Arrest warrants issued for Manzoor Pashteen and Ali Wazir. I wonder why it's okay for the Mullahs to demand their constitutional 'rights' while holding the state hostage - and they're given a pat on the back, but men like Manzoor are framed as anti-state for doing the same despite using peaceful means to do so? I wonder who's scared of the voice of the people of FATA spreading like wildfire? What is the state trying to censor? What have they done in Waziristan that they feel the need to hide? The answers are all clear. But there's also a truth in this equation of lies - the Pashtun renaissance is here to stay. Try stopping it.
اٹھو! اس سے پہلے کہ اٹھا لئے جاو
On forced disappearances
No one has ever been held accountable for an enforced disappearance in Pakistan.
"Victims include bloggers, journalists, students, peace activists, and other human rights defenders whose work promotes the same value as the UN Human Rights Council and is crucial to a free and just society", Amnesty said in a statement. The disappeared risk torture and even death. Forced disappearances are a crime under international law and qualify as a crime against humanity if committed on a systematic and widespread basis (as it is in Pakistan). The families of the disappeared blame the intelligence agencies for these crimes. What must be noted is that almost all of the families of the disappeared and even those who have returned (if they dare speak up) point their fingers in the same direction. This is a national crisis. The numbers of the disappeared vary in different accounts and in different areas. "Absolutely wrong figures. 621? Not at all. 23,000 is the number of registered cases", says Nasrullah Baloch, the chairperson of the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons. "We, the people of Balochistan, knew from the very beginning that the commission was only created to downplay reality. We knew that their job was to popularise incorrect facts about the plight of people in this province". Balochistan, however, is not alone in this suffering. Waziristan, other tribal areas and Sindh face the same issue.
Pakistani media has been silent on these mass abductions. "Of late, a number of activists working on human rights, social and developmental issues have forcibly disappeared. Vocal social media activists have also been targeted. In a wave that started in Sindh in August 2017, 80-plus citizens were forcibly disappeared in the course of 30 days alone. A few of them returned within 24-48 hours. But now they refuse to publicly share the details of their “detention” -Zeenia Shaukat, Dawn.
Several years ago it was impossible for us to meet publicly in Dera İsmail Khan, or talk openly about what went down every day in #Waziristan . When we met it had to be in secret locations hiding, trying our best to be invisible. Today, so much has changed in Pakistan because of this brilliant and beautiful friend of mine whom with his courage has shaken the censorship on Waziristan. Manzoor Pashteen who is as generous and as loving, came down to see me for old times sake. We met yet again at a secret location, this time because now everybody knows him. Manzoor has illuminated the nation about the suffering of Pushtoon people during the so called war on terror. On the eve of 9/11 we sat down remising the years of how what seemed to be the US’s struggle to fight terrorism, became this nations own core struggle with itself. How it transformed the state of Pakistan and the lives of innocent civilians. But mostly we jammed and shared tales of our lives and stuffed our bellies with the best Karhai. The mediocrity of this location reflects the basic lifestyle of courageous pushtoon youth.
The sacrifices of Armed forces is undeniable since the creation of Pakistan. The end of war on terror, and rehabilitation process by Pak Army is matchless. From clearing the minefields, defeating gruelling roadless terrains and harsh weather, destroying foreign involvement's back and kicking out the terrorists to the development and rehabilitation of FATA is unparalleled.
Some eyes can't see and digest the success and sacrifices of Pakistani people and Armed forces, but these few pictures and our visit, says it all... Youm-e-difa Mubarak. Pakistan zindabad!!!
P.S special thanks to Sir @hanan_ali_abbasi and @nya_pakistan for giving us such an opportunity.
Morgen lees je op MO.be waarom zelfs een doorwinterde journalist nog 'beginnersfouten' kan maken. Op reportagereis in Pakistan, hoopte @giegoris de tribale gebieden op de Pakistaans-Afghaanse grens te bereiken, door Obama nog omschreven als de 'gevaarlijkste plek ter wereld'. Hij slaagde niet in zijn opzet, maar kwam alsnog terug met een straffe reportage. 'Niemand bericht over Pakistan, maar er zijn tientallen redenen waarom we ons zouden moeten interesseren voor wat de Pakistani willen en hopen, doormaken en vrezen. Wat in Pakistan gebeurt, is ook voor ons belangrijk.' Wil je weten waarom precies? Lees het hele dossier 'Pakistan 2018: Jaar van de Pasjtoen?' via onze link in bio of MO.be! #Pakistan#Pasjtoen#journalistiek#reportage#KhyberPakhtunkwa#waziristan