Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Balochistan poetess, lecturer receives life threats

Nausheen Qambrani is a well-known Baloch poetess and an English language lecturer at the Sardar Bahdur Khan Women University in Quetta. She is a respected social activist and human rights defender in Balochistan. For the past one week, unidentified people have constantly harassed her with death threats. Talking to the Vsh News, the first Balochi news channel, she said unknown armed men had been issuing her death threats. They had come to her house, shouted, used abusive language and left threats, warning to abduct or target kill her and her little daughter. Threats to Ms. Qambrani are alarming for Baloch intellectuals, writers, journalist and teachers because they are the cream of the society and instrumental in bringing out a change by educating the masses. Such people are the eyes, ears and voices of the nation. Unfortunately, the Baloch nation is being deprived of its key voices and educators. The targeted killing of Professor Saba Dashtyari (University of Balochistan), Naeem Sabir (Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Khuzdar), Lala Hameed (Gwadar Press Club), Munir Shakir (Khuzdar Press Club), lawyer Zaman advocate, Rahmat Shaheen (a journalist from Bolan District) and many others are a few among several other instances of losses inflicted on the Baloch nation.
The moves against Baloch intellectuals and target killing of high-profile teachers who can be a source of creating awareness among the people is not a breaking news in Balochistan but now the brazen assault on the residence of Nausheen Qambrani is deeply alarming. This is not just a threat to one person but hundreds of the other Baloch women lecturers, social activists and female teachers who share Ms. Qambarani’s vision of educating the Baloch nation and bringing out a social change. 
QUETTA: Renowned Balochistan poetess and lecturer at Sardar Bhadur Khan Women University, Nusheen Qambrani, came under attack by unknown armed men on Qambrani Road late last night who threatened to kidnap and kill her daughter, the police confirmed.

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