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Alive Burial of 5 Balochi Women : Ego or Tradition?

By Amna Gilani • Sep 3rd, 2008 • Category: Misc, Worth A Second Look • 50 Comments

Senator Israrullah Zehri and the senator Jan Mohammad Jamali first said with arrogance that the English newspaper columnists of Islamabad cannot understand the Baloch traditions and principles. They both were adamant to defend the gruesome sin committed in their areas and they were of the opinion that those traditions are carrying on for the thousands of centuries and it was very imprudent for the people in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore to raise voice against such incident.

Who knows how many women are buried alive daily in Balochistan? Somehow nature leaked this incident, otherwise who would have known about this tragedy? The traditions like Wani, Karokari and host others are the forms of same tradition and the killings in the name of “Ghairat” have really taken a sharp rise in the recent years. Whenever I look at the dead bodies of those women in TV or newspapers who became victims of wani or karokari or such dignity-killing, I always noticed that such women look impoverished and very old, and one wonders as how could such pitiful creatures could dare to challenge the “Ghairat” of the tribes.

No tradition is barbaric and no tradition allows the killing of fellow human being. Such horrendous crimes occur because of the ego and lordliness of the tribal leaders and lords. What these women wanted after all? They wanted to marry with their own will, thats it. The mental powers of such tribal leaders start and finish over the women. They spend their whole days in their baithaks to decide which women has committed which crime and how could they make the life more miserable for their sisters, mothers, wives and daughters.

These people are even worst than the Kafirs of Ignorant-Era before Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). The brother of that minister of PPP who has committed this crime has reported to have done such things routinely in the past. He has also challenged the writ of the government. Will Rehman Malik act?

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  1. Serious questions have now been raised over the possible outcome of the probe into the burying alive of five women in Balochistan.

    Tariq Khosa, who was assigned to probe the gory incident, has been quietly stopped from going to Balochistan and made to sit in Islamabad, with a limited mandate to only monitor investigations. He would not be allowed to go and visit the scene of the crime.

    An official said, ultimately the whole of Pakistan would be required to depend solely on the report of the Balochistan police, which, since the girls were buried some two months ago, has been making desperate attempts to cover up the issue by denying that it happened at all.

    Serious questions about a possible cover-up are gaining currency because of the fact that the Balochistan government had maintained during the last two months that no such incident had taken place anywhere in the province.

    The same police officers may now try to present their earlier lies as the truth in order to save face. A couple of days ago, Balochistan IG Asif Nawaz sent a report to Interior Secretary Kamal Shah in which he had claimed that no such incident had occurred at all.

    A furious secretary had rejected this half-baked and bogus report and directed the IG to send another report based on facts. The second ill-prepared report too was rejected by Interior Adviser Rehman Malik on Monday in the Senate after terming it factually correct.

    Now all of a sudden the same Balochistan cops have claimed to have arrested the killers and found the graves of the victims. IG Asif Nawaz has even attacked the English language media for giving a “sensational flavour” to the whole issue. The biased attitude of Asif Nawaz has led many to believe that the police would not conduct a fair investigation into the tragedy.

    However, with mounting pressure from all sides, the lethargic Balochistan police bosses have suddenly become hyperactive and have started producing results. They not only claim to have arrested the accused, but the graves of the women have also been found. But the question which is not being answered is why the Balochistan police chief did not have such facts available to him two months earlier, and why he only moved to uncover the facts when the whole of Pakistan raised a hue and cry over this human tragedy.

    Earlier, at the time of the appointment of Tariq Khosa as head of the investigation team, it was considered that his expertise would be more relevant to such a big probe, as he had served as the Balochistan IG and many thought that he would not let the real culprits off the hook if given a free hand to proceed.

    The Interior ministry bosses are said to have informed Tariq Khosa that he would only be monitoring these investigations without visiting the scene of the crime, as under the police order 2002, the federal government cannot send its own officers for any probe into a province.

    These legal complications may have become a big hurdle in the way of a fair and uncompromising probe into the tragedy as the appointment of Tariq Khosa was seen as a ray of hope for justice, as he is considered to be a cop who does not believe in pleasing the powerful and only follows his own conscience. Khosa had earned respect when he had conducted aggressive investigations into the Swiss visa scam which had finally led to closure of the embassy and transfer of all the diplomatic staff, including the ambassador, to their home country.

