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Gomal University 6

Fayyaz Baqir

March 6th, 2017

 

 

During my years in DIK armed insurrection by Baloch tribes started against the government. We had no direct contact with the guerillas or their political supporters. In the meanwhile many Baloch and Punkhtun,  leaders and workers were arrested under Hyderabad Conspiracy Case. We came to know that a civil servant from DIK Pervez Saleem was also serving a term at Hyderabad. He was visited by some Baloch fighters who stayed with him overnight and on their way out exploded a bomb at Islamabad airport. He was arrested on charges of assisting and facilitating these guerillas. The case against him was perhaps quashed later and he was released from the jail. During his jail term we discovered another big time nationalist intellectual Inayat Baloch in DIK. He used to study at Punjab University but kept a very low profile and kept his focus on studies and research, so we never got to know him during our campus days. Inayat was a very staunch nationalist and believed that Balochis are descendants of Nimrud. He considered Nimrud as a Balochi hero and named his son after him. We had very cordial meetings with him and he informed us of some conspiracies cooking against us and helped counter the baseless accusations made against us in the local community. He later left for Heidelberg University, Germany, married again and stayed in self-exile in Germany for a long time.

 

We had another connection with the insurrection in Balochistan. We secretly used to receive a copy of  Jabal. It was circulated in a close circle of our friends and we used to discuss the contents and kept ourselves apprised of the situation. The journal passed through many hands before reaching us we never found out where it originated and had no curiosity about knowing the circulation network. I met Asad Rehman two decades later in Meroo’s ( Tasneem Rizvi) Model Town House in Lahore. Soon afterward Asad formed an NGO Marri Environment Development Agency (MEDA).  Asad wanted to do something for skill development of Balochi youth.  I was the coordinator of UNDP’s small grants programme and he applied for a grant from my programme. He also visited my office with Wadera Hazar Khan Bajrani and a group of Balochi elders. I felt very honuored and excited to have received them. After a big fight in my steering committee, I got a grant approved for MEDA, made possible mainly due to unflinching support of our steering committee member architect Arif Hasan. I made a monitoring visit to the settlement of Hazar Khan Bajrani along with Asad. On this visit Asad told me that he was the famous Chakar Khan who used to be the editor of Jabal.  He also showed me the point where he took part in the last ambush.

 

Asad told me that when the armed uprising started Wadera Mir Hazar had 5000 sheep and when it ended he was left with 500. These fighters were abandoned by their leaders and youth did not know which way to go. There were no paramedics for women and they suffered the most due to economic backwardness. Omar Asghar Khan agreed to arrange training of Marri youth and sent Sangi’s bright social organizer Taj for their training and orientation. During the insurgency, we had no idea how to support the insurgents. The only thing we could do was to keep the discussion going. We were all very inspired by Balochis. In  Punjab, there were very few people who raised their voice for them. One among these dissenting voices was Mushtaq Soofi who wrote the beautiful poem Baloch Sajnan dey Naan. I still remember the lines

 

Baddal Kithon Aye Baddal Kithon Aye, Baddal Kalay Jehe Aswar Hawa Dey

Ja Arshaan De Kingrey Dhae, Neeli Ag Talwar Baddal Kithon Aye

 

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