Quite an honor to be called prime minister of Balochistan, by none else but Afghanistan’s best son and former US envoy to the UN, Zalmay Khalilzad. But am just a writer, founder and president of the American Friends of Balochistan, top interlocutor of the Baloch cause in the USA.
No doubts the creation of Pakistan was the worst sin of the white man in the last century.
But even today the question is oo white folks care about brown folks? I guess not, otherwise how can a very responsible organization like the Human Rights Watch honor former coup leader and dictator Gen (R) Pervez Musharraf.
The dictator ousted a democratic government, killed former governor and chief minister of Balochistan, Nawab Akbar Bugti, is accused by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari of being the killer of Gen Pervez Musharraf.
At an interview in Dubai, he publicly called for assassinating Baloch activists like myself in foreign nations. I was very pained to see Bob Woodward interview Musharraf at a Harvard business school event, but did not ask him a single question about Balochistan.
A video that bares the true story of a suicide bomber used by Pakistan to attack the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul has been translated from Pashto into English into by volunteers of the American Friends of Balochistan.
The Washington DC-based AFB, which is doing excellent work to expose Pakistan terror not only in Balochistan but also against US troops and Afghans in Afghanistan, Pashtuns in Khyber Pashtunkhwa, Indians in Kashmir, and Christian and Hindu women and girls in Pakistan but is not getting any help from any quarters.
In the video Abdul Qahar, father of Matiullah, narrates the whole story of what happened to his son who was trained into a suicide bomber by Pakistan. the attack left more than 40 Afghans dead.
Here is the complete English translation of the video:
I am Abdul Qahar, son of Abdul Razaq, resident of Killi Shameer, District Maiwand (Wilaswalai), State Kandahar province…. After a year and a half’s absence, my son called me. I asked him, “Where are you?” He said “In Chaman (Pakistan’s border town with Afghanistan, across from Spin Boldak)”. I asked: “What are you doing there?” He said he was in a madrassah (seminary). I asked him: Where? He replied in the Ashizai’s (a subtribe of the Achakzais) madrassah by the mountains in Chaman (Headquarter of District Killa Abdullah, Pakistan)”.
I asked, “What are you doing there?” He said that he had been studying in the madrassah (seminary). I said, “I want to see you but I can’t find where exactly the madrassah (seminary) is located. Why not we meet somewhere else and then I will go with you and visit your madrassah (seminary) as well?” He agreed to this.
Later I, his mom and his little sister traveled to Chaman city. My intention was to bring him back to Kandahar, because I had heard a lot on TV and radio that in Pakistani madrassahs (seminaries), they brainwash Afghan kids for terrorism and suicide attacks within our country. When we finally met him, I implored him to come with us, his mom cried and asked if he requested to return home and said that we would arrange his marriage upon his return. He agreed and said that he would return home in a few days.
When we came home, he again shut his number off on us. We couldn’t contact him for another one year. After a year he called again, he was still in the same madrassah (seminary), I asked him if he could accompany me to see his grandfather, who had brain tumor and was admitted in a hospital in Quetta city. He said, “Okay.” Again, I and his mother went and met him in Chaman.
We asked him that he should come with us to see his grandfather. He said, he will come to Quetta in two or three days and will meet us there. We stayed in Quetta for 15 days but he never showed up. We returned to Kandahar. After two and a half months, this incident at The Continental hotel in Kabul was all over the news. I took it as just another terrorist attack, as usual.
When I came home everyone else in the house knew about Matiullah except me and his mom, probably. They were trying not to let me know about this, but I suspected that they are hiding something from me. Anyways. I received a phone call from an unknown number and the caller asked me if I am the father of Matiullah. “Yes, I am”, I said. The caller said he was the Qari Sahib, and he wanted to meet me in Chaman and it was about Matiullah. He also told me about the meeting place.
When I crossed the border, he was not far from there. He took me on his motorbike. I asked him, “Were are we going?” He said towards Ashizai’s village. When we reached there, he took me into a house. There was nobody in that house, just a motorbike and some other stuff. There was a door in that house that led into another house. There were seven to eight people gathered there in prayers. Since it was the prayer time, I asked them to provide me water for wudhu (ablution).
After the prayer, they told me that your son Matiullah and four other Taliban have attained martyrdom in the attack on The Continental Hotel in Kabul. They showed me some videos and pictures. I started crying and shouting, asking how he got to the Continental Hotel! Who took him there? He couldn’t go there on his own….
