Thank you Mr. Chief Justice
I am glad that deposed Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Ifthakar Mohammad Chaudhary, former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBC) Aitzaz Ahsan and the current President of the SCBC, our own Ali Ahmed Kurd bravely rose the issue of Zarina Marri the other day in Karachi.
The Pakistan media, both electronic as well as the print, have tried their level best to muzzle the truth. I am stunned to see the double standards of the media as well as the champions of the women’s rights. When Mr. Rauf Kalasra of The News broke a false story about the burial of five women live while living hundreds of kilometers away from Balochistan, he was widely appreciated. There was unprecedented media coverage and massive protests were conducted by the champions of the human rights. I remember many of the private news channels sent their DSNGs to Naseerabad for the live coverage of that unsubstantiated episode.
Similarly, the Pakistan media as well as the so-called civil society reacted briskly towards the handing over of Dr. Afia Siddiqui to the US authorities.
What bothers me the most is the pin-drop silence by the Pakistan media as well as the human rights champions over keeping the Baloch women as sex-slaves by the Pakistan army in its torture cells. I am very disappointed with this situation. The media as well as the Human Rights Commission have once again reminded us that the honor of a Baloch girl and that of a non-Baloch are not equal in terms of sanctity.
I know the reality about the Zarina Marri episode still needs to be verified. The statement given by Munir Mengal, the Managing Director of the Baloch Voice who himself underwent extraordinarily painful torture for more than one year in the custody of the Pakistani agencies, may not be fully true or free from biases. Yet, I sincerely hope that this matter is taken up by all us very seriously. After all, the role of the Pakistani intelligence agencies has never been admirable. We all know what they have done with hundreds of ‘missing people’ so far. Everyone who managed to come out after being brutally torture has ample wounds on their bodies to testify the inhuman treatment meted out to them inside the Pakistan torture cells.
I am glad that finally deposed Chief Justice took the issue. I know he would be playing politics on this in the coming days. But there is nothing wrong with playing politics on an issue which can get the remaining people rid off the injustices.
At the same time, I am very disappointed with the role of the Baloch political parties. They have once again failed to rise to the occasion. Every time, they expect the non-Baloch to come to their help. This time, the help has not come from someone as big as Asma Jhangir but from a young lady Alia Amirali, the daughter of renowned scholar Professor Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy. Alia bravely took out a rally against this disgraceful incident in Islamabad despite coming under intense pressure from certain quarters not to speak up against the matter. Hats off to you, Alia.