September 23, 2011

The Jan (alive) and Bayjan (dead) of Gilgit-Baltistan

The Terrorland Report

Baba Jan addressing a peaceful protest in Hunza. (via Google)
BABA Jan is emerging as an active political activist in Hunza valley of the rights-seeking Gilgit-Baltistan, a region without any constitutional rights under the federal government of Pakistan since 1947.

According to locals, Mr. Jan is chief organizer of the Progressive Youth Front (PYF). After the Hunza killings (read for details: Hunza killings unite rights-seeking people of Gilgit-Baltistan), he along with dozens of other people have been arrested by the district management while many young political activists have gone missing. People are terrified to say something openly but they believe that the missing persons of Hunza have been picked up by Pakistan's notorious secret agencies particularly the ISI and MI.



Here are two video messages (sent by some youth) by Mr. Jan, recorded before his arrest. It appears that Mr. Jan has done nothing against the state but is seeking the basic right: freedom of expression plus right to peaceful protest in the once legendary peaceful region.

"Instead of arresting the policemen who shot dead two displaced persons from the landslide-hit Gojal region, the government is arresting innocent citizens, which is like playing with fire," said Ali Bagoro, a student from Gilgit.

"All political prisoners should be released immediately and the Pakistani government should grant constitutional rights to the region," said M. Ilyas. "Gilgit-Baltistan is not part of Kashmir, it should be constitutionally the Fifth Province of Pakistan. That is what we want!" 
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Baba Jan's message to the people and government


Baba Jan's message to the youth 

3 comments:

  1. According to some locals, some arrested people have been released but Mr. Jan is still in detention.

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    1. WE SALUTE MR.BABAJAN WHO IS STRAGGLING FOR THE RIGHTS OF ATA ABAD IDP;S WE ALL LOVE MR.BABA JAN THE GREAT.

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    2. LOVE U BABA JAN U R REALLY BRAVE AND KINDHEARTED.WE APRITIATE U.KEEP CONTINUE MAY GOD HELP YOU ALWAYS.OUR BEST WISHES WITH U. 4RM BUSHI AND SHAGUFI

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