They said you have to do Fatiha at home for him, he is a Shaheed (martyr). And asked me if I want to pick up his stuff. I said that I didn’t want anything other than just one of his shirts to take for his mom. And I said I don’t want to do his Fateha, nor is he a Shaheed (martyr); he is a murderer. He has taken innocent lives. I am not taking his dead body from Kabul nor am I going to burial rites.
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One of the UK’s best known media tycoons, friend of Rupert Murdoch and close relative of Prince Karim Aga Khan IV has endorsed the journalism skills of the writer and publisher of Mustikhan’s Musings.
Eddy Shah is a UK celebrity who ended the unions on Fleet Street Street. Eddy Shah’s father, the late Muchool J. Shah, was close close family friend. Eddy Shah spoke to this scribe after his father’s demise. Muchool J. Shah was a man of sterling qualities, a breed that has almost vanished in Pakistan. In the 1990s when Muchool J. Shah who lived in Nova Scotia, was trying to sell his house he was highly disturbed over the ridiculous obstacles he faced and had remarked what kind of a country Pakistan is where a person could not even sell his own property.
Shah might have been the aga Khan instead of his cousin today as there was a dispute in the family over who would become the next Aga Khan 60 years ago but the dispute was later amicably resolved.
Shah, who mendorsed the journalism skills of this writer, is himself a prolific writer: writing has been a major part of Eddy Shah’s life since he was sixteen and in the 1990s he wrote four successful novels: Manchester Blue, Fallen Angels, The Lucy Ghosts and Ring of Red Roses.
Shah has led an interesting life. Born in 1944 in Cambridge, Eddy Shah was educated at Gordonstoun in Scotland, followed by Haywards Heath Grammar School and despite being thrown out of several schools along the way managed to get nine O levels. He didn’t go to University but his lifelong passion for books and reading started when he was very young and he’s been writing all his life. he was with his father living in Karachi but hated to leave the city according, to a deceased uncle of this writer who Eddy Shah knew quite well.
Others who have endorsed this scribe’s writing skills are Farahnaz Ispahani, author of Purifying the Land of the Pure; Brian Beary, author Separatist Movements: A Global Reference; John Dudley Miller, PhD, nuclear power, radiation risk, science and technology reporter; Professor William O. Beeman, chair department of anthropology, University of Minnesota; Joseph E. Fallon, Middle East/North Africa and Central/South Asia researcher and analyst and former Cultural Awareness Instructor for the U.S. Army Intelligence Center at Ft. Huachuca, AZ; Jackie Cohen, writer and editor; and Nuzhat Khatoon, reference librarian at the Library of Congress.
I love Pashtuns, more so after their rally Sunday in Islamabad in which they called for independence of Pashtunistan.
The uprising of Pashtuns, now being called the Pashtun spring, follows Islamabad’s devious plans to snatch the semi-autonomy of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. It has sent a wave of joy across the Pashtun diaspora globally.
The uprising also followed the staged encounter and execution-style of Naqeebullah, 27, a young man from the Mehsud tribe in Karachi on January 13. The Punjabi officer SSP Rao Anwar, who ordered the killing after arresting Naqeebullah, a budding Facebook star who used the screen name Apna Veer, from the Pashtun stronghold of Sohrab Goth, is now on the run.
Two others who were arrested along with Naqeebullah were freed by police after receiving bribes. Naqeebullah, however, was shot dead and police reported his death as an encounter.
Afghanistan intellectual, Majeed Qarar, who is cultural attache at the Afghan embassy appeared thrilled over the Pashtun awakening in Islamabad. “For the 1st time after the cold war era, masses of Pashtuns in Pak raise the slogans of independence. This new uprising surge is led not by conventional politicians but by a new generation of youth from across Pashtunkhwa. The demonstrators called Pakistan a terrorist state,” Qarar tweeted.
Qarar’s colleague at the Afghan embassy, Haroon Hakimi, also tweeted about the historic march. “The censored voice of millions who have suffered from the brutal policies of Pak-PJB during decades is arising!1-A big NO to state spnsrd terrorism, fundamentalism & extremism by the innocent victims. 2-A great move for protecting fundamental Rights inside.1/2 #PakhtunLongMarch,” Hakimi, who is himself a Pashtun nationalist like Qarar said, adding “3- Awakening of tens of millions of Pashtuns to change their status from a stateless to an equal citizen level. 4- an important step for weakening the violence and bringing peace to both sides of the Durand Line and the region. The World should support it. 2/2 #PakhtunLongMarch.”
