Intimidations and the anticipation of VBMP marchers
By Aziz Ejaz
Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) has initiated its second phase in search of justice for the missing and their family members after a grueling long march on foot from Quetta to Karachi, and then from Karachi to Islamabad, on 27, October, 2013.
From the scratch the participants were those, who belong to the families of persons had gone mysteriously missing since the regime of General Pervez Musharraf and the successors of it, and others Baloch including women and children who were holding the placards and photos of the missing fathers and brothers were also the crucial members of the March, that is being led by 70 years old Mama Qadeer Baloch, father of martyred Jaleel Reki who was allegedly killed by the inter-service security intelligence on 22nd November, 2011, the dead body of him was recovered from a rugged area of Mand, district Turbat.
The VMBP, being one of the humanitarian organizations based in Balochistan, toils to rise the voice for oppressed and human rights denied people, started first phase of long march from the resilient landscapes of division Kalat and the most disturbed areas of Kuzdar like as Thokat, to the long banquet plan areas of Sindh and Punjab at the second phase of long march to seek justice for the allegedly disappeared persons and family members who are undeniably uncertain about their beloved ones whether they are alive or not. However, very freshly according to a report stated by provincial health minister Ramat Ali Baloch that the mass graves discovered from the most troubled area of Kuzdar ‘’Thokat’’, the decomposed bodies found in are of the missing Baloch who had gone missing and in the same area the audacious members of the long march were threatened harshly to be slain if they move a step ahead, but despite all these scaredy-cat intimidations the committed shoulders of MaMa Qadeer Baloch intended to face all barricades for the most depressed nation who holds one of the wealthiest lands of world but is in nastiest condition of human rights violation, and the VMBP long march, alongside terrorizations, eventually reaching to its destination with hope and courage. This has undeniably earned a great name and it made a history which is more persuasive than the long march of salt, the March which was embarked upon in 1930 by Mahatma Gandhi and his fellows in India. Mahatma Gandhi proposed a non-violent march protesting the British Salt Tax, continuing Gandhi’s pleas for civil disobedience. The Salt Tax essentially made it illegal to sell or produce salt, allowing a complete British domination in India. It was 240-mile journey from Sabarmati to Dandi, a coastal place in India, where Mahatma Gandhi took a thump of salt to break the sanctions imposed by British on salt selling or producing during 1930.
Since salt is necessary in everyone’s daily diet, everyone in India was affected over the implementation of British sanctions on salt extraction for the citizens. Gandhi’s grueling march for the inhabitants and against British brutalities over the citizens in the form of implementing tax is worth discussable which eventually pave a way and enabled India to gain their freedom from Britain. The purpose that compelled Gandhi with his 78 male activists of truth and resolution to embark on a march was to seek justice for the victimized Indian who was utterly passing their two times meals by exploiting the salts from different reservoirs of salt at the coasts of India. It has been pleasantly quoted by Thomson Jefferson that, ‘’ when injustice becomes law, the resistant become duty’’. It was a sort of resistant, fought against British but nonviolently for the citizens whose subsistence was being run by exploiting the salt of coasts.
The succession movement in Balochistan may happily be feeling the March of VBMP, a struggle that will undoubtedly earn an international name and pave a way like Gandhi’s March towards the significant purpose of Baloch movement. State’s brutalities as comparing with the situations in 1971 are not dissimilar. However, are gotten the distorted shape of human rights violations. In 70’s thousands of Bengalis were executed inhumanely and treated with the worst acts but eventually the sacrifices from scholars, teachers, students and formers bore a successful fruit to let the Bengalis be able to made a free and sovereign country as we called Bangladesh.
Martin Luther King says, ‘’Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’’. Injustice is injustice everywhere, but the purpose of seeking justice diverges as the long march from Gandhi was a different and VBMP’s is for the safe recovery of missing persons and diverting of the attention of international benevolent committee towards the appalling situations owing to which every individual is affected and every family has rightly sacrificed an individual to the big cause of liberty.
The two phase grueling long march of Baloch under the supervision of Mama Qadeer and Banuk Farzana Baloch embarked upon from Quetta and receiving the life threatening intimidation from the first days of its initiation. These sorts of threats as we observed are the cowardly act and the response behind it from the concerned authorities is fairly condemnable and callous. Seeking justice over here for the team of VBMP was not an easy task where at every moment of breath a loaded truck tries to hit the dispirited members and later call it an accident not a deliberate attack.
Adolf Hitler once said “One who wins without problem, it’s just victory. But one who wins with lots of trouble, he creates History”.
Mama with his companions didn’t go out just for a victory but to create a history that has already gotten a great name for the rights of human inhabit throughout entire world. They confronted the life threatening intimidation on the way for a great triumph which has undoubtedly achieved walking on foot for such a long and fatigued journey just keeping in minds the each member ‘’the journey of a thousand miles begin from the first step’’, it is another worth mentioning topic, why it has been given a scarce coverage from electronic and front media, respectively.
‘’Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals’’. Said by, Martin Luther King, Jr.
The tireless toils often pave a way to go through and this sort of efforts are considered the most influential ones on the way in seek of justice. VBMP’s member dedications individually are praiseworthy as they fought with their courage on the battlefield of threats, having guns with a harsh response in various forms. Keeping in consideration for an outstanding triumph, the committed walkers sacrificed themselves and toiled tirelessly. They didn’t care of themselves to move on blistered feet. The participation of women is a great human progress to indicate there is something exceeding over limit has compelled them to come out for seeking justice. It is a failure of humanitarian organizations who claim for preservation of the righteously rights of human being and stand steadfast against the violation of fundamentals rights according to international laws, but regarding Pakistani administrated Balochistan where nearly 1800 individuals have gone missing allegedly being given a deep ear, is over to expectations.
When against apartheid regime in South Africa a movement initiated to decline the curse of radicalism by black men the strikers were as well threatened, slain and executed but eventually with the great won, the equalization on the base of racism came into functioning and no discrimination state started performing under the leadership of international peace icon Nelson Mandela, who was one of the winners of Nobel Prize devotee for peace worldwide. In other regions where the cause of justice came into appalling situations there undoubtedly emerged the uprisings that toiled for the recovery of it in its utmost determinations.
Baloch marchers were accompanied by life threatening intimidation from various ways but the intentions and pledges of the living legends are appreciable as they toiled tirelessly and didn’t turn their face back to see whether they are being persuaded or not, they walk in cloudy weathers in the coldest days of January, they go through the fear-provoking darkness nights in the forest of Sindh and crossed vast far-sighted gardens of the Punjab just for a purpose which is historic and fetching in real sense.
Eventually, Gandhi’s long march paved a way for the Indians to achieved their freedom from British and let the citizens be enabled to exploit the salt, but let us see what will the VBMP’s exhausted long march brings with it at the last step of destination for the most deprived and inhumanely treated families of Baloch who are on the way for their beloved ones have gone missing since the emergence of tyrannies regimes..