Minorities And Marginalised Communities
Once again a fresh wave of disappearances has hit Balochistan’s youth. A total of 12 Baloch, two of whom a father and son, have been reported since the start of November. University going student activists Sameer Baloch and Sherdil Baloch are the latest victims of enforced disappearances in the province.
Zainab and Rahima’s sole source of income are the carpets they and their family weave by hand. Not only did they face starvation due to the Taliban’s ban on women participating in trade, as Hazara Shias, they are also in the crosshairs of ISIS back in Afghanistan. If deported, Pakistan will have signed off on their death warrants.
NOV 11: After Mohsin Dawar was stopped from attending the Chaman sitin, this week, Maulana Hidayat-ur Rehman was also detained in his office and stopped from being part of the demonstration. The political leader says the reason is because they say things like they are and are scared of their speeches.
Nov 4, 2023: The local clergy in Patan, District Kohistan has issued a decision that if women working with NGOs are seen on field with men, they would face either expulsion from the area or forced marriage with a local.
By Xari Jalil: Fareed Baloch is said to be a hardworking student completely devoted to his studies, but the Lahore police is insistent that he is involved in narcotics. Baloch students are angry at the treatment they have to face while studying in Punjab's institutions.
Pakistani authorities have barred Afghan migrants being repatriated via the border from taking their cattle and any other trade goods with them, depriving them of economic certainty back home.
Becoming a widow has not stopped Sumbul in pushing forth. She has used the tragedy to turn to strength by working hard to provide for her children. But it is hard to find this resilience as a growing number of families from the religious minorities are leaving KP to flee the militants there.
Quetta's Qadirabad village is host to 40,000 Afghan refugees. Their children, who since 2009 have been studying in the village’s sole open-air volunteer school, now face uncertainty as the caretaker government pushes for deportation.