But even as the Pashtuns staged a ground breaking rally in Islamabad, the bad boys of the Aabpara headquarters were busy working overtime. Idrees Wazir, son of one of the main leaders at the protest in Islamabad was gunned down in Dera Ismail Khan and his brother wounded. The crooks were trying to pit one Pashtun tribe against another by saying Idrees Wazir was killed by the Mehsuds at a time of unprecedented Pashtun unity.
The Islamabad rally brought together Pashtuns from all shades of opinion, both left and right, who raised slogans that Pakistan was a terrorist state. Even fake Pashtun Imran Khan party was also also present.
Though Pakistan has always projected Pashtuns as semi-civilized brutes and Islamist suicide bombers, they are pretty civilized people who show lot of tolerance for one another. This writer was surprised that two Pashtun students, one who supported Kabul and the other Islamabad, had heated arguments over politics but still remained close friends. Had such arguments taken place between two Baloch, they would not have talked with another for the rest of their lives.
[UDATES: Mustikhan’s Musings tries to be as objective as possible. An earlier version of the story was headlined: “Rebuff to a Pakistan & Islam-loving Afghan opportunist, written with blood from a Baloch’s bleeding heart.”]
It was bitter cold Friday evening. I had two layers of warm clothing under my jeans, a very thick jeans on top of that, two warm layers of clothing under my thick shirt and a World War two style black widower heavy coat on top of that. Still when I went outside to go to my car to go to the DuPont Circle– one of the few places in the US where I feel at home since it is so gay–, I felt the American cold piercing through my dark brown, hairy ass. I even sat on my seat as I was getting late for the Candle Light Vigil for Afghan victims of Pakistan terrorism. However, as you grow older the instinct of self preservation takes over, I am getting close to 60 now, so I thought I should not take the risk of getting down with pneumonia and went inside and added yet another layer under my belly–hope none asks what is so precious there– and also another warm cloth on top. I was all set to go.
Afghanistan had been bleeding profusely for the last 12 days or more, as suicide bombers trained by Pakistan army and ISI had been playing a holi of blood with Afghans as they have been doing for many years now. Nearly 150 Afghans had lost their lives and there seems to be no end to the daily bombings. The dirty hands of the ISI were busy in Afghanistan not for the last 12 days but since the days of the first American architect of the Afghan war Zbigniew Brezinski, who at the time was sailing in the same boat with the ISI.
So when I finally reached my favorite spot, I saw about a dozen Afghan youths, some of them excruciatingly handsome no doubts, gathered there although I thought at least a hundred Afghans would be present since there own kith and kin back in their beautiful homeland were being killed daily and thousands of Afghan Americans live in the DC area. I was elated to see five Hindu activists, who are committed to helping Balochistan and Afghanistan against terrorism, as part of their Vedic teachings “May we resolve to dedicate our life to the service of humankind, and uplift them to Divinity (Yagur Veda)” or “The experience of unity is the fulfillment of human endeavors. The mysteries of life are revealed (Rig Veda).”
And then the unimaginable happened: from a loudspeaker Quranic verse began blaring into the ears of the passers-by who at first showed interest in the vigil but began questioning the logic behind use of religion at a peace vigil. As an atheist, I told myself WTF and wanted to just walk out, but since the organizer was friend and a fellow traveler in the long war against Pakistan army and ISI and because my good friends were also present I silently bit the bullet that had pierced my wounded heart. Later, I noticed at least one Afghan vehemently object to my slogan “Pakistan is Taliban, Taliban is Pakistan” and “Where was bin Laden, Pakistan, Pakistan.” I was in utter shock as these slogans, which I jokingly call award winning, that I have crafted have been adopted by Baloch activists in many Western nations.
What cruel jokes were being cracked on an equally cruel winter evening: first the recitation of Quran at a gathering of people from diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds in gay Mecca of the US capital and then the rank opportunism of disapproving factual slogans such as Pakistan is Taliban. For a moment, in my mind’s eye the iconic gay DuPont Circle turned into the beautiful Somnath Mandir, being attacked one more time for its intellectual wealth of open mindedness.
