July 07, 2012

BALOCHISTAN: Jumma Marri in The Bonn conference…


The Bonn conference…


by Jumma Marri on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 5:49pm ·

My German visit to The Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum…


The Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum is a congress with international reach. It draws media representatives from around the world and people from the fields of politics, culture, business, development and science.


Baloch voice foundations an NGO formed by my friend Munir Mengal an active Baloch political activist and I were invited by this great forum to visit and take part in this great gathering.


There were more than 2000 participants from most countries of the world fortunately Balochistan was represented by me and Munir Mengal.


The conference started from 25th till 28th June had 50 different topics of discussions ranging between politics to social life and education, we had the opportunity to attend some of them.

During breaks we had meetings with different people both from journalist to political figures and we introduced Baloch sufferings and discussed them, Baloch issue is still left ignored due to lack of communication and information, western mass media journalists and public except for few most people does not have any idea about Balochistan and Baloch people this is because of ineffectiveness of Baloch Diaspora lack of unity and action.  

We had private meetings with many prominent people from different German political and media bosses they were all supportive to Baloch cause but had no first hand information about Balochistan as one must know high profile people are always on the move they have no time to watch TV news or read news papers this means only direct interactions with them will give them some information and may lead to some action plans.

I  had handshake and 5 minutes standing talks with German foreign minister told him about the appalling situation in Balochistan and human rights violations there the German minster said I regret to tell you that there are still forces on earth who try to solve political issue with medieval cruelty and inhuman methods and said we stand for human rights and human dignity and we will keep reminding every nation the standing resolutions of UN and  UN charter for human rights and declarations which all members states signed and he left…


Only with first meeting Mr. Erik Bettermann the director general of Deutsche Welle he called his assistants to meet and discuss and help with all possible ways the needs of Baloch people, soon we had many meetings with his assistance we demanded air time for Balochi programmes both TV and Radio, we were given green light, TV programmes were promised weekly 3 hours and radio daily 30 minutes.

We meet with director general of DW-academy Dr. Helmut Osang who train journalists from many different countries on scholarships and exchanges bases, he promised to help train Baloch talented journalists in their academy

We meet with very interesting person who is very senior person in German political circles he is Dr Heinrich Kreft who spoke very strongly against Pakistani genocide against Baloch people he is the person who advises his govt on Asian affairs and policy making, he questioned that western world still cannot digest that fact how come Pakistani military establishment hide and not know where Osma bin ladin was?  He advised us to be more proactive and not miss any avenue to raise Baloch issues internationally, he invited me personally to visit Berlin from 9th and 10th July to attend German parliament meetings and read five minutes small statement about Balochistan informing us how the human rights are being violated in Balochistan under the watchful eyes of western powers he said Pakistan is yet to regret that…


Now my friend Mr. Sergio Grassi who chairs desk office for south African departments Division for international cooperation said he is very much interested with Asian Affairs since he worked for Chinese desk many years after one year he will again lead South Asian affairs and he will study Baloch affairs and advise his Govt to take tougher stand on Pakistan who kills Baloch people without any mercy in order to loot their resources and expend their fundamentalist empire in western boarders since they cannot expend east due to strong powers like china and India.

Meet many foreign delegates who spoke in favour of Baloch national freedom justice and equality…

We were invited as privileged delegates and guests for 60th anniversary of Deutsche Welle…

Now the questions arises do we have the right people to fulfill the task we requested? Those TV progamme makers the radio programme planers and broadcasters with international standards it is not easy to finish the task with one meeting it is ongoing process to meet and settle all outstanding issues can we afford to revisit the expensive western capitals  and stay there and handle issues and problems? 


Baloch parties leaders and activist in Diaspora and back home must stand together to show the world their Baloch national identity today Baloch are welcomed internationally their pains are heard with attentions but the problem is that there are no one to tell them….we are either divided or short of funds to travel and meet the people… we have no international financial supporters Baloch so called leaders are busy with business and rich do not care whose own life is peaceful enough to care for Baloch national cause, they have enough waters to drink and swim in… where to turn for help only Allah knows…


I strongly condemn the egoist self-proclaimed so called Baloch leadership who does nothing to promote Baloch affairs but if given any chances try to promote their self and protect their own interests and are absolutely not interested or worried about Baloch unity or have any interests of dialogue with rest Baloch they need shoes cleaners which they have few and their fairy tales about independence has no substances at all…as long as their business and photo secession goes smooth they do not care about the rest…


We lack everything we are doing nothing to help our people let us be frank and self critics if we were united and dedicated we could move the world… after recent US congressional hearings for two months Balochistan was main focus of discussions both in Pakistani media and Baloch people now the dust has settled down everybody forgot Balochistan once again Baloch peoples sufferings are on steep rise both in lives and economically…


We missed many golden chances before and I’m afraid we will miss this last chance also, international community will not wait and see when Baloch might unite and show their strength to be counted as serious players in their back yards if we stay divided and ineffective like this within few years….they will find other partners and turn their back to us, we still have time to unite and play our cards cleverly and effectively….more comments are to come Insha’Allah…



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