Friday, August 29, 2014

Martyred Journalist Irshad Mastoi: Bullets and Last Goodbye...!

میری لاش پہ کوئی آواز تو دینا۔۔۔!
وینگس

میری لاش پہ کوئی آواز تو دینا،
موت میری محبوبا ہے
وہ کبھی بھی کسی وقت دستک دیکر چلی آئے گی
تم بس اتنا کرنا کے میری لاش پہ آواز دینا
ہم تو ہر روز مرتے ہیں
بس اُس دن میری (موت) محبوبا ملنے آگی
اور پھر میں نا رہوں گا
کیا کریں ہمارہ آخری پیار بھی تو صرف اک وہ نکلا
جو ہماری سانس کی آخری قیمت لگتا ہے
پر ہم اپنے پیار کے ہاتھوں مجبور ہیں
ارے موت تو اپنی محبوبا ہے
پر اس ظالم کے ہاتھوں کسے روپ لیکر آئی ہے؟ (ہلینا)
Martyred Journalist Irhsad Mastoi (File Photo) 

28 آگسٹ کو میں بہت تھک چکی تھی اور جلدی سے سونے کے لیئے جانا چاہا رہی تھی پر اک ٹوئٹ نے مجھ کو پریشان اور درد کے ایک اور دھارے پہ کھڑا کر دیا جب میں نے پڑہا کہ بلوچستان کا صحافی ارشاد مستوئی کو قتل (شھید) کیا گیا ہے۔
ٹوئٹر کی مہربانی کے اس کی وجہ سے ارشاد مستوئی کی خبر منظر پہ آگئی لیکن ملک کی قومی، غیرت اور جمہوریت پسند ترین میڈیا پہ اک غریب اور چھوٹے صحافی کی خبر کسے چلے گی۔ اس ٹی وی میڈیا جس کو کنٹرول کرنے والے دو جمہوری اداکار جلسا لگا کر ہر روز چیغ کے نئیں پاکستان کا اعلان کرتے ہیں اور پھر ایک تاریغ دی جاتی ہے کہ اس بار آج نیا پاکستان نہیں آیا لیکن کل پھر ہم تماشا کرکے نئیں پاکستان کو بُلائیں گے اور دوسری طرف حکومت جمہوریت اقتدار کے خاطر نہی لیکن جمہوریت کے لیئے دن رات پریشان ہے۔
ان کی کوشش ہے کہ جمہوریت مضبوط ہو۔
سندھی میں کہاں جاتا ہے کہ جن دل کھوٹے ہوں تو پھر عذر بھی بہت ۔
جلسے کا تماشا لگانے والے اور حکومت ساروں کو نیا اور جمہوریت والا پاکستان چاہیئے جب ان سب کے دل  ہی کھوٹے ہیں تو پھر ان کا نہ نیا پاکستان آسکے گا اور ناہی جمہوریت مضبوط ہوسکے گی پھر بھی ٹی وی میڈیا پہ تماشا لگا ہوا ہے۔

اس سارے تماشے میں کسی کو پتا بھی چلا کے ان کے اس پرانے اور نیم جمہوری ملک میں اک صحافی ارشاد مستوئی اور اس کے ساتھ دو اور ساتھیوں کو گولیاں مارکے قتل کیا گیا۔ کیا کسی نے اک جملا بھی ارشاد مستوئی کے لیئے کہاں؟
یہ تماشائیوں کا ٹولا کیا دے گا جو اک صحافی کی قتل پہ دو لفظ بھی نہی کہتے! اتنا ہی نہی ۔۔۔ بہت کم آوازیں تھی جو ارشاد مستوئی کے لیئے اُٹھی۔

