Noam Chomsky Condemns Enforced Disappearances in Sindh and Balochistan


So, the situation of genocide of the Baloch has reached to the point where a bill has been tabled in the US which supports the ‘independence’ of Balochistan! Those fighting the Pakistani state for ‘freedom’ are looking forward to a practical response against the bill and waiting for the action in this regard.

This, however, is not a joke – a bill in the US House of Representatives does not immediately give independence to Balochistan – and may have quite severe repercussions on the land of the Baloch.

Pakistani state has always been blamed to protect on permanent basis the Punjabi interests and exploit the southern units of the ‘federation’ – Sindh and Balochistan – and has been fought back by the Sindhi and Baloch nationalists. How the Punjab started grabbing the country’s reigns was such loud that the first person to present the Pakistan Resolution in the Sindh Assembly, Saeen GM Syed, started campaigning against the exploitation of Sindh which, after the massacre of the Benglis in the then-East Pakistan resulting in the independent Bangladesh, turned into a strong movement of independence of Sindh. The slogan of Jeay Sindh turned out to be Jeay Sindhudesh referring to the proposed independent Sindh to be named, Sindhudesh.

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Sindhi nationalists should be vocal on the Social Media (an impromptu advice)

Revolutions are tweeted!

Our Sindhi nationalists are simply not aware of the world trends. They have no idea how powerful and strong the social media has become in today’s world!

In contrast, the Baloch political activists are now quite alert and actively propagate their message to the world through the use of the social media — blogs, social networks, microblogs, etc.

The proof that the world hears them speak is that BBC has now covered the political activists’ efforts on Twitter and blogs. According to the reports, in the backdrop of the biased and selective (under-)reporting of the mainstream Pakistani media, it’s the blogs and micro-blogs (Twitter) which have been the source of information for the world on the brutality of the Pakistani state in Balochistan, that is, their kill-and-dump policy against the Baloch nationalists and freedom fighters.

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Why Saleem Shehzad’s Murder Outweighs Killing of 10 Baloch Journalists


by: Yousaf Ajab Baloch

Saleem Shehzad, 40, bureau chief of Asia Times Online (Hong Kong) and Italian news agency Adnkronos, was abducted on May 29, 2011 in Islamabad and later, his bullet-riddled body was found after three days on May 31 in a river in Jehlam. Shehzad’s body bore marks of extreme torture, similar to that of more than 180 of Baloch journalists, freelance writers, lawyers, human rights defenders and political activists who were first abducted, tortured and subsequently killed. The journalist and human rights organizations allege secret agencies of the state for the murder of Shehzad.

Private TV channels, newspapers and magazines have fully focused the case and are demanding a probe into the extra judicial killing of the murdered journalist. Continue reading

Pakistan: Oppression of nations in full swing!


بـــي  مــوت   مُــئــا ،  تـو لاءِ ڪُــٺـــا انـســان هــزاريــن مــان نــه رڳـــو،
هـــــن  دنـيـا  ۾  اي  ديــس !  هُـيـا  نــادان  هــزاريــن  مــان  نــه  رڳــو .

Deeply shocked, I strongly condemn the barbaric killing of three Baloch nationalist leaders, Ghulam Mohammad Baloch, Sher Mohammad Baloch and Lala Muneer Baloch, by Pakistan’s intelligence agencies. They were kidnapped from the office of their solicitor about a week before they were killed brutally.

Another incident which has uncovered the ugly face of Pakistan’s intelligence agencies which have been involved in killing of thousands of people of the country. However, their rage falls more on the ones who raise voice against victimization of their land and struggle for the rights of their people. Samiullah Kalhoro, a Sindhi nationalist, also fell prey to the same monster not many years back. Dr. Safdar Sarki remained in illegal detention by the intelligence agencies. He was released when the SC took notice of his disappearance.

The martyred Baloch leaders had been quite active in the struggle against the operation in their land carried out by the Pakistani military for the last many years. Several Baloch people have been killed and many arrested by the agencies.

Who can forget the case of Zarina Mari?