Later on I came to know that a kind-hearted Pashtun named, Zia M. Hood-Bahaduri, thought that Afghans should not let me speak at Afghan rallies since I try to use Afghans to advance the Balochistan cause against Pakistan. The sweet guy, now an old fart like myself who loves to be surrounded by younger Afghan males, had driven all the way from Richmond to attend the vigil and deserves credit for his desire for peace in the world. He had come to USA at age 16 and visited Afghanistan only once at the zenith of Taliban power in 1998. Not sure what a peacnik was doing in Afghanistan at a time when the Taliban was in power? The gentleman has indeed provoked me to write this column. His thinking is no different than the ISI-approved Aman ki Asha aunties, who blame India and Pakistan alike, though Pakistan is the culprit behind the blood-letting in Kashmir. Here in this case Kabul is at the receiving end of the proverbial fail-i-Afghan, but I am guessing Hood-Bahaduri is equally blaming Islamabad and Kabul. Such people who suffer from the “Stockholm syndrome”– people who suffer from an unreal desire for peace– are divorced from reality, live high lives themselves and at many times in their quest for good in the world don’t differentiate between the wrong and the wronged. Even when his homeland is being bled by Pakistan, everyday, he does not want to speak the truth so as not to hurt the feelings some of cute and lovely Pakistanis. I hope he does not have some business in Pakistan?
Dear most honorable Hood-Bahaduri, for your kind information, in all my years of activism the only material help I got from Afghans was an event that I along with some friends organized at the George Washington University. The young Afghan Students Association, who have an understanding that Afghanistan and Balochistan have a common enemy in Pakistan army GHQ in Rawalpindi and the ISI headquarters in Aabpara, Islamabad, helped sponsor that event, saving me $50. Many thanks to them. In return when Shaheen, a young Afghan gay–by the way majority of Afghans are gay, even though they won’t admit it publicly–, was facing persecution I contributed $40 to transport him to Western safety. So I owe the Afghans $10 which I can send anywhere, so that I am not accused of taking any advantage of poor Afghans.
As far as helping the Baloch goes, the only help that has happened from Kabul is that Baloch can go live in the Baloch areas of Afghanistan, which is no big favor as the Baloch have our own historic Balochistan province, size of West Virginia, inside Afghanistan, too. I say this for not only for the Baloch who go live in Afghanistan, but also Afghans who came to live in the Pashtun areas of Pakistan; Islamabad should not act as if it was doing some kind of favor to them, as the territory belongs to Afghans.
Unfortunately, there are many opportunists in the ISI-infested government of Dr Ashraf Ghani who block people who say Pashtun areas in Pakistan belong to Afghanistan. Such Afghans are willing to surrender their historic lands to Pakistan, an illegitimate bastard child of the UK, that was nurtured and groomed on the world stage as a well-fed and rounded prostitute by the US. Kabul’s lame duck response to Pakistan’s takeover of FATA is evidence of that, which thankfully seems to be changing.
People like Hood-Bahaduri will not say a single word against Pakistan as they have better things to do. For example enjoying delicious cuisines from different nations in the US capital (please see pictures of Mr Hood-Bahaduri).
Just on Sunday evening a Pashtun young man Idrees Wazir, son of Ghazi Sparika Wazir, a notable of the Pashtun clan of Waziris, was shot dead in Dera Imail Khan. The victim’s brother was seriously injured in the incident. The killing happened at a time when Wazir’s father was protesting against the injustices of Islamabad along with thousands of Pashtuns, including the Mehsuds in Islamabad. Pakistan military, and its handmaiden media, were busy with their divide and rule policy as the secret services first killed the Waziri youth and are now blaming the Mehsuds to drown their joint protest against Islamabad into a tribal conflict between two Pashtun tribes. These developments do not matter in the world view of folks who suffer from the Stockholm syndrome.
Let me delve into history, because unless your understand history you cannot analyze the present nor foretell the future. It was historical cowardice and rank opportunism of King Zahir Shah as he did not help Balochistan at the right time in 1948. Today both Balochistan and Afghanistan are paying a heavy for that cowardice as both nations find themselves in a bloody mess. At the time, Prince Agha Abdul Karim, brother of the Baloch tribal ruler sought the help of of the useless Zahir Shah, who was happy with his title of being called a king. Dejected over failure to secure Afghan help, Agha Karim returned to Pakistan to be jailed for 18 long years. Upon release, he became a shepherd to wander in the vast expanses of his homeland. That was the first Afghan stab in the back of Balochistan. Karma is karma, even it it visits my own Baloch people; the Baloch were “rewarded” in this way by Mother Nature for siding with Ahmad Shah Abdali in his forays against the brave Marathas of Bharat.