گر ارشاد مستوئی کسی بڑے چینل پہ کام کرتا یا کسی بڑی عالمی اخبار میں لکھتا تو شاید سب کہتے ہائے صحافت پہ حملا ہوا ہے۔ پھر ٹوئٹر سے لیکر فیس بک تک ہر اک ارشاد مستوئی کے لیئے دو چار الفاظ لکھتا بھلے کسی نے اس کو نہ پڑہا ہو لیکں ریٹوئٹ تو ضرور کرتے۔
لیکن ایسا کچھ نا ہوا گر ایسا نہی ہوا تو ایسا کا مطلب ہم سب کام کو نہی لیکن بڑے اور امیر نام کے پیچھے بھاگتے ہیں ۔ کیوں کہتے ہو ہر انسان برابر ہے؟ کیوں کہتے ہو ہم انسان کے کام کو اہمیت دیتے ہیں؟ آپ اپنے اندر جھاتی پاکر دیکھیں آپ نے کیا درحقیقت غریب اور چھوٹے لوگوں کے کام کو کبھی اہمیت دی ہے!
گر دی ہوتی تو آج ارشاد مستوئی کی شہادت پہ کیوں خاموش رہے؟
ارشاد مستوئی میرہ صحافی دوست تھا میں کبھی بھی اس سے ملی نہی لیکن اس سے فون پر بات چیت ہوتی رہتی تھی۔ میرہ خیر بخش مری صاحب کا انٹرویو بھی ارشاد مستوئی نے اردو میں ترجماں کیا تھا وہ پہلی کڑی تھی جب اس نے فون کرکے مجھ سے انٹرویوں کی ترجمے کی اجازت لی تھی۔
بلوچستان کے مسئلے پہ ہم بات کرتے تھے اور وہ ہر وقت کہا کرتا تھا کہ آپ (وینگس) جانے لیئے جب ہم کو قتل کیا جائے گا ہمارے خبر کو کوئی اہمیت نہی دے گا۔ بس اک دو دن خبر چلے گی پھر سب بھول جائیں گے۔
ارشاد مستوئی نے بلوچستان کے مسائل پہ ہر وقت بہادری سے آواز اُٹھائی اس نے کسی خبر پر سمجھوتا نہی کیا اور ناہی اس نے کبھی صحافتی اخلاقیات کی حدوں کو پار کیا۔
اس کے صحافتی Pocket  میں ہر وقت خبر ہوتی تھی لیکں اس ملک کی میڈیا میں اتنی ہمت نہی تھی کے اس کی خبر چلا سکے جو لائیو چار چار گھنٹے جلسے دیکھا سکتے ہیں پر ان کے پاس اک خبر شایع کرنے کی کبھی ضرورت محسوس نہی کی پھر بھی ان کی نظر میں اسی صحافت کی اظہارے رائے  بڑی ہے جہاں پر اک صوبے کی خبر نا چل سکے۔
اس میڈیا میں گر کوتا بھی لاہور، کراچی یا اسلام آباد میں مرجائے تو میڈیا اس کو لائیو کوریج دتا ہے لیکن بلوچستان کی خبر نہی چلتی، ارشاد مستوئی ہمیشہ یہ الفاظ کہتا تھا۔
وہ سچ ہی کہتا تھا کہ یہاں پہ ہم لوگوں کی جگہ نہی اور گر آپ سچائی سے کام کریں پھر تو آپ کو اپنے لوگ بھی جگھ نہی دیتے۔
ارشاد کو کسے اب باتوں کے سچائی پہ چلنا تلوار پہ دھار کی طرح ہے۔ یقینن ارشاد کی شہادت پہ وہ ردعمل نہی آیا جو آنا چاہیئے تھا شاید ان کے سچائی کی حد مختلف ہو۔ لیکن آج بھی بلوچستان کی گلیاں اور دھرتی ارشاد جسے بہادر آواز کے لیئے روتی ہوگی۔

آج بھی کسی خاموش موڑ پہ کھڑہ نوجوان ہاتھ میں خبر لیکر سوچتا ہوگا کہ اب کسے کے پاس جاؤں جو اسکی درد کو شایع کرے؟ آج پھر اک آواز خاموش کی گئی  انہوں نے گولیاں چلاکر اپنی بہادری کا مظاہرہ کیا ہے۔ لیکن ان کو کوئی جاکر بتائے کہ وہ کتنے کمزور ہے ہاتھ میں بندوق لیکر کوئی بہادر نہی ہوتا لیکن جو دل میں درد اور سچائی سے دوسروں کے درد پہ آواز اُٹھائے پر اپنے درد کو تھپکی دیکر کہے تم سے پھر بات کروں گا آج میرے دل میں ٹھرجاؤں ۔

