Modified from a post just sent to my yahoogroup: We need a campaign against the genocide of progressive Pakistani intellectuals and activists at the hands of those who have been distorting religion for political purposes, criminal and ethnic mafias. One or other of these elements is responsible for the murders of Salmaan Taseer, Shahbaz Bhatti, Naeem Sabir (HRCP coordinator in Khuzdar, Balochistan), former senator Habib Jalib of Balochistan National Party (BNP-Mengal), Saleem Shehzad and Prof. Dashtiyari. Baloch journalists killed include: Rehmatullah Shaeen, Ejaz Raisani, Lala Hameed Hayatan, Ilyas Nazar, Mohammad Khan Sasoil and Siddiq Eido and Abdus Rind. Also the fisherfolk leaders Haji Ghani and Abu Bakar spearheading a movement against the land mafia; Nisar Baloch who was fighting against the land mafia in Karachi; Latifullah Khan, the Communist Party member from Dir, and Nazima Talib, the professor of Balochistan University shot dead a year ago, and so many others.
The word genocide, a combination of Greek and Latin words, generally denotes the deliberate destruction of an ethnic group or tribe. In the current context, it applies to the tribe of Pakistanis who, against all odds, believe in a democratic society with equal rights for all.
ZalimoN jawab do, khoon ka hisab do. Here are some slogans suggested by a friend in Lahore: Aqal ka qatal, soch ka qatal, humara qatal bund karo! Sachai jurum nahi… sachai ka qatal bund karo (Pls do spread and share via text messaging and through any other means).
The following day, we heard news about the dastardly, cold-blooded murder of Prof. Saba Dashtiyari of Balochistan University, posted to my blog on June 2. As I asked in my earlier post, how come only critics of establishment get killed in mysterious circumstances if the ‘establishment’ is not involved?
Video of Prof. Dashtiyari speaking at Karachi Press Clubat a seminar last year on missing persons – at the start a woman ‘journalist’ tries to interrupt him but he rightly insists on having his say and presents a strong argument about the situation in Balochistan, giving a historical and political perspective. (I wonder if anyone can identify who the woman journalist is? Just curious).
In March 2011, I posted a note about human rights activist Naeem Sabir, HRCP coordinator, gunned down in Khuzdar, Balochistan the day before Federal Minister for Minority Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti was killed (Murders most foul, March 2, 2011). Here’s a link to the post about the murder of Latifullah Khan of Dir: Communist Party member Latifullah Khan murdered
I had also shared this note from Kamran Shafi: “You and I and other friends can protest until we are blue in the face, it will make no difference as long as the Deep State goes on supporting these extremist obscurantists. It is time we picketed the Establishment itself if we are to save this country from its nosedive into the shadows of hate and intolerance. We need slogans like: ‘Murderers cannot be this country’s “STRATEGIC ASSETS”‘! WE ARE!’”
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