Saturday, November 7, 2015

Shadow of unregistered Madrassas and Jacobabad Blast in Sindh!


Whilst writing on Jacobabad Blast incident has been passed 15 days, Sindh government is celebrating its victory in local government election, opposition party has called a strike against Sindh government. Everyone is busy at his/er own business. If someone has remembered an anguish of Shia community’s people, are only themselves Shias.

They are mourning and mourning for years. Who cares about them?
Let me write here, our federal government is worried about Saudi Princes should be allowed for hunting; has government shown such kind of seriousness towards National Action Plan?
Another side, Sindh government wants keenly to remain in power and Mr. Imran Khan who pretends himself as a champion of Change, these all awami governments and changers have not remembered Shia community which was blown up on 23rd October, 2015. These all have their own issues, Shias are not their matter.

If Shia community matters for them, why does not it reflect from polices or actions?

Was it first blast on Shia community in Pakistan and Sindh? Of course, Not!

State may not pay attention to list of Blasts in Sindh, we can recall them that from January to 23rd October 2015 bomb blasts numbers 23 and people had been killed 101 and inured 188. If we pay attention to list of blast bombs in upper Sindh which has sequence numbers that 29th January, 2015 Thull, Jacobabad, 30th January, Karbala Muala Lakhi Dar Shikarpur, 12th February, Dilmurad Jacobabad, 15th May, Kolachi Ghotki, 6th June, Jacobabad, 23rd August Khalid Brohi Sukkur and now bomb blast in Jacobabad.

Government knows the sensitivity of threats, how could government not manage security? Especially, upper Sindh is under threats, where was tightened security in upper Sindh when government provided security in Karachi, why not for other cities of Sindh?

Before Jacobabad blast, in Bolan Balochistan had already bomb blast incident. Upper Sindh’s border is connected with Balochistan especially Jacobabad and Shikarpur, are closed. How official officers ignored it!

Coming on Jacobabad Blast, I would turn a picture of situation which can show the reality that why does it happen?

Sindh has unregistered Madrassa which are freely working in Sindh.

In July, 2015 one Sindhi newspaper published news on the condition of anonminty, “Apex committee presented report that 48 Madrassas (24 in Karachi and 24 in different cities) have linked with terrorist groups in Sindh. Sindh has around 9 thousand, 590 Madrassas and registered 6,503.” How many have unregistered Madrassas been banned, yet? Have federal and provincial governments taken seriously report on Madrassas, presented at Apex Committee?

People have not seen any action from government apart from a silence. Government has put its hands on eyes and singing song “All is well,” ignored realities cannot turn situation into normal.

Worst educational system has given an opportunity to religious clerics who are playing with people. I have still remembered words of man who shared me that “What do you except from poor persons? People have no hope … Sindh’s political will is going to weak. Extremists are not only killing people, peep into Sindh; they are murdering our politics. People are helpless, these Molvis are offering them monthly amount in order to send their children to Madrassas. Is government unaware of it? Who runs and permits those (Madrassas)?”

Sindh has also another problem which is being neglected, problem of IDPs (Stranger) in Sindh, many numbers of people are getting ID cards and settling them in cities as a Pakistani Citizen. No one knows who are they?

On 15th March, 2014 Larkana Dharmshaal was set on fire, when I phoned local journalist and asked him about incident; he shared me that Temple was not torched by locals, indeed, it happened when strangers who are living here they created such kind of situation.

Including, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah admitted that “at least 15 militants had attempted to enter Sindh as IDPs were arrested, reported on 22nd July, 2014.”
No matter, IDPs should come for short time but under the umbrella of IDPs and unregistered Madrassas, militants are coming. Government must look at them that who belongs to whom?

I wanted to share scenario of situation in Sindh. Government’s ignorance or you can name as you want!

Sindh is going in dire straits. Extremists are getting their positions; we know the realities what is happening in Shikarpur and Jacobabad.

It is a not only a Blast in Jacobabad. Please, lift the veil on the face of situation; you can read a message that they (extremists) are coming and have built their safe havens to destroy the peace of Sindh.

People know Sindh’s Sufism is stronger but when governments fail to protect their people and then terrorists easily come and kill innocent people.

National Action Plan has not strongly implemented in Sindh. Despite Karachi operation results, government is unable to eliminate extremist groups.

