the name of Lashkar e Jhangvi, Lashkar e Khurasan, Lashkar e Tayyeba, Ansar ul Islam. All these extremist religious outfits are patronised by rogue Pakistani ISI. These elements are fostered and nurtured to counter the Baloch movement and distract the focus from the freedom struggle. But the Baloch is determined to defeat these extremists with the ideology of nationalism.
Q: How supportive has the international community been to the people of Balochistan?
Dr Nazar: International community is not playing their role. But the international community cannot ignore the Baloch nation. A free Balochistan is in the interest of the whole civilized world.
Q: Will a Czechoslovakian solution help your cause?
Dr Nazar: Baloch want a free country whatever the solution be, be it like Czechoslovakian or Bangladesh. We are absolutely determined to face all the state brutalities and its henchmen whether those Jihadis or death squads.
Courtesy to Oneinda.com
Once again the Christians were attacked by the barbarians in Pakistan. Two suicide attackers blown them up, while the Christians were busy in Sunday prayer, as result a number of people related to Christian minority lost their lives.
According to sources, more than 18 people died, 75 were injured, and 30 of them were reported in critical condition. This incident took place in Youhan Abad Punjab. It is unfortunate that Pakistan has been a hell for the minorities and a safe haven for the terrorist. Due to the worsening law and order situation and bad governance, one can easily judge that how difficult it is for the minorities, especially Shia and Christians to live in Pakistan. Many times they were attacked. A militant organization associated with TTP, claimed for responsibility of twin blasts in two churches catholic and Christ. The CM of Punjab said, the people who lost their lives in the incident their family would be compensated with 5 lakh, and the injured ones 75 thousands will be paid.
They families of the victims need more aid. The worship places of minorities should be protected. The compensation cannot bring what they have lost. The government must take pragmatic action against those who are involved in such inhuman acts. The authorities should assure the safety of minorities, and their worships places, so that again such dismaying incidents must not take place.
Siraj Umrani, Turbat
By Zeeshan Hameed Baloch, law student
Nothing is more irritating than a blank sheet of paper, starting at one’s face when that is bursting to write, but cannot make up the mind, how to set about it.
Before discussing crime, we must have to know the historical background of the ‘crime’, and when how this practice took place in our society? How it dipped its roots into the society of the people. However, the crime is not generated as easy as we are thinking. The crime is as old as our society is.
The relation between Crime and Society is very close and these are correlated too. If we see the history, it says that no society existed without crime. It is an integral part of any human folk; it is as old as our history is. Anyhow, the crime takes birth from abdomen of social evils, where rules of conduct were broken by the same society’s individuals. The violation termed as crime in society, and requires curbing irks and despicable practices, the penalty were advent in order to protect the peace and amity among the people.
May the definition of crime is modulated in time to time, but it ever remained integral part of the society. The human ever strived to mitigate the level of crime, but it happens and totally does not vanish, somewhat can bring on level of least. Simultaneously, society obtains the outlaws and seeks reason of these presences, too.
Police is the institute formulated to curtail the offenses and irregularities is to be discussed. When the policemen stop a person in front of public, on road, and they misuse vested powers, especially if someone is accompanying by his family, the interrogation by police convey which type of impression to his family members. Such attitudes stigmatize human and causes rebellious sentiments rouse, onward these agonies lead to a person towards the crime. If society is intended to halt the crimes emergence, then members have to take some mandatory actions. Here the discussed departments are established to curb the crimes are involved itself in wrongdoings.
How can we sideline the bureaucracy which has great deal in creating lawless trends in society? They have flourished such traditions that common person has no access to authorities for the resolve of their usual problems. They need a hagfish approach to access the concerned departmental officials, such malicious practices depresses psychologically to a common person.
In this way, the divided society in classes; lower and high is plunging in intolerant and offensive temperament, collectively. Behind these unhealthy approaches our politician, judiciary system and other unbalanced attitudes are motives that carve-out the criminals in the society.
The history of crime in early ages is to be sought, so firstly the human started living in clusters, and then they converted in to tribes. The collective living style gives birth to formulation of the rules to regulate the conduct and interact smoothly among the members of the group or tribe. Onward, the groups and tribes of the time evolved into the nations or big societies. Hence, rules which were implemented previously by the heads of tribes, developed into states or governments. Later on, the discussed series was set up by the members, like the public courts and jails and so on to deal with culprits and sentence them with intention to life and liberty of citizens is to be protected by the state.
