Articles for tag: Baloch, Balochistan, journalists, missing journalists, missing persons, Pakistan, Sajid Hussain, sameer mehrab

Sameer Mehrab

A withdrawn man

I first met Sajid Hussain in my hometown of Tump, a small insignificant place in the middle of nowhere in Balochistan. I can’t remember the year, but it was sometime in the late 90s or early 2000s. His cousin Asif Baloch, who was a student political activist, proudly introduced him: “Meet Sajid. He is a ...

Naimat Haider

Since our friend is missing

What I’m doing here is not right. How could I be writing about the disappearance of the man who took special interest in how best to portray the Baloch missing persons’ cases? About the man who once said the dead did not haunt him as much as the missing did? That too on his own ...

Sajid Hussain

Ali Haider: the trolley boy gets to join his missing father

The once-famous 11-year-old boy carrying a single-wheel trolley during the historic Long March to find his missing father is now a 16-year-old young man – an age which makes him almost eligible to go missing himself. And he did. On Sunday. Ali Haider –the remarkably poised boy usually wearing an intense look and a flat ...

Lateef Johar

Eight-year-old Bohair. He was eight months old when his father was taken away by the military.

The tragic story of a Baloch family from the ‘town of mass graves’

On Feb 18, 2019, online Baloch activists shared a picture of a smiling eight-year-old child with a caption that read that Bohair was an eight-month-old infant when his father, Atiq Ur Rahman, was abducted by Pakistan military and he is still missing. Atiq was taken away during a late-night raid on his house in Khuzda’r ...

News Desk

Pashteen blocked from visiting families of Baloch missing persons

Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) leader Manzoor Pashteen was blocked by security officials on Monday when he reached the Quetta airport to visit the protest camp of families of Baloch missing persons. FIA officials stopped the PTM leader at the airport and forced him to return on the next flight. Pashteen had arrived in the city ...

News Desk

Mass grave containing four bodies found in Balochistan

A mass grave was found in Balochistan’s Panjgur district on 17 July, 2018, containing four bodies decomposed beyond recognition. Relatives of missing persons, a term used for victims of enforced disappearances in Balochistan, flocked to the site of the mass grave fearing the bodies might belong to their loved ones. However, there was no way ...

Haji Naseer

Tales from the dungeon: Haji Naseer

In the Tales from the Dungeon series of Balochistan Times, former victims of enforced disappearance recount their ordeal. Haji Naseer was one of the first political activists to be whisked away by Pakistan military from Balochistan in 2004. He now lives in Germany as a refugee.   My name is Haji Naseer, and I am ...

Sameer Mehrab

A photo by an unknown artist about power politics.

The role of law in Baloch-Pakistan conflict

Why ask the Baloch to follow Pakistan’s constitution, when the state itself disregards its laws in punishing the Baloch for not following Pakistan’s constitution? The constitution is a social contract between the state and its citizens to govern and to be governed under a set of agreed-upon laws. The Baloch people had no role in ...