The only ‘crime’ they commit is that they speaks against the victimization of their people, land and natural resources. They, like Sindhis, want the ownership of their natural resources and wish to utilize them for the welfare and development of their people. Is this a crime?

Pakistan is — let’s face it — a country where nations have always been oppressed in the name of (one-)nationhood and religion! However, the malicious intentions of the controllers of the country have been uncovered and the world has started paying heed to the cries coming out from the lands of Sindhi and Baloch nations.

Martyrs are the people who die fighting for the rights of their land and their people; all other definitions are faulty and misguiding!

Every martyr challenges the killers in the following words of Shaikh Ayaz:

تون چئه نه ڪُڇان، تُو ن چئه نه لُڇان، پر توکان هڪڙي ڳالهه پڇان؟
تُون ڪنهن ڪنهن کي خاموش  ڪندين؟ اعلان هزارين مان نه رڳو!

I reiterate my words and condemn severly killing of the three brave nationalists. However, I believe, there are thousands of such brilliant people who would not hesitate to die in the name of their land… I salute those sons of the soil!

Pakistan: the country entangled in religion, army and other conundrums


It was when I was in a bus that I got this news of the Taliban lashing a 17-year-old girl for doing something which was against (their version of) Islam.

As the details had it, she was flogged publically at least 30 times in front of many onlookers. She kept crying and begging for mercy. But why was anybody gonna help her? After all, she had committed a ‘sin’ which was against the Shariah (according to the Taliban)!

یا رب! دلِ مسلم کو وہ زندہ تمنائیں دے، جو قلب کو گرما دیں۔۔۔

The punishment was awarded to her for her ‘crime’ of being seen with a man who was not her husband. Yes, world, that’s a crime in the eyes of the Talibanist Islam! *Beware all!*

So, this is the scene in the land of the pure!

،محبت امن ہے

!اور اس کا ہے پیغام پاکستان

What has the government did for the incident? The president and the premiere have made public their messages in which they have ‘severely’ condemned the brutal act of whipping the teen. What else did you expect?

And, by the way, who the hell are these djinn-like creatures called Taliban? Are they so many that they’ve (almost) hijacked the whole system of government by threatening, and carrying out, suicide bombings and other forms of attack?

Well, not really!

As far as my good brain helps me, I think it’s true that Pakistan’s intelligence agencies and themilitary are conniving actively in this whole situation. Otherwise, how could you think of a situation where a government surrenders to the militants, who are involved in killing of hundreds of innocent people, by signing a ‘peace deal’ with them? Not all: The government has actually given them this license of whipping and chopping hands off as part of punishment – in form of what they call the Sharia, or Islamic system of judiciary – in the once peaceful and beautiful vale of Swat. This all happened because the Pakistani army supposedly couldn’t conquer the Taliban militants with force.

Voila!

Here we have the brave army of Pakistan which claims to crush the mighty India (and other countries, if needed) surrendering to the Taliban who are said to have a strong control only in the area of Swat! Yes, the army claiming to defend the whole country couldn’t cope with the Taliban – the mightier!

!اے وطن کے سجیلے جوانو

!میرے نغمے تمھارے لیے ہیں

The Pakistanis are never tired of eulogizing their ‘jawwans’ and boast about their morale and courage!

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Well, it should not be off-the-track to mention here what Sain GM Syed is reported to have said in as early as 1952. He said:

The way religion is promoted in this country (Pakistan) will make it (religion) to be one of the most difficult issues to deal with and it would be a deadly threat not only to the country itself and South Asia but for the whole world.

Amnesty International titled him ‘Prisoner of Conscience’

Saiin GM Syed

Highlights of life of legendary, Saain GM Syed.

Saeen G. M. [Syed was] son of Syed Mohammed Shah Kazmi, descendant of a famous saint of Sindh, Syed Haider Shah Kazmi, of whose mausoleum, he [was] the Sajjada-nashin. He was born at the village Sann in Dadu District, Sindh, on January 17, 1904. His father passed away when he was only sixteen months old. He has had no formal schooling. Whatever he learnt was self-tutored. By dint of hard work, he attained mastery over Sindhi and English languages. He was also conversant with Arabic and Persian languages. History, Philosophy and Political science were his favorite subjects of study.