How can we rule out accountability and penalization, especially those who disturb the lives in society? It is also learnt by human that, the punitive system cannot resist the happening of crimes; even it causes more intensity to the rebellious sentiments in culprits.
Here in Pakistan, the prisons condition is analyzed, so where availability of each and everything to criminals in jails shakes the mind of a gentle. Many theories have been presented about penalty, like deterrent theory that tells punishment is not for revenge but to diminish the crimes ratio and reforms. (Eliazbeth).
To some extent exoneration from crime in a state, it is mandatory to remove the reasons which cause for offences. The reforms in the political system are essential; the negative aspect must be discarded, like giving shelter to criminal for gain of interests and using the outlaws to crush the opposition. In our present society, the police must be depoliticize and sternly this department be checked and made accountable, and only this will result positively.
By Sanalir Sayed, Turbat
A culture eagle eyes and reflect the present and the past of a nation and determination for future…
Dressing plays an essential part in any culture. It helps the world to recognize nation’s identity. In Balochi culture, no one deny the prerequisite of Balochi embroidery which is liked by all and sundry. It is not only popular in Baluchistan, all there all across the world. There is enormous demand of Balochi embroidered clothes in the Australia, England, and Dubai and so on.
The Balochi embroidery is worked with tremendous color, eye-catching designs and lots of effort smooth embroidered on clothes with colorful threads, needles, rainbow mirrors and etcetera.
The Baloch women hard work for achieving appreciated point of view by all in world. The women who sew clothes are called ‘Doch-Ger. They are like artist who robbed the nature’s beauty and adorned it into their embroidery.
The old women wear dresses of dark color and while the young girls wear light colors with embellished by embroidery. Embroidery is done all parts of the shirts like sleeves, and the front and on other parts of dress. There are many kinds of embroidery across Balochistan some of the names are:
Pakistan ranks third in a list of 167 countries where human slavery is most severe.
This was stated by Justice and Peace Commission Executive Secretary Hyacinth Peter here on Saturday during a consultation session on ‘Existing Laws to Stop Bonded Labour: Gaps and Recommendations’. He said Pakistan stood third position in the Global Slavery Index (GSI).
“Any kind of slavery is illegal and inhuman. High ratio of slavery in the country is a huge matter of concern and failure of state institutions to protect the rights of labourers. Proper implementation of minimum wages, provision of social security and access to other facilities could stop bonded labour,” he said.
Peter said according to the GSI over two million people were enslaved in Pakistan. Punjab and Sindh especially were “hotspots of bonded labour” in sectors like brick making.
“The sale and purchase of brick kiln labour has become a profitable job. Pakistan got freedom in 1947 but brick kiln labourers could not get freedom from bonded labour till today,” he added.
He further said bonded labour was common in the brick kiln sector and majority of kilns were in Punjab. Labour laws especially Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act 1992 were not being implemented in the kiln industry and kiln owners were more powerful as compared to the state.
District Officer (Labour) Nusrat Kamal, Nadeem Parwaz, former MPA Amir Naveed Jewa, Altaf Mehmood Qurashi, former MPA Babu Nafees Ansari, Farhan Bhatti, Naeem Haroon and Sohail Javaid were among the participants who urged the government to enforce the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act 1992 as well as take all necessary steps to end the practice.
(Courtesy to Dawn)
By Mutalib Mengal
The radio Quetta center broadcasts a program “Hawa Mahil’’ means place in air, is the most appropriate medium to broach the sparse beauty into cosmos the ‘women’ and nexus of this 8th March is assigned for “Women Day’’, internationally. The discussed radio program is broadcasted by Radio Pakistan, adorned with melodious and jingling music tune. The present age people are suffering from terrorism, ignorance and dishonesty. An inadequate number of orient-women are employed compared with man, and mostly they are engaged in households.
The women contribution is inadequate in country’s development sector, specifically in the province of Balochistan. The women get education with intention to get marriage preferably or a better job. In country, the meagerness of jobs has got queued a great portion of population in aspired for a bright future.
