If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it; he is obligated to do so. -Thomas Jefferson.
The unjust behaviour of Pakistan towards the Baloch people had started from the day when its military had forcefully occupied the sovereign state of Balochistan, on 27th of March 1948. Since then, the inhabitants of Balochistan have been facing atrocious suppression from the occupiers; all of its organs treating the Baloch as a coloniser would treat people under its occupation.
Any sane person would never expect any good from the institutions of the colonisers because they purely work on single principle of prolonging the illegal occupation and to suppress the colonised people by any means possible. The behaviour of all Pakistani institutions towards Baloch, are quite the same. In Particular, the parliament, the judiciary, the military and the media are patent in their anti-Baloch actions.
The extra ordinary reaction by the above mentioned institutions in the wake of Congressional hearing on human rights crisis in Balochistan and the recent visit of U.N. delegation (WGEID) on the matter of enforced-disappearances in Balochistan is just one example among countless others. Both the Congressional hearing and WGEID’s visit had purely focused the appalling human rights situation in Balochistan. The basic fundamental rights of people have been prescribed by the U.N. of which Pakistan is a signatory. Instead of practicing the laws to improve the human rights situation, Pakistan is violating all the international laws and the norms of civilized states. If any voice is raised in the favour of the Baloch people Pakistan’s authorities are quick enough to call it an internal matter of Pakistan to cover its wrong doings in Balochistan.
In what pretext, abductions, custodial killings, aerial bombardments, displacements or illegal settlement in occupied territories be claimed to be an internal matter of any occupying state?
The Pakistani parliament had passed a resolution against the Congressional hearing, and the members of the parliament had also called the recent U.N.’s visit to Balochistan an attack on country’s sovereignty. If Pakistan thinks the recent visit of U.N. is an attack on its sovereignty, then why does it still continue to actively welcome aid from such international organizations which represent not a country but the world as a whole? Pakistan, being a signatory to U.N. laws still deems itself to be above any inquiries when it fails to abide by the said laws.
Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikar Chaudary had also showed unwillingness to cooperate with the WGEID team on the matter of enforced-disappearances in Balochistan, and refused to meet with the working group. The inhumane attitude of Pakistan’s judiciary chooses to refuge the culprits belonging to Pakistan army, who are responsible for the Baloch genocide. Despite the presence of evidences in the form of the CCTV footage, which are good enough to prosecute the military culprits for their crimes against humanity in Balochistan, the state organs of Pakistan would never take any step against their own military, which is present in large numbers all over in Balochistan for squashing the aspirations of independence, and to prolong their illegal occupation by brutal force.
The pro-independence forces of Balochistan have had a very clear perspective, as they knew it all along that none of the institutions of the occupiers would ever be of any good to the Baloch nation; rather, only continual struggle would break the shackle of slavery, and ensure the Baloch nation a decent life of equality, justice and liberty.
But a group of self-deluding people, who claim to be democratic force, assert to have seen a ray of hope from the unjust judicial system of Pakistan.
The American founding father Thomas Jefferson gave a permanent solution to oppressed people for ending the unjust rule of the tyrants. ‘’ If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it; he is obligated to do so’’. Unfortunately, the Balochistan National Party – Mengal (BNP-M) and other parliamentarians have failed to understand the wise words of Thomas Jefferson. They, instead of disobeying the unjust laws, are obeying the colonial courts, and eventually the decision wouldn’t go in favour of Baloch nation. This prediction is quite easy to make, as it’s supported by a 64 year long deceptive era of Pakistan’s occupation of Balochistan. Moreover showing confidence in the Pakistani courts and Parliament would damage the Baloch national question, and is an attempt in itself to an extent to legitimise the illegal rule of Pakistan.
BNP-M is a claimant of democratic struggle, but democratic struggle is not confined to the participation in elections, and especially not in the electoral system of the occupiers. There are number of other democratic ways of struggle. Sailing two boats in the present stage of Baloch national struggle is not in itself an option for any political figure or party, and even after accepting Pakistan’s supremacy, Sardar Akhter Mengal has no rights to claim to be a part of the national struggle and neither can he associate himself with the aspirations of Baloch masses. One of the best example of democratic struggle stated by Thomas Jefferson is to ‘’disobey’’. But so far BNP-M leadership is obeying the Pakistani court orders as a loyal citizen of the occupiers. BNP-M claims to be struggling for the self determination of Balochistan. According to BNP-M’s definition that ‘’self-determination’’ is equal to full independence, in order to achieve this goal Sardar Akhter Mengal should spend some time with the mothers of the Baloch whose sons and daughters have given their lives for the struggle and ask them of the aspirations that these heroes of the nations had, rather than spending time in luxury lounges in Islamabad.
The writer is a member of BSO-Azad. He tweets at http://twitter.com/Faiz_Baluch