Monthly Archives: March 2015

“You the youths are our hope, get education & help people” says a tribal elder from Waziristan

Just came across a rush on the main University Road Peshawar; when asked was informed that a program was going on where youths had gathered in a program to aware youth, motivate them for blood donation.

“We are gone; you (youths) are our future, just see what happened with us? We are never lesser than the justices sitting on high seats in Pakistan, the only difference is empowering ourselves with knowledge, lets end the culture of keeping gun in the hands of our children; like I have done and change it with a culture of pen and book”, told the chief guest of the program Malik Raees Khan Wazir, an elder from the North Waziristan. “You are our hope you are requested to be in front row of helping the needy people whoever they are; irrespective of color, race and language”.

The words of the elder were heavier if examined in the balance scale of wisdom; though, he’s not having any degree from prestigious university. But has learn one thing the “Pashtunwali– code of life of Pashtuns”.  It were his words, his smiley face, his love of people which pushed me write a bit about the program and Waziristan.

The Pakistan media has always curved a sketch of the proud Pashtuns in general and Waziristanis‬ in particular as people who don’t know love, passion, smiles, feelings, democracy, development, negotiations, counseling, rights, relations of nations.

To be honest; these proud Pashtuns are the wisest minds who have lived and breathed in peace and freedom for ever. They actually know what the freedom is. No matter, they are bombarded, pushed out from their houses and villages, their picture misinterpreted to the world as killers. It’s never true; these are the children of the Pashtunkhwa‬ soil. They have the blood of peace teaching mother in themselves.

If you wanna read about them; just visit their smaller villages, muddy walled homes, hujras and mosques you’ll better understand; how civilized they are. They have never killed their rival from behind; their code of life is a complete constitution respect of women, old age elders, children even in war and conflict they loss their life; but keep their pride up and never bow before invaders. They are hard as rocks but soft as rose petals.

Waziristan Blood Donating Bank oath taking ceremony; the traditional Pashto attan (Traditional Dance). The volunteer members of the society, singers, doctors, officials, youth and social activists were part of the program. The report of the society cited that they provide thousands of CC blood the needy people every month from their contact tree of thousands of youths who are registered members and donate their blood whenever their is a need.

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Why Mama Qadeer and Farzana Majeed Baloch included in “ECL”?

Pakistan is the only country where Human Rights violation is on peak. The basic rights stated by different United Nation Conventions are breached in a systematic way which is far from the understanding of ordinary masses.

One of such example is freedom of expression by the legend rights activist Mama Qadeer Baloch who’s now in his 80s and was denied to be permitted for going abroad and was included with his fellow activists in the “Exit Control List”. It is known Mama Baloch was going to New York for an international conference arranged by Sindhi Academic and Culture Organization (Sindhi youths and students are also reported to be abducted and killed) subjected for Human Rights violation in Pakistan.

Mama Baloch is well known by the activism on the platform of “Voice of Baloch Missing Persons”. Many would have hardly known him that Mama lost his own son first abducted in 2009 then his dead body was found in 2011.

The list would go longer if we get everyone from the missing persons list of Baloch students, lawyers, and political, social and right activists. According to the organization led by Mama Qadeer as its vice president (Voice of Baloch Missing Persons) some 18000 Baloch are missing of whom 16 hundred dump bodies are thrown in different parts of Balochistan and Sindh.

Mama was having another activist in the delegation to go abroad; Farzana Majeed Baloch, the sister of Zakir Majeed Baloch, BSO (Azad) central secretary general, at the time he’s abducted forcefully and is yet not known about his where about.

Farzana remained active in the three thousand Kilo Meter walk for “the missing brother and rest of the Baloch”. The courageous conversation she had with media reporters who were there to only visit them “not to report” because again we are the masses who should read/hear/watch censored media. “Why should and rest of the relatives of missing persons I remain on roads if they [establishment or spy agencies] free my brother missing for last six year”, she told via mobile phone.

When we arrived as fresh master students at the University of Quetta (Balochistan) the Baloch nationalist movement was on its peak. Hundreds of students from the said university would join Baloch Student Organization (Azad) and a lesser number would go to other factions of BSO.

The young lot who were from far flung areas of Balochistan didn’t know very much about the situation in Quetta and at the said university. So, attractive manifestos and programs of the Baloch student activists would surely attract them. And I remember how the larger lawns were addressed by their leaders. I met Zakir Majeed Baloch in the university when Pashtunkhwa Students Organization leading members were invited to a welcome party arranged by the Baloch Students Organization Azad led by Zakir Majeed Baloch. This comrade was truly having a way of expression and attraction in his speech and observed him to be an attractive leader of the future for the Baloch masses.

Youth is a generation when one’s emotions are on peak and uncontrollable so the attractive slogans of nationalism and revolution would merely let one not joining it. To be honest the only way for oppressed nations and its youth or in short sections from all strata of life has the only way to pursue for their better life “Awareness through political and social means”.

Now I understand that those youths never knew their future and that’s why most of them left “Farzana Baloch like sister behind them” and were abducted from different areas of Balochistan. So, we can conclude that in Pakistan even “Awareness is banned” for the masses of the country excluding “Punjab” the ruling province. For the same reason Mama Qadeer Baloch, Farzana Majeed Baloch and another delegate Faiqa Baloch were included in the “Exit Control List”. The said list is only for the people involved in crimes and having cases in courts; I don’t think anyone from the three list is in such category but would say they are themselves “victims’ families”.