Monthly Archives: October 2012
Chaghi, in spite of being entitled “Golden” district of Pakistan; it is deserted economically, socially and politically. It is due to the non-genuine representatives and rulers including the unprofessional local journalists, lamentably, who are puppet at the hands of local elites of the underprivileged area.
Nonetheless, a guy unlike me needs dozens of blank pages beside him to fill them for the purpose of shedding light on abject condition of the Baloch people of Chaghi that they’re living in medieval ages in today’s advanced and technological globe.
The world knows Chaghi for the ‘Nuclear tests’ of Pakistan at one of its famous mountains namely Raskoh. Besides it, district is also known to have world’s top class copper and gold in Saindak and Reko Diq but it is pathetic to know about the manifold of basic problems of the Chaghi local Baloch people.
The found resources in Chagi contribute to a great extent in the economy of Pakistan. It is, however, pertinent to assert that mega projects are running in Chaghi with celerity; unfortunately, these mega projects have not been providing facilities to neighborhood Baloch people so far. The neighborhood Baloch people are even deprived of their basic needs.
Some instances in the mega projects are contrary to the claimsings made by Govnament for the prosperity of Baloch people . Killi Siya Rake is only 2 kilometers from Reko Diq project, its people neither have drinking water nor any primary school over there. Secondly, the places is the Killi Hummai, it is approximately 15 kilometers from the Reko Diq project. It merely as a primary school, rest of the facilities are no where to be seen. Thirdly, the two more places Killi Mashkicha and Killi Durbulcha, are also in proximity to the same mega project, have the same look like the two above mentioned places. It signifies the mega projects are just running to exploit the resources of indigenous Baloch people, not to help them.
On the other hand, Saindak Project, from where gold and copper have been extracting for more than 10 years, but it’s not provided a tinge of benefit to the Baloch people of its vicinity. The places: Sarzi, Kachao and taftan, these places are completely lacking the basic needs.
Nevertheless, before having a beam of light thrown on some others problems, let us bring into consideration the dereliction of local journalists towards the problems of district Chaghi.
The engagement of unprofessional journalists in the field of Journalism has caused a great loss of district Chaghi because a large number of social, political and economic issues have remained unreported due to their poor reporting. The journalist rather than highlighting local backwardness and social issues follow favoritism and work against the ethics of journalism. That is why no voice has been raised on problems of Chaghi so far, because the local journalist never brought these into light.
There is also great shortage of water in district Chaghi as compared to other districts of Balochistan. Even the headquarter of Chaghi, Dalbandin, which doesn’t have adequate water that people would bring from there. Unthinkably, people go to its outing places to fetch water, especially from wells.
The shortage of water in the rural areas is more worsened, where human and animals have water from a single source. Many of the animals die due to scarcity of water; also, some of the villagers abandoned their dwelling places.
In short, it should be the top priority of local journalists to highlight the problems of Chaghi’s Baloch people as much as possible so that the problems may come under discussion at higher level, and may be resolved to a greater extent.
(Courtesy to: The Balochistan Point)
By Muhammad Akbar Notezai
The politics of Mr. Akhtar Mengal has taken a dramatized position in Balochistan .The case becomes more complicated if anyone glances at the present politics of Mr. Mengal and his party BNP-M that how they are not consented to one point. The all-rounder chief of BNP-M and his party-men, both of them are playing from two angles. If discussants discuss the non-parliamentarian Balochs, then BNP (M) comes forth to have a confabulation, or if they want to proceed towards parliamentarian Balochs, again, find the same fellows. So, certainly, their double sided stratagem is beyond understanding, even for their own oblivious activists.
Mr. Mengal, on the first day of his arrival in Islamabad, said to media persons, “We participated in elections after 70s military operation in Balochistan”. It indicates that he and his party-men are going to participate in upcoming elections. If they really wanted to take U-turn, then what made them think to resign from their seats?
In past, Mr. Mengal had been vociferating that he would never have political, constitutional and social relations with Pakistan after the assassination of Nawab Akbar
Khan Bugti. He further said that he wouldn’t have iota of thought to live with that country which doesn’t have any kudos for the elders of Balochistan. Subsequently, he quit sloganeering for provincial autonomy, and went for right of self-determination to the Baloch people. After that, the all leaders of BNP (M) resigned from their seats, which seemed that they wouldn’t be back at any cost. Then Mr. Mengal was put behind the bars as he firmly announced for a long march with his party-men. It signifies that he was not even permitted to protest democratically.
His recent visit to Islamabad for Balochistan’s problems, and going to Supreme Court confuses everyone that how could he forget the oppressions on his own self and the people of Balochistan, continued up till today?
The 64 years practices suggest that rulers have never been interested in resolving the issues of Balochistan. Now, how can they be?
Mr. Mengal, before he would ask the U.N.O. to intervene in Balochistan, now he staggeringly knocks the door of deaf and dumb Islamabad. He is pretty sure too that he would not be given justice from Islamabad and apex court-so it was better that his inclination should already have been towards U.N.O.
Surely, Mr. Mengal is not going to forget the “Kill and dump policy”, systematic genocide of Balochs and their appalling abductions so soon. That is why he presented the six points which are as:
1. All covert and overt military operations against the Baloch should immediately be suspended.
2. All missing persons should be procured before a court of law.
3. All proxy death squads operating under the supervision of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI) should be disbanded.
4. Baloch political parties should be allowed to function and resume their political activities without any interference from intelligence agencies.
5. Persons responsible for inhuman torture, killing and dumping of dead bodies of the Baloch political leaders and activists should be brought to justice.
6. Measures should be taken for the rehabilitation of thousands of displaced Baloch living in appalling condition.
Undoubtedly, all the people of Balochistan want these points to be implemented like Mr. Mengal, but government officials have already negated these 6 points.
There are volley of queries being posed: If BNP-M stalwarts were sure that they wouldn’t get the problems of Balochistan’s resolved, so why did they come back? If BNP-Mengal’s watchword “Establishment doesn’t seem flexible towards the issue of Balochistan”. So, how would establishment be attentive towards you this time? Even what was the compulsion that Mr. Mengal forgave the PML-N chief who toppled down his government?
It is also reputed that Mr. Mengal’s visit to Islamabad distanced many Balochs from him and his party. And many of Baloch leaders, Khan of Kalat, Kachkol Ali Advocate and Dr. Hakeem Lehri scathingly denounced his visit. They called it a “deal with establishment”.
It is high time for the Sardar Akhtar Mengal to assure the people of Balochistan because fingers are already being raised at him, especially from the non-parliamentary Baloch parties. Also, let everyone know that which way are you following?
(Courtesy to: The Balochistan Point)