The Pakistan from its formation day is under experiments, and the semi-capitalism, feudalism and tribalism are prevailing in this country presently. One side those people are who after accomplishment of education goes abroad, and on another side, some people depend on state’s institutes while continuing their educational career. Simultaneously, in state of Pakistan the largest population is impoverished and that cannot get quality education or they due to indigence farewell institutes amid the educational carrier and they start laboring for survival.
In east, Islam granted rights and high value to women and here a great number of people do not shun sacrificing the lives to uphold the dignity of this gender. The prolonged and bloodiest war between Chakar and Lashar was fought because of a woman. When the woman is in shape of mother, hence she is the most respectable in society. And a mother prefers her child love on all amenities and joys of life. It is also natural fact that a mother cares the country and family-folk. If a soldier defends country borders, so he is motivated by his mother for this knighthood; otherwise, man may not be capable go to war arena. The only mother tells the difference in mosque and temple to the children.
In Balochistan, it is utmost necessary that a class has to sacrifice for educating its offspring. They should send or not to their daughters on jobs, but they must educate them till high grades, because culturally we keep confined the female in houses. In fact, women have to participate in politics and other fields of life, and this is the true color of the culture.
The Europe and Asia mutually design a program for women development including their empowerment and the Asians has to prove them cultured. Presently, in Europe, men and women work together but they also commemorate women day on 8th March each year.
Here we should embolden the rural areas women and take them equally in development journey, and only this is the basic essence of international Women-Day.
Hundreds of people gathered in the north of the capital for the funeral of 27-year-old Farkhunda, who like many Afghans is known by only one name.
She was killed late in month of March by a mob of mostly men who beat her, set her body on fire and then threw it into the Kabul river, according to police accounts.
President Ashraf Ghani condemned Farkhunda’s killing as a “heinous attack”. The authorities are still investigating what prompted the mob assault.
Following allegations that police stood by and did nothing to stop the attack, Ghani said it revealed “a fundamental issue” – the country’s police were too focused on the fight against the Taliban insurgency to concentrate on community policing.
His comments followed widespread condemnation of the killing. In Afghanistan, despite constitutional guarantees of equality, women are generally treated as inferior and violence against them often goes unpunished.
Some Afghan officials and religious leaders sought to justify Farkhunda’s killing, alleging that she had burned a copy of the Qur’an.
But at her graveside, the head of the interior ministry’s criminal investigation directorate, Gen Mohammad Zahir, said no evidence had been found to support those allegations.
“We have reviewed all the evidence and have been unable to find any single iota of evidence to support claims that she had burned a Qur’an,” Zahir said. “She is completely innocent.”
He said 13 people had been arrested in connection with her killing.
Hundreds of people gathered at a graveyard in the middle-class suburb of Khair Khana, near Farkhunda’s home.
Unusually for Afghanistan, women’s rights activists wearing black and with the permission of Farkhunda’s father, carried her coffin from an ambulance into a mosque for prayers, and then from the mosque to her grave.
The city’s head of criminal investigation, Mohammad Farid Afzali, has said Farkhunda suffered from an unspecified psychiatric illness, but a neighbour told the Associated Press that she was nearing the end of a religious studies course and preparing to become a teacher.
“Everyone respected her, she was very religious and never left her home without covering her face with a hijab,” said Mirwais Afizi, 40, who said he had lived on the same lane as Farkhunda’s family all his life.
“We never heard anything about her being mentally ill. She was about to graduate,” he said.
An interior ministry spokesman said earlier that Farkhunda’s family was staying in protective care.
Ghani put women’s rights and equality at the heart of his presidential campaign last year and has given his wife, Rula, a high public profile. A Christian of Lebanese descent, she has spoken for women’s rights in Afghanistan – a country routinely named by international rights groups as one of the world’s worst places to be a woman.
Under the harsh Islamic rule of the Taliban, who were ousted by a US-led invasion in 2001, women were not permitted to work, study or leave their homes without a male relative. The new Afghan constitution guarantees women equal rights and protection from violence but these standards are still enforced haphazardly.
The New York-based Human Rights Watch issued a statement on what it called “the brutal murder of a vulnerable woman by a mob on Kabul’s streets” and called for the punishment of police officers who took no action to stop the killing.