If NAP has strongly put into practice in Sindh, why unregistered Madrassas are working, who has given permission to Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) works under the name of Ahlesunnat?

It is beyond me, one political member is unacceptable whose ideas are different, cannot work freely, but terrorists and banned organizations are openly working.

Jacobabad blast is a result of federal to provincial governments’ failure policies.
Shia community may remain silence hence its injuries cannot be healed unless state stands up for them.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Chandervati Bagheri! A Mother in the court of justice...!


While covering a story of Sindhi Hindu lady Chandervati Bagheri, I was thinking that being a poor people order of god and the powerful hands those are unquestionable, is this situation created by a will of god then why we are asking for justice and even why I am covering untold story of Chandervati, But it is not as it is being portrayed and nor the will of any supreme authority. What supreme power wants, I do not want to go to its chapter. To me, is an important that what common people want and why influential people act as like vultures?
People keep a hope, statesmen will become shelter for them and can safe them from the attacking of vultures (Exploiters).
Sadly, state does not play its role like a shelter as people are expecting from it.
State is bifurcated between rich and poor classes, and the story of injustice started from divisions which drew the line among people.
People those who have power, they use any kind of tool which provides them authority with impunity even they can use name of God and a division among people in the name of God. Discrimination in the name of religion is more perilous.
An exploitative class is dragging religion into issues because they have learnt that by fetching religion to any issue it can make issue sacred.
Issue becomes a matter of God hence those people are exploiting other poor people by using name of God.

While if we look at a situation of Non-Muslims in Pakistan, we can see disorder against non-Muslims in society, extremists are killing non-Muslims as well other sects (Shia and Ahmadis) which belong to Islam. 
A big picture shows, extremists are killing in the name of religion and another side of picture has very horrible scene that many non-Muslims (Hindus) girls are forcibly being converted to Islam.
This is alarming situation that girls are unsafe besides keeping a view of the violation of human rights.
Kidnapping and forced conversion of girls even the state seems to be helpless that cannot do any thing for those girls. Activists and human rights easily speak or hold rallies against honor (dishonor) killing but people hardly speak of those girls who have been kidnapped and forcibly converted to another religion.
In Sindh, province of Pakistan, three Hindu girls had kidnapped in a week of March. Have we heard the voice for them, yet?

Left daughter Sanwali, Chandervati and (Right) Uncle Gullo. photo by Author.
Let me ask, where is the voice for Chandervati Bagheri? A lady who was kidnapped for months, she was forcibly married and converted to Islam but who cares!

Chandervati is already married and has two daughters one is four years old and another is three years old.
She is a Hindu lady and belongs to poorest and unprivileged community of Bagheri. When I learnt about her case, I thought that I should pick my pen up and cover her untold story though I understand that whoever reads her story and can help her!
So far, I went and met her as she lives with her uncle in undeveloped area of Karachi and a person who took me there, he requested that not to reveal her residential address because she has received threats, therefore I cannot write name here.
Where she lives in undeveloped area, poor condition of streets speaks their story of poverty and living standards. You do not need to ask that how much those people earn as whole picture tells about a life of victimized people.

When I entered her home, it was congested and as usual electricity was shut off at least government institutes are very punctual to switch off electricity, however they do not give justice and any facility to people but they always remember well to press the button off.

One young guy told me, Adi (Adi, it is a Sindhi word means Sister) please don’t mind that light has gone and I answered him that no … no please don’t worry and few children were following me. I was accompanied by activist Raj Kumar, he spoke in Sindhi language with family and asked them that where chandervati was!
We were sitting in dark room which was already full with extra stuff and a battery was charged to generate twilight in the room.

One lady greeted me Namaste and I responded, Namaste, another lady was sitting in the corner of room, she said loudly regarding me that she is saying Namaste. It means, she is a Hindu. A group of lady looked at each another and passed smile.

I was just thinking about a lady who called me “Hindu” because her voice sounded insecurity and ignorance on the land, a land that belongs to her but now she is being considered as stranger and minority in her own home.
When indigenous people are ignored and their lives are crossing a narrow gate of life then they look for their space in a single word of greeting as my thoughts were changing like clouds, I looked at Chandervati who came and greeted me. At first she was little shy to meet me and when I started speaking with her in Sindhi language, she looked relaxed and started sharing her story.

