Archive | December 2013

The line of freedom

Production Info

In early 2012, brothers Noordin and Bhawal Mengal decided to make a film about the ongoing human rights crisis in Balochistan, a large province in south-western Pakistan. The producers commissioned a British filmmaker, David Whitney, to make the film with their help.

After a lengthy development phase, shooting began on the “The Line of Freedom” in September 2012. The cast and crew braved high temperatures in the desert and mountains to shoot this short film at an undisclosed location.

After the production stage, editing commenced in The UK and the film was completed in late 2012.

The central character of the film is Nasir Dagaarzai who was abducted, tortured and murdered by Pakistani military as part of its “Kill and Dump” policy and Dirty War against Baloch people.

Balochistan Info:
Balochistan (literally meaning Land of the Baloch) is a mountainous and arid desert region situated at the tri-juncture of the Middle East, South Asia and Central Asia. A resource rich province at the mouth of the Persian Gulf that was once an independent state, Balochistan now straddles across Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is the largest, but most backward, under-developed and strife-torn province of Pakistan.

The secular Baloch people have faced successive dismissals of elected democratic governments by Islamabad and repeated military operations by the Pakistan army, which is traditionally and predominantly Punjabi, in 1948-52, 1958-60, 1962-63, 1973-77, with the most recent military operation beginning in 2005. However, this time Pakistan misused US-supplied weapons meant to counter the Taliban and turned this arsenal on the Baloch. Once again a war is raging for the heart and soul of Balochistan, and its victims are usually innocent men, women and children.

Map showing Balochistan location relative to Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan
The distinguishing feature of this fifth insurgency in Pakistan is its battlefield. It resembles none of the previous, for this time Pakistan’s military and proxy forces wage their efforts quite literally on the bodies of Balochistan’s youth and activists. Unable to quell the movement or capture or eliminate its leaders, armed forces and intelligence agencies take out their frustration on soft and easily accessible targets—students, teachers, intellectuals, lawyers, political and human rights activists. Enforced disappearances are endemic. Young and old go missing for months or years on end and in hundreds of cases, their bullet-riddled, tortured and often unrecognizable bodies turn up on roadsides. This practice has been called Pakistan’s ‘kill and dump’ policy and both Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have provided documentation of numerous cases. High levels of intimidation, harassment, arrest and torture are carried out against opposition supporters. Peaceful protestors have been suppressed, political representatives have been detained unlawfully, and freedom of expression and assembly is totally restricted for the Baloch. However, Pro-Taliban Pashtun groups that despise Baloch nationalists have complete freedom to promote their ideology with the tacit support of Pakistan’s intelligence agencies.

This unofficial practice is but one in a long string of failed official policies towards this provincial member of the Pakistan federation. Following the British division of India and the creation of Pakistan in 1947, Balochistan—then referred to as Kalat—was also recognized as an independent state, news of which was reported even in the New York Times. Pakistan, however, spent the subsequent year cajoling some Baloch tribal chiefs, making backroom deals and prying away Balochistan’s territory. After the upper and lower houses of the Baloch parliament unanimously rejected Pakistan’s proposal, Pakistan forced Balochistan’s accession at gunpoint on the 27th March, 1948, almost doubling Pakistan’s landmass.

This landmass proved rich in minerals, oil and gas, but the wealth derived from these resources has never been equitably distributed to the people of Balochistan. Baloch gas has fueled Pakistan’s most populous and dominant province of Punjab since 1953, but reaches only a handful of selected areas of Balochistan. While the first Baloch insurgency led by Abdul Karim Baloch in 1948 was sparked by the issue of political sovereignty, subsequent insurgencies embraced issues of development, rights to resources and autonomy. With the military’s killings of revered Baloch leaders Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti in 2006 and Balach Marri in 2007, however, grievances evolved from talk of ‘divorce’ into a full-blown demand for independence on the part of the political groups and many within the general population.

THE LINE OF FREEDOM:::Based on a true story::(The film to warn the Pakistani army for its destruction)

Baloch film industry is not that much remarkable to catch the consideration and interests from the viewers worldwide in order to convey an authentic message that to be based on a real story needs to be telecasted either in English or Urdu languages. It is the first time we are seeing a film that is wholly based on balochs and its land being televised in an influential language where the transcript is related to the daily base harassment of Baloch sons but the characters are being performed by other actors which seem something new in the history of Baloch. It is the first film that relates with Baloch and its land exploitation where the human rights violation has reached to a stage very condemnable. This film of 30 minutes has been fashioned, written and directed by a Britain director David Whitney who was also the director of Qanahdar Break (a film) produced on the bases of Afghanistan cold war. The producer of this film is Nooruddin Mengal, Mir Bhawal Mengal and David Whitney.

The Line of freedom is one of the films that make a history in the film industries where it clarifies some realities after the withdrawal of British troops from sub continent.