“The authorities need to prosecute those involved in this terrible crime and take action against any police officers who let the mob have its way,” said Patricia Gossman, HRW’s senior Afghanistan researcher.
(Courtesy to theguardian)
By Abdul Salam
The educational emergency in Balochistan by provincial government is palatable to the out of parliament; it may scrupulously be toothsome to the spooks, near and dear ones and to the leftovers of Balochistan Parliament.
By recent, the claims of educational emergency in Balochistan have proven to be null and void. The call of educational emergency is a vogue political tactic by some political gimmicks of ruling party to fulfill the chasm of their incompetency; it is nothing more than an internment of their half tenure’s pillage and embezzlement of Baloch resources in the name of intermittent developments.
National party is clandestinely bidding to clutch its helm through educational emergency; by rights, their movement gets functional and successful.
Genuinely, it would never get operative and successful in Balochistan. National Party is just intent to hold the rein of poor Baloch masses.
All of a doodah, Baloch nation is being kept very far from primary education by inducing some so-called religious Militants like AL-FURQAAN, AL- KURASAAN and many more, and is being deprived of very basic amenities and sustenance.
Erstwhile the State had the occasion to inactive these religious mucks to desist the love for Baloch Nationalism and they were kept engaged to elicit some scornful and extraneous gens by muckraking against Baloch Freedom Movement. Once again Holy religion was used as a tool by maverick religious fanatics to foil Baloch sisters to acquire scientific education. Thwarting women from acquiring education is very repugnant in the teachings of Islam but it is considered an applicable crux of Pakistani constitution in Balochistan by state-structured fan-Islamists.
Before National Party assumes the responsibility of Educational Emergency in Balochistan; first, it should have to get Balochistan empty of these religious fanatics who are prevailing like N1H1 virus, who cannot feel the pangs of Baloch nation’s thirst in education, on whom heads ghosts of jingoism are riding.
By Najeeb Malik, Awaran
Awaran has been ignored in every regime of the governments. Here every sector of life is victim of destruction. In this modern era, people are deprived of their fundamental rights which are necessary for spending a healthy life in the state, such as electricity, sanitation, education and agriculture which are provided in every village, town and city of the country. But unfortunately the area of Awaran has been deprived of basic needs.
The suspension of electricity is affecting Agriculture sector in Awaran, which is the only source of earning live-hood for the poor farmers. The landlords of Awaran are also facing grievances due to the shortage of electricity and instead of earning profit; they are caused deficit by the crops, less quantity and low quality.
In 2005, by the Local Governments, Awaran’s people were provided two generators for energy generation in the unbans. These generators were providing electricity for eleven hours, but now these have got deficient to supply for mentioned hours.
Similarly, another important department is the education and this needs the attention of the higher authorities of the concerned department, because a large number of Primary Schools are closed due to lack of teachers in the stated area. In this regard, some teachers are receiving salaries without performing the duties. On the other hand, the officials of education department do not inspect the area schools. If this sector is kept ignored, in the same way, the poor people of this mineral rich province cannot be able to give a bright future to their upcoming generations.
The people of the area are suffering from health problem, because this department is not playing the due role. Doctor are not performing theirs duties at the government hospitals, rather they are giving priority to private hospitals and have opened there private clinics, as the result earning a substantial amount.
The provincial government and the higher authorities of all the departments should pay attention and facilitate the district Awaran in this age of technology and take action against those who do not perform their duties.
By Comrade Faqeer
The Governor Baloc-histan Mohd Khan Achakzai at Marine Sciences University, Uthal, during the annual convocation spoke, “neither Afghan Refugees came by their consent nor can they be repatriated to back Afghanistan by their willing. The Afghan Refugees have promoted business in the province of Balochis-tan.’’
In Pakistan’s constitution, the president is the supreme authority in country and further in all four provinces that has sub-ordinate governors who are summit in rank throughout the provinces. In Balochistan, Mohd Khan Achakzai is given governorship after election in May, 2013. Hence, he is the head in the province of Balochistan by constitution of the state.
