In defence of a secular Baloch – by Niaz Betab

Recently an article carrying the title, “Baloch comrades must not ignore anti-Shia terrorists making inroads in Balochistan”, published on the blog LUBP, famous for raising the problems the minorities and persecuted communities face in Pakistan, which was authored by Ali Ahsan, claiming to be a researcher, caused a lot of noise on social websites like Twitter, etc.

The generous author apparently seems to be deeply perturbed about the worsening situation in Balochistan. He, like some other people, who talk just emotionally without a smell of logic, might stress that the Baloch should stand up armed against the callous killers involved in the Shias killings, who the author himself confirms are openly backed by the state agencies, anxiously requests the Baloch Comrades (forgetting that it is the constitutional function of the state to ensure and stop the subversive elements from entering into a religiously tolerant and peaceful society) not to ignore the anti-Shia terrorists making inroads in Balochistan.

Before we plunge to argue with the author, let’s cast our minds back and precisely observe the Baloch and the influence of religion in their society historically. We instantly reach a clearly undeniable fact, in doing so, that the Baloch is born an exceptionally harmonious and exemplary secular animal. They have never had any sort of issue with anyone, whether they were Shias or Hindus, on religious basis, as religion is nothing for them more than a personal belief/faith. In fact, it is now part of history, when the Hindus had been brutally slaughtered during the partition time of Subcontinent into two countries i.e. Pakistan and India, the Baloch had come forward, provided them shelters and protected them from all kind of dangers that they were facing from the religious fanatics.

Now let’s study carefully the claims the author (Ali Ahsan) made in his article and observe how the officious author took so easily and subjectively the subject he was curious to tell something new about that he unambiguously means everyone is completely unaware of. He innocently says that his sources who he prefers not to disclose informed him that most of the terror acts which were previously performed by the radicalized Pashtuns and Punjabis are now done by the local radicalized Baloch. Almost everyone knows who is that handful ‘radicalized local Baloch’ and on behalf of whom they are operating. The Baloch, time and again, disowned and denounced publicly such wrongdoers and never remained silence against them. He further says he was surprised to hear that ‘the majority of the LeJ operations and planning is taking place in Baloch concentration areas’. Here the author’s own words reveal his unmistakable ignorance and confirms that the respected author was busy with footballers that he himself endorses. It also shows the author reads less and lacks considerable information regarding the day to day developments in Balochistan, because the Baloch Nationalists continuously, as we read, from the first day, blame the state’s agencies for using specifically their areas to target Shias in order to undermine and colour their national struggle. This claim is significantly seconded by the Shia Hazaras who are the chief targets of the LeJ terrorists and by many prominent journalists as well.

The author’s mendacious approach towards his undertaken research work becomes significantly ambiguous when he discusses the areas like Sariab Road and Mastung. He builds up his monotonous argument ignorantly and subjectively when he says, ‘it is apparent that areas like Sariab Road are considered a hub of Baloch Nationalists separatist activity, but the LeJ dimensions of Sariab Road adds another twist in the tale’, while completely and intentionally surpasses the fact that the same Road is tightly cordoned off by the security personals i.e. FC and Police. On the other hand, Mastung which the writer claims ‘is a LeJ and ASWJ-SSP stronghold now’, is the home town of none other than the hilarious man who amuses and delights his audiences with his philosophic jokes wherever he goes, the Chief Minister of Balochistan, M. Aslam Raisani, whose name the writer deliberately avoids to mention.

The hue and cry that he raises against radicalizing Baloch in his lines, like everyone else, is creditable and worth consideration. A process with the help of Saudi rushing funds to build mosques in order to inoculate religiosity and evil doctrines in secular minds of the Baloch people has long been started which is unbefitting so far because the people deprecated. But the efforts are not stopped; they are tirelessly engaged to get their ambitions fulfilled of which the Baloch seems to be fully aware. No one can deny that the Baloch have ignored such malicious plans but it would be better to be constantly vigilant.

The frequent Shias killings, no doubt, are precariously prevalent all over Pakistan which everyone must condemn and fulminate. For, the writer fails to exactly name the places where Shias are being targeted. As I already mentioned Mastung is the home town of the chief minister. The other places in Quetta like Sariab Road are clearly security tight, however, Golimar Chowk, where such incidents took place recently, is not far away from a FC camp. Arbab Karam Khan Road is also a place where Shias came under attack, is near Chief Minister’s home which is situated on Raisani Road. Lacking all such basic and genuine details, which guarantee a research’s truthfulness, makes author’s work unmistakably implausible and disputable. Furthermore, the comments the writer made on social websites and on the very blog make his work nothing more than a distinctly ‘personal grudge’.

By closely examining and comparing the facts and figures, we come to the conclusion that the honorable author’s research work is entirely disconnected from reality. It equally unfolds that his baseless claims are just based on a ‘personal skepticism and dislike’ which a man in the street can not fail to recognize in an instant. Another fact become exposed is that the writer, without explicit information, exerts to connect two seriously irrelevant subjects with different aims and ambitions. The work’s exceedingly emotional tone also suggests that it is aimed to break a seemingly effective unison taking place between the Baloch and the Shia Hazaras to fight together to protect their rights.

Niaz Betab
Twitter @Niaz_betab



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