ان کو اک گولی نہی مار سکتی ۔ ارشاد مستوئی زندھ ہے کیوں کے وقت کی دیوی نے ہم سے کہاں ہے کہ وہ ہر اس آواز کو زندھ رکھتی ہے جو اک گولی سے خاموش کرائی گئی ہو۔ ہمارہ وقت کی دیوی پر یقین ہے ۔
اس یقین کو رہنے دو کے ہم (صحافی) اپنی جنگ لڑتے رہیں۔
مجھ پتا نہی میں کیا لکھ رہی ہوں بس آج ارشاد کی یاد جو درد اور دُکھ سے بھری پڑی ہے۔ 28 آگسٹ کو اس کا آخری میسیج آیا تھا:
Last message by Journalist Irshad Mastoi sent me on WhatsApp on August28, 2014
ارشاد مستوئی پر جب گولیاں چلائی گئی اس وقت اس نے اپنی دو بچیوں اور بیٹے کے لیئے کچھ تو سوچا ہوگا جو اس کے خون کے ساتھ بیہگیا پر درد پھر بھی پیچھے اس کے گھر والوں کے روپ میں اب بھی موجود ہے ۔
آج ارشاد مستوئی کی شہادت پہ کچھ آوازیں ہیں لیکن تماشوں کو کان لگا کر سونے والے اک معصوم اور بہادر صحافی کی شہادت کو کون سُنے!!!

ان کے پاس کان ہیں لیکن سب سُن نہی سکتے کے بلوچستان کے سینے پہ اک اور صحافی کی لاش گرائی گئی ہے پھر بھی صحافت کی آزادی زندھ باد ۔ جب کے صحافت کے کندھوں پہ ارشاد مستوئی کا جنازہ ہے پھر بھی اتنی خاموشی ۔۔۔ کوئی آواز دے کہ اس کو کس نے قتل کیا؟ 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

What Umerkot incident (Two Hindu Brothers Killing) tells…!!

Veengas

Injustice and unfair treatment are not new issues in our country. Criminals commit crime, government issue statements, human rights activists hold placards to raise voice for justice (on selective issues) and we journalists, reporters, editorials and piece of writings on the pages of newspapers or loudly cry on TV Channels, even beating the drums on social networks, some people endorse tweets on Twitter and also like on facebook (Strange, how can anyone like problem?). Later, all these things shift on the track of another issue. Everyday we have problems and condemn them in the same way.

Pakistan has been high rank in violation of Human Rights, still cannot maintain the law and order, nor protect the rights of people.
Sometimes, we have to re-think that does our government know the ABC of Human Rights?
Though, government is on back of horse and riding a state. Unfortunately, they may know how to ride the horse but they are failed to govern a system.
Rulers know all issues of people, yet they are pretending to be an innocent. Sometimes they are even bad actors that they do not how to act like an innocent.

People are being treated as they are not the part of this land. Especially, Non-Muslims, personally I hate to write or to call a person with a tag of religion but I am helpless when I see crimes in the name of religion and when I read the news that police was standing silent and mob burnt the houses of Ahmedis in Gujranwala.

We have long list of Hindus who have been crossing the narrow streets, they are sons/daughters of this soil and what are they getting? Go and ask mothers who have lost their daughters because their daughters had been kidnapped and converted to Islam, Go and see the Old Temples of this land which were destroyed and burnt, finally Go and condolence with families whose beloved were gunned down.

And justice? I am a journalist and have to control my emotions but let me know, when you have abnormal system, the state within the state and none is ready to listen to the voices that begging for justice as once Rinkle Kumari, begged for it.

Take a deep breathe … state is an immature and it needs time to develop its system. How much do they need time? How many will people have to loss their lives and beloved?
At least, tell them a specific time. Can government give a timeline to reduce such kind of crimes, especially which are being committed in the name of religion?

So far, Sindh is forcibly pushed against the wall of extremists as extremists are being settled in Sindh. They have intention of conquering the land. Therefore, they are also making troubles to indigenous people of this land. Hindus are neither community, nor minority but they are being called a community and minority as the law says. Has the state ever followed the law in the case of human rights?