    Talking to The News, Tariq Khosa confirmed that he would be monitoring these investigations from Islamabad. He said there was no ill-will involved, as under the law he could not go and probe the issue in the province. However, Khosa said he was keenly following developments taking place at the scene of the crime and had already set guidelines for those who were now probing these killings.

    He said in his absence he had given the names of certain police officers in Balochistan, who would do full justice to these investigations. These honourable officers would not succumb to any pressure. He maintained that so far he is satisfied with the performance of the policemen now probing the tragedy.

    Khosa said he had asked the officers to get the DNA of the women whose bodies were taken out of the graves and then get a report from the doctors whether they were buried alive or were first killed and then put into the grave.

    Tariq Khosa said the real problem with the honour killings is that in such cases, the father, brother or other relatives of the accused get an FIR registered and then they withdraw it after a compromise. He said unless the state becomes a party to such killings and courts refuse to compromise the killers would not be stopped.

  2. Hi Aamna,
    Please donot equate these barbarians with Kafirs like me!!!
    For me the REAL COURAGE IS OF THOSE THREE GIRLS AND THEIR MOTHER. They know the score and still they wanted to marry the groom of their choice and the support from the mother and aunt. What bravery which you donot see amongst men in FATAWAZIRSTAN or even in Karachi!!I I think Pakistani women are one of the bravest lot in the world.

  3. Johann,

    You can always change this; accept Islam… :)


  4. Mr Johann said, “I think Pakistani women are one of the bravest lot in the world.”

    Sir, frankly speaking there is no doubt about this. Women of South Asia are much stronger than any other region of the world.

  5. Saleem, they maybe brighter, but their men do not let them get ahead. Somethings do not change.

  6. The whole Umrani tribe is behind the culprits. Instead of supporting the victims these ignorants want to save the culprits.

    I want to pray for their destruction…so bad..hhhhhhhhhhhhh

    O Allah, I don’t ask you guidance for the Zalim Sardars, but I ask you to guide the ignorant tribesman and if they don’t deserve guidance punish them along with the culprits, AMEEEEN.

  7. rich and powerful……………..the untouchables…………..i wish that we have a leader like iran’s kumani who love to have breakfast of currept people as a dead meat. Wish some one will get Gahraat if it is availble in pakistan…………wish people will understand the true understanding of islam…..

  8. rich and powerful……………..the untouchables…………..i wish that we have a leader like iran’s kumani who love to have breakfast of corrupt people as a dead meat. Wish some one will get Gahraat if it is availble in pakistan…………wish people will understand the true understanding of islam…..

  9. Said Han, are you Indian funded or Afghan funded?

  10. first of all except my salam and best wishes
    mera name sadia hi meri age 21 hi
    ma bsc ki student hon
    i like sincear un se request kr rhi hon jin ko sincear friend ki zarorat hi to please
    send me sms at this number time ye number off hi because mera personal number aur hi jo k ap ko bad ma dy don gi
    plese ap ne tang nhi krna sirf sms krna hi
    sms ma sirf ap ne apna name aur city name aur quallification likhni hi.please dont send me poetry
    thanks allah ap ko apni hifz o aman ma rukhay

  11. # 3 dr alshaer Says: September 3rd, 2008

    You can always change this; accept Islam…


    Hey Johann, now that you have recieved this generous and sincere ‘Invitation’ from our good friend
    Dr Alshaer, come on in while there’s still time. Now, you won’t even have an excuse that no one invited you.


  12. EU concerned over killing of three women in Balochistan: Source: The News

    BRUSSELS: European Union on Tuesday expressed concerns over killing of three women in Balochistan.

    In a statement issued here on Tuesday in Brussels, EU said that the murder of three women in Naseerabad area of Balochistan should be thoroughly investigated and culprits should be brought to the book.

    EU expressed concerns over incidents of violence against women in Paksitan and urged on the government to take necessary measures against such inhuman acts of violence, the statement said.

  13. @ Said Han:

    you wrote at your website “we are not Arabs or Persians or Pakistanis or Afghanis or any other we are only Balochs”

    let me remind you that Allah says: “Whosoever discriminates on the basis of caste, creed, and color will be cursed.” Just think of the day of Judgment.

    @ Sadia:

    Is this a dating website ? :O aap ko friendship ka bohut shauk hai tou kisi dating website par jayain :)

  14. i mis you sadia From karachi

  15. i totally agree with mr. said han, we BALOCH respect women alot, a true BALOCH can’t do anything like that, a BALOCH lives with honour and dies with honour, BALOCH nation is one of the bravest nations in the world.

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