Judge refuses request of Indian IT tech, who works for DMI, to censor US writer

BELOW: Court record of Krishna Gudipati who plays host to Hindu icons such as Dr Subramanian Swamy and Sadhguru.

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Tuesday, a second judge in Montgomery county district court in Maryland threw out a request  by Indian nationals to censor the writings of an American journalist.

Krishna Gudipati, mobile solutions architect at the DC-based Digitial Management Inc., requested Judge Aileen E. Oliver to ask this correspondent to take down the articles he wrote about Gudipati’s wife beatings recently. Judge Oliver bluntly refused to censor after the writer explained that it was not the responsibility of the state to curtail free speech.

Differences between Gudipati and his associate Soumya S. Chowdhury, also an Indian citizen who works for Monument Construction LLC, with this writer first surfaced when this writer wrote an article to condemn the dastardly killing by a Hindu fanatic Shambulal Regar in Rajasthan in December.

On December 6, the 25th anniversary of the Ayodhya Mosque turmoil that saw the killing of 2,000 people, mostly Muslims in India, Regar hacked to death Afrazul, 50, from West Bengal accusing him of being involved in “love jihad,” that is enticing non-Muslim women into sex with a goal of their conversion to Islam. Regar’s video tape of the killing and burning of Afrazul’s body went viral on the social media.

Other points of differences were this writer’s regular expose of the wrong acts of some Balochistan militant groups of targeting noncombatant civilians. Gudipati and Chowdhury met with representatives of the Baloch National Movement, who are believed to be front offices of the deadly Balochistan Liberation Front.

Gudipati’s associate Chowdhury also abused the pregnant wife of Bronze star winning Capt (RTD) Dipesh Chatterjee and when this scribe asked him to apologize he became even more abusive.

The reports have been widely published in mainstream Pakistan media both in English and Urdu.

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Gen Asim Bajwa, the ‘Joseph Goebbels’ who is ruling Balochistan

Guess who is a serving army officer with the largest number of twitter followers in Pakistan or perhaps in the world? Don’t go any further. Visit the Quetta cantonment, the main center for the military occupation of Balochistan and meet the corps commander of the XII Corps or army Southern Command, Lt Gen Asim Bajwa.

The Muzzafargarh-born three-star general, who became the Inspector General of arms of the Pakistan army after his stint as the army’s spin doctor as director general of the Inter Services Public Relations, was posted as commander to ensure Baloch live under Pakistan army bayonets.

“Lt-Gen Bajwa remained the director general of the ISPR for over four years and is credited with building a positive image of former army chief Gen (retired) Raheel Sharif. Bajwa – the first three-star general to head the military’s media wing – is also the first to use social media platforms such as Twitter to project the army and its policies,” according to The Express Tribune, whose editor is one of the few guys followed by the general.

The main reason this general has been posted as the man to rule over Balochistan is to project a positive image of the army’s secret, bloody, dirty war there. His task is to mislead the world that the Pakistan army is the good guys fighting the dirty Baloch rebels– once called the wild herds of southwest Asia.

The tweets and actions of at least one militant leader, Dr Allah Nazar, chief of the Balochistan Liberation Front– the Baloch Che Guevara– is making the general’s task much easier it seems.

Last week Dr Nazar tweeted that he has directed his guerrillas to kill two of his chief political opponents, federal ports and shipping minister Mir Hasil Bizenjo and former chief minister Dr Malik Baloch. Then on Tuesday, the BLF killed 15 Punjabi wannabe emigrants to the West in Kech district on a charge they were working on a CPEC project for the army-run Frontier Works Organization.

Rahmatullah Shohaz-- Courtesy Facebook
Popular poet Rahmatullah Shohaz, killed by the BLF in January 2016

The deceptive craftiness of Gen Bajwa, the Joseph Goebbels of Balochistan, could be seen in a report about the killing of Younis Taukali, the BLF commander allegedly involved in the massacre of the 15 Punjabis. The DAWN report reads the army said Taukali “was wanted for multiple murders, including that of Rehmatullah Shohaz, a founding member of the Baloch National Movement (BNM).” The killing of poet Shohaz, who was well loved by local Baloch in January last year, was unjust and uncalled for but the question here to ask is since when have the Punjabi generals become such well wishers of the BNM or for that matter any other Baloch patriotic parties.