  • At an early age of fourteen years, he started his career as an activist.
  • In 1919 he became Chairman of School Board of his own Tahsil.
  • Subsequently, he was elected as a President of Karachi District Local Board in 1929. He later became its President.
  • In 1930, he organized Sindh Hari (peasants) Conference and became its Secretary.
  • In 1937, he was for the first time elected a member of Sindh Legislative Assembly.
  • In 1938, he joined the All-India Muslim League. In 1940, he became Minister of Education in Sindh.
  • In 1941, he became one of the members of the Central Committee of the Muslim League.
  • In 1943, he became President of Sindh Muslim League.
  • In 1944, he played a pivotal role in politics and got a resolution passed in the Sindh Assembly in favor of Pakistan, which was the pioneer resolution of its kind in the whole of undivided India.
  • In 1946, conditions compelled him to dissociate from the Muslim League, and formed a new party named Progressive Muslim League. The same year he was elected as leader of the Coalition Party in the Sindh Assembly.
  • In 1954, he acted as Chairman of Sindhi Adabi Board.
  • In 1955, he played an active part in the formation of Pakistan National Party.
  • In 1966, he founded Bazm-e-Soofia-e Sindh.
  • In 1969, he formed Sindh United Front.
  • Getting disappointed from All-Pakistan national politics, he founded in 1973 the ‘Jeay Sindh’ movement.

Mr. Syed is the author of more than sixty five (65) books. His books are on numerous subjects, ranging from literature to politics, religion and culture etc. He was himself a mystic had a lot of love and regard for mystics of all faiths. Besides being a man of immense learning, Mr. Syed possesses a personality that was graceful and poised. Highly cultured and refined manners, hospitality and geniality were the two glaring traits of his character. Wit and humor were the keynotes of his personality. He respected all genuine difference of opinions. For decades, Sindh and Sindhi people had constituted the center of his interest and activity, and all his love energies were devoted to their good. GM Syed proposed the Pakistan Resolution, 1940 in the Sindh Assembly, which ultimately resulted in the creation of Pakistan. However, he became the first political prisoner of Pakistan because of his differences with the leadership of the country, as he believed that they had deceived the Sindhis.

In 1971 , disappointed with the national politics, GM Syed found no option but to demand the Right of Self Determination for the people of Sindh. Mr. G.M. Syed is founder of ‘JEAY SINDH’ Movement which is aimed at achieving SINDHUDESH. For his bold expression of opinion and views after the creation o Pakistan, he was been kept either in jail-or in solitary confinement for the: period of more than 30 years.

On 19th January 1992, GM Syed was put under house arrest and his house was declared a sub-jail. He has been detained without trial until his death and has been adopted “Prisoner of Conscience” by Amnesty International (ASA 33/WU02/94).

Taken from http://www.sindhudesh.com/gmsyed/syed-bio.htm

The Eternal!

Following is the shair of a Sindhi poet, Juman Darbadar, that Saeen GM Syed would like a lot:

!وٺي هر هر جنم وربو، مٺا مهراڻ ۾ ملبوTranslation (literal): Taking life after life, o dear! we’ll return to meet in Mehran (Sindh); Darkness will disappear, (and) we’ll meet in brightness (when there’ll be peace and prosperity)!

“Punjabi Power” overwhelms Zardari” — what lay behind the scene!


“Punjabi Power” overwhelms Zardari

Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:47 am (PDT)

Manipal, India – Regular readers of this column will not have been surprised at recent developments in Pakistan, in which army chief Ashfaq Kayani enforced the surrender of the Pakistan People’s Party-led government to the demands of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) chief, Nawaz Sharif.

The core purpose of Kayani’s institution is to ensure the continued supremacy of Wahabbi Punjabis over all other groups in Pakistan, a mission that it has fulfilled thus far. Uppity non-Punjabis, such as assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, were shown their place for daring to talk of a genuinely federal structure for the country. Now it is the turn of her husband, President Asif Ali Zardari, to be at the business end of Kayani’s swagger stick.