When she was kidnapped, she could not remember that date because now, it has been passed several months and chandervati told me that “she is uneducated that is reason I am unable to recall the date but yes I still remember that day, it was Mela and all family members including my husband and elder daughter went to Mela and with my three sisters I was at home.”

At night when I was kidnapped, I was sleeping with my daughter. I was alone at my home and my three sisters were at their own home. One kidnapper whose name is Imran, he and his two men entered home and holding pistol in his hand, he held my little daughter and ordered me that keep silently moving out and he came out of home. One car was standing in the street when he tried to kidnap my daughter, I loudly screamed and thief Imarn, kidnapped me and my daughter.

Our home is along with Temple and it was a midnight that people were not in the area.
Chandervati kept sharing her story that “it was really horrible time for her that kidnapper Imran, always blackmailed her because he has my little daughter whose name is Sanwali whenever I begged him that please leave me I am already poor lady and married. You can not get anything from me.”
Kidnapper Imran who kidnapped me, he had support of influential people in Dharki, a district of Sindh.

“Kidnapper Imran, kept shifting me in different cities of Sindh sometime Rani poor and others for seven month and forcing me that I must marry him. I told him, it is impossible, I am already married and a Hindu, neither would merry you and nor change my religion.” Chandervati’s eyes were speechless and while sharing her story, she said that no one would help us.
You cannot imagine that Imran kidnapper, used to beat me and my daughter, he kept gun on my daughter that if I had not obeyed him, he would have killed my daughter then what I could do as alone and being a mother to my daughter, I bore his tortures physically and he also raped me many times.
He was drunk and wanted me to work as prostitute because he sold his sisters and also mother, too. He was really very bad character, thief and had support of local police men and authorities even he had gun in his pocket that was why no one could speak before him.

He took me to Bhachando Dargah where he wanted me to convert my religion but I refused and then he moved another Dargha of Amorit Sharif where he gave five or six thousand rupees to Molvi who forcibly converted my religion though I refused to convert to another religion and I told them that I am already married, I cannot do it. Molvi and Imran threatened me and Imran forcibly got thumb stamp on marriage pages.

At one night, he went outside and gate was open, I got chance to run and then I took my daughter, straightly I came to my uncle whose name is Gulu Bagheri here in Karachi because I knew that If I had gone to Dharki to my mother and husband, Imran would find me there. That’s reason, I did not go there. When I came here and shared whole truth with my uncle.

Her uncle name is Gullo Bagheri and he sells used-cloths in local market. He said that we are helpless and no one is helping us because we are Hindu. Muslims put us in trouble that we are Hindu and upper class of Hindu, they do not listen to us because we are Bagheri (lower caste). Where should we go? Every year our four and five girls are being kidnapped when our daughters are unsafe then why should we live here?
Group of people said in one voice that we want to go to India even though activist Raj Kumar offered them the facility of shelters in Karachi but they all refused.

So, her uncle continued his conversation regarding Chandervati case that they hired one lawyer but he did not listen to their case and just said them, he would get divorce though we were saying our lawyer that she did not married him so how is it possible to get divorce.
He kidnapped our daughter and forcibly converted to Islam. It is illegal and crime but a lawyer did not listen to us and he wrote statement what he wanted to write, we people are uneducated and we could not read that what he was typing statement but later we came across that he is filing a case of divorce which was wrong and we rejected his fabricated statements after then we contacted to activist Raj Kumar, he helped us.
Now, our case has another lawyer G. MustafaLakho who says that case will go in our favour but we do not have any hope that we are poor and no one is helping us.
Chandervati complained that no media person was willing to report her case. Although, I still have life threats from thief Imarn, he warned me that if I go to the court or even the court allows me to live with my family, he would kill me.
Chandervati was in sorrow when she said that “my elder daughter is not with me and my husband is keeping hide himself because Imran, has threatened to them.”
She hugged her little daughter Sanwali and said that “I want to get justice, I am a Hindu lady and have not converted my religion and nor married him.”  
Her little daughter Sanwali hugged her mother and then I greeted them and returned home to cover her story but I waited till 30th March, 2015 because next hearing was after few days, though I had already doubt that this time again might judge not come and their case will get another date.
Hence, I phoned to lawyer and asked his view about case. He told me that Chandervati case is very clear that it is forced marriage and forced conversion; she has two daughters and also is a Hindu woman. Illegal marriage is not allowed in our law therefore she may get justice but little hurdle is that she was forcibly given statement in Court of Sukkur,  city of Sindh, “I converted Islam and got married Imran on my own will.” In fact, she was threatened and her daughter was in kidnappers’ custody that’s why she was afraid and could not speak truth at the court of Sukkur although now she is giving her statement. As you know that this is a fight between power and powerless people but we hope that on 30th March, 2015 our case would get justice if the judge comes to the court.
Indeed, Chandervati case has received another date on 21st April, 2015. Will she get a justice or not? A mother in the court of justice, when will queen of justice start listening to the voice of Mother? 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Forced conversion: truth in the eyes of Anjalee Bai!