Asim Bajwa has an incredible number of followers on twitter: 3.19 million but follows only 33, none of them is a Baloch. Bajwa, a clansman of army chief of staff Qamar Javed Bajwa is not even following the Khawaja Khairuddin of Balochistan and friend of Indian politician Mani Shankar Aiyer, federal ports and shipping minister Mir Hasil Bizenjo. But then  why should a modern day Khalid bin Waleed, follow his slaves and servants–the Baloch apostates.

Strange case of Zeenat Shahzadi, who is still in ISI custody

Pakistan may soon have a new name internationally– Ghaibistan, or the land of the disappeared. Here is why.

She was as patriotic a Pakistani as any Punjabi in Lahore, capital of Punjab– stronghold of Pakistan army– can possibly be. On August 15, 2015 she posted on Facebook: “Military Courts starts working actively. Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif approved the death sentences of seven hardcore terrorists Well done.”

But this did not prevent Pakistan’s CIA called the ISI to think that she is anti-Pakistan. According to the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), Zeenat Shahzadi was kidnapped off the streets of Lahore on 19 August 2015, and had no contact with the outside world until her release on 18 October 2017. “The brazen, daylight kidnapping of a young female journalist was the first of its kind in Pakistan,” said the CJFE Thursday.

A global coalition of press freedom organizations are calling upon Pakistan to immediately allow freedom of movement to journalist Zeenat Shahzadi, who was recently released after two years in captivity, said the CFJE. “The 26 year old Pakistani journalist was recovered from her kidnappers last month after having vanished from the streets of Lahore, yet she has not yet been released from government custody. There is no justification for this delay. For the sake of her safety, Shahzadi must be immediately released to her family and allowed to seek counsel and treatment from qualified professionals,” said the CJFE.

The teenage brother of Shahzadi, Saddam Hussain, who was distraught over her disappearance, committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree on March 24 last year.

Journalist bodies in Pakistan, afraid that they may themselves become the next target if they speak out, kept mum over Shahzady disappearance.

Houston based Tanvir Arain, a Pakistani journalist who repeatedly faced gun attacks by the ISI, had petitioned against Pakistan spooks to former premier Nawaz Sharif in May last year for the release of the young journalist.

“I feel sorry to about the state of rule of law in Pakistan that on 19 August 2015, Ms. Zeenat Shahzadi, a journalist working for the Daily Nai Khabarand the Metro News television channel in Lahore, Punjab, disappeared while on her way to work in an auto-rickshaw. She was to appear before the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances on August 24, but before that she was disappeared by plain-clothed persons. Police registered an abduction case against “unknown men”.

Arain said Shahzadi was pursuing the safe recovery of a young Indian engineer Hamid Ansari , resident of Andheri West in Mumbai, who was forcibly disappeared by Pakistani intelligence agencies in November 2012.

The story can be made into a hit Bollywood movie. Arain said Hamid Ansari fell in love with a Pakistani girl in the Khyber Pashtunkhwa province whom he met on Facebook. The parents of the girl wanted to get her married against her wish.

“As Ansari was denied a Pakistan visa, he came to Afghanistan and then crossed in Khyber Pashtunkhwa to meet the love of his life but was abducted by the ISI,” Arain said. He said though he never met Shahzadi, he became interested in her case as she was a fellow journalist.

Shahzadi had moved applications with the Supreme Court’s human rights cell and the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances after securing special power of attorney from Fauzia Ansari, mother of Ansari and a college lecturer in Mumbai. (Ansari’s father Nihal Ansari is a retired bank official). She also filed a habeas corpus plea before the Peshawar High Court.
“The ISI boys asked her to back off, but she refused,” said Arain.  According to Latif, a brother of Shahzadi, she had received threats from unknown people who asked her not to pursue the case. “We too asked her not to put her life at risk, but she said she wanted to help Ansari out of humanity.”