The second time the Baloch were betrayed it was Zahir Shah’s cousin President Daud’s rule in Kabul, who asked Baloch insurgents to go back home; the third betrayal was when the president in Kabul was Hamid Karzai, who refused to pick up the call of former governor and chief minister of Balochistan Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, when the septuagenarian Baloch leader was under attack of Pakistan army and desperately needed help.
After being bitten thrice by opportunist Afghan leaders, we don’t expect any help from you guys any longer Mr Hood-Bahaduri.
Honest Pashtuns advise me not to trust Kabul under Ghani, a former Pentagon Pashto linguist, as he can’t help his own people how can he help anyone else. “Kabul has for years been making a fool of Pashtuns and Baloch that they don’t believe in the Durand Line, but practically they have done nothing,” complains Khan Arif, a Pashtun nationalist based in Germany. Another Pashtun activist based in Albany, New York concurs. “Afghans not only want to use the shoulders of Baloch to fire guns against Pakistan, but at the same time want the Baloch to use their own guns,” said Najeeb Khan, implying that Afghans don’t want to help the Baloch at all, just use them for free.
Just last year, I faced the dilemma of getting passports of two Baloch naturalized in Afghanistan renewed. President Ghani’s handpicked consul general Abdul Samad Afghan refused to accept the two Baloch as Afghans since they could dari but could not speak Pashto! I ran from pillar to post to get the two gentlemen their passports back for six whole months, without success.
Just as I said earlier I braved the cold piercing my rear that Friday to come to the vigil to express sympathy with Afghans as for me the blood of an Afghan is no different from the blood of a Baloch because the hand that is spilling that blood is the same. On that wintry day I suspect most Afghans were hugging girls and even more likely cute men in the comfort of homes, while I was freezing out there at DuPont Circle. I said cute men because Afghans are famed for same sex relationships.
But what did I get in return for coming out in support of Afghans? Disrespect by Ghani supporters.
By the way, have to point out the extent of opportunism and hypocrisy that I saw at the vigil. At the same site, DuPont Circle fountain from where religious scripture was being blared right into the ears of Americans, Afghans working at the embassy come without fail to look at the bubble butts of cute American men, just like I do.
Mama Qadeer, 77, the legendary Baloch human rights defender who walked six times more miles than Mahatma Gandhi’s Salt March for freedom of Baloch victims of enforced disappearances, has expressed his gratitude to the Modi government and has said his ailing grandson Beuragh Reki heart operation was 100 percent successful.
Renowned Indian pediatric surgeon Dr Rajesh Sharma operated upon Beuragh Reki, who was born with a hole in his heart, at the state of the art Jaypee Noida hospital in Delhi. The boy is now hale and hearty in Mother India.
“Beuragh loves Indian movies and prank video of Youtube and he also likes PM Narendra Modi, he told me.He loves to eat kofta of Delhi and he likes cartoon too much. He is very intelligent and sometimes talk about Balochistan,” Rajan Bhardwaj, a student of Nilamber Pitamber University who has been giving company to Mama Qadeer and Beuragh, told Mustikhan’s Musings on WhatsApp.
The Baloch human rights defender and his grandson had arrived in India on January 12.
Talking to this correspondent Saturday from New Delhi Mama Qadeer, who along with a group of activists, who along with a group of women and children walked 1400 miles first from Quetta, capital of France-sized Balochistan, and then from Karachi to Islamabad, said he has been well respected and made to feel at home in Delhi.
He said many devout Hindus have great love and regards for Baloch as they belong to the land of one of the holiest Hindu pilgrim sites, Hinglaj Mata Sakhtipeet.
“Here near Delhi there is Bilochpura where 8,000 baloch who still speak the Balochi language,” Mama Qadeer said. He said Beuragh was also very happy in India.
Rajan Bhardwaj, a young Hindu originally from Aurangabad, Bihar, who now lives in Delhi, quoted Mama Qadeer as saying, “People always ask me about the situation of Balochistan and how India can help us.”
Bhardwaj said Mama Qadeer despite being in late 70s, walks like a young man.”He is very spiritual and likes to talk about Buddha and culture of India. He wants to read more and more, that’s why he requested books on Ashoka–the Great and Mahatma Gandhi.He doesn’t want to sit idle,” said Bhardwaj. I think he is very courageous and practical in nature.”
Generally speaking, Indian people are very supportive and by nature very talkative.
Mama Qadeer who had visited the USA two years ago, told the Mustikhan’s Musings things could not pan out for him in the US as his patron refused to support him simply because he was in communications with all Baloch political parties and activists. He said he tried to convince Hyrbyair Marri that as a senior human rights activists he has to remain in touch with Baloch political workers and activists from different parties, but Marri said no, my way or highway. “I was left with no option but to return to Pakistan after four months,” he said.
