Question about Baloch social workers in the exam paper:
At first I could not believe that any question about me and Zakir Majeed Baloch was included in the examination papers of any university in Punjab. The main reason for this is that we are considered traitors by the state institutions.
This was said by Sami Baloch, a student struggling for the recovery of missing persons from Balochistan, about whom a question paper has been included in an examination paper of Islamia University Bahawalpur. In addition, a question paper about Zakir Baloch, a student leader who has been missing for the last 13 years, has been included in the examination paper. Speaking to the BBC, Registrar Islamia University Professor Dr Moazzam Jameel confirmed that the Social Work Department pamphlet included the question. Asked what the reason was, he said only the relevant head of department could explain. According to the registrar of Islamia University, the BBC’s questions were sent to the head of the social work department. However, no reply has been received from them so far. On the other hand, the Baloch students of the university said that they have been told by the concerned department that there is no motive behind the inclusion of this question. Students from Balochistan expressed surprise and said that this is the first time that students from Balochistan have come from Balochistan A question was added about two such students, one of whom has been missing for the past 13 years.
Who are Sami Baloch and Zakir Majeed Baloch?
Sami Baloch hails from Awaran district of Balochistan which is one of the areas most affected by the insurgency. She is the eldest daughter of Dr Din Muhammad Baloch and is doing her BS in Journalism. Her father MBB He is a doctor and a medical officer at Ornach Primary Health Center in Khuzdar district adjacent to Awaran, from where he went missing on June 28, 2009.
Sami Baloch has been fighting for the recovery of her father and other missing persons since she was 13 years old.
He is not only an official of Voice for Baloch Missing, an organization of relatives of missing persons, but also took part in the long march from Quetta to Karachi and from Karachi to Islamabad, the longest protest in the region during the last 80 decades. It was a long march on foot.
Zakir Majeed Baloch hails from Khuzdar district adjoining Awaran. His father, Majeed Bizenjo, was a prominent political activist in Balochistan who was assassinated before his son’s disappearance. Zakir Majeed began his political career at school and belonged to the Baloch Students Organization Is from
He was the Vice Chairman of BSO at the time of the enforced disappearance. He went missing on June 8, 2009 from Mastung district of Balochistan adjoining Quetta. He was accompanied by two of his friends who went missing but were later released but Zakir Majeed has not been recovered yet. His family and Voice for Baloch Missing Persons have blamed the state for his enforced disappearance. Was imposed on institutions.
What is the number of Balochistan students in Islamia University Bahawalpur?
A large number of students from Balochistan were relocated to other provinces for quality education at government expense after the mid-2000s. Most of the students were admitted in the educational institutions of Punjab. These educational institutions include Islamia University Bahawalpur, where according to Aman Baloch, chairman of the Baloch Students Council, the number of students from Balochistan is around 600. Since last year, there have been cases of alleged enforced disappearance of some Baloch students from different cities of Punjab, which were protested by their respective organizations and allegations of profiling of Baloch students in Islamabad and Lahore have been leveled. ۔
I tried to talk to some students studying at Islamia University Bahawalpur on the phone about this question but most of them refused to talk.
Aman Baloch, Chairman, Baloch Students Council, Bahawalpur, has been studying at Islamia University, Bahawalpur since 2018. When contacted by phone, he said, He said that the administration of the university has not yet said anything about it but we have talked to the students of the social work department who gave the form. The students said that they are taught about all the social activists and then there are questions about them in the pamphlets.
A student from another department, speaking on condition of anonymity, said he and other students at the university were “very upset” when asked about Sami Baloch and Zakir Majeed. We were shocked by the disappearance of Baloch students from the educational institutions of Punjab and we kept worrying that this was not an attempt to test the minds of Baloch students, ”he said. According to the students of the department from Balochistan, they have been taught about some people including Sami Baloch and Zakir Majeed before and the question was also included in the examination on the same basis. He said that the students of the social work department He said that the question was about the personality of Sami and Zakir Majeed and perhaps the purpose was to tell the students that there are such people in Pakistan.
What does Sami Din Baloch have to say?
Sami Din Baloch was the first to react to the issue in a tweet. He said, Confusing a lot of people
According to him, on the one hand, calling us traitors and enemies of the country and on the other hand, such actions in the universities of Punjab? Strict ban and then such questions in educational institutions … ‘Sami Baloch said that he contacted the students of Balochistan studying in Islamia University Bahawalpur and when asked about it, he said that he had one in mind. There is a fear that the mindset of the students is not being tested through such questions.