The “honest” former – and soon to be reinstated – chief justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Chaudhry, has been a member in good standing of the Punjabi supremacist brigade since his years as a lawyer. He detests Zardari and has only kind words about his champion and fellow Punjabi, Nawaz Sharif. This despite the fact that the Sharif family has acquired an asset base of close to US$2 billion, entirely because of its proximity to the military and other levers of patronage in Pakistan.

The Sharifs are far wealthier than the Zardaris, in a culture where wealth comes less from initiative or from enterprise than from muscle power. The difference is that the Sharif family is Wahabbi, and has been active in funding the Jamaat-i-Islami (Pakistan) since its early days in business four decades back, while the Zardaris are Sufi, a philosophy that places them in opposition to the military-backed Wahabbi network in Pakistan.

Sharif ally Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, who from the start has sought to ensure the elimination of his nominal superior Zardari, also has Jamaat links, having been an early backer of the founder of Wahabbism in Pakistan, General Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq.

According to individuals in the PML(N), the humiliating climb-down by Zardari came as a result of the silent backing given to the plans of General Kayani by Obama advisor Colin Powell and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, both of whom backed the reinstatement of Justice Chaudhry and the return to power in the Punjab of the Sharif brothers.

What Powell and Clinton perhaps failed to take serious note of was the fact that the street uprising orchestrated by Kayani and Sharif had the support of the Jamaat-i-Islami (Pakistan), an organization that believes in the feasibility of establishing a Wahabbi Caliphate throughout the world, and certainly in India, a country ruled for more than six centuries by Mughal dynasties.

It is the Jamaat that has been orchestrating the opposition to Pakistan’s participation in NATO’s attempted war against the Taliban, and seeks a total Allied pullout from Afghanistan and Pakistan. Jamaat leaders have been in regular contact with the Sharif brothers and army headquarters since Zardari took office less than a year ago, working in tandem with Prime Minister Gilani to force the president’s removal.

Zardari is the individual who backed an unpopular policy of bringing to account the perpetrators of last November’s attacks in Mumbai, and gave tacit backing to U.S. efforts to take out the Taliban leadership through the use of airpower. Both these policies were sabotaged covertly by the Pakistan army, a fact not unknown to NATO commanders and to the incoming U.S. envoy to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry.

By helping to reward what was essentially a mob masquerading as an expression of “democratic” sentiment, Hillary Clinton has opened the door to a future series of orchestrated street protests, this time by the Taliban and elements friendly to it. This, according to individuals within Pakistan tracking such developments, will “spontaneously” erupt should NATO come anywhere close to taking out the Taliban’s capabilities.

The Sharif brothers, with the blessing of the military, today control the streets. Tomorrow it will be the Taliban’s turn.
Zardari, aware of the financial vulnerability of the Sharif brothers, was confident that a show of strength would have brought them to heel, and that the military would not, in the present international climate, have dared to intervene the way it did in 1999 against Nawaz Sharif.

Ironically, it was those international forces who daily repeat the mantra of a “moderate” Pakistan that sided with the allies of the Jamaat-i-Islami (Pakistan), which – unlike its Indian counterpart, which is moderate and has issued a fatwa against terrorism – regards the Taliban as an associate entity. In Bangladesh, “democratic” protests similarly orchestrated by the men in uniform ensured the paralysis of civil authority and a steady expansion of the influence of jihadists.

Zardari represented an alternative that seems now to have been all but snuffed out. The next stage in the Kayani-Sharif drama is the stripping of presidential powers from Zardari, followed by more “spontaneous” demonstrations. These would lead to a fresh election, in which the Punjabis would return to center stage through the victory of Nawaz Sharif.

By then, Prime Minister Gilani will have understood the dangers of supping with a very short spoon, but it will be too late. The reality is that the PPP can survive the present assault only through unity, which the army seems determined to prevent.

