Guest Post by Naeem Sadiq
Baba Kot, is a remote village 80 kilometers away from Usta Mohammad city of Jafferabad district. The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) reports that it is here that Abdul Sattar Umrani, a brother of Sadiq Umrani, a serving PPP provincial minister, came with more than six persons and abducted five women at gun point. They were taken in a Land Cruiser jeep, bearing a registration number plate of the Balochistan government, to another remote area, Nau Abadi, in the vicinity of Baba Kot. After reaching the deserted area of Nau Abadi, Abdul Sattar Umrani and his six companions took the three younger women out of the jeep and beat them before allegedly opening fire with their guns. The girls were seriously injured but were still alive at that moment. Sattar Umrani and his accomplices hurled them into a wide ditch and covered them with earth and stones. When the two older women protested and tried to stop the burial, the attackers were so angry that they also pushed them into the ditch and buried them alive. After completing the burial, they fired several shots into to the air so that no one would come close.
The incident took place one month back but the case has still not been registered by police. When the AHRC contacted elder brother Sadiq Umrani, (a provincial PPP minister) he confirmed the incident but insisted that only three women had been killed by unknown persons.
Beppe Grillo, the Italian comedian turned activist collects data for the number of convicted criminals who sit in parliaments of different countries, has come up with some interesting figures. 24 convicted criminals are members of the parliament in Italy, 11 in India, 18 in Uzbekistan and zero in Pakistan. No one needs to guess the reason for this astounding performance. We have a Crime Support Package that ensures that the big criminals never get convicted. What may be yet more disturbing is the extent to which our parliament supports and sponsors such crimes. Only two days back , Senator Sardar Israrullah Zehri, stunned the upper house when he defended the recent incident of burying alive three teenage girls and two women in his province, saying it was part of ‘our tribal custom.’ The Acting Chairman of Senate Jan Mohammad Jamali, who was presiding over the session, went a step further to state that “you should go to our society and see for herself what the situation is like there and then come back to raise such questions in the house.’ With such a supportive parliamentary attitude, one would not be surprised, if we were to see a new “Burying Alive Reconciliation Ordinance” (BARO) promulgated in not too distant future.
With PCO judges galore decorating our superior courts, one has little hope for justice on any issue. Asking for a ‘suo moto’ notice is asking for too much. Can one hope that there will be at least one honorable judge, whose hibernating conscience will wake up and make him see beyond the four walls of his court to provide justice to the five women who lie, buried alive in the small remote village of Baba Kot.