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Infants continue to die in drought hit areas of Pakistan

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Tharparker, Pakistan: The news of the tragic increase in mortality rate of infants in Pakistan is baffling with grief-stricken communities having no power to raise their voice against the ruling government. The media in drought-hit Pakistan outlined innumerable connotations to it, including malnutrition, abandoned hospitals, scarce rainfall and so on. But it all went unseen.

Who is to be blamed? In past years, we come across posts and write-ups in different social networking sites regarding how a girl child and a woman is perceived in the society across the globe.

The short documentary of 1 minute, documented by Ayesha Tanzeem of Voice of America draws a parallel line between the deaths of the infants of Tharparker (a region in Pakistan) with the poverty of the people. The documentary sadly chronicles the grounds of the mortality of the infants.

The girl child born of an average weight of 800gms is very much common to the sights of the doctors because there are cases when the weight of a newborn child is even less than 500gms. The children are infested with malnutrition.

Parents of the children suffering from malnutrition can be seen screaming at their deaths or at their meager condition. The parents come to hospitals from far off villages. Tharparker is a deserted area with short annual rainfall. The livestock and the crops are affected shoddily by the drought condition. The scarcities of crops lead the people to eat “Bread and Dry chili flakes”.

It is pitiful but these people have no other means to live on. The conceived mothers do not get enough nutrition to raise the baby in their womb. The situation has got shoddier because the government is glancing away from the miseries of the people. There are no medical facilities available to them; pregnant women deliver babies at home.

The cost of breathing is expensive for these people; death as a testimony is the only choice for them. We can only feel their pain virtually. It is high time when the government and other local bodies should look into the matter. The situation has to change. Humanity needs to be upgraded. These poor souls should not be subjected to something they are not at fault for. The documentary is a call of humanity.

This documentary is a call for humanity:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaB7ePwksrs

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  • Annesha Das Gupta

    ” It is high time when the government and other local bodies should look into the matter” – The citation say it all.

  • Shriya Katoch

    Such issues need to be dealt with at the earliest .

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American Friends of Balochistan welcomes Trump’s Tough stand on Pak

The American Friends of Balochistan (AFB) issued a statement Monday welcoming Donald Trump's stand on US-Pakistan relations, calling it a vindication of its own stand.

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Washington, D.C.– The American Friends of Balochistan (AFB) Executive Committee issued a statement Monday welcoming the President’s stand on US-Pakistan relations, calling it a vindication of its own stand.

The AFB said President Donald J. Trump has called out Pakistan’s constant bluffs with the US and pointed out a big chunk of American assistance was used against people of Balochistan in a secret, dirty war instead of the Taliban.

Khwaja Wali Kirani in Balochistan. Wikimedia Commons

“The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!,” President Trump first tweet of 2018 reads.

The tweet was loved by nearly quarter-million Americans and retweeted 83,000 times in less than 24 hours.

The AFB executive committee said the US remains Pakistan’s top foreign aid donor, in addition to the money paid in expectation of cooperation in the Global War on Terror. Yet, for many years now, serving officers in the US Armed Forces have repeatedly spoken out about Pakistan’s perfidy in Afghanistan, which has cost the US lives, money and strategic credibility in the world’s eyes. Pakistan also remains a training ground for terrorism and a prime proliferator of nuclear weapons technology.

No country’s development and democracy have suffered more from Pakistan’s interference via state-sponsored terrorism than Afghanistan. US efforts to help the Afghans rebuild their nation are constantly sabotaged by reeling instability. India is another well-known target.

The AFB said Balochistan is a region rich in natural gas. It that has seen several bloody cycles of insurgency ever since Pakistan forcibly annexed the autonomous Baloch state of Kalat in 1948 in violation of a Standstill Agreement. A portion of historical Balochistan also sits on the other side of Pakistan’s border with Iran. Further, it borders Afghanistan to the north-west. Pakistan’s brutal record in this strategically located province that forms the northern lip of the key Straits of Hormuz has spiked in recent years.

“People of Balochistan tried their very best to work with Pakistan’s false promises of integration after forceful accession, but instead gave genocide to Balochs,” said the statement.

The AFB monitors the situation in Balochistan closely and is in touch with freedom and democracy activists on the ground. The AFB reiterated their call to the Pakistani government to cease violating the physical security of Baloch people, their freedom of expression, and end the policy of economic exploitation and genocidal violence.

A slow-motion genocide in Balochistan has claimed the lives of 35,000 Baloch people, 6,000 of whom were buried in mass graves while 21,000 are Victims of Enforced Disappearances, according to the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons. “The enforced disappearances situation in Balochistan is no different than what it used to be in Chile and Argentine in the 1970s and 1980s,” the AFB executive committee noted.

The AFB executive committee chimed in with similar sentiments expressed by policy experts in academe, veteran politicians, diplomats, intelligence chiefs, and human rights activists. Among them were former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, leading South Asia expert and former Pakistani ambassador Hussain Haqqani, several Baloch freedom and human rights activists cutting across party lines, former head of Afghanistan’s Directorate of Security Amrullah Saleh, and even normally fierce critics of President Trump’s administration such as Prof. Christine Fair, Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

The AFB executive committee consists of Jane Eastwood Weisner, Najeeb Khan, Krishna Gudipati, Soumya Chowdhury and Habiba Ashna. The organization was founded by veteran Baloch journalist Ahmar Mustikhan, who is the president.

Hope and doubt have been expressed on whether the US president’s tweet and words will translate into actionable legislation. Mustikhan published a survey of some of these thoughts in an article titled “Wave of joy sweeps across Afghanistan, Balochistan & India over Trump’s first tweet of 2018”.