Mama Qadeer said exiled tribal supremo the Khan of Kalat, Mir Suleman Daud tried to talk and persuade Marri to change his stance but could not succeed.
Mama Qadeer said Pakistani agencies were accusing him of recruiting youths to send to the mountains to partake in the revolutionary war for the liberation of Balochistan, but he asked them to show any proof. Mama Qadeer also played a heroic role during the last rites of Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri when Pakistani agencies were trying to make the event look like religious, than political. But Mama Qadeer and his supporters prevented that.
Baloch feudal lords are extremely opportunistic and jealous of one another, one reason why Balochistan is still under the colonial rule of Pakistan. These feudal lords discourage their supporters from meeting other Baloch workers.
Mama Qadeer is the father of Jalil Reki, who belonged to the Baloch Republican Party, which is led by Geneva-based Nawab Brahumdagh Bugti. Reki, 23, who was information secretary of the BRP, was abducted from outside his home on February 13, 2009 and his bullet riddled body was found dumped alongside the body of another Baloch activist Mohammed Younus in Turbat November 22, 2011 alongside. In most resistance movements, the next of kin of a martyr is looked after by the political party he belonged to, but in Balochistan’s case such systems are not in place.
Mama Qadeer also regretted the role of a a guy from Iran, for creating a rift with his longtime comrade in the struggle for the freedom of Balochistan, Farzana Majeed. Farzana Majeed’s brother Zakir Majeed was abducted June 9, 2009 and none knows what happened to him
Recently, Mama Qadeer debunked the Pakistan story on the capture of alleged Indian spy Kulbushan Jadhav and said the Jaishul Adal had kidnapped Jadhav from Chahbahar and sold him to the infamous ISI for millions. After his statement on the issue, it is quite clear that he will surely not be spared by the Pakistani agencies upon his return to Pakistan, though he and Beuragh were under their threat for years.
Hindu youth Bhardwaj said he doesn’t know much how to get Indian citizenship for Mama Qadeer. “If someone lives here for 7 years then he is granted Indian citizenship according to law but asylum is granted by the government,” Bhardwaj said.
A plea to that effect has emanated from the United States. Captain (Rtd) Dipesh Chatterjee, an Indian American and congressional affairs director of the American Friends of Balochistan (AFB), urged the Indian government to give refuge to Mama Qadeer.
“Mama Qadeer is known as the Mahatma Gandhi of Balochistan. The world needs to preserve human rights champions like him,” said Captain (Rtd) Chatterjee, a veteran of the Afghan war who saw ISI backing of Taliban in combat. “India, the world’s largest democracy is a champion of peace keeping for the world. As a shining example of global peace and stability, I humbly request the Indian government to continue to provide refuge and safety to Mama Qadeer. Namaste.”
Police in Pakistan’s southeastern province of Sindh have said they believe a Sindh minister, who was found of heavy drinking, first shot his wife dead and then committed suicide in Karachi Thursday.
Bullet riddled bodies of Sindh Minister for Planning and Development Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani and his wife Fariha Razzak Haroon were found in his house in Karachi on Thursday,Pakistani newspaper reported.
Bijarani, an ethnic baloch from Jacobabad, had studied with an elder brother and cousin of this scribe in college and was a regular drinking buddy of his next door neighbor, the late Anwar Mahpara, who was also an alcoholic. Mahpara was found dead in the bathroom of his house many years ago.
Sindh intellectual Javed Qazi recalls that Bijarani was very social. “He was in obsession with his second wife as well. As I heard, he used to spend his most of the time with her.”
Qazi said there was tension between the couple lately and adds the wife was closer to the PPP leadership than he was. “He had strength to win his seat without the support of PPP. For him PPP was not compulsion,” he believes.
But Qazi said it was a possible Bijarani was a patient of depression. “He was a respectable, ego centered man.” Qazi says the present leadership of PPP value sycophancy “those who were without spine”and he was not on the best of terms with them .
Despite the police findings, he committed suicide speculations were rife he was killed over political reasons. “I think he was killed,” said Moscow-based Dr Jumma Marri who is also a member of the Bijarani sub-tribe.
