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141 24 05- 1
Balochistan Human Rights Watch:
Constant victimization and harassment of Baloch development activists in
South Asia Partners Pakistan
Nausheen Qambarani, Sherbaz Baloch
and Asif Baloch, who have been working in the Balochistan office of an
organization called South Asia Partners Pakistan (SAP-PK) since November
2005 where the project office was formed in Quetta, report of a
gruesome cycle of constant victimization and harassment against Baloch
They tell about their long life
experience about working professionally with the development sector of
Balochistan in different non governmental organizations such as Oxfam-GB,
SAHER and SPO. However, they never experienced such kind of severe
harassment, discrimination and insecurity throughout their career simply
because of their ethnic background.
It is more than obvious that the
management of the SAP-PK has made all out efforts to undermine all Baloch
activists to work for the welfare of the people of Balochistan by applying
various dirty tactics of degradation at personal and professional level.
Evidently on the official front, the
management never fulfilled its promises made to the communities and stake
holders in the province such as forming Kisan Bethaks in districts and
providing funds to Peasants and Worker Groups to run the small projects.
Most of the Provincial reports and data were used to be displaces in the
Head office doesn't have any Human
Resource Section and there is no Performance Evaluation system yet, there is
no check and balance system inside the organization.
Furthermore, Nausheen Qambarani,
Sherbaz Baloch and Asif Baloch tell that in order to complete their tenure
and run the project smoothly, they had to ignore all harassmental gestures
and attitudes and biased comments regarding their (Baloch) culture,
traditional dresses and Baloch people.They remained
undeterred despite all pressure tactics. Finally, they were further
subjected to unethical attitude and asked to leave the organisation.
The episodes of discrimination and
harassment have ended after the following three incidents, when all Baloch
employees of the organization were forced to quit the organization by one
way or other:
30th June, 2008 a fake letter was sent to DG Inter-Services
Intelligence (ISI) filled with allegations against Nausheen Qambarani (x-
Provincial Coordinator) , accusing her to be working for Baloch militant
organizations. She was interrogated and harassed by the ISI officials for
more than a month. During this while she was threatened to face unimaginable
consequences and her mobile phone and landline calls were taped. She was
threatened not to mention this harassment to anyone. After the interrogation
and harassment was completed by the ISI, the same was started by Mr.
Muhammad Tahseen, Executive Director of SAP-PK. Instead of supporting a
woman employee, the Executive Director threatened Nausheen to quit her job
and leave the city saying her that “If you resign from SAP-PK, you will
Sherbaz Baloch was terminated from his job in written, telling him that he
was not capable of doing such a job as he is not competent. Although, Mr.
Sherbaz Baloch has been rewarded many times verbally as well as in written
by his nearest superiors for his brilliant job at the office. Mr. Sherbaz
Baloch had raised the issue of unavailability of the budget for development
activities in Balochistan on behalf of the organization. He was told that
the budget was consumed in the Head Office.
Against the discriminating policies of the SAP-PK administration, the third
and the last Baloch in the SAP-PK Quetta office, Mr. Asif Baloch resigned
from his job in this organization.
Here it is obvious that the people
working in SAP-PK head office are lacking basic human values and official
decorum and ethics. They threatened the 3 mentioned Baloch not
to raise this issue otherwise the management of SAP-PK will use its
influence and will make sure that their development sector career will come
to an end.
As it is completely obvious and
evident, there is not any other reason for this discrimination and
harassment to see than the fact that this organization aims at
looting the resources of Baloch people by misusing the name of Balochistan's
We in ‘’Balochistan Human Rights
Watch’’urge all the national and international
non-profit organizations, United Nation’s agencies, and Human Rights
organizations to take notice of this harassment being meted out to Baloch
people, namely examplified by this concrete example, on the basis of our