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Appeal for support: Khuzdar Press Club under threat.


The Khuzdar press club is being threatened by the “Baloch Musalla Difa Tanzeem”. These threats are serious. The group in question, which is effectively the “civilian wing” of the Frontier Corps (FC) — the paramilitary group terrorising Balochistan and the Baloch — has attacked Khuzdar before, and is not imcapable of doing it again. Please spread the word — we need all the support we can get to protect our colleagues. These are extremely brave people, who are working under extremely adverse conditions. Is this the democracy that we fought for?

I’d filed this story yesterday (Tuesday — April 6, 2010) evening. It wasn’t printed, because apparently, The News had more important things to inform the public about — the Shoaib-Sania-Ayesha saga, for instance, and how Ayesha’s mother has contacted the racketeer Ansar Burney.

Anyway, the media’s misplaced priorities aside, the background to this case is that these guys who are under threat are district correspondents — the most exploited lot of journalists in Mamlikat Khudadad Pakistan (details on that will be in a separate post).

These threats are serious. The group in question, which is effectively the “civilian wing” of the Frontier Corps (FC) — the paramilitary group terrorising Balochistan and the Baloch — has attacked Khuzdar before, and is not imcapable of doing it again. Please spread the word — we need all the support we can get to protect our colleagues. These are extremely brave people, who are working under extremely adverse conditions. Is this the democracy that we fought for?

Khuzdar Press Club under threat

By Urooj Zia

QUETTA: Members of the Khuzdar Press Club condemned on Tuesday repeated threats issued to them by a militant group which has warned them against covering events organised by nationalist parties and groups in Balochistan.

The threats are being issued by the “Baloch Musalla Difa Tanzeem” (BMDT), a group which also claimed responsibility for a hand-grenade attack on March 2 during Culture Day celebrations at the Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology. BMDT Spokesman Mir Jang Baloch had, meanwhile, warned journalists in the area against covering events related to or organised by nationalist parties and groups, including the Balochistan National Party (BNP), the National Party, the Baloch National Front, and all three factions of the Baloch Students Organisation.

The journalists concerned had then filed reports regarding these threats, and then decided to protest by blacklisting statements issued by the BMDT. Soon after, the group contacted members of the Noshki Press Club, and told them to warn their colleagues in the Khuzdar Press Club against covering a BNP rally on April 10.

“Threats and oppression are not going to stop us from doing our jobs,” Khuzdar Press Club President Muhammad Khan Sasoli said. “We do, however, need to take these matters seriously, and nip these tendencies in the bud. They’re threatening us today; it’ll be someone else tomorrow. If we don’t take a stand collectively and give in to these pressure tactics, journalists will eventually lose all credibility.”

Meanwhile, members of press clubs from various districts in the province are expected to meet today (Wednesday) to devise the future course of action in this regard.

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  1. December 14, 2010 at 23:52

    This was in April. No one listened. Until today — and no one listens even now. RIP Sasoli sb, you will be remembered.

  2. zahid abdulla
    April 17, 2010 at 01:41

    Pakistan falls into the cateogory what the capitalist politcal language calls them as ” failed state ” , ” police state ” , and indded some how ” rogued state”. currently it has descented into “total chaos” { this word i prefer than only chaos}.
    Gradually the group which calls every shot has succeded to control every aspect of the people living within its terriotoy. Media , government (its all pillars ; legislature , executive , judiciary) , manufactured public opinion which revoles around a manufactured idelogy , propganda all work together to strengthen ultra totalitarian regime.
    all means of suppresion and exploitation are used to maintain the status quo. violence is its favorite mean.
    Balochistan is in grip of insurgency for quite few years. killing , torture , disapperance of poilitical activists , intellectual and journalists , artist and poet , teachers and also children and women are routine there , even in daylight. students are murdered cold blood.
    Asaap , a daily paper , was closed down because Forntier Corps (F.C) put a seige around it and its worker were tortured and threatened.
    Where has been Media for 7 years ? As one of baloch poet put it in this way
    ” By killings our bodies , You cant kill our thoughts ; can you stoped the flowers giving out its fragrance ; if you want to kill me , then kill my soul , and hang my hopes ; if i m dead u will die too. “{ Atta shad}

  3. naimat
    April 7, 2010 at 23:56

    the nationalist parties should also come forward and support the journalists

    • Bolshevik
      April 8, 2010 at 06:06

      Agreed.

  4. Shafqat
    April 7, 2010 at 12:36

    Who will decide if the demo is or is not anti-state? Who does this state belong to by the way? It is not the state of the people. It is not the state of the oppressed nations of Pakistan. The people, the oppressed nations are justified being anti-state and anti-governemnt. The Baloch and Sindhis have seen all sorts of governemt, so had the Bengalis. And we still are supposed to be ONLY anti-government. It is the STATE which either has to be aboloshed or demorcatised, and what is democracy if the oppressed are not allowed to demonstrate, and the agencies issueing threats. The worst emerges when civilians make a fetish of an anti-people state and condemn all activities as anti-state, or try to be selective: “anti-state, anti-governement”. This ahs not helped in past, this will not help now. I am all with the journalists and the people who dare the army-ridden body politic of this ‘God-gifted’ country.

  5. April 7, 2010 at 12:25

    No one would ever threat if the demonstration is for a rightful purpose. If it means to support some anti state elements, then these must be condemned.

    Being anti government and ant anti sate are two different things.

    • Bolshevik
      April 8, 2010 at 06:05

      Raja Mujtaba,

      Pro-State or anti-State or whatever; who gives anyone the right to threaten journalists and interfere in their professional responsibilities?

  1. December 16, 2010 at 05:03

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