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To Live United or to Perish Like Fools

Dr. Jumma Khan Marri

by Dr. Jumma Khan Marri

We all speak and write for Baloch unity while hardly understanding its meaning and purpose. That is the reason the long awaited unity looks like an unachievable dream (“Whereas everybody wants heaven yet nobody is ready to die”.). Education is one of the main pillars for understanding the need and purpose of that unity. Fearing that unity, the government of Pakistan started its cruel inhumane acts of eliminating our educated youth. Today Baloch people are deprived of the candle of enlightenment and are kept in the darkness of ignorance, illiteracy and backwardness.

I beg my elders, leaders, tribal notables, let us unite and try to understand the meaning and purpose of unity. In English or any other language, the word unity means oneness, or togetherness. Why do we need this oneness and togetherness now and today? Because we have no other options left other then unity. Disunity is our death, take it or leave it. Die or live. Without unity we are bound to perish and face the defeat and humiliation and become slaves, living a life not better then a pig or dog.

Let us not blame our enemies but ourselves today. Read Baloch sites and go to every village in Balochistan. You will hear the sounds of a crying mother, a sister. With unity there can be more strength in opinion building. With unity we can easily convince both world opinion and send a strong message to the enemy. With unity there can be more strength in our actions and more strength in our character, decisions and responsibilities. This is a very simple and obvious fact. If one person tries his hand at some job, he will manage much less than what a group effort will achieve. This, in all simplicity, is what unity is all about.

Let us first discuss the smallest unit of our society--the family. If all members of a family go on divergent roads, the very semblance of a family disappears. A family indicates oneness. They live together. They work together. They enjoy together. They share their woes together. This is the basic strength of the unit--each member working with vigour and confidence in all others. All this on the simple basis of being one. When we lose this oneness, as of today we break the family, i.e. the very edifice of our construction.

From this smallest unit, we go to the bigger horizon of society. Baloch society is fragmented, unfortunately not without the help of Baloch enemies. Today the best sons of soil are pitched against each other and with their narrow tribal approach forget the bigger enemy in waiting to eliminate both. Where is our society today? It is broken into fragments--an individual family just looking after itself, as if we sternly believed in the adage, “everyone for himself, and God for all.” This has become the motto of the society at large today. This has lead to the loosening of the ties of the Baloch society today and this is the cause of the growth of so many social evils and corruption and disunity. When there is no strong bond in different segments understanding and cooperation and broken links in our society, it is bound to break into factions, and fractions thus lose its strength, both moral and social.

From the society, let us move on to the position of whole Baloch nation and Baloch country. This is the saddest side of our appearance today--a complete lack of unity and understanding of each other or unwillingness to unite to save the Baloch nation and Baloch country from imminent disaster, thereby allowing our enemies to creep deeper in our ranks and society with their evil intentions, into the very fabric of all our tribal political systems. The Baloch nation and country is today seen crumbling under its weight of self-imposed suspicions and disunity, so instead of getting together, we are continuously moving on the path of disintegration and thus weakening our people and the Baloch nation's dreams for freedom.

Today we must put our best minds and youth together and provide an example of unity, portraying ourselves as one united Baloch nation that is struggling for independence. Even though it is very difficult, we must struggle and put aside our differences for the greater cause. This is all what unity is about, and this is the magic that unity can play. I am sure that if Baloch do not unite in this war, our history would be forgotten and we will be like the Red Indians. The Baloch people have undoubtedly got an inbuilt strength of unity; I request the Baloch to stand together and be one and become a power to reckon with.

Let us all see the unique power of unity and consider and understand that unity is the password which heals all bruises big and small. It is this that helps us enjoy the few happy moments of life. In the good moments of a marriage, in the sad moments of sickness and death, it is the unity of the well wishers that makes the pleasure great and despair less. This is the unique power of unity. A lone individual or community can achieve nothing and neither can they enjoy the fruits of any achievement. The secret power of unity is strength, which is built up by mutual trust and faith and love for each other, and the oneness of a single well formulated goal.

To achieve our freedom and bury our misunderstandings and brotherly anger, lets open a channel of dialogue and understanding to address each other’s apprehensions and concerns. If our enemies had no unity, they would not have been able to cause as much destruction as they have succeeded in achieving. From our beloved Balochistan our people are migrating to Sindh, Punjab and Gulf countries, just because the terrorist enemy armies put their unity in action and succeed in disuniting us in thought and spirit. And so, they are able to destroy their target. Thus in order we are to make any significant achievement, the most necessary ingredient is unity. Your targets may be good or bad, but success is assured if you have a united consolidated group to work up to the goal.

Today torture killing and violence against innocent Baloch youth by the Pakistani police is becoming ever more brutal. These beasts’ corrupt and brutal forces heavily relay on torture as an investigation tactic. Hundreds of innocent Baloch youth lose their lives to illegal police detention and in the fake police encounters. Pakistani police and other spy agencies are an organized mafia with strong political influence in the Punjab and they are not accountable to anyone.

In the last 6 months of 2010 alone, more than 145 educated Baloch young men faced the worst police torture and deaths. Even though they were innocent, nobody questions the brutal Pakistani state about their fate. In Pakistan there is no law and code of conduct that governs the Pakistani police stations. Prisons centers have turned into the horrible ghost on the planet earth. Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment became the fate of the Baloch people in the Islamic republic of Pakistan and this is clear violation of United Nation: Article 1.

The Pakistani media ignores Balochistan and Baloch problems which are created and sustained by that government. World media also has no reach or is ill-informed. It is up to the Baloch themselves to prove both to world and the Pakistani public the facts of the the illegal occupation and plunder of Baloch soil and national wealth. The slow, but steady genocide of the Baloch nation continues unabated.

I call upon Baloch stakeholders to unify your position. Unity of mind requires soaring above apparent differences. We must see farthest which ascends highest. Unity of mind does not mean we have to eliminate our differences. Live with them and achieve unity, not uniformity, for uniformity goes against Creation.

Differences are a blessing as long as we respect each other’s position and accept them; they activate and inspire the mind and accelerate the thinking process which leads to intellectual development. When differences are understood, they enrich us and lead to progress and development but we must eliminate negativity between us.

We have no choice but to work with people who are different than us. We can achieve unity and understanding only through accepting each other. Unity is life; its negation is death. Unity is strength, beauty, love, compassion, benevolence love and unity, for we are fruits of one tree.

Today our leaders make no effort to expand their process of thinking and improve their level of awareness. They have closed minds. They are not receptive to new ideas. We may remain together, but at the same time remain divided by difference in perceptions. We need to change our perceptions of each other and ignore small issues or differences exaggerated by cheap commentators who distort everything.

A dialogue between us will foster mutual respect and deeper understanding of each other’s position. Listening provides opportunities for unity of mind that generates the necessary spiritual strength needed to overcome our differences.

Therefore, I call all the main stake holders in Balochistan, on behalf of the entire Baloch nation and those crying mothers and sisters, for the sake of all those youth who shed their blood for our liberty and freedom, please shun your difference. Come together and fight as one--now or never.

Additional copy editing by

Faiz Baluch