By Veengas

I do not know, what I should write on the issue of forced conversion as I have been observing and writing on such kind of cases since Rinkle Kumari February 2, 2012 to now Anjalee Bai, October 23, 2014; we have many names of those who have been kidnapped in the name of religion.

It is very easy to kidnap a young girl, send her to religious Dargaha, convert to Islam and later none can ask for girl. Let me write here, when I was covering Rinkle Kumari case, someone said that her kidnapping has been turned in the name of religion and these religious clerics will not let Rinkle go with her mother.

When culprits commit a crime, they get safe haven under the shadow of religion and after that his crime become unquestionable, if you ask any question; you would be counted on the list of kafirs.

If we raise voice through our writings and journalistic work, we are labelled as an agent because we want to know the truth. Why under-the-age girls have been kidnapped and later even their parents do not have an information that where girls are.

This is not only a matter of kidnapping; indeed, dangerous thing is that kidnapping is in name of religion. A state has already convoluted history and suffered a lot under the umbrella of extremism. Statesmen have had been penning policy with the ink of religion.

If the state does not draw a line between its own policy; things hardly get a change because the dark era of Zia that had encouraged religious groups and used the name of religion.

The state of Pakistan ought to understand that it has already deep-rooted problems and if they keep adding religion, extremists will use its name, then how can fragile state stop? Indeed, religious based minds and extremists are already brutally using it.

People are not dying because of half bread but bitter reality is, people are dying by the sword of religion. Everyone understands that name of religion is being used wrong; it is being used by those people who do not prefer to answer.

And now, come to the topic of forced conversion... Sindh is a province of Sufi/Bhagism where even dictator Zia tried to sow seeds of extremism; he failed to launch his agenda.

What has happened, Sindh is facing such kind of cases like forced conversions of Hindu girls, who are indigenous people of this land.

For now, I would prefer to keep focus on forced conversion, but yes, I would share here that an attack on Hindus is a plan to kill the soul of Sufism and first chapter has been started in the shape of forced conversion.

I did write that if Rinkle Kumari had not been sent with her mother then we would see other cases.

The List made by Veengas
Here, I would share a list of girls who had been kidnapped after Rinkle Kumari case. This list is not a final one because many girls who have been kidnapped, their news has not been reported.
Not a single girl gets justice because all were kidnapped in the name of religion, then girls were sent with those people who kidnapped them. In one case, of Hermi Kohli, a local court rejected her marriage because she was 13 years old but police did not file FIR (First Information Report) and she was married with a 30 years old man, as reported. Have we heard voices for those girls who have been kidnapped?

Sad, that our country’s people wake up when international media gives its spotlight, otherwise people condemn for a few hours like a movie show. Maybe, these girls belong to poor families that is the reason their pain has no value!

So far, in this newspaper, it has been written on Anjalee Bai case, whose age is 12-and-a-half years. Anjalee Bai was forcibly converted at Bharchondi, as in the case of Rinkle Kumari. Anjalee’s father filed an FIR against Riaz Siya, a man who married Anjalee Bai. “One local journalist told me on phone that Anjalee was afraid and did not speak a single word. People of Dargah Bharchondi came with guns and had religious slogan. We recalled the scene of Rinkle Kumari once again.” While, the Sindh High Court issued two statements; in first Anjalee was allowed to go with her husband and later the SHC said that she “cannot be allowed to go with her husband unless her age is determined”.

Why court is confused on the issue of age, here I would like to share the certificate of Anjalee Bai’s age, which was presented by her father.
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 It is beyond us why courts always ignore the age certificate given by the family. In such kind of cases, the family always gives a certificate at the first stage and the other certificate (of 18-year-old age) appears late, which is presented by a group that is involved in forced conversion.

