Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur – Zaman Khan Chalgari Marri, a practicing lawyer, was kidnapped on August 19, along with another lawyer Munir Ahmed Mirwani from Quetta. On September 6, his mutilated body was found in Mastung. He leaves behind an inconsolable wife, seven daughters, a son, a grieving family and an angry Baloch nation.
It's one of the last great taboos: the murder of at least 20,000 women a year in the name of 'honour'. Nor is the problem confined to the Middle East: the contagion is spreading rapidly
International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons has held a 5 hours long protest against enforced disappearances of Baluch student and political activists. The aim of the protest was to highlight the issue of growing forced-disappearing of Baloch political leaders and activists by Pakistani and Iranian authorities.
I was born in Western Balochistan. My family lives on both sides of what some people call “the border between Iran and Pakistan.” The name of my village is Kohak, and it is quite close to Panjgur town of Eastern Baluchistan (Pakistan-occupied Balochistan). Kohak was originally located in Pakistan, but our villagers tell us that one day they awoke to find themselves Iranian—the town had been given to the Shah of Iran. Nobody knows when the transfer officially took place.
Deep among the documents released to the ACLU on Monday afternoon was a curious memo dated 30 December 2004 and directed to Dan Levin, then acting head of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel. The fax cover sheet has a brief note, "Dan, a generic description of the process." The name of the sender, based at the CIA, has been obliterated.