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Dervishes and phonies—Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur, Daily Times



Dervishes and phonies —Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur

There certainly is a motive behind this obsession with being elected; there is a lot at stake in monetary gains and prestige

The caretaker prime minister (PM) Justice (retd) Hazar Khan Khoso reportedly was to undertake a trip to Balochistan for convincing the ‘disgruntled Baloch leaders’ to participate in the general elections. The caretakers, like their predecessors, are clutching at imaginary straws. This essentially vain effort reminds me of a Sheikh Saadi parable. A king concerned about the welfare of many dervishes (sages, ascetics) residing in his domain gave his vizier money for distribution among them. The vizier returned a few days later with the money unused and said he could not find any dervish. Annoyed, the king said that there were plenty. The vizier calmly explained, “O’ King, the real Dervishes wouldn’t touch the money and those who wanted it were phonies not dervishes so I didn’t give it to them.” Those opposing elections will not be meeting the PM and those already deeply involved and needing no convincing are falling over each other to meet him. The caretaker vizier’s Quetta trip to find dervishes will also be futile. Those who matter are not in Quetta while those talking are already bending over backwards to oblige and certainly those phonies are not the answer to Balochistan’s problems.



Sardar Akhtar Mengal is committed to the electoral process but is simultaneously making noises that would help project him as a ‘defender of Baloch rights’ as well. While talking to journalists in Uthal he said, “Fair, free and transparent elections are not possible in Balochistan where people are still receiving mutilated bodies of their loved ones.” He claimed that nobody can carry his party flags in Khuzdar district due to fear of “state-sponsored death squads”. He complained that, “More than 50 percent people have migrated from Khuzdar alone who are now settled in safer areas of Sindh, including Karachi.” He emphasised, “There are ‘no-go’ areas in Balochistan where armed gangs of killers hold sway under the protection of the establishment and paramilitary Frontier Corps,” and “Elections are being held in Balochistan at gunpoint, which could not be free and fair.” But in the same breath he also declared that if there was any option of securing the rights of the people of Balochistan available for him and his political colleagues, “…we will definitely use those options, and no power on earth can stop us.” Apparently, that option is becoming the titular head of government after elections.

The elections in Balochistan are bogus when even Mengal claims that the death squads’ open support by the establishment reigns supreme, and that is not the only impediment. Recently, at the Supreme Court hearing of the Balochistan target killing cases, Balochistan government’s counsel Shahid Hamid informed the court that around 18,000 claims were submitted by Dera Bugti’s displaced people for compensation, and that Rs136 million were issued by the government for the purpose. For a small place like Dera Bugti, 18,000 persons is a significant number and it shows the intensity of operations against the people. Moreover, Dera Bugti and Khuzdar are not the only place from which people have been forced out. Will these people be able to vote?

Those cosying up to the establishment, and at the same time trying to appear champions of the Baloch rights will not fool the people. An Aesop’s fable will elucidate it well. One bitter winter night a man lost his way in the woods. As he was wandering around, a satyr sensing his predicament promised to lodge him for the night and guide him out in the morning. As they went to the satyr’s place the man raised both his hands to his mouth and kept blowing on them. “What do you do that for?” asked the satyr. “My hands are numb with the cold,” said the man, “and my breath warms them.” After arrival at the satyr’s home, the satyr put a piping hot dish of porridge before him. The man raised his spoon to his mouth and blew upon it. “And what do you do that for?” inquired the satyr. “The porridge is too hot, and my breath will cool it.” “Out you go,” said the satyr. “I will have naught to do with a man who can blow hot and cold with the same breath.” The Baloch people too like the satyr will have nothing to do with those who blow hot and cold with the same breath. Because Mengal and others blow hot and cold in the same breath, people are wary of their intentions. You cannot eat the cake and have it too. People demand an unequivocal position; vacillators cannot inspire confidence.

For reasons best known to them, being elected is an obsession for some people. Ms Sakina Mengal of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, after being denied the party ticket, tried self-immolation during a Quetta press conference. There have been momentous instances of self-immolation in the world, the most recent that of Mohamed Bouazizi, the Tunisian street vendor, who protesting confiscation of his wares and harassment and humiliation by municipal officials, immolated himself on December 17, 2010, thus sparking the Arab Spring. Those flames have now engulfed the Middle-East. Thich Quang Duc, a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk, self-immolated at a busy Saigon road intersection on June 11, 1963. Jan Palach, a 21-year-old Czech student of history and political economy at the Charles University, committed self-immolation as a political protest on January 19, 1969 against the invasion of Czechoslovakia and suppression of the 1968 Prague Spring by the Warsaw Pact. These immolations left a lasting impression and were iconic; self-immolation for a party ticket is simply mind boggling.

There certainly is a motive behind this obsession with being elected; there is a lot at stake in monetary gains and prestige. Millions are spent to get elected and the aim is not altruistic; there is more to the game than is played out in elections. An anecdote of the humorous Sindhi sage Watayo Faqeer will elucidate this further. One day a man told Watayo that his mother had gone crazy and was rolling in the dust in the middle of the bazaar. On reaching home he asked his mother about the incident. She said she had seen a rupee on the ground and feared if she bent to pick it up, there would be claimants for it so she acted mad and rolled in the dust to collect it. A grinning Watayo said, “I knew my mother wasn’t all that mad after all.” Sardar Akhtar Mengal and all those who are contesting are not really mad but like Watayo’s mother have seen something on the ground.