In Anjalee’s case, the authorities still need to resolve her age matter. Though she is underage, the girl said that her age is 18 years, she converted to religion on her own will and wanted to go with her husband. Because of her statement, things cannot be solved, but court sent her to a shelter house. Now, her age issue should be solved. Will it be solved? We will have to wait till next decision by the court.

While reading the girl’s statement, it reminded us the old versions of the statements, which were already recorded by the girls who had been kidnapped. An unnamed source shared with me that when Anjalee met her parents, she told them that “if I go with you then they will kill you”.

Anjalee was sent to a shelter house and she was not relaxed there. There is also doubt that people of Bharchondi have influence over the shelter house and it is possible that men could contact her there.

If there is any kind of influence then how can anyone trust on girl’s statement, a girl who is already afraid?

Anjalee Bai is not 18 years of age. At least this time, the girl should be provided justice. In previous cases many girls were not allowed to go with their mothers because the name of religion was used. For now, the Sindh government has passed child marriage act. For the sake of law, queen of justice must peep into the eyes of Anjalee Bai who is speaking the truth that we all know. But who will read loudly the truth in the eyes of Anjalee that she wanted to go with her mother but she is not speaking the truth which is in her eyes?

"Original Published in Daily Times Forced Conversion: Truth in the eyes of Anjalee Bai on January 23, 2015."

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Column on Peshawar Attack!

وہ جو قاتل ہیں میرے بچوں کے۔۔۔!

آج کیوں،
توں اے شام رؤ پڑی  ہے،
آج کیوں تیرہ چھرہ اُداس ہے،
شام نے رو کے کہاں،
تیرے پاس توں دل ہے جس کو تھپکی دیکر تو خاموش بھی ہو جائی گی،
میرے پاس وہ دل بھی نہی،
جس کو تھپکی دیکر میں تھوری دیر کہ لیئے ئی سہی غم کو چپ کروا لوں،
میری پوری روح ماتم میں ہے،
جب اُن ظالم ہاتھوں نے میرے بچوں کو قتل کیا،
ان کی چیغیں میں کسے بھولوں،
وہ معصوم جس نے تیری دنیا میں جنم لیا،
تم نے کسے اس کو گولیوں کے بھیٹ چڑہنے دیا،
جلاد بھی بچوں کو مار نے سے لڑکھڑاتا ہے،
لیکن وہ ظالم جن کے ہاتھوں گولیاں چلی،
کیا وہ بھی تیری دنیا میں رہنے والے جسے تھے،
کیا ان کے پاس بھی دل جسی کوئی چیز تھی!
دل تو میرے پاس بھی نہی،
پر دیکھ مجھ کو میری روح آج بھی ماتم میں ہے،
تم مجھ سے پچھتی ہو میں اداس کیوں ہوں؟
جس دھرتی پر بچوں کی مسکراھٹ،
خون کی ندی میں بہا دی جائے،
جس دھرتی پر بچوں کے شرارتوں کو گولیوں سے خاموش کروایا جائے،
جس دھرتی کے گود میں معصوم بچوں کے خوابوں کفن کی چادر اوڑھائی جائے،
تم مجھ سے پچھتی ہو میں اداس کیوں ہوں؟
وہ جو قاتل ہیں میرے بچوں کے،
ان قاتلوں  کا کوئی خدا کسے ہوسکتا ہے؟
وہ انسانوں کی بستی سے کسے آ سکتے ہیں۔۔۔!
میں نے آہستہ سے شام کو کہا،
ہاں! ان کا کوئی خدا کسے ہوسکتا ہے،
ان کے اندر نہ دل ہیں اور نہ ہی تیری (شام) جسی کوئی روح ہے،
جو بچوں کو قتل کرے،
وہ بھلا انسان کی بستی سے کسے آ سکتا ہے،
ای شام تیری اُداسی بھی اس ماں کی جسی ہے
جس کہ غم کو کوئی بھی دلاسا نہی دے سکتا۔ (ہلینا)