Many were pointing finger at former president Asif Ali Zardari, without evidence. Zardari was also suspected of playing a role in the murder of his brother in law Mir Murtaza Bhutto, while his wife Benazir Bhutto was the prime minister. Zardari has the reputation of being a rogue who encouraged Lyari drug mafia’s now arrested ring leader Uzair Baloch against the ethnic MQM party in Karachi.
Bijaranis are a part of the Marri tribe, whose stronghold is Kohlu in Balochistan, a section of the Bijaranis left for Kashmore in Jacobabad district. Dr Marri says that the late Bijarani had tried to persuade his father, former guerrilla leader Mir Hazar Khan Ramkhani to become the overall chief or sardar of the Bijaranis way back in 2004 but his dad refused.
The Marris were the backbone of the 1973-77 insurgency. After the insurgency, 40,000 left for Afghanistan with the late Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri in the lead. The late Nawab Marri became enormously rich during his stay in Afghanistan as he is said to have received bag loads of monies from Afghanistan, India and Russia. Nawab Marri had also visited Havana and met with Fidel Castro there.
An avid fan of cock fighting, the late Nawab Marri’s four sons are now fighting like fighter cocks with one another.
See here the Press statement of Sindh police about Bijarani’s death:
“Bijarani’s X-rays had confirmed one bullet wound whereas his wife suffered three bullet wounds, one each on head, abdomen and pelvic area,”Dr Seemin Jamali, the Executive Director of the Jinnah Hospital, was cited by the The Express Tribune as saying.
On 1st February 2018 at around 1430 hoursDarakhshan police received the information that dead bodies of Mir Hazar Khan Bijrani, Minister Development and Planning Government of Sindh, and his wife Fariha Razzaq Haroon were lying in the room at first floor of house No. 36, Khayabae-Janbaz, Phase-5, DHA, Karachi. On receipt of the information Station House Officer PS Darakhsan and DSP/SDPO Darakhshan immediately rushed to the spot. Dead body of Mrs. Fariha Razzaq Haroon was lying on the floor near the entrance of the study/sitting room located adjacent to their bed room whereas the dead body of Mir Hazar Khan Bijrani was found in the same room on the couch.
2. Examination of the crime scene and dead bodies indicated that the death was caused by firearms. Mir Hazar Khan Bijrani received one gunshot in the head, entry from the right and exit from the left. Whereas, Mrs. Fariha Razzaq Haroon received three bullets; one on head – entry from left and exit from right ear – and two on abdomen. The crime scene was secured and properly photographed. Forensic, finger print and investigation teams were called. DVR of CCTV cameras installed at the house have been seized for further examination. The investigation and forensic teams collected relevant evidence
including, blood samples, bullet empties, finger prints etc. for forensic/chemical examination.
Four empties, three missed bullets, 2 live bullets and a 30 bore pistol were also recovered from the crime scene. Dead bodies were shifted to Jinnah Hospital for post mortem examination.
3. Proceedings u/s 174 of CrPC have been initiated. Six persons; including two police
guards and four domestic servants were being interviewed and questioned in order to collect relevant evidence. They revealed in their initial statements that altercation was going on between husband and wife for last few days on some issue. The house was locked from inside and it was forcibly opened by son and servants of deceased Mir Hazar Khan Bijrani.
4. On the basis of available crime scene/circumstantial evidence and initial post mortem report it appears that Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani killed his wife and then committed suicide with the same weapon. According to initial forensic/ballistic report of FSL, all the empties collected from the crime scene has been fired from the same weapon.
The leader of a Pakistani Christian organization in the US has lashed out at Pakistan after a court released the killer of a 17 year old Christian boy on the ruse of gaps in police investigations.
Sharoon Masih, 17,was bludgeoned to death Aug. 27, 2017 by a Punjabi Muslim student Ahmed Raza for drinking water from a glass used by Muslim students in Vehari District, Punjab–the stronghold of Pakistan army. Muslims, especially in Punjab, consider Christians “unclean” and use all kinds of epithets against them like bhangee and choora, which mean filthy.
“Life of minorities have no value in Pakistan. Muslim judges never ensure justice for them,” said Pakistan Christian Congress president Dr Nazir Bhatti. “”Killers of Christians and rapists of their women walk free on Pakistan streets as we have seen in the Sharoon Masih case.”
Dr Bhatti said the Deep State in Pakistan and their stooges in the judiciary are in cahoots to create a situation of scare and insecurity for the religious minorities.