It takes us back to the past when the British Empire withdrew from the subcontinent and the region split into two new states namely India and Pakistan after which a tumult of exploitation begin to burn off.

During this partition there came a great turmoil in the region on the bases of sectarian differences as there were living different sects and the acquisition sort of prejudice between the Muslims and Hindu kicked off at the jiffy of this heinous partition. This film which indicates towards many more realities can attract the human rights organization including the committee that claimed to resist any violation of human rights worldwide. It is deprecation for Pakistani government whose image has already gotten dusted and Pakistan well undoubtedly be getting perplexed it at which is a clear and transparent view of her intelligence and army.

The autonomous and mineral rich region of Baluchistan declared its sovereignty and independence, however after a little passage of time in 1948, Baluchistan has been overruled by Pakistan. This region has been worst target of tyranny as comprised of just minerals and a coast of nearly 700kms. Being the gate of Strait of Hormuz its importance getting very keen interests from international powers as well. This is a clear cut view of exploitation in it as well being shown bravely.

In the whole story, Gwadar port at the apex of the Arabian Sea and at the mouth of the Persian Gulf has a very great value that china in collaboration of Pakistani concerned authority has started a plane of taking it into the hands permanently. It is situated on the eastern bay of a natural hammerhead-shaped Peninsula protruding into the Arabian Sea from the coastline.

Gwadar Port is situated near the strategic Strait of Hormuz and its busy trading and oil shipping lanes. The surrounding region is home to around two-thirds of the world’s oil reserves. It is also the nearest warm-water seaport to the landlocked, but energy rich, Central Asian Republics and landlocked Afghanistan. Baluchistan is a land very genocide is being accompanied by genocide and human rights hostilities reaching to a point that is far-fetched.

Baloch needs such more documentaries be based on real tale  in order to compel the international bodies taking prompt action which is much needed and worth mentioning expedition as passing a life of suppression.

img_2530__largeBaloch nation and its insurgency claim the states hostility is to eradicate and weak the whole nation at the every norms of life that it not be able to move ahead. This is the cause and reason tried to be disclosed in the tale.

The colonial systems and exploitation of minerals and other valuable things got start over the next 60 years. The massacre against Baloch nation has already taken thousands of lives and over to six thousands people are missing. The film of 30 minutes indicates the brutalities and atrocities of Pakistan machineries from the day the region has been taken into the claws of acquisition.

The line of freedom can create a great message internationally to those all nations and organization claimed for the maintenance of human rights and to protect the atrocities and illegal acquisition and expeditions from the ruling force.

The story has been shown in this film is a true tale regards with abduction, massacre, killing and a dump polices, where the Baloch students and political activists are being abducted exceedingly.

The convincing tale of this transcript relates with a Baloch student, Nasir Ali Dagarzai who was once kidnapped along with his three friends at a home in Panjgoor. After months missing Nasir Baloch’s brutally snubbed body with a dead body of a friend found in a deserted area. Nasir was in a critical condition and taken for a treatment to Quetta where he was taken into keen sights of intelligence and observing situations the family felt it danger for Nasir but they thought as he being a student nothing happening pessimistic kept the victim in open eyes.

Resultantly after recovering from wounds he was taken to the home but unfortunately on the way to it he was again kidnapped and disappeared for months and his dumped body was found near Quetta.

States atrocities and brutalities, abduction and killings since the day of taking over   the Baloch independent land getting increased day by day and this film well be the one clearing the secrets and realities of states.

It declares realities that how the students are being abducted and tortured in the prisons and what are being called in the light of religion, very shameful and the rude behaviors from the army has been disclosed in the whole story which is incredible.

What are the ways the Baloch being treated it has attempted to show it as well in the form Army behaviors to call the Baloch terrorists and non Muslim as declaring their utmost hate during custody. The killing and dump policy which has affected almost every Baloch is one of the realities shown in the film.

At all, this is a film with a very real and fascinating tale. Such sorts of brutalities and behaviors link with every individual who has born over there in the land of Balochistan and a Baloch’s home. This has as well unveiled the courageousness of baloch when they are label as terrorists or the adversary of Almighty but say they are not doing any thing wrong, if rising a finger is a offense, in order to protect or demands the basic rights so baloch are terrorists but none can eradicate the whole nation by killing and dump policies exposed in the film very conspicuously.
Hats off to my Baloch nation,I am proud to be a baloch

I am proud to be a baloch
Because i don’t fear
I am proud to be a baloch
because i am free
I am proud to be a baloch
If thousands of my baloch brothers are abducted,mutilated and torchered i swear billion times  i will raise my voice and raise my voice against the brutual acts of PK army,i promise if my neck is cut,my hands are cut still i will raise the flag of my nation:
balochflag1LONG LIVE BALOCHISTAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Female Education in Balochistan

