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Deteriorating Political and Security Situation in Sindh

World Sindhi Institute , Washington DC, Press Release

On Saturday 14th November 2009 , a board meeting of the The World Sindhi Institute was convened in Washington D.C., to deliberate on the deteriorating political and security situation in Sindh, one manifestation of which was the recent targeted killing of Nisar Baloch , a highly respected and committed social justice and environmental activist of Lyari-Golimar, in Karachi Sindh.

World Sindhi Institute , endorses the formation of the recent Sindh Joint Action Committee(SJAC) , convened by Usman Baloch and endorsed by Chairman Jiay Sindh Mahaz Abdul Khaliq Junejo, central leader of Baloch National Front Wahab Baloch, President JSQM Karachi chapter Elahi Bakhsh Bikak, Sindh Tarraqi Passand Party STPP’s Gulzar Soomro, Awami Tehreeq’s Mazhar Raojo, Sindh National Front’s Nawaz Summo, Labour Party’s Younus Rao, Sindhiani Tehreek’s Fehmida Soomro, Nasir Kareem Baloch and Gattar Baghicha Bachao Tehreek’s Nadir Baloch and others

The World Sindhi Institute is of the view that coordinated, peaceful , nonviolent and united action of political forces in Sindh is the need of the hour. The SJAC has been convened to protect the rights of Sindh and against all the forces that continue to hatch conspiracies against the indigenous people of Sindh, thereby depriving them of their historical and fundamental rights of living in peace on their own land…

Humaira Rahman, General Secretary, The World Sindhi Institute, Washington D.C & Toronto, Canada

City Nazim Accused of Silencing another Voice in Karachi: Judiciary should take notice

PAKISTAN: Human rights defender names his alleged murderers shortly before his death; government fails to provide protection

Mr. Nisar Baloch, aged 46, was shot dead on November 7, by motorbike riders. Police have refused to mention the names of the murderers in the First Investigation Report (FIR), owing to the fact that the accused persons belong to ruling political party, .., which has a background of target killings. On November 6, the day before his murder, Nisar Baloch addressed members of the press at a press conference and clearly stated that the City’s Nazim (mayor) .., as well as the Town Nazim of the SITE town, had the intention to murder him. He stated further that he would be murdered the next day by the aforementioned people and by activists of the MQM … group. He blamed the party in ruling alliance for their encroachment onto the land of Gutter Baghicha, an amenity plot of 1017 acres.

His death is the second incident in the victimization of housing rights defenders in the past five years in Karachi. During both incidents, the MQM was in power. The son of Baseer Naveed, radio broadcaster and leader of the resistance movement against the construction of the Lyari Express, was abducted on November 8, 2004 and his body was found with torture marks on the wall of Naveed’s radio station, two days after his abduction. Nisar Baloch was another activist in the movement against the construction of the Lyari Expressway, through which more than 300,000 people were supposed to be displaced.

Mr. Nisar Baloch was a well-known figure who worked against the grabbing of amenity plots by the government and other such powerful people. The land of Gutter Baghicha, a park, was declared to be an amenity plot in 1972. However, when the MQM took control of the city’s mayor ship in the early 1990s, parts of the Gutter Baghicha were illegally allotted to officers of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC). The local people of trans-Lyari resisted, and refused to allow the KMC to encroach upon the park. The Karachi NGO Alliance, (through which Mr. Nisar Baloch was running the people’s movement against the grabbing of this parkland) got a stay order from the Sindh High Court against construction in this park. However, the MQM, which has remained in power since 1989, (whether the ruling government was civilian or military,) did not respect the court’s order. The details of other land-grabbing incidents by the MQM can be read about below:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/16-ardeshir-cowasjee-i-own-karachi-and-can-sell-it-ii-759-hs-05

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/16-ardeshir-cowasjee-i-own-karachi-and-can-sell-it-3-159-hs-06

http://dawnnews.tv/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/ardeshir-cowasjee-i-own-karachi-and-can-sell-it-4-ts-03

Clearly, the values which uphold law and order in this country have deteriorated to a state of abjection. When a man says in a press conference that he will be killed the following day by the mayors of Karachi and the SITE town, and the police fail to provide protection to him because of the political pressure they are under, it is clear that the situation is deplorable. Even the journalists present at the press conference did not take Baloch’s apprehensions seriously, and did not give coverage of his concerns to the public. Furthermore, the police at the Soldier Bazar Police Station, in whose jurisdiction this murder occurred, have refused to put the name of murderer on the FIR. This is illegal, and clearly indicates that the police have become sub-servants to the cadres of ruling parties.

Housing and resettlement policies in Pakistan are unclear and ambiguous, leaving room for manipulation by those in ruling political parties, and the opportunity to grab land and convert it into commercial plots. About half of Pakistan’s population lives in slum communities, and often in a state of squalor. Judicial negligence, combined with the inaction and ineffectiveness of the courts in dealing with the housing needs of the people and matters of land-grabbing, has benefited the land-grabber tremendously.

The government of Sindh should act immediately to arrest the culprits on these murder charges including, Mr… City Nazim and Mr. …, Town Nazim of SITE town, (the name of the latter was stated by Mr. Nisar Baloch during his press conference, one day before his death,) and the high officials of the Karachi Police, including the Chief Police Officer and Station Head Officer (SHO) of the Soldier Bazar Police Station. A thorough inquiry should be conducted into the extra-judicial killing of Nisar Baloch.

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About AHRC: The Asian Human Rights Commission is a regional non-governmental organisation monitoring and lobbying human rights issues in Asia. The Hong Kong-based group was founded in 1984.

Source – AHRC-STM-222-2009, November 9, 2009

Shaheed Nisar’s mission can not be killed

Baloch community of Bahrain mourns over the killing of Shaheed Nisar Baloch. The community has organized a condolence meeting on 8th November in Bahrain to pay tribute to slain Baloch political and social activist Shaheed Nisar Baloch. The community has expressed its solidarity to Shaheed’s family on their grave loss and strongly condemns this cowardly act.

Shaheed Nisar Baloch has lived his life for the betterment of the Baloch nation. His social activities against the land mafia an ethnic group in regards to Guttar Baghicha were disturbing the ruling influential ethnic group of Karachi, Sindh. It has been concluded by the community that the murder of Shaheed Nisar Baloch is a part of the Baloch nation’s genocide. Bullets and inhuman torture can not divert Baloch nation from the legacy of our Shaheed.

Baloch activist of Karachi-Sindh Shot dead

by Masood Baloch

Baloch activist of Karachi-Sindh, Nisar Baloch Shot dead by unknown person near bridge in Old Golimar, Karachi, Sindh. Shaheed Nisar Baloch was campaigning against land mafia and an ethnic group for grabbing the real state land of Tran-Lyari Park (Gatter Bagicha). Today morning he was leaving Old Golimar with his family when he reached the bridge he was shot at his head, his wife and another person received bullet wounds and are still in hospital.