وہ صبح کون ساں پیغام لیکر ہم سب کے دروں پہ دستک دنے آئی تھی،  ہم سب کی زندگی کے دروں پہ غم دستک دنے آتا ہے اس کو کبھی بھی اک دن کی چھٹی پسند نہی لیکن اس بار اس کے دستک نے ہر اک کو غم اور دُکھ دیا۔
اک خبر جو بھیانک چھیرہ لیکر آئی "آرمی اسکول میں طالبانوں نے بچوں کو شہید کر دیا" ٹی وی میڈیا پر مائوں کے روتے چھرے، زخمی بچے اور ہر اک اپنے بچوں کو ڈھونڈھتا رہا۔
اس ماں پہ کیا گذری ہوگی جس کو گھنٹوں گذرنے کے بعد پتا چلے کہ اُس کا بچا کفن اوڑہے ابد کی نیند سوچکا ہے۔ اب وہ کبھی بھی واپس نہی آئے گا۔  کتنا بھی ڈانٹو لیکن اس کی واپسی ممکن نہی۔
ریاست کی بوگس پالیسی نے اُس دن مائوں کی روح پہ زخم دیئے۔ اک ماں کی گود میں اُس کا بچا کفن 
لیئے سوچکا ہے۔
Children who have been killed by Taliban in Peshawar Attack. Photo Credit: Online
اس کا کیا قصور تھا ۔۔۔؟ یہی کہ وہ اسکول کے بستے میں اپنی چھوٹی شرارتیں، خواب اور مسکراہٹو کے ساتھ کچھ کتابیں تھی۔۔۔فرشتوں کو قتل کیا گیا کہ ان کا کوئی قصور نہی تھا۔
طالبانوں نے بدلا لیا ہے ان کی خلاف ہونے والے آپریشن کا، ایسا ئی کچھ رپورٹ میں آیا ہے۔
بچوں پہ بندوق رکھ کے، کس قسم کا بدلا لیا گیا ۔۔۔؟ اس سے انہوں نے کچھ بھی فتح نہی کیا۔
لیکن کوئی ان کو بتلائے کہ وہ بندوق کے سہارے بھی، ان بچوں جسے بہادر نہی ہوسکتے۔
اس بات کی گواہی دھرتی بھی دئے گی جس کے سنے پر اُن فرشتوں کا لہوں گرا ہے۔
دنیا ساری رو رہی ہے اور ہر اک ماں کے آنکھوں میں آنسوں ہیں لیکن وہ سارے بچے بھی اُداس ہیں 
کے ان کا کوئی ساتھی کسی راہہ میں قتل کیا گیا ہے۔
جہاں ساری دنیا اداس ہے وہاں ہمارے ریاست کے انوکھے لاڈلے حکمران نواز شریف اور عمران خان ای پی سی (آلپارٹیز کانفرنس) کے پریس کانفرنس دوراں مسکراتے نظر آئے جس صوبے کی سنے پر بچوں کے خوابوں کو خون کی ندی میں بہایا گیا ہو، جس کی ہوائیں اداس ہو اور ماں ماتم کرتے اپنے بچے کو اپنی گود سے جدا کر کے دھرتی کی گود میں سلانے کو جارہی ہو۔
وہاں پہ ان کو دھرنا ۔۔۔دھرنا ۔۔۔اور کنٹینر کا رونا جاری ہو جن کے الفاظ طالبان کے خلاف نکلنے کہ دوران ہچکچاہٹ کا شکار ہو لیکن الیکشن کی دھاندھلی پہ الفاظ سیاسی اخلاقیات کی سرحد بھی کراس کرلیتے ہیں۔  پر ان کی زبان سے دھشتگردوں (طالبان) کے خلاف سخت احتجاج سامنے نہی آتا۔
ٹی وی میڈیا خوش کہ عمران خان نے دھرنا ختم کرکے ملک پر احسان کر دیا۔ لیکن "ای این پی  لیڈر بشریٰ گوہر نے اک پولیٹیک پروگرام  میں درست کہا تھا کہ عمران خان نے دھرنا ختم کرکے کوئی احسان نہی کیا لیکن اس کی حکومت کی پی کی میں ہے اور جوابدہ ہے کے اس کی حکومت نے کیا کِیا؟ اک سال کے اندر 160 دھماکے ہوئے۔"
اور سوال یہ بھی ہے کہ ریاست جو اپنے آپ کو ایٹمی قوت کہتی ہے اس کے ناک کے نیچے اگلیوں پہ گنے چنے طالبان آتے ہیں اور بچوں کو شہید کرتے ہیں۔  دھشتگردی کو ختم کرنے میں حکومت کتنی سنجیدہ ہے اس کا اندازہ ای پی سی میں چل گیا۔
دھشتگردو کو کب فل اسٹاپ آئے گا اس کا انتیظار ہے۔
لیکن ہم سب کبھی نہی بھول سکتے کہ بچوں کو کفن پہنایا گیا۔۔۔ان کے مسکراہٹوں کے دفن کردیا گیا۔۔۔وہ جو قاتل ہے میرے بچوں کے۔۔۔!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Dear State! Hindu Marriage and Forced Conversion Bills need your attention…!


