A Baloch’s Walk For Survival , By Danish Kazi
Why Hakeemullah Mehsud who beheaded and executed are soldiers is a martyr and a patriot? But Dr. Allah Nazar ; an educated man who picked up arms to stand shoulder with his people a traitor of the state.
A Baloch’s Walk for Survival , byDanish Kazi
With the new government in place in Baluchistan it was expected that there would be some salvation to the Baloch cause. Abdul Maalik a CM from a non feudal background is definitely a break through but it is a challenging road ahead for him I must say. Baluchistan which is the richest province in Pakistan is all bruised and like everything else unfortunately is low on the priority list like every thing else by choice or otherwise. Our new Prime Minister whose speeches before election was mourning Baluchistan is kind of absent there and by making Mr. Maalik ; he might have delivered a political punch but as he ease himself out of the same by putting the onus on Dr. Maalik? Does it solve the issue. No!
Well in a country where there is strife across the country. He would say that it might be less on the priority list but then it should be on the contrary as I am sure in terms of severity it’s the highest. Speaking to my Balochs friends it gives me the impression unfortunately that slowly they are becoming disenchanted by the day with Pakistan. With so many superpowers interested in the province their efforts just become easy if nothing less due to this lack of apathy to the most deserving province of our country.
Speaking to a friend who recently came from Baluchistan about the earthquake relief efforts. He told me that firstly the security forces did not have access to the strife-torn areas and secondly the people effected has refused support in most of the cases from the forces. Well I guess that either it’s a matter of mistrust or simply a show of allegiance of what happens from the mountains of Baluchistan.
Some say that it’s equivalent to be a traitor supporting the insurgency in Baluchistan but than if you look at it; this is the common man who has picked up arms for his rights after getting disappointed by his feudal and equally from the nation. And why would not they? In my view its not insurgency . It’s a dying man’s last struggle to live.
I would give one example only. Whilst we debate violation of constitution so openly now a days. But by providing only 10,000 schools of the 22,000 settlements is not just apathy to this province but as well a violation of article 25 A , 31 and 37 (sub clauses a,b and c) where it states that the State shall provide free and compulsory education to all . Are we not in violation as we have deprived the richest province of its fundamental right of education? So is the situation in health care etc. If this was a province in Middle East or anywhere else in the world. This would have been the star for that country. But sometimes I feel that we may be running this province as a colony . The only difference is that pre 1947 it was ruled to a certain extent by the British Raj but post 1947 its being ruled fully by Pakistan.
Now tell me if you do not get education, health care, jobs and infact you get only poverty misery and infact bullets why would you not be in commotion? Whilst many in our country inclusive of politicians, media pundits and social media gurus debate, abuse or admonish each other from defending the prayer style of their leaders, the double standard policies or infact even their watches. Ironically, we as a nation forget the misery our Baluch brothers live in by the day.