According to the Christian Headlines, the order by the Punjabi Muslim judge Sardar Muhammad Sarfraz Dogar ruled that the “post-mortem report of deceased Sharoon has opined that there is no sign of physical injury or trauma seen on the body of the deceased, meaning thereby there is clear contradiction between the ocular and medical account. At this stage it is hard to determine that whether the death of the deceased occurred through any beat [sic] of the petitioner.”
Doctors who conducted the post-mortem seem to have doctored the report by writing that there were no torture marks on the victim’s body. By stating that the cause of Sharoon’s death was “uncertain,” the medical officer gave the court reason to give the accused benefit of the doubt.
“The post-mortem report states that there were no torture marks on the deceased’s body, therefore the defense claimed that Sharoon had not died of the beating,” the Christian Headlines cited prosecuting attorney Allah Dad Khan as saying. “It’s quite clear that the police and the medical officer deliberately left gaps in the FIR and the post-mortem report to benefit the accused in the trial.”
Khan told the Christian Headlines that he had presented various media reports in court stating that the accused was trained in karate and had the ability to level fatal blows. The court rejected the arguments on grounds that media reports were not admissible.
The World watch Monitor reported Irfan Masih died on 1 June last year, in Umar Kot Civil Hospital, Sindh, 300 kilometers from Karachi. Umar Kot has about 75 Christian families; almost all of them work as sanitary workers, a job that many Muslims refuse to do.
Pakistan is one of the worst countries in the world for religious minorities. A Christian women Aasia Bibi has been sentenced to death on a case of blasphemy after she had landed into an argument with Muslim field workers. She too had committed the cardinal sin of drinking water from a jug meant for Muslims.
However, in spite of being an Islamic republic, where a non-Muslim cannot become the head of state or head of government, Pakistan relies heavily on Christian taxpayers aid monies.
The British used heavy Baloch camels to transport coal and oil from Balochistan to Karachi and India, says Moscow-based Jumma Marri, son of former guerrilla leader Mir Hazar Khan Ramkhani. “British desert forces in suhad transportation difficulties….they found Baloch camels are very tolerant to harsh climate, that is why they exported these animals to their colonies,” says Ali Arjemandi, whose brother Ehsan Arjemandi was abducted by Pakistan’s Military Intelligence services on August 16, 2009 and his fate is unknown.
Camels are the locomotives of Balochistan’s nomadic culture and there are numerous sayings about the camels.
Baloch folklore expert Prof Sabir Badalkhan, who now lives in Italy, has a collection of Balochi sayings about camels. When asked Prof badalkhan responded, “I don’t have many Balochi proverbs at hand right now. I hardly remember some by heart and that’s it for the time being.” See here a list of proverbs and their explanations as provided by prof Badalkhan:
Har maboo srumbán machár, ushtir bubú dúr bichár (don’t be a donkey and fix your eyes on your hoofs, but be a camel and fix your eyes at a long distance”, meaning to not be shortsighted but farsighted and visionery); another one says,
Ushtir watí bárá wat bárt, wájahay jí u ján-é darkár int (a camel carries its burden on its own but it needs the company of its master), meaning that everybody carries his/her burdens on their own but moral support makes the burden feel lighter.
Ushtirárá justish kut gon bárá kanŕagay sar kapag washtir int, ér áhag, jawábé dát; : doenáná lánat int A camel was asked if it is easier to climb or descend a mountain pass with a burden and it answered that damn to both the situations. This is said in a situation when one is left with two choices, none is better than the other one.
Hirrárá tirré kanag: Make a calve out of a fart. Meaning to make a mountain out of a mole.
Baht ki kapít ushtiray sará kuchik wart: When good luck abandons you, a dog bay bite you while you are sitting on a camel’s back. The explanation is given that a dog cannot bite you on a camel but when lady luck abandons you, the camel sits down at the site of the barking dog and then the dog comes and bites you.
Ushtiray duzzí u kúnkinz na bít: Steal a camel and move crawling on buttocks (believing that nobody sees you). This is said that if you are making a huge blunder, you can’t hide yourself behind minor things.
Ushtir u géchin: The last straw on a camel’s back. A camel kept quiet while it was being loaded with tons of things but started crying when the last straw sieve was being tied upon the load). This is said when one tolerates the worst situations and begins cries/lamenting for a minor thing.
This scribe’s grandfathers went with a group of Baloch cameleers to Perth, Australia (1885-88). They were fond of camel’s milk and in the 1930s his grandfather would wake up early at dawn and ride 10 miles on his camel back from Garden to his country house in Manghopir. Take a bath, eat breakfast and then his chauffeur would drive him to his office in his limo in downtown Karachi.