Ashamed of the shameless enemy
By: Abdul Bugti
In Baloch traditions and in every civilized society in any kind of dispute, quarrel or war be it as much fierce or inhuman, it is a cowardly and shameful act to target, harass or kill an innocent particularly a woman, children or an aged-person. I don’t know about others as much but in Baloch society women has a great respect and enjoys special immunities in quarrel, disputes, and tribal conflicts and in any other situations of unfavorable relations between families, groups and tribes.
Women are considered as symbol of honor in Baloch society and in any condition they are completely immunized from any kind of hurt or damage from the rival group. Even Baloch history is full of examples where woman have played a vital and effective role in resolving decades long bloody tribal conflicts.
But now we are face-to-face with an enemy, the Pakistani state, which doesn’t know any humanity, civilized society rules and is completely ignorant of every kind of war rules. Its forces are unleashed on civilians and innocents and are free to do anything to anyone anywhere they want. Military operations, bombardments by jet fighters, gunship helicopters, tanks and burnings of houses, garners of farmers, and indiscriminate killings in Balochistan by ground troops of occupying forces of Pakistan need not to be mentioned as they are everyday matter. Abductions of civilians including political activists, students, lawyers, poets, intellectuals, writers and recovery of their bullet riddled, badly tortured mutilated dead bodies is another nightmare witnessed in Balochistan every day.
But the worst in our enemy is that it has started targeting women. Countless women and children are killed by occupying forces since the enforced annexation in 1948. Recent Victims include Zarina Marri, a 23 year old Baloch woman; teacher by profession, along with her 1 year old son was abducted on Dec 05, 2005 from Kohlu, Balochistan by occupying forces of Pakistan. Her whereabouts still remain unknown but according to Muneer Mengal, a Baloch leader and a victim of abduction and torture by Pakistani forces told she has been kept as sex slave in torture cells. Also the Asian Human Rights Commission confirmed it. Complete report here
Another victim is Miss Hanifa Bugti; a 50 year old woman Baloch politician affiliated with Baloch Republican Party was abducted on January 20, 2011 from Quetta by occupying forces and still missing.
Pazo Bibi, a young Baloch woman abducted by occupying forces on December 31, 2011 from an adjacent area of Sui, Dera Bugti during a military operation and was reportedly gang-raped by occupying forces and severely tortured and she later bleed to death and her dead body was dump near her house from a fast moving vehicle.
Several women were killed along with many men of Marri tribesmen in a recent massive military offensive in Kohistan-e-Marri region of Balochistan.
Another Baloch woman recent victim of Pakistani brutality is Jannat Bibi, She is killed during an offensive of Pakistani forces in Dera Bugti. Details here
And today the most cowardly and shameful act of the occupying forces was witnessed when Sister of a Baloch pro-independence leader Nawab Brahumdagh Bugti and granddaughter of Shaheed-e-Azam Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti was killed along with her teenage daughter and their driver in Gizri Bridge, Karachi when the armed-men of secret agencies of Pakistan opened indiscriminate firing on their car when they were on their way back to home after attending a wedding of a close relative.
She was wife of Mir Bakhtiyar Domki, a tribal head of Domki tribe. Apparent reason of her killing is to hurt the Baloch leader Nawab Brahumdagh Bugti and his family emotionally as they are far away to be hurt physically.
We the Baloch are believed to be born fighters and our mother sing us stories of warriors in their berceuse. Baloch have fought against every invader from Alexander the great to the British imperialist forces but had never faced such shameless and coward enemy who can stoop this low to fulfill his dirty goals. The only word I can say is we the Baloch are really ashamed of the shameless enemy, The Pakistani state and its forces.