I have been writing on the problems that Hindus are facing and also on extremism whose seeds are being sown in Sindh.

Nowadays, situation has turned into worst when religious factor is involved.
We can take an example of Thar where is majority of Hindus, there hidden hands are trying to disturb the peaceful society.
Madrassas are being developed in Thar even political party leaders are helping them to promote their motives. Hindus are unsafe and are unable to register even a single F.I.R.

On 31stJuly, 2014 Thursday night at 9:30 two Hindu brothers Heera Lal Malhi and Ashok Kumar were gunned down. Killers opened fire at them and their office was nearby police headquarter said Jai Parkash Moorani.
On social networks, rumors were shared that behind this murder, PPP minister Mardaan Ali Shah is accused to being involved.
Regarding to this rumor, Mr. Moorani did not seem to be agreed and he said that before 6/7 months many Hindus had been kidnapped and were freed on ransom, therefore no one can commit a mistake when they know that Malhi community is present in majority. This is a criminal case; even their shops are located in the main market of the city.

Unnamed source said that “Hur people 80% are involved in criminal activities and 20% are involved those who are strangers. Even, Shahs (People) play their role as a dealer if anyone kidnaps a Hindu.  Police is deaf, dumb and blind in such cases."
Hur people have religious influence that’s reason none is incapable of speaking against them.
We still remember the 5years old little girl Vajinti’s case when PML-F’s person was involved. Moreover, Sindh Government constituted a team for investigation. Did she get justice?

I tried to approach politicians who are trying to solve this current murder case. I talked to "Mr. Ali Mardan Shah Minister of PPP, whose name is being raised in the case. He rejected a rumor and called oppositions are playing game on case by accusing him. He said that I have been elected in the area where this murder case happened. How is it possible that I will harm the people of my own area? They were like my children who had been gunned down.
I did visit the family whose was bearing the loss and would bring criminal to justice at any cost, said Ali Mardaan Shah."

"Mr. Lal Malhi MNA PTI said that he could not blame anyone. We want justice and killers must be arrested. He criticized the Sindh government that Chief Minister is helpless and whole Sindhi areas are divided among feudal lords and influential persons even Chief Minister of Sindh cannot ask them for anything.  He further said, Ali Shah claimed that he had freed Hindus from kidnappers. I asked him, could he let us know, how did he get free Hindus and was anyone (Kidnapper) arrested? Thar is a desert and if killers and kidnappers commit crime, they cannot hide themselves in Jungles because here is no any Jungle except desert. So, these criminals get shelter in Autaqs, said Lal Malhi.
When killers killed two Hindus on that day SP and DSP both were not present and SHO was not on the duty even people tried to call on emergency number, they didn’t respond the calls."

"On the question of Hurs involvement in criminal activities, he said that I would recall a statement of Hur’s Pir Pagara who said that we would protect Hindus but what is happening, here. Parties have criminals but they do not trouble to people money or extortion. But they try to pressure on Hindus for their vote. In the case of Two Hindu Brothers, elder brother tried to run, killer followed and fired at him until it was confirmed, whether he was dead or not, said Lal Malhi."

Actually, they want to force us for leaving our land and shift to India, many people want to go because they have no safety but some poor people cannot afford passport fees that’s reason they are bearing injustice and living in unsafe and fearful conditions.

"He further added, PPP Co-Chairman took notice of this case and constituted a committee of ministers that had come and promised for justice. Let’s see what will happen? We will never keep silence, said Lal Malhi."

"Mr. Giyanchand Essarani PPP minister said, this is not a new issue as a Hindu, we are facing problems but our government is raising voice for them. We have suspended SHO and doctor both were not present on the duty and within one week criminals must be arrested and they will be brought to justice. Unfortunate, our Hindu people do not register F.I.R that’s reason we are unable to arrest criminals but in this case, anyhow we will arrest criminals. To one question that why are people not filing FIR? Do you think that they, maybe, are afraid of and no security assurance might be reason that they do not file F.I.R. Giyanchand Essarani showed his agreement at this point that people are afraid and have no security. We are trying to solve problems, on this current case, we will get result, said Minister Essarani."

