by M. Sarjov
[this letter responds to this
Burying women alive is not Baluch
custom, it is against Islamic teachings and
it is against Baluch culture. No society can
survive if every criminal act of individuals
or groups is justified by honour or tradition.
Senator Sardar Israrullah Zehri may not know
Baluch culture. If he does know, then he is deliberately
disgracing Baluch tradition and culture.
Baluchs Legendary Leader Chakar the Great's
sister led the Baluch army against Indian Mahraja.
She was a woman and Chakar's sister and Sheikhak's
daughter. I am pretty sure she did not lead the
army under a veil. Hur Bibi, sister of Khalil
Khan I and daughter of Gamshadzai tribal chief,
led an army of Baluch men against Qajar and defeated
Qajar. Mehrab Khan's wife played an important
role in fighting against British; she accompanied
Naseer Khan II when the young Khan was in battle
against the British.
What Sardar Israrullah is trying to say is that
Baluch women are worthless creatures and should
be kept in chains at all times. Most Baluch political
parties boycotted the last election. Most Baluch
political parties resigned their parliamentary
seat after the assassination of Nawab Akbar by
Pakistan 's army. Israrullah is Musharraf ‘s
remnant, he is Baluch all right but represents
the rapist army of Pakistan in Baluchistan.
Other Sardars who are involved in burying women
are the Peoples Party representative. The PPP
president nominee is a criminal. Israrullah and
others should not hide behind Baluch culture,
Baluch are not women killers. These Sardars have
sold their soul to the devil, on the behest of
ISI they are trying to paint the picture that
Baluch are backward and not able to operate in
a modern system.
These values are imposed on Baluch by Pakistan
establishment through Israrullah Zehri. An interior
Minister visited Baluchistan and he admitted
the 1,000 missing person's list. These so called
missing persons are jailed illegally by the Pakistan
army, no one knows of their whereabouts. These
missing persons are not ordinary individuals.
They are the cream of Baluch society. They are
the lawyers, the doctors, and intellectuals,
the future of a successful and democratic Baluchistan.
Women are half of the population. No society
can survive without the active participation
of their women. Many Sardar's daughter and ordinary
Baluch daughters and sisters have refused to
marry their parents chosen partner, and they
have never been killed.
This Pakistani policy must not be allowed to
become part of Baloch culture, those Sardars
who support this practice should be removed from
Baluch society and become the Pakistani Gulam
they aspire to.