Saturday, April 28, 2012

Genocide in Balochistan

In Human history several regimes have passed who are convicted with crimes mass murder, ethnic cleansing and genocides. Regimes Like that of Chagaiz Khan (Monghols), Nazi (Hitler), Communists (Stalin) or Serbs, Muslims in Albania, Bengal, Balochs etc and many more killed millions of innocent people on the name of race, religion and ideologies.
The regimes belong to different ideologies, religions, races and nationalities but one thing remained common among and that is the methodology of getting rid of the opponents. As per studies every genocide is more or less comprised of same stages. In 1996 Gregory Stanton, the president of Genocide Watch, presented a briefing paper called "The 8 Stages of Genocide" at the United States Department of State. In it he suggested that genocide develops in eight stages that are "predictable but not inexorable".
Eight Stages of Genocide
Preventive measures
1.       Classification
People are divided into "us and them".
"The main preventive measure at this early stage is to develop universalistic institutions that transcend... divisions."
2.       Symbolisation
"When combined with hatred, symbols may be forced upon unwilling members of pariah groups..."
"To combat symbolization, hate symbols can be legally forbidden as can hate speech".
3.       Dehumanisation
"One group denies the humanity of the other group. Members of it are equated with animals, vermin, insects, parasites, or diseases."
"Local and international leaders should condemn the use of hate speech and make it culturally unacceptable. Leaders who incite genocide should be banned from international travel and have their foreign finances frozen."
4.       Organization
"Genocide is always organized... Special army units or militias are often trained and armed..."
"The U.N. should impose arms embargoes on governments and citizens of countries involved in genocidal massacres, and create commissions to investigate violations"
5.       Polarisation
"Hate groups broadcast polarizing propaganda..."
"Prevention may mean security protection for moderate leaders or assistance to human rights groups...Coups d’├ętat by extremists should be opposed by international sanctions."
6.       Preparation
"Victims are identified and separated out because of their ethnic or religious identity..."
"At this stage, a Genocide Emergency must be declared. ..."
7.       Extermination
"It is "extermination" to the killers because their victims do not want to leave."
"At this stage, only rapid and overwhelming armed intervention can stop genocide. Real safe areas or refugee escape corridors should be established with heavily armed international protection."
8.       Denial
"The perpetrators... deny that they committed any crimes..."
"The response to denial is punishment by an international tribunal or national courts"

Keeping in mind the above mentioned stages of genocide and compare them with what Pakistan is doing one see amazing similarity in the tactics and stages of each genocide that took place and same is happening in Balochistan. Now comparing the 8 stages of genocide with situation in Balochistan we find surprisingly identical situation
  1. 1.       Pakistan has classified the people of Balochistan into Baloch and non Baloch
  2. 2.       Baloch who are targeted are symbolized as separatist
  3. 3.       Baloch are dehumanized and are termed as terrorists to justify there genocide and massacre, and in order to justify their claim Pakistan is using paid killers to kill Hazara, Punjabi settlers and civilians and blame it over Balochs
  4. 4.       Pakistan is Organizing trained units for Baloch Genocide like FC, Lashar-e-Jangwi, Sipa-e-Shudah-e-Balochistan, Tehreek-e-Nifaz-e-Aman etc
  5. 5.       Polarization propaganda is being broadcasted through ISPR funded newspapers, state media, Social media etc against Balochs, For instance check Ummatpublications Propaganda against Baloch
  6. 6.       Pakistani agencies have down there preparation and they regularly issue lists of their targets usually Baloch officers, Student leaders, Activists etc Again check the article by pro-taliban Ummat newspaper where they are targeting a Baloch Staff member working at US Consulate Karachi
  7. 7.       Pakistan forces have started extermination of Baloch through abduction, kill n dump, army operations, aerial bombardment and chemical weapon usage
  8. 8.       Denial the last stage, Pakistan denies any operation in Balochistan, and hence reject any evidence of genocide i.e. reports, videos, photos of victim and damage, list of missing person all.