Taliban’s attack on Baloch cultural concert in Khuzdar blacked out by Pakistani media



An injured student is treated at a hospital after a blast in Khuzdar, southwestern Pakistan, on March 2, 2010. Source: Xinhua

Once again, Pakistani media has almost blacked out an act of violence by Taliban extremists. This time the Taliban’s target was a Baloch cultural day and musical concert in the University of Engineering and Technology, Khuzdar. The blast occurred in the premises of local engineering university when a number of students and other people were attending a cultural gathering. Two innocent students were killed, numerous others were injured.

Contrast the almost negligible coverage to the Khuzdar attack with the enormous coverage given to the attack on the International Islamic University, Islamabad.

The reason for this disparity in media approach is quite clear. In the International Islamic University case, there was a powerful lobby of Islamist students (Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba) who have direct links with the Pakistani media. In the Khuzdar Engineering University case, it were poor Baloch students who were on the receiving end, hence not worthy of any support or coverage in the mass media.

Does Balochistan exist in Pakistan? Are Baloch people entitled to same rights as are granted to the people of Lahore and Islamabad? Will Hamid Mirs, Talat Hussains, Shahid Masoods and Javed Chaudhries of the Pakistani media pay some attention to this gruesome attack by Islamists on a musical concert in a far flung town in Balochistan?

Here are some relevant news items:

Blast claims lives of two students in Khuzdar

Wednesday, 03 Mar, 2010

QUETTA: Two students of Khuzdar Engineering University were killed and nine others injured when a bomb exploded on the university premises on Tuesday night.

Khuzdar DIG Asif Ejaz Sheikh said the cause of the blast was being investigated. Police and security personnel took the bodies and the injured to the Khuzdar civil hospital. Sources said two of the injured were in a serious condition. One of the deceased was identified as Junaid Baloch, a son of a university official. — Saleem Shahid

Source: Dawn

Who is responsible?

There was no claim for responsibility, but local security officials linked the incident to violent rivalry between two clans in the tribal area.
Pakistan has also seen a growth in religious conservatism in parts of the northwest and Baluchistan, which borders Afghanistan and Iran, with militants opposing music and films and instead advocating Islamic education.

Source: AFP

However, according to Baloch nationalists, the attack was carried out by Pakistan Army (or the Taliban-ISI duo?).

Khuzdar: B.S.O Azaad Media Cell has reported that Baloch Students Organisation (Azaad) and Baloch Culture Forum were observing the International Cultural day in Khuzdar Engineering University. When the personal of Pakistan FC (frontier corps) hurled three hand grenades on the crowd. Speaking to Radio Gwank a Baloch student has said that more than 18 youth have sustained injuries including a teacher Mr Jalal Shah and some senior BSO (A) leaders. According to Radio Gwank report the FC has surrounded the University after the attack. The injured have been shifted to Hospital and many youth were heading to the hospital to donate blood to their injured comrades.

BSO Azaad media cell circulated the following initial report. Once Again Pakistani Agencies Attacked on BSO Azaad 2nd March International Balochi Culture Day Cultural Show Organized by BSO Azaad Khuzdar Zone …Three Blasts were done in this attack with Hand Grenade (Said by Eyewitnesses).
In which Sangat Junaid Baloch (BSO Azaad Member) University Accountants achieved Martrydom & More than 24 Injured…

In which 3 got serious injuries & Sent to Karachi for Better Treatment..

Blood needed for the Above Injuried .. We Appeal TO BALOCH Nation to Donate Blood to their Beloved Brothers..

For Blood Donation Further Contact:
0321-2885995

B.S.O Azaad Media Cell

Source: Baloch Warna


13 responses to “Taliban’s attack on Baloch cultural concert in Khuzdar blacked out by Pakistani media”

  1. hamid mirs and shahid masood giving a damn to innocent killing is not a suprise , but sad part is bloggers community is also not raising their voice .

  2. Why protest across Balochistan, why not across Pakistan?

    Protests across Balochistan over Khuzdar blast

    Daily Times Monitor

    LAHORE: Protesters blocked the Quetta-Karachi Highway, ransacked a state-run Utility Store and set a post office on fire after two students were killed and 10 others injured in Tuesday’s blast in a cultural function at the Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology in Khuzdar, a private TV channel reported on Wednesday.

    Students boycotted their classes and took out rallies, and blocked the National Highway leaving traffic stranded for several hours. Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani formed an inquiry commission and announced that Rs 0.5 million would be paid to the families of the deceased students. Balochistan Students Organisation-A (BSO-A) has announced that a shutter-down strike will be
    observed in the province today (Thursday).

    http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=201034\story_4-3-2010_pg1_3

  3. I admit I too have missed this news item of the Taliban attack on cultural night in Khuzdar University, but this should not surprise anyone for the Taliban view music and cultural activities as a threat to their extremist ideology. The attack while being condemned the state must take steps that such events are held under vigilant security.

  4. The Baloch Hal website, source of yesterday’s report on the Pakistani Supreme Court reopening the case of Balochistan’s nearly 1,000 “Disappeared” has been shut-down, presumably by the Pakistani internet authority. It really demonstrates the overwhelming fear associated with the Baloch issue within the government. According to Musharraf himself, many people were taken from there and “sold” to the CIA, a fact which was removed from his book’s second edition.

    I urge you all to send your comments on this attack upon freedom of the press to the address given below.

  5. The Baloch Hal website, source of yesterday’s report on the Pakistani Supreme Court reopening the case of Balochistan’s nearly 1,000 “Disappeared” has been shut-down, presumably by the Pakistani internet authority. It really demonstrates the overwhelming fear associated with the Baloch issue within the government. According to Musharraf himself, many people were taken from there and “sold” to the CIA, a fact which was removed from his book’s second edition.

    I urge you all to send your comments on this attack upon freedom of the press to the address given below.
    nasibalizai@yahoo.com
    03328085813

  6. Sallam All baloch brother’s !
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