Editor at Ricochet Media and staff member at Dawn.com
Jahanzeb Hussain is editor with Ricochet Media and a South Asia editor at Global Voices. He is a graduate from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, with a degree in Political Science and French. Jahanzeb is presently based in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Amjad Sabri's untimely and unfortunate death was a shock for all of us, and the pain and sadness will take time to go away. Pakistan, of course, is no stranger to such murders. And if we take a step back, the qawwali singer's killing is part of a larger pattern.
American journalist Seymour Hersh created some buzz with his latest story in the <em>London Review of Books</em> about the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The Obama administration lied about the details of Operation Geronimo, Hersh argues, and the mission was actually carried out with full assistance from the Pakistani army and its Inter-Services Intelligence agency. Unfortunately, Hersh's story, apart from being factually dubious, uncritically accepts the narrative of the Pakistani army and bases all his arguments on the premise provided by former ISI head Asad Durrani.
Pakistan, on the other hand, knows how crucial it is for its economic future to "develop" Balochistan through Chinese investment. And in order to make sure there is no trouble, the Pakistani state is engaged in a process of further oppressing the Baloch. Targeting intellectuals is of prime importance. Ideas and words, after all, can be as or more threatening than guns. On the one hand, Pakistan is picking off armed Baloch insurgents, while on the other hand systematically targeting Baloch intellectuals.