Female Education in Balochistan
A speech by me in School!!
I Begin my speech with the name of Allah who is the giver of new life who is the king of the whole world and who knows the deep secrets of our hearts and knows our bad and good better than us.
My esteemed judges, honorable teachers and dear audience A.O.A.
.As you all know that today we are having results day and on this occasion I have been given an opportunity to express my notions about the title of the speech: Female education in Baluchistan.
According to the very first verses of the Holy Quran that begin with the word: Read,” Read with the name of your lord who created man from a clot, Read in the name of your lord who taught by the pen, taught you what you didn’t know.
These verses greatly clear the concept of knowledge in our minds.
Education plays a miraculous role to enable an individual to be successful and it is necessary for everyone to be educated most importantly for a woman. It is well-known that when a man gets education so means an individual is educated but when a woman acquires education so that means a whole nation is educated. The role of an educated woman matters the most for the development of a society.
And today I as a baloch student feel extremely proud that I am educated, literate and moralized.
Today I on this stage as a female feel proud that I am giving a speech without terror in front of such a huge public.
I feel proud that I am the daughter of such a father who never stops me from getting education.
Today I feel proud that I am the student of such an Academy and teachers, who gave their all efforts in making me a good daughter, an obedient student, a civilized person, responsible human.
Today if we take a glimpse on our nation so most of the females are deprived of education, they are uneducated in spite of having facilities still our females are backward. Why? Because our family members think with the minds of problems not with the minds of wisdom. Today if we are having critical problems so one of the most important reason is that our females are not educated.
In Baluchistan mostly, females are compelled to get married after their matriculation and that is a very cheap idea. Our family members who are living in 21st century but still think with the minds of 18th century so how can we promote? Today if a female who is a student of 10th in Balochistan uses internet so why it is considered wrong? Isn’t it a part of Education???
In foreign countries, one educated woman can compete a complete group of men so why we cannot, just because we are baloch? Today I ask a question to all of you: Why we often give examples of foreign students? Why? Just because they are developed, advanced, educated and facilitated so today I ask a question to all of you: Why we often give examples of foreign students? Why? Just because they are developed, advanced, educated and facilitated? if so, i ask what do we lack?
Can’t we be examples ourselves?
Can’t we fight with problems?
So what if we are balochs.It doesn’t matter at all that we DON’T HAVE facilities LIKE America. WHAT matters IS that the facilities we have,are being ignored!.”
Baluchistan that is known the land of resources minerals and beauty but it is educationally in a deplorable condition where women are illiterate in a great number and Baluchistan’s total literacy rate that is 34% against the national literacy rate of 52%like wise the literacy rate among women in Balochistan is also the worst in the country. With only 27% literate women, Balochistan stands poorly in education.
Many unfavorable hurdles come in the lives of women that stop them from getting education and one of the main reasons is Government itself that has never taken any action against the increasing problems in Women lives in Balochistan.
Today when a baloch student goes on stage, why does she fear? Why do her family members stop her from going to Schools and colleges and why do THEY stop her from getting education? Why do our parents still have the ideas of our forefathers?” If we turn the pages of history 100 years before so women were treated like animals, the arrogant people treated their animals better than their women!, She has been given the state of a useless paper in the world. Neither honor nor her mutual and due rights have been given to her .If she has been given something so that is insult, abuses and disrespect ,the rights that have never been her. Though our Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W) said Women should be given rights as equal to men, and he also said it is obligatory for all to get education, men and women. But still after the advent of Islam she has been physically, mentally and emotionally tortured. She has been only facing hurdles in her life. America uses it and throws it; Pakistan disrespects it and throws it. In fact women have never been given the status of a human. She has been deprived from the all luxuries of life. Her voice is pushed deeply to make her silent and I say it with pity that we are so arrogant that we don’t know the importance of women and if we know it so deliberately it is ignored. Before the advent of Islam, every baby girl was dumped alive and I think once again the same mistake is being repeated.
In Balochistan girls are told to handle and manage household works only, their parents prohibit them from going to schools, from getting education and co-education.Why??Because they think they will ruin their respect, spoil their image, they will break the traditions! And this concept is commonly generated in the minds of all parents in Balochistan.Most of the parents don’t send their Daughters in Schools, stop them from joining educational activities because they think they are balochs and Muslims. When has Islam prohibited women from getting education? And when has Baloch nation stopped girls from going to schools?”
As you all know it is a very tough time for Balochistan and instead that we should help in sorting out the problems we go back.Why??Again comes the same answer” You are a Baloch”Every time, the same harsh word is echoed in my ears that don’t do this, don’t do that Because you are a baloch, don’t go in a co-educational school because you are a baloch, don’t step out of our house for getting education because you are a Muslim so today I am answerable for those all people sitting in this audience who say that co-education is bad and who say girls shouldn’t join technological or educational activities.
Yes I am a baloch
but not uneducated!
I am a baloch,
but not afraid,
I am a baloch,
but not illiterate,
I am a baloch,
But not a fool,
I am a baloch
and I am not from week persons.
Yes I am a female
I am a Muslim
Yes I am from Balochistan
I am a Baloch
And Yes of course my religion is Islam
but before these all I am educated and I know well what my responsibilities are!.
I am a pillar of society and my responsibility is to shut the negative mouths,
I am a hope for society and my responsibility is to moralize them.
I am a student for society and my responsibility is to remove their misunderstandings.
Another devastating fact that Very few mothers are educated in Balochistan and I have to say it with great regret that they are illiterate educated mothers. And don’t let their daughters to use internet even. Is it the only responsibility of the baloch females to cook, wash, and sew cloths? No, obviously not, girls are born to shut the negative mouths ,they are born to clear the mind-setups, they are born to eradicate ignorance, they are born to finish the rumors that are brought by narrow-minded people in our socities,Yes they are born to bring revolution in the world .
***And today on this stage I am a billion times grateful to the great leader, the leader who raised the flag of education in Panjgur, of course the one and only Sir Zahir Hussain, who lighted the lamp of pleasures and successes in our lives and made it easier for females to get better Education in a fertile land.
I am thankful to Sir Nadir,Sir Haneef,Sir changaiz,Sir Rasheed,Sir Nizam,Sir hussain ,the great  Sir Amjed Shehzad and the whole staff of respectable Oasis  who taught me with full concentration and devotion to make my future bright.
I am very thankful to my great Father who admitted me in Oasis Academy and thought my well-fare. I am thankful to my father that he encourages me in every step of my life and most importantly I am Thankful to Allah Almighty who brightened my life by such a father who is a great and I must say broad-minded person. I am thankful to my father who never let me step in the world of inferiority complex and I am thankful to my father for making me confident every time. Sometimes I think if I wasn’t admitted in Oasis so how my life would have been, May be like a dangerous and destructive dream!
Last but not the least I am thankful to the land of Oasis, to the pillars of Oasis Gallery, to the classrooms of Oasis, to each and everything of Oasis that made my studies easier and I really feel very proud that I have remained a basic student of Oasis and I am very thankful to my all teachers. I know thanks isn’t enough and I also know I can never offer the loans of Oasis!
Before I conclude my speech I would like to say a few balochi words for my sisters and brothers:
“Booboo cho ama darya ya k chohl janth o kashok kareeth
Mehnat bekan cho ama zanth kara k sohbmandi kareeth
Maboo dil prosh oh nudarbar!K jahan sak umeed warenth partho
Aagah boohag lotey wath yak raje
Godah kar bekan cho ama pol’a k marg a randh ham rang kareeth!!!!
I am very thankful to you all for your humble attention.
Thank you!