The governor’s statement some boggle minds that Afghan refugees did not come by their consent. It means at that time, in 1980, was not any governor in the Balochistan province that could halt the influx of refugees. Or at that time, governor was not mandated to prevent the out-siders come in his province? If these were not, then it means the borders were not protected or guarded by state security officials! If all these were exist, so it means refugees entered by approval of authorities and present governor Mohd Khan Achakzai is also alternating them.
The respected governor says without their approval the Afghan refugees came but presently they are living in urban areas and they have been given refugee cards, interestingly most of the refugees have Pakistani national identity card. This time Mohd Khan Achakzai is governor and state’s constitution empowered him, so he should at least halt this continuing process in the best interest of here’s people including state. He should evacuate the refugees from cities and confined them in refugee camps and nullify the cards provided them. The governor should take initiatives to repatriate the refugees to their home land where they strengthen the business field.
The governor Mohd Khan Achakzai does not contrive the discussed submissions, so this province local will have skeptic rooms in their minds that present governor is also helpless like his predecessor who could not stop outsiders coming and populating in their province the Balochistan.
And their failure also implicates breach of constitution or incompetence regarding implementation of state’s constitution that in place of Pakistanis the foreigners (Afghan Refugees) have given citizenship cards and business opportunities.
If the governor fails in doing so, then Balochistan’s people will be confirmed about this assumption that present governor is powerless like its predecessors and merely he is sitting on seat or he is sympathizer with outsiders but not with the local people. But the statement of the governor is exceptional that Afghan refugees have developed trade sector in Balochistan. His stance provokes questions that before arrival of Afghan Refugees, here’s people were unfamiliar with business or they were leading lives for thousands year without business or any trade!
No countrymen in entire world give priority the refugees on indigenous people as the governor of Balochistan Mohd Khan Achakzai spoke-out astonishingly in favor of Afghan refugees.
If the respected governor of Balochistan Mohd Achakzai does not take initiatives for repatriation of Afghan refugees, then assumption will be true that he is sympathizer with outsiders not with Pakistanis and following the racist agenda and wants unbalance the demography in the province of Balochistan. Or he is leading Balochistanis to a point which is not an issue but he is twisting it into an issue with intention to divert the attentions from genuine problems and enjoy the position of governorship with impunity.
The governor constitutionally is head of all departments in the province but he is helpless to repatriate the refugees; hence, it means this country’s authorities are powerless but others are ruling on the destination of here’s people. And the claims of independence and celebration of function has what mean where always governor looks as chief guest and discourses as being the representative of an independent country. The governor’s statement of being helplessness about Afghan refugees also affects the sovereignty and independence of the state.
Bolan Voice Report
All the business activities were remained suspended in all over the Balochistan on 27th March, 2015. The shutter down strike was called by the Baloch Salvation Front (BSF). Informed the BSF media cell through its statement to news organizations.
The Baloch Salvation Front (BSF) through its organs acquired information that in all the small and large cities in Baloch belt including villages of Balochistan complete shutter down and black day was observed, shops, private trade centers and educational institutions remain closed on the appeal of the Front. The BSF media cell claimed.
The Baloch predominated areas in Quetta including Kalalt, Zehri, Surab, Mach, Dalbandain, Pasni, Hub, Nushkey, Mungchar, Khuzdar, Wadh, Naal, Beisema, Khran, Panjgoor, Zamran, Buleda, Tump, Tusp, Mand, Nasir Abad, Jevni, Paish Khan, Sirbandan and in the Kech area complete shutter down was observed. Said in BSF statement.
After the conduction of the successful strike all over the Balochistan, the Baloch Salvation Front (BSF) thanked the trade organizations, Baloch nation, journalists, print media and other groups which captured.
The successful strike proved that Baloch nation despise the slavery and they are aware of their national identity. The people of Balochistan know that state authorities are responsible for the backwardness in region and nation is kept oppressed. If the Baloch gains the political power, then soon they would be recognized by the progressed societies in developed countries. The models exist that several nations in the world got advanced in life because of retaining the independent status.
History is to be retrospect, then it exposes that socio-economic, social status of Baloch nation was better than today’s. Currently, the Baloch nation is got engaged in merely sustenance. If this nation’s plight is to be looked, so in reflection minds recall the Stone Age situations.’’ Narrated in BSF’s statement.
