Ethnic conflict: Students protest brutal killing of Baloch professor

Published: June 5, 2011
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Students and professors of Quaid-i-Azam University protest the killing of Saba Dashtiar, a Balochistan University professor. PHOTO: THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE

Students and professors of Quaid-i-Azam University protest the killing of Saba Dashtiar, a Balochistan University professor. PHOTO: THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE

Hundreds of students, professors and staff members of Quaid-i-Azam University on Friday protested against the killing of Saba Dashtiari, a Balochistan University professor.

A press release issued by the National Students Federation (NSF) said that the protesters held placards and demanded accountability of intelligence agencies. They said it would be impossible to bridge the growing gap between Balochistan and other provinces if repression against Baloch students, intellectuals and political figures continued.

They said it was the responsibility of the democratic government to counter politics of hate in the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Nazish Zahoor of NSF said that peace in Balochistan University had been destroyed over the past few years due to oppressive policies of the military establishment. She said killings of prominent figures like Dashtiari would only exacerbate the ethnic conflict. She added the target killings of Balochis had caused them to alienate themselves from the rest of the country and the “forces of separatism will only grow stronger” if the situation is not dealt with properly.

She added that universities are were supposed to promote tolerance of conflicting ideas in the society, as they are the centres of debate.

Professor Aasim Sajjad, while addressing the students, called for the academic community to join hands with the social and political forces to demand an end to such barbaric incidents.

“Only a few months before Prof Nazima Talib of the same university was murdered and it is clear that this murder was a form of reprisal,” he said. He added the situation will only get worse if more innocent people lose their lives.

Other speakers also spoke on the issue, highlighting the actions of intelligence agencies, which, according to them, are getting “out of control”. The protest ended peacefully without any unpleasant incident.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 5th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Mir Chakar Khan
    Jun 5, 2011 - 1:23PM

    The Baloch need to be free. So that we can protect our own people.Recommend

  • Saray Gama
    Jun 6, 2011 - 11:22AM

    As a matter of fact, the tide of killing has reversed. Most of the militant organizations have started targeting each other. BNF is targeting BNP, BRA is against BNA. There is a leadership crisis between BLA and BRA. So its a mix bag now. No one knows when is his turn nor will one know as to who is killing whom.
    Leadership of Provincial Government has long been implicated in kidnapping for ransom. A prominent political party has clearly given it statement about the involvement of political leadership which has made it into a thriving business. The bureaucracy is too corrupt to focus on some thing of benefit to the people. Development work is zero. Administration has collapsed. Hospitals are closed due to the foolhardiness of the Chief Secretary and law and order is non existent due to political meddling.Recommend

  • Tribune Reader
    Jun 6, 2011 - 11:26AM

    First Protect the Non Balochi Civilians being Murdered in Broad Daylight in your Province, then talk about Freedom, Stop the Ethnic Cleansing in your province, stop brainwashing the Baloch youth into mercilessly killing non balochi’s living in the province, then we talk. Recommend

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