The Unreported Chaghi, Balochistan

By Muhammad Akbar Notezai

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)


About Muhammad Akbar Notezai

Muhammad Akbar Notezai is a columnist-cum-political interviewer. He basically belongs to the largest district of Pakistan, Chaghi, which makes a triangular border with Afghanistan and Iran. He was born in Dalbandin (Headquarter of Chaghi), but presently he is living in Quetta. He contributes to these newspapers and periodicals: the Daily Times, The Baloch Hal, View Point, Bolan Voice, Power Politics (An Indian National Magazine), The Balochistan Point and Daily Balochistan Express, Quetta. In addition, he writes and interviews on social, political, cultural and Economic issues of Balochistan. He also covers Iranian Balochistan and Afghanistan.

Posted on October 21, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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