In his letter to Sharif, Arain wrote that in February 2016 a military court is said to have jailed Ansari for three years on the charges of illegally entering Pakistan and spying.

Arain had urge the authorities to prosecute those military officials who abducted Hamid Ansari and kept him in illegal detention for more than three and a half years without producing him before the court. “The young Indian must be compensated,” Arain demanded.

People like Arain are sitting ducks in Pakistan. He is now filing for asylum in the United States.

Najeeb Khan, who lives in Albany and is director of the American Friends of Balochistan, had interacted with Shahzadi on Facebook. Khan too received ISI bullets in his body in Quetta, capital of Balochistan, for siding with the Baloch struggle. He recalls that though she used to be super patriotic when they come into contact, there seemed to have been a change in her ideas about Pakistan some months before her abduction.

The CJFE said 1,300 out of a total 3,000 missing people’s cases remain pending before the Commission on Enforced Disappearances. It said in addition to the missing persons’ crisis, Pakistan ranks sixth in the list of the 20 Deadliest Countries for journalists in the world, and as the ninth worst country in the world for impunity for crimes against journalists.

“It is unconscionable that Shahzadi’s family be delayed from reuniting with their daughter and sister any longer. The Pakistani government must immediately release Shahzadi to her family,” the CJFE demanded.

Zohra Yusuf, chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, on a query by this writer said, “As far as I know she is under treatment at a private hospital in Pindi. We have not been able to meet her.”

Quetta using silver bullet to kill Baloch owned newspapers

Corrupt and dishonest officials in the Balochistan capital of Quetta are bent upon to strangulate the credible local newspapers economically for political reasons, according to reports.

The newspapers under attack include Balochistan Express, Daily Azadi and Intikhab, owned by Baloch publishers. Balochistan Express and Daily Azadi are owned by veteran journalist Siddiq Baloch, who once used to work for Dawn newspaper. Intekhab is owned by Anwar Sajidi.

An appeal by the newspaper managements said political parties, human rights activists and all right minded people should condemn arbitrary action against genuine and credible newspapers known for their professionalism and independence in reporting.

These newspapers do not openly defy the existing systems but try to work within the constitutional frameworks, but corrupt officials in the administration are still trying to spell their death.

On the other hand, Khadim Lehri, Baloch editor of the pro-freedom daily Tawar newspaper was hounded by the intelligence sleuths and has been forced to go into hiding.

Quite a few journalists and contributors of the Daily Tawar were abducted, tortured, killed and their bodies dumped since 2010.

Lala Hameed Baloch, a senior journalist of Tawar was on October 25 2010,  abducted by Pakistani military and its notorious agencies at Karwat while he was going to attend marriage of a closed relative in Dasht Kunchiti. He was tortured to death and his body was dumped on November 18, 2010 alongside the body of Hamid Ismail at Hiroonk, a village 55 kilometer away from Turbat city. A paper was found in his pocket, on which it was written “An Eid Gift for Baloch Nation”.

The Committee to Protect Journalists reported Javed Naseer Rind, an editor and columnist with the Urdu-language Daily Tawar, Rind was kidnapped in his hometown of Hub in southern Baluchistan province on September 11, 2011. “Rind’s body was found in Khuzdar on November 5, nearly two months after he was abducted, according to news reports. The journalist had been shot multiple times in the head and chest, and his body showed numerous signs of torture, local news media reported.

According to BBC English, the mutilated body of Daily Tawar journalist Haji Abdul Razzak has been identified by his family, a day after it was found in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi August 21, 2013. The Balochistan-based journalist was abducted since 24 March and was tortured to death. The BBC report said, “only his arms and legs were sufficiently intact to enable identification.”

Several other Baloch journalists who used to write for Daily Tawar were also abducted and later killed under custody included Ahmed Dad Baloch, Nawaz Ahmed Marri, Rahmatullah Shaheen, Munir Shakir and advocate Ali Sher Kurd.