‘Three more girls buried alive in Balochistan’

In a fresh bomb shell, the Geo News has reported that three other women had been ‘buried alive’ in Balochistan. We all know what the truth in the whole matter is. The entire Jang Group has been engaged in defaming the Baloch society and its culture for a long time. Its so-called leading investigative reporter, Rauf Kalasara, affiliated with The News [newspaper] has been constantly fed by the Pakistani intelligence agencies. Ironically, the fellow has emerged as the sole champion of the women’s rights and the biggest detractor of the Baloch traditions while sitting in Islamabad and doing table-cum-telephonic stories. I wonder how come the educated people in Pakistan not persuade him to get out of his Islamabad office room and investigate the matter objectively rather completely relying on the intelligence reports and conducting telephonic interviews.

Yet, Rauf has not been able to prove evidence for a single story of his that the girls were ACTUALLY BURIED ALIVE. I am not denying their murders. But I am bothered with the careless reference given to the burial alive of girls. Such reports come from the people who are oblivious to the Baloch history, culture and traditions. Baloch are the people whose society witnessed a prolonged war between the Rind and Lashar tribes only in the favor of a guest lady’s, Gohar Jathni, honor. Baloch across the province stood and loudly protested the gang rape of a Sindhi lady doctor, Dr. Shahzia Khalid, by a Punjabi military officer.

On the top of it, we are being taught manners to ‘properly and respectfully’ deal with our women. I wonder how the people who have a history of gang raping their women and parading them naked publicly on the directives of Jirgas [referring to Mukhtaran Mai case], have become so civilized overnight and started to teach our grandmothers how to suck eggs.

There is no gainsaying the fact that girls/ women get consistently killed on the name of honor in many parts of Sindh and Balochistan in cases of honor-killing. No sane person can support these activities. They are worth condemnation. Yet, journalism that promotes fear among the masses and sensationalizes an issue should equally be condemned. Since Jang Group failed to give any evidence that the girls had really been buried alive, it resorted to another campaign to say that police was giving the a cover-up to the whole issue. That said, Jang was bent upon forcing the police and the local people to confess that they had buried the women alive [even if they had not done so].

Technically, a journalist is required to use terms such as ‘alleged murder’, ‘alleged burial alive’ until the charges are proved legally or medically. The first medical report issued by Dr. Shamim Mishwani clearly indicated that the girls had been shot and then buried. There was, however, no sign of burying them alive. In that case, no media house has the right to insist on putting words into the mouth of the police and others that the girls were buried alive. After all, our responsibility is to report what the evidences available indicate. If we journalists become partisan and start disrespecting the medical reports and police versions simply to insist that what we had said, that too without any evidence, is still correct, then this, I believe, is the worst form of sensational journalism.

Such highly subjective journalism is going to lead Pakistan no where. Jang Group has to review its approach towards so-called investigative journalism.

10 Responses to “‘Three more girls buried alive in Balochistan’”
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  3. Nadeem Saeed says:

    Journalists should not compromise objectivity at any cost, especially while doing investigative reporting, if it really is. However, I would dare to say that crimes against women is a universal phenomenon in Pakistan and the issue shouldn’t be swept under the rug of nationalism or regionalism.

  4. I happened to meet renowned Indian investigative journalist, P. Sainath, who superbly debunked the farmers’ suicide in his country. The fellow was informing us that he spends six months in a year in the remotest parts of India in order to live with the farmers, observes their living style and talk to them for several days before filing a story. Similarly, I know Robert Fisk, an other internationally reputed investigative journalist who was born in Maidstone, Ken, UK. But he has lived in Lebanon for more than two decades. Fisk has moved out of his country in order to be a better investigative journalist on the middle east issues. Pakistan is the only country where all the so-called top investigative journalists sit in air-conditioned rooms of Islamabad and report from there.

    Nadeem, this has nothing to do with nationalism or regionalism. I am just here for objectivity in journalism. I was absolutely shocked to read the latest news i.e. the burial alive of three other girls, in a so-called leading Urdu newspaper, which is simultaneously published from Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad. The newspaper said: ” Quetta kay elaqay Naseerabad main” [ In Quetta’s area of …]. C’mon. The newspaper intending to ‘break the big story’ even does not know where Quetta is and what its relationship with Naseerabad is. This is the most deplorable part of Pakistan’s ‘investigative journalism’ where the journalists do not know that Naseerabad is NOT an area of Quetta. Rather, it is a district of Balochistan [which is a province] and Naseerabad is as much a district of Balochistan as Quetta is. Plus, its several hundred kilometers away from Quetta. My point of view is until you travel to the affected areas, you will not understand the matters. You will always be told by the intelligence reports that Naseerabad is an area of Quetta.

  5. Nadeem Saeed says:

    Boss, am 100 per cent agreed to you … planted stories cannot be termed investigative reporting … and one must not compromise accuracy while trying to hit headlines … but we know on the land of pures everything has its own meaning … the most revered self-style investigative journalist of the media group you are referring to is Kamran Khan … you would have seen promo of his talk show … does anybody has ever seen him in the field? This is journalism embedded with permanent establishment of the country.

  6. Shahid Rind says:

    dear nadeem sorry to say who is sitting in aslamabad and he is reporting on balochistan with out visiting the efected place with out talking with both parteis how he is reporting the event or matter who gives him a right you say it is journalism ? rauf klasra filed story about women killing ok we agree then its not good but how he gets this story his story is complete no not if he visit here then i ill see how he report there r to many storeis we and our malik we disscuss on these storeis but we r not making a press release like a rauf klasra dear my ENGLISH is weak may be there r to mush misstakes of grammer but i think u got my point

  7. Talha Masood says:

    This is a new charm for the genre of journalists you mentioned. They are totally unaware even of the factual news they report. Now they are more interested about mellow_dramatic reporting about the series of the burial incidents in NaseeraBad after being tired from reporting non stop ‘Karo Kari’ killings in sindh with marriages with Quran and absurd ‘PUNCHAIT’ decisions for the avoidance of property distribution among their women. In Punjab, the wild ‘Jirgah or Panchait’ decisions are even more horrible where they publicaly set to put the women for the Gang-Bang which is happening frequently and no one has showed the mettle to probe into these barbarities. Now instead of displaying the real display of the story, the more emphasis is on bringing it to a limelight, different from the ground reality.

  8. medic says:

    thank you for very interesting article , want good luckthank you for very interesting article , want good luck

  9. Najeeb Qazi says:

    Extreme of anti-Balochism,isn’t that?

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