The writer has an association with the Baloch rights movement going back to the early 1970s. He tweets at mmatalpur and can be contacted at mmatalpur@gmail.com


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MQM Killing Machine & Their Cohorts in Pakistan Politics: Karachi will never find peace until killer Don Altaf Hussain is extradited and tried in Pakistan


MQM Killers have Political Power in Pakistan
These MQM killers have gotten political power through the barrel of a gun. They have intimated Karachi voters and kept the whole city hostage. Many MQM killers or those, who ordered killings are sitting in Pakistan’s National Assembly. They should be tried for International Terrorism. Currently, Pakistan’s No.1 Terrorist was given British citizenship, because he provides India, Israeli, British, US, German governments intelligence on Pakistan nuclear and strategic assets. MQM has infiltrated Pakistan’s security program. They are fifth columnist and waiting in the wings to form a Vichy-like Republic, if Pakistan is invaded by any of the aforementioned powers. They have billions of dollars in cash in foreign and Pakistani banks and are planning subversive activities during Pakistan’s coming election. They are biggest enemy of Pakistan Armed Forces, after the socalled “Pakistani”  Taliban run by Hakimullah Mehsud. MQM is Pakistan’s Devils Brigade run by Altaf Hussain, Britains Devil’s disciple for Pakistan. 




Members of the Senate

1 Ahmed Ali  
2 Babar Khan Ghauri  
3 Nighat Mirza  
4 Abida Saif  
5 Allama Abbas Kumeli  


Prof. Saeed Siddiqui   
7 Dr Muhammad Ali Brohi  

Members of National Assembly of Pakistan

1 Abdul Waseem NA 240          
2 Nisar Panwar NA 243
3 Hyder Abbas Rizvi                   NA 244                      
4 Kanwar Khalid Younus NA 245          
5 Abdul Qadir Khanzada NA 242
6 Abid Ali Umang NA 246
7 Israrul Ibad                   NA 247
8 Dr. Amir Liaquat Hussain NA 249
9 Saffwan Ullah               NA 251
10 Nawab Mirza Advocate NA 254
11 Iqbal Mohammad Ali Khan       NA 256
12 Shamim Siddiqui           NA 257
13 Prof. Khalid Wahab                  NA 219
14 Dr. Farooq Sattar                     NA 255
15 Devdas (Reserve Seats for Minority)
16 Shabina Talat    (Reserve Seats for Ladies)
17 Afsar Jehan (Reserve Seats for Ladies)
18 Shamim Akhtar (Reserve Seats for Ladies)


Names of Ministers for Federal Cabinet


1 Saffwan Ullah Federal Minister for Housing  
2 Baber Ghori Federal Minister for Ports andShipping  
  3 Shamim Siddiqui Federal Minister for Communication  

Members of Provincial Assembly of Sindh





1 Abdul Sattar Ansari                  PS 92
2 Abdul Qudoos                          PS 94
3 Anwar Alam                 PS 95
4 Iqbal Qadri                               PS 96
5 Mohammed Hussain PS 97
6 Sardar Ahmed              PS 98
7 Qamar Mansoor                       PS 99
8 Adil Siddiqui PS 100
9 Bilquis Mukhtar            PS 101
10 Immam Uddin Sheikh               PS 102
11 Idrees Siddiqui             PS 103
12 Mohammad Moeen                  PS 104            
13 Rehana Nasreen                       PS 105            
14 Kanwar Naveed Jamil PS 106            
15 Shoaib Bukhari             PS 107
16 Dr. Aziz Bantwa                       PS 110
17 Syed Tayyab Hussain               PS 111
18 Syed Shakir Ali                        PS 112            
19 Akhtar Bilgarami                       PS 113
20 Rauf Siddiqui                            PS 115
21 Mustafa Kamal             PS 117
22 Faisal Sabzwari                        PS 118
23 Abbas Jaffri                  PS 119
24 Dr. Ali Bin Hamid         PS 120
25 Hameed uz Zafar                      PS 121
26 Jarrar Haider                            PS 123
27 Talib Imam                               PS 124
28 Amir Moen Pirzada                  PS 125
29 Arshad Shah                             PS 46
30 Naeem Ishtiaq  PS 48                          
31 Aslam Pervaiz               PS 49
32 Shabbir Qaimkhani                   PS 64
33 Ponjomil Bheel (Reserve Seats for Minority)


Yaqoob Ilyas   

(Reserve Seats for Minority)


Farheen Ambreen        

(Reserve Seats for Ladies)


Aasma Sherwani          

(Reserve Seats for Ladies)


Fareeda Balouch         

(Reserve Seats for Ladies)


Aziz Qazalbash

(Reserve Seats for Ladies)


Shumailla Nazar           

(Reserve Seats for Ladies)


Heer Soho                   

(Reserve Seats for Ladies)


Farzana Saeed             

(Reserve Seats for Ladies)

 42 Yousuf Munir Shaikh   





Names of Ministers for Sindh Province





1 Rauf Siddiqui           ( Home Minister)  
2 Shabbir Qaimkhani    ( Cultural and Tourism)  
3 Mustaf Kamal          ( Information Technology)  
4 Sardar Ahmed         ( Finance Minister)  
5 Adil Siddiqui            (Labor and industries)  
6 Shoaib Ahmed Bukhari   ( Planning and development)  
7 Qamar Mansoor       ( Sports)  


Names of Advisors for Chief Minister of
Sindh Province


1 Fatima Surray Bajiya  
2 Manzoor Hussain  
3 Mumtaz Hameed  
4 M.A. Jalil                ( Excise and Taxation)  
5 Faisal Gabol            ( Health)  
6 Salahuddin Hyder     ( Information)  


Waseem Akhtar       ( Local Government)  


 Noman Saigal         ( Envronment)  



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