Demanding attention: Baloch students want TV blackout from Feb 1

Published: January 29, 2012
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A student organisation in Balochistan has threatened that it will suspend transmission of private television channels across the province to protest ‘failure to properly highlight the plight of the people’.

A student organisation in Balochistan has threatened that it will suspend transmission of private television channels across the province to protest ‘failure to properly highlight the plight of the people’.

QUETTA: A student organisation in Balochistan has threatened that it will suspend transmission of private television channels across the province to protest ‘failure to properly highlight the plight of the people’.

“Baloch people are being subjected to enforced disappearances and their bullet-riddled bodies are turning up daily. But media is not highlighting this crime against humanity,” Javed Baloch, general secretary of the Baloch Students Organisation (BSO-Mohyuddin), said at a news conference at the Quetta Press Club on Sunday.

He said that at a central committee meeting of the organisation, members had decided that transmission of all TV channels will be shut from February 1. “Transmission will be closed in Balochistan and Baloch-dominated areas of Karachi as well,” he said.

Baloch said that media airs worthless reports as breaking news for hours but completely ignores the province which is suffering very serious crises. “BSO condemns the silence and blackout of the media over recovery of mutilated and bullet-riddled bodies of Baloch missing persons and the target killing of political opponents.”

The student activist said that BSO will meet cable operators to persuade them to suspend transmission. “Policymakers are insensitive to the problems of Balochistan and we believe that this attitude will lead to dismemberment of Pakistan. The media should play its role and review its policy on Balochistan.”

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  • SalSal
    Jan 29, 2012 - 9:38PM

    It seems very stupid and weird for intelligence agencies to kill and then leave the body for the public. Why would they do that knowing the blame will be on them? Maybe others are using this in order to settle personal and political scores

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  • Salma
    Jan 29, 2012 - 10:11PM

    good decision, they have been arguing for coverage of Balochistan’s human rights violations but the media has failed to pay any heed. Pakistani Media has not played a positive role in helping to address the situation of Balochistan by giving due coverage to the issues and creating a debate for solutions. It just does a bit for the sake of it and the issue then is buried. Whereas it has been following up religiously on memo gate and gave undue coverage to someone like mazoor ejaz. This is very sad as a part of Pakistan is at the verge of separation, people are killed and dumped and so are journalists, and the media doesn’t bother to highlight those issues, if it did it would make a lot of difference as the perpetrators won’t have a licence to kill which they do now knowing the rest of the country doesn’t know about it.

    Pakistani media’s role has become increasingly questionable. The young Baloch have taken the right step and their statement also shows they are more sincere to Pakistan than the Pakistani media.

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  • Imran
    Jan 30, 2012 - 12:19AM

    What abt the plight of punjabi settlers who r being killed n hounded? When will media talk abt them who r being forced to leave n thier properties looted…Recommend

  • Humayun
    Jan 30, 2012 - 9:49AM

    Non-violent protests for one’s rights is the right way forward. However, in case of Balochistan and Balochistanis, it appears that Pakistan does not notice it until an armed struggle is started.

    As for media and public in general, in my experience the generally do not fully appreciate the Balochistan issue.

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  • Nisar Hussain Mastoi
    Jan 30, 2012 - 5:37PM

    it is absolutly true that media is totly neglicting Balochistan specially issue regrading missing persons and situation is same like as in 1971.

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  • Mir
    Jan 31, 2012 - 12:50AM

    In fact Pakistani channels lack understanding with regard to importance of Baloch land and Baloch people. Pakistani agencies and forces have to learn from recent developments in Sudan and Balakans. It will take just a resolution in Security Council to carve a new nation, “Free Balochistan”. Its time to redress Baloch grievances withdraw FATA recruited Frontier Core and let Baloch to ensure their own security and governance, free of ISI and other agencies influence.

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  • A Pakistani
    Jan 31, 2012 - 9:16AM

    Well, thats not the solution…Two wrongs can not make one right….as long as one is in power,everything is ok for them.Gone are the days,when one could change the opinion of someone.It is always the POOR who suffers…One can escape the law of the land,justify his selfish actions BUT remember,one can not escape the LAW OF NATURE…We should preach the tolerance and harmony..Moaj hae Derya maen,baeroon-e-Derya kuch nahen…try to spread education,awareness and unity…sub say pehlay Pakistan…Justice to all…equal rights and opportunities….Actions and deeds should speak louder than voice…
    My dear….lets build Pakistan and stay away from power hungry leaders…choose a leader among yourself and never become a tool for …..

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