I cannot forget the words of “Rinkle Kumari’s mother please save my daughter! I beg you that give my daughter back and I want nothing else except my daughter” at Sindh High Court and I felt helpless so I couldn’t even say anything but staring into her tearful eyes, still ask the question that where is her daughter, not only Rinkle’s mother but many mothers whose daughter have been kidnapped and they ask same question which Rinkle’s mother still asks.

It was not only Rinkle Kumari or Asha Kumari who had been kidnapped in the name of religion, there are various people who can tell us that how many girls have been kidnapped and how thugs enjoy their crime with apparent impunity because our system has no sufficient law that can punish criminal them who are using the name of religion.

You can close your eyes to problems but you are unable to vanish it, unless you open your eyes seeking the causes of problems. Unfortunately in our country from leaders to rich class both want to put their hands on their eyes and keep singing the song that All is well.
If we peep into our society, can see that all is not well at all especially in the cases of Non-Muslims, Ahmedis, Sikhs, Christians and Hindus all are living under a shadow of fear. Ahmedis have a fear of that from which side unknown person will appear and declare them as Non-Muslim, later he/she may be killed in the name of declaration of Non-Muslim by a Muslim.

The Sufi land is undergoing the walk of those souls who have not listened to a song of Sufi/Baghti-ism.

What can state do to protect Non-Muslims? Let me ask, why does state not protect its own single clause of Human rights? 
All citizens are equal and simultaneously are deemed to be secured under the umbrella of Human Rights, if state is going to fail in protecting its own law of Human rights that means the sense of security among people is being injured.

Each government claims to be protector of the rights of Non-Muslims, personally I disagree a word “Minority” how can you call a person as a minority whose roots are anchored in the land? State has declared them as minority because their religion is not of the majority!

When will we start living peacefully? When I see or read news that indigenous people (Sindhi Hindus) of this land are being killed and their daughters are kidnapped. Where are we going to? Sometimes we cannot recognize that path that leads us into a dark cave but when we reach to the dark cave, we will realize that it was not a path which we had thought of.

So far, our country has problem of violation of human rights. I don’t want to go to past stories when Hindu girls were kidnapped and converted to Islam, it doesn’t mean that these cases have been stopped; such cases and problems still awfully exist.

After such kind of issues, political leaders realize that now we should have Laws, we can at least stop the problems.

PPP government announced that they were going to introduce law of Safe Houses which could solve the problem of Hindu girls’ kidnapping. What happened that PPP could not present the Hindu Marriage and Forced Conversion Bill; however, a committee was formed of Rana Baghwandas, Dr. Majida Rizivi, Minister Dr. Khatoomal, Jhut Mal and others in July 2013.  At that time I did contact to Dr. Khatoomal and asked him, “Would you believe your government could present a law on Hindu Marriage Bill and Forced Conversion? He responded confidently that they would make a law and present in Sindh Assembly. That was an important because Safe Houses could play its main role to stop a forced conversion. Courts could not do anything in the cases of forced conversion but if they made a law which could solve the case of conversion. “We are committed and will present a Bill. Don’t forget that Justice (r) Rana Bhagwandas and Majida Rizivi were in committee” said Dr. Khatoomal minister of PPP – Sindh.”

Very strange that we are in 2014 but where is the Bill? Which was to be presented            by Sindh government on Hindu Marriage and Forced Conversion Bill?

After Sindh Government, we are hearing a voice from PML-N (MNA) Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani who presented a draft on Hindu Marriage Bill but his bill has been invisible.

When I phoned “Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani regarding his Hindu Marriage Bill, he told me that “what are you asking me? I am struggling and trying to pass this Bill but no one is serious regarding that Bill. Do you know this would be a first time in the history of Pakistan, we will make a law for Hindu Marriage Bill and our people can get a right of getting their marriage registered even divorce process would be easy because in our religion to get divorce is too difficult.” I asked him another question that according to your Bill, it does not speak of Forced Conversion. 