However, it would be premature to write the epitaph of Asif Ali Zardari. Should the Pakistan president deem it necessary, he would be able to mobilize in huge numbers Sindhis, Pashtuns, Baloch and other groups that have been under the heel of the Wahabbi Punjabis since the1970s. Should he press for genuine federalism, and for a more equitable representation of disadvantaged communities within the Pakistan military, such steps would resonate among a people chafing under supremacists.

During the 1960s, what was then West Pakistan ran the eastern part of the country as a colony, using Bengalis in the military to help them in this task. After the liberation of Bangladesh in1971, India’s Indira Gandhi made the mistake of refusing Bangladesh hero Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s request that at least a few officers of the Pakistan army – 93,000 of whom were prisoners of war – be tried for genocide.

She also left alone the Bengali component of the army, which subsequently regenerated itself as the Bangladesh army, and from the start adopted the longstanding policy of subservience to the dictates of the men in uniform in Pakistan.
Gandhi had fallen under the spell of the charming Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the perfume-loving father of Benazir Bhutto, and lost in negotiations at Simla in 1972 all that her military had gained on the battlefield.

Nearly four decades after the Bangladesh debacle, the Bourbons in the Pakistan army have evidently learned nothing. Once the country was vivisected, the western part was itself partitioned into Baloch, Pashtun, Sindhi and Punjabi components, with the latter dominating the other three much as the West Pakistanis had ruled over the East during the two decades prior to the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971.

As this column has emphasized, what is taking place in Pakistan is not a “war on corruption” headed by a fearless judge. Justice Chaudhry’s backers, the Sharif brothers, would not survive the Obama vetting process even for a few hours.

It is not a “battle for democracy” either. Zardari and his party were elected to power, and paralyzing a country is not – except perhaps in the view of the U.S. State Department – the prescribed method in a genuine democracy of resolving differences of opinion.

What has taken place is the assertion of Wahabbi Punjabi supremacy over the country, a victory that will have immediate consequences not only on NATO’s operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but on the unity of Pakistan.


(Professor M.D. Nalapat is vice-chair of the Manipal Advanced Research Group, UNESCO Peace Chair, and professor of geopolitics at Manipal University. ©Copyright M.D. Nalapat.)

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May Truth prevail!


Turn to the Sufis of Sindh; they’ll help you out!

PAKISTAN IN PERIL

by: William Dalrymple, The New York Review of Books

(An excerpt)

A third factor, which Rashid does not discuss in this book, is somehow finding a way to stop the madrasa- inspired and Saudi-financed advance of Wahhabi Islam, which is directly linked to the spread of anti-Western radicalization. On my last visit to Pakistan, it was very clear that while the Wahhabi-dominated North-West was on the verge of falling under the sway of the Taliban, the same was not true of the Sufi-dominated province of Sindh, which currently is quieter and safer than it has been for some time. Here in southern Pakistan, on the Indian border, Sufi Islam continues to act as a powerful defense against the puritanical fundamentalist Islam of the Wahhabi mullahs, which supports intolerance of all other faiths.

Visiting the popular Sufi shrine of Sehwan in Sindh last month, I was astonished by the strength of feeling expressed against the mullahs by the Sindhis who look to their great saints such as Lal Shabaz Qalander for guidance, and hate the Wahhabis who criticize the popular Islam of the Sufi saints as a form of shirk, or heresy: “All these mullahs should be damned,” said one old Sufi I talked to in the shrine. “They read their books but they never understand the true message of love that the prophet preached. Men so blind as them cannot even see the shining sun.” A friend who visited shortly before me met a young man from Swat, in the North-West Frontier Province, who said he had considered joining the militants, but their anti-Sufi attitude had put him off: “No one can deny us our respected saints of God,” he said.

The Saudis have invested intensively in Wahhabi madrasas in the North-West Frontier Province and Punjab, with dramatic effect, radically changing the religious culture of an entire region. The tolerant Sufi culture of Sindh has been able to defy this imported Wahhabi radicalism. The politically moderating effect of Sufism was recently described in a RAND Corporation report recommending support for Sufism as an “open, intellectual interpretation of Islam.” Here is an entirely indigenous and homegrown Islamic resistance movement to fundamentalism, with deep roots in South Asian culture. Its importance cannot be overestimated. Could it have a political effect in a country still dominated by military forces that continue to fund and train jihadi groups? It is one of the few sources of hope left in the increasingly bleak political landscape of this strategically crucial country.