The rulers claiming for developments in state’s media but practically they are rejected by public and the successive strike through-out province is solid proof of this that masses are dissatisfied with parliamentarian politicians and prevailing system. Claimed by BSF.
By Asif hameed Sohr Baloch
The province of Balochisan has many fascinating places, especially in archeological point of view this province is quite beautiful and it owns some distinctive varieties. Some of cities in Balochistan are small but fairly have significance because of the location and historical heritage.
Fort is a stronghold, and compounded by strengthened walls. It is used for the protection of elites and is used for forces stationing. A number of forts exist in Balochistan and due to ignorance of government and non-governmental organizations; such historical places are not preserved. These forts are to be conserved, because these sites have great significance which portrays the image of past.
The Present is the living sum-total of the whole Past. ~Thomas Carlyle ,Characteristics
All in all, the historical sites in any area are the heritage of that society. Unfortunately such sites are mashed down in Balochistan. The “Chakar fort’’ is one of the oldest forts in Balochistan that indicates the 15th century era and this is a historical heritage of Baloch nation. It needs the consideration by the rulers and concerned department.
The cultural standards of the Kalat Mirri fort have also significance, be on the right place, in 16th century it was constructed with aim to practice law and administrative affairs at this venue, contains a vital space in history. It is the castle in fine order even today. The fort condition is better due to constant caring by the princes of defunct Kalat State.
Many forts were built in Kharan by the ruler Azad Khan Nosherwani. Unfortunately the built castles details are found only in books but these do not exist on ground. The weather’s intensities razed discussed forts from the face of earth or merely signs can be sighted.
Moreover, several historical wonders exist in Balochistan, unfortunately due to lack of concentration and proper preservation; the castles are now turned in to ruins. However, the self-interest of concerned authorities is causing such historical sites dwindle with the passage of time. The concern authorities should take notice of rapid erosion of such historical sites.
The Kharan fort was in good condition, a distinct style and mixed material was used in its composition. Every particular fort in Balochistan is bad condition. The cultural heritages are found in poor state of conservation and extremely damaged condition.
Least but not the last, the cultural heritages could be protected and saved for the upcoming generations. By such historical sites cause boost of the tourism sector, and by this the people come to know about the prominent places and the cultural values belonging to past.
The dynamics within which the corporate sector operates is evolving at an incredible pace due to continuous advancement in technology and increasing awareness of human rights globally. These changes are re-determining the role business community plays in any society. To build journalists’ understanding of corporate sector’s development interventions in Pakistan, AGAHI conducted a training workshop on the functions of Public Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility. The session focused on how organizations can create value for their stakeholders, and what role journalists can play in monitoring the whole value-chain process. The training workshop was centered on exploring the scope of Creating Shared Value (CSV) in promoting socio-cultural norms, protection of socio-geographic environment and ethic-driven business practices, sharing government responsibilities, and ensuring transparency in managerial practices in Pakistan.
Puruesh Chaudhary, Founder & President AGAHI, said that the business dynamism of the corporate and public sector could create greater value for themselves and for their respective stakeholders. She further added, “Creating shared value as a separate category for the Agahi Awards – Beyond 2015 is a reason to highlight journalistic efforts for assembling information and knowledge on corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, dignity, interfaith, and media ethics”. ”The future prosperity for society lies in creating common shared values for all stakeholders collectively, businesses and government need to cater and ensure socio-economic dividends for their respective communities and clientele”, said Puruesh Chaudhary.
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is also referred to as corporate conscience, corporate citizenship or sustainable responsible business. This is a form of corporate self-regulation integrated into a business model. CSR policy functions as a self-regulatory mechanism whereby a business monitors and ensures its active compliance with the spirit of the law, ethical standards and international norms.
Creating Shared Value (CSV) is a business concept first introduced by Prof. Michael E. Porter, a leading authority on competitive strategy and head of the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School, and Mark R. Kramer, Kennedy School at Harvard University and co-founder of FSG.
“Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) should be embedded in corporate philosophy of every organization”, said Dr. Ansir Ali Rajput, Assistant Professor Muhammad Ali Jinnah University. He also said that the journalists can become the watchdogs to ensure transparency in development initiatives.