Why? Dr. Ramesh said that “they cannot pass our simple Hindu Marriage Bill; yes I agreed with you on that I have not mentioned distinctly regarding forced conversion in Bill because if I had mentioned that cause, Bill would not have been allowed even to present it as the way I have present it now. Nevertheless, I have mentioned an age limitation that can help us to stop forced conversion.”

Would it be possible for Islamic Ideology Council to accept your clause of an age limitation, if any girl is kidnapped and converted to Islam because religious groups follow their law of Islam then how will they listen to your bill? Asked him. He said, “I discussed the matter with IIC and they agreed that forcibly conversion is not allowed. I am still helpless that we cannot even pass a simple law regarding Hindu Marriage Bill.”

Simple Hindu Marriage Bill is not yet passed by National Assembly and Sindh Government has also forgotten its committee on Hindu Marriage Bill in an attempt to stop forced conversion.

I would share comments of Jai Parkash Moorani, who said “nowadays people do not send their daughters to schools because they are still afraid of forced conversion that is reason they get them married in their underage.” So, where is the implementation of Child Marriage Bill?” 

He further said on Hindu Marriage Act that “current situation is very critical; we do not need piece of paper called an agreement which grantees marriage relation, due to present bad situation in our society where your wife is kidnapped and person cannot provide any evidence for his own wife and girl’s property right in her father’s property which is also important issue that’s reason we support and need a Hindu Marriage Bill.”

Mr. Parkash totally disagreed on the question of divorce when I asked him that how do you see a matter of divorce, don’t you think that as a human each person has right to live and choose not to live? “Human Rights are best things but when you make Hindu Law then you will have to be obliged to follow religion as Hindu religion has no place of Divorce even same issue exists in Christianity, where getting divorce is difficult. Otherwise, we should make a unanimous Marriage Act which is applicable to everyone in Pakistan.”

I would share with you that Mr. P.K Shahni drafted Hindu Marriage Bill was presented in era of Shaheed Zulifkar Ali Bhutto and Hindu Marriage Bill’s draft was taken from Indian Marriage Act, not a single word change even Dr. Ramesh has lately presented Bill it is same which had been already presented but Rana Chandr Singh expunged section of divorce and said that unless “I am alive this law will not be passed” and he proved his words that unless he was alive, Hindu Bill could not be passed in Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s Era.

When I asked Mr. Parkash that Dr. Ramesh’s Hindu Marriage Bill is not openly criticizing a forced conversion, Bill has mentioned only age limitation. Do you think that age limitation can helpful to stop forced conversion? Mr. Parkash said, “No it will not stop forced conversion and to be honestly, IIC will never accept any line which goes against its fanatic thoughts.”

Then, I did contact with his wife Mrs. Nirmela Parkash, who was fully supporting Marriage Act, she said that “our girls have been kidnapped and we cannot still provide any evidence of their marriages.” 
She shared one of incidents, “I could not recall the names that once the rich man kidnapped Hindu lady and when her husband filed case and claimed at court that she is a married but when court asked him for furnishing evidences, he could not provide. 

Therefore, we feel that now we should have legal documentation-right it is very imperative to us; we must have a legal document.” She also said about Property Section, being a wife and a mother I feel my daughter that what will be her future, if she gets married? We have right of property. 

On the question of divorce, Mrs. Nirmela laughed and said, personally I believe that person has right to choose his/her own choice but our religion is not allowing us. We cannot deny that women suffer a lot.” One man got second married and his first wife had given him permission for second marriage, later man was not happy with his second wife. So, it is absolute unfair to both women who are being subjugated to suffering, to stop such incidents at least we ought to have laws, Mrs. Nirmela shared.

It is painful, due to insecurity child girls get burden of marriage. Ignorance of State is killing a childhood of children.

We all know that if Hindu Marriage Bill which was presented by Dr. Ramesh cannot stop forced conversion but it is a right that they should have Hindu Marriage Bill and it is demanded that we must have law that can stop forced conversion and girls get the shelter.  

Does Law have its implementation? Of course, this question needs an honest answer but before going to that question another question raises, do we have a single law for indigenous people?

We want to knock at the door of governments through this piece of writing that Dear state! Hindu Marriage and Forced Conversion Bills need your attention. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

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

میری لاش پہ کوئی آواز تو دینا۔۔۔!

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؟