Will this case get justice? Let’s see and wait. We should not forget, Umerkot’s case has left message on the wall “People are unsafe.” Can government read this message on a wall?

Monday, July 14, 2014

In the name of Madrassas!

 Veengas

Pakistan has been facing the problem of extremism; the essence of religion is added in Politics since ages. Especially, dictators and unpopular politicians have cashed the coin of religion to gain support of common citizens.

It is very interesting, if you use the name of religion then none can oppose, all actions become sacred even you are unable to raise voice for Human Rights to ask for preventing the misuse of blasphemy, it is a sign of extremism and intolerance.
There is no negotiation, if someone holds sword of religion. Unfortunate, Pakistan has had extremism which is promoting hatred and intolerance.

Eyes of Pakistan saw black chapter of Dictator Zia-ul-Haq who participated in Afghan War against Soviet, he diverted the purpose of war, increased extremism and planted seeds of Mujahideen to counter political will and maintained his illegal power in Pakistan. Dictator Zia had sent Mujahideen to Kashmir and the essence of religion turned into extremism since then Pakistan has become safe haven for Mujahideen.
We cannot deny that Zai’s children (Mujahideen) have been playing main role in state and promoting extremism. Including, Zai-ul-Haq was embroiled to promote Madrassas.

Question, which kind of shelter is for Extremists? Simple, Madrassas, which give them safe haven and they carry out terrorism. There is no check and balance on Madrassas, who is coming from and which is source of funding? Interesting, foreigners come and live in Madrassas, it is just not to live at Madrassas. Indeed, they are getting trainings and spoiling the minds of children, too.


Last time, when she returned Pakistan, she raised her voice against terrorists’ activities at Madrassas, on 23rd December, 2007 Ms. Bhutto said "Then there are the political madrasas, the political madrasas that teach their pupils how to make bombs, how to use rifles and how to kill women, children and the elderly, reported in Reuters.”  

Ms. Benazir Bhutto tried to keep in eye on the function of Madrassas but fragile government system could not maintain it. It shows who wants unregistered Madrassas which carry out activities of Taliban.
Though, Ms. Bhutto bravely upped voice and showed her concerns regarding Madrassas.

During Musharrraf’s dictatorship, extremism was growing instead of dwindling.
Let me clear, Musharraf had golden card of Taliban as Zia had Mujahideen.
Musharraf knew, Taliban issue would keep him in power, Taliban were growing and getting shelter under the shadow of Madrassa.
Now, this time Madrassas are being increased in large numbers in Sindh and Balochistan.

What is the reason behind it?
Madrassas are increasing day by day. We think, who is funding, how is it possible that Madrassas increase without someone’s permission and even these Madrassas are un-questionable.

Interesting, Government has less registration of Madrassas on its list; on the ground you can see the number of Madrassas.

Sindh (Sindh as a province of Pakistan) has message of Sufism and has ancient civilization of Moen-Jo-Daro that has had history of tolerance and peace. Hindus are indigenous people of this land. We have not seen difference among Sindhi Hindus and Sindhi Muslims.
None has had problem regarding religion. While, at some occasion sick minds (Extremists) tried to disturb peace of Sindh but strong faith in Sufism/Bhagti-ism and political will have failed them.

Musharraf’s Era played clever game and paved the safe path for extremists in the name of Madrassas.

Sindh has fragrance of Sufism but now, seeds of extremism are being planted through Madrassas.

Pakistan People’s Party ruled in pervious government, PPP which was in Federal had written to its own provincial government that “The federal government has asked the Sindh government to take immediate action against 1,813 madrassas  being run by banned organisations across the province, reported in 2011.”  Government did not take action and within two year another reported says “In a recent survey carried out by the Sindh Home Ministry, there are 12,545 madrassas in the province, of which 2,161 are sectarian and dangerous, reported in 2013.”

If government is worried about increasing of Madrassas then why has not taken action, yet?