Sharing her views Dr. Shabana Fayyaz, Assistant Professor Quaid-e-Azam University, said the missing link between the public interest and organizations must be practiced in case of Pakistan. This is very crucial to be recognized as the public interest should be given due importance by the leadership and organizations.
Fuad Ishaq, President KhyberPakhtunkhaw Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Dr. Shabana Fayyaz, Assistant Professor Quaid-e-Azam University, Dr. Ansir Ali Rajput, Assistant Professor Muhammad Ali Jinnah University and Puruesh Chaudhary, Founder and President Agahi shared their views about the benefits and challenges of engaging communities and other stakeholders for good business practices. A large number of business and economic journalists from Peshawar, Charsaddah, Swabi, and Mardan attended the training workshop in KhyberPakhtunkhaw. The training session was arranged with the support of Philip Morris (Pakistan) Limited (PMPKL).
AGAHI is a not for profit organization established in Islamabad in 2011 under the Society Registration Act 1860. Its primary function is to create non-paid communication strategies, content intelligence structures, development collaterals and tools for diverse sectors and organizations. AGAHI encourages and advises individuals and institutions in pursuing and supporting initiatives to improve the state of development in Pakistan. It works on developmental frameworks facilitating information and knowledge sharing platforms on understanding challenges in global perspective. Its research work mainly focuses on national and international security, ICT, competitiveness, human capital development, and governance. AGAHI in association with several leading national and international partners focuses on creating shared spaces for interactive learning, collaborative thinking, and knowledge sharing. AGAHI is at the forefront of devising foresight research and future scenarios work in Pakistan.
This year AGAHI, celebrates AGAHI AWARDS – Beyond 2015 by recognizing best reporting practices on categories such as: Business & Economy (Competitiveness), Creating Shared Value, Disaster and Catastrophe, Education, Gender, Health, Youth Empowerment, Human Rights, Infotainment, Innovation Journalism, Judiciary, Millennium Development Goals, Journalism for Peace, Photo Journalism, Entrepreneurship, Sports, Energy, Water, Agriculture, Environment, Foreign Policy, Foresight and Futures.
By Rizwan Shehzad / Sehrish Wasif
Pakistan and Afghanistan bureau chief for Reuters, Maria Golovnina, was found dead at her residence located in Sector F-8 in Islamabad on Monday, according to the police.
The police said that Golovnina, a Russian reporter, went to office and came back in the afternoon as she was not feeling well. Initial information revealed that she was feeling heavy headed and dropped on the floor after vomiting, the police said.
“We are saddened to announce that Maria Golovnina, Reuters Bureau Chief for Afghanistan and Pakistan, passed away on Monday. She was 34. Maria fell unconscious in the Islamabad bureau. An ambulance arrived quickly and she was rushed to Kulsum International Hospital, but medical teams were unable to save her.
Maria was a superb journalist with a long and varied career at Reuters. A fluent Japanese and Russian speaker, she joined Reuters in Tokyo in 2001 and subsequently worked in postings around the world including London, Singapore, Moscow, Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2013, Maria became Bureau Chief for Afghanistan and Pakistan, and led her team through an impressive run of exclusives and insights. Her talents, energy and can-do spirit will be sorely missed,” said a statement released by Reuters‘ on Golovnina’s death.
Dr Ayesha Ishani, the spokesperson for Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), said that she was brought dead to the hospital. Before that she was taken to a private hospital where she was pronounced dead. She further said that it was too early to get to the cause of death.
Contrary to the police version, the spokesperson said that Golovnina was found dead from the washroom of her office, adding that the body was recovered after breaking the door. Post-mortem report will reveal the real cause of death, she said.
Golovnina’s husband had initially refused PIMS administration to carry out a post-mortem but then later gave permission for the hospital to carry out one.
“The body has been brought to PIMS so that it can be kept it in the mortuary,” she added.
Golovnina had been working with Reuters as the news agency’s bureau chief for Pakistan and Afghanistan for the past year-and-a-half.
According to her colleagues, the Russian journalist fell unconscious and was rushed to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) where she was officially pronounced dead.
Golovnina’s husband reportedly told PIMS doctors to not carry out a post-mortem examination on her body.
(Courtesy to Sangarpublication)