Hard to put in words…

It was the farewell today in our school.
I can’t explain my feelings that how i am right now.
The school from where i got my childhood,from where i was given love.The school where i spent 12 years of my life.I was a small kid when i went to school and i wept too much,and our own principal used to drop me in my home.In our school we walked like kings.We didn’t listen to any one.
In 3 and 4 class we were very good students(the trust group),then when we came in 8th so we became very naughty.
we used to tease our teachers.
but today i am weeping while writing this post.Because today i am missing those all moments passed int the gallery of Oasis.
I am missing my all teachers,my all friends and i can’t stop my self from weeping.
We have wept a lot.when we knew that a few days are remaining so we wept a lot.
yesterday was the worst day in our class and today i can say it was the hardest day in our life to say the worst word”Good-Bye” to each other.we all wept very much .We enjoyed first by throwing inks on each other and then we wept our self.We also took the autographs of all teachers.And we also wrote on our scarfs and here is mine.Have a view:

We all were so upset and we all also walked in the whole school by singing the songs(yeh pal hamien yad aengy & yeh dosti hum nai thodengey) and all teachers were laughing on us at morning time and some of them were also upset that we were leaving.Principal was so emotional on party day.
Today at assembly we also sung the national anthem of Baluchistan but before we took permeation from principal so he smiled and said yes,we became very happy and we started preparing ourselves for assembly.Today when we went so principal called us in his Office and told us to sing it,we sung it and he said us to come with him at assembly,We went and today the whole school was standing in-front of us,but we didn’t fear and we sung it good and all teachers liked it very much.
I will miss my school very much,i know then we won’t be able to see each other and we can never meet our teachers and TOA(the Oasis Academy).
Today i really wanna thank my every teacher who cared for me,who taught me and who encouraged me.I am also thankful to my parents that they admitted me in TOA so that i got such beautiful friends and teachers.
We also sung(Kabi alvida na kehna) in our class loudly but principal said nothing.
Well i can’t write more.Bye.Have a good day 🙂 🙂 🙂