We understand that Madrassas have political agendas; Sindh is wintnessing wave of extremism. For instance, In Chak incident four Hindu doctors were killed in Sindh, in 2011. After Chak incident, someone phoned and said me that do you know Madrassas have been developed in Sindh and you will see extremism. I denied and said “even they want to launch a company of extremism but they cannot destroy the Sufism of this land because it is rooted in land. Later, from 2012 to till now, around 18 Hindu girls have been kidnapped and converted to Islam in Sindh, “Indeed, these numbers of Hindu girls’ kidnapping are less because many stories are not reported as they should be, said Dr. Khatomal Jeewan MPA of PPP.”
Illegal and unregistered Madrassas have main role to increase extremism, role in conversion and spread hatred information of religion.

Unnamed source shared that “Madrassas have affiliation with extremists who trained Taliban; four factors are mainly involved those are Jamaat ul Dawam, Maulana Luhdianvi, Maulana Abdul Aziz and Jamiat ul Islam.”


Jamaat ul Dawa (Jamaat ul Dawa “is declared as Terrorist Organization”) claims, Jamaat ul Dawa is a welfare organization, if you see actions and Political gathering, all give you different message which won’t show that is a kind of welfare organization.
I tried to contact its PRO and wanted to know that what they are doing in Sindh. I talked to Ahmed Nadeem PRO in Sindh, he said, “JuD has no Madrassas but yes we have rare Madrassas which do not work largely but we do have schools around 46, our schools follow the syllabus of Government, though we keep focus on Islamic education.”

I think, Mr. Nadeem could not recall his leader Hafiz Saeed’s speeches which showed that JuD was following the line of extremism.

“Mr. Ramesh Kumar MNA of PMLN commented on increasing of Madrassas in Sindh, approximately 2000 unregistered Madrassas are being funtioned in Sindh. If you remember, when Hindu Temple was burnt in Larkana, Sindh, it was a result of unregistered Madrassas and schools which teach hatred education regarding religion. We do not know about their funding. We believe in religious harmony but some people are getting funding and promoting extremisms, said Mr. Ramesh Kumar MNA of PMLN.”

Federal and Provincial governments are silent on the issue of Madrassas, though Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah of Sindh issued a statement that “take serious notice of a number of madrassas being run without permission, and ordered officials to take action, reported in February, 2014.”

When I had approached to Mr. Sharjeel Memon Minister for information of Sindh, regarding Madrassas he didn’t respond. It shows that how much Sindh government is serious on the matter of illegal Madrassas.
Authorities are silent and incapable of adopting single strategy for Madrassas.

Raj Kumar (Activist) said influential political personality of Tharparkar, Sindh (on condition of anonymity), “We are helpless and have pressure to support them for developing Madrassas even we are afraid of such kind of development that where we will be standing in Future, quoted Raj Kumar the words of influential political personality.”

It means, in the name of Madrassas, Sindh can probably face horrendous consequences in future.

Why are Madrassas being increased in Sindh? Another thought tells, establishment wants to counter nationalists movement in Sindh and Balochistan, for they want to plant seeds of extremism for giving tough time to Nationalism. 
There is no doubt, extremism would disturb the situation of provinces and also the situation can turn into sectarian violence, minorities face problems, too.

Although most of Madrassas are funded by Saudi.

When I talked to “Dr. Khatomal Jeewan MPA of Sindh and asked him about Madrassas in Tharparkar, he said that we (Hindus and Muslims) both live peacefully even we both celebrate our religious ceremonies. Some people want to create mess in the name of extremism. He called a politician as Taliban Arbab Ghulam Rahim (Member of Assembly) when he returned from Dubai, at first he visited Madrassas in Tharparkar. Why he visited and what was his purpose? Mr. Khatomal quoted his speech that He called Hindus as a RAW agent. These people are spreading hatred in the name of religion.”

Politicians and activists all are aware of Madrassas, they know who is funding them but none is able to name.
Madrassas issue is not only a building with four walls but a place to be known that who is being educated and what is being trained at? It is an important.

Will Pakistan come out of its company of extremism? We ought to know that who is pressurizing regarding Madrassas and who is more powerful in Pakistan that none can refuse, even politicians?

Another game of extremism is going to be played in the name of Madrassas. Questions need to be answered, but who will?