To read the full text cick here Truth Out, Pakistan in Peril

Homeland or Religion?


Pakistan is a real unique country!

We have ‘mixed’ (confused!) Religion (Islam) and Politics (Democracy). Apart from that, our people believe that Islam was born in and for Pakistan, and vice versa. We would die in the name of Islam. If we needed to choose between Pakistan and Islam, we would surely go for our religion.. By exploding schools and hotels and killing thousands of innocent people of Pakistan in the name of Islam we have actually proved it!!

We have religious-political party members of which if we see give an impression as though they were advertising different types of beard and moustaches. Nothing else. Take it from me. Why religion in Politics? I know, they would espouse it by quoting it from Khulfa-e-Rashideen period. But, isn’t that still a contraversial issue? As Sain G M Syed, the famous figure among the front-row politician who fought for the independent country, has it that it was a bid’at (bidah?) which people soon after the Holy Prophet (SAWW) left this material world. What happened? He was awarded the title, ‘kaafir’.

Does religion conern we as individuals or as a society? Will we be treated in Qiyamah for what we as individuals did or as a whole society? Is it between us and Allah? Or is it some love-triangle thing where society is the thrid party? Is it really?

Supporting is by quoting ‘Amar bil maruuf wa nahii-a anl munkir’? But, is it through sword – or in this age of science and technology, desi saakht k bombs? Or through preaching? But, I am not surprised at all. Killing kalima-go (i.e. muslims, of course) has been a tradition since long. The ones who killed innocent Muslims and married their wives on the first day of their husband’s deaths, not waiting for their Iddah to complete, we call them ‘the Sword of Allah’ (the Arabic translation might remind you of the figure discussed.) Read Tibri at least.

It seems to us that the beloved country springs from the very ideology of Islam: Pakistan ka matlab kya? La illah ilallah! I couldn’t find any other country founded in the name of any religion. C’mon it’s politcs spelled as P.O.L.I.T.I.C.S. – not religion! What Jinnah wanted? A muslim Pakistan?? If you think so, question your study and awareness about your own counry. How many marks did you get in Pakistan Study? 85%? You must utilise other sources also besides reading textbooks which ‘inculcates’ patriotism in us when we are just like a blank white paper. It was our dear first PM of the country who invented this bidah of stuffing Islam’s name into the country. The Pakistan which Jinnah and Sain GM Syed fought for was meant to be a secular country!

You said it was a muslim country. Mullahs heard it and became happy and content. Now, many decades later, when you ask for freedom of eveything – including permission for women to work outside and wear jeans & T-shirts, co-ed schools and colleges, etc. – they deem it as the seizure of their ‘meeras’. Secular aur be-deen an ban’ny dengy Pakistan ko, the wall in Johar read.

And, we, the Pure, have another weird aspect of our lives as well. We follow religion as a family religion which is a cluster of certain rituals. Has it reached our soul? NO! SHOW OFF! Nothing deep inside. Khair, howsoever, we had been successful in making Pakistan ‘muslim’, and, now, we want to withdraw. We want freedom to wear anything we want, see anything we want and go anywhere we wish to… but, uh-oh! No way back. Or it seems so.

 

However, Iran is also famous for being ‘too religious’ a country where people are more ‘Islamic’ than any other Muslim country. But do Iranians also think religion to be more important to choose against the country? The answer is NO.

I found a poll which inspired me to write this post. The poll asked a simple question, ‘As an Iranian, If(or when) time comes to choose between ‘Islam or Iran’, which one will you support?‘. The result by the time I saw it was the following:

Let’s have the same poll here in Pakistan’s perspective. Let’s see what Pakistanis think.

Is it homeland or religion? Speak out!

Good luck, folks!