On Professor Nazima Talib’s Murder by Balochistan Liberation Army

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According to Dawn.Com. Professor Nazima Talib, who taught in the Department of Mass Communications of Balochistan University, was recently murdered by to assailants in Quetta. The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) later claimed credit for this shameless act. I must admit that before I read this news, I knew nothing about professor Talib, but her killing made me feel like I had lost someone from my own family as we both shared our vocation of teaching.

Years ago when I lived in Quetta one of my Baloch friends told me that if I was ever stopped while driving through the tribal regions, I should tell the people who had stopped me that I was a teacher. He said that the Baloch respect teachers and doctors and would never hurt them even in a tribal feud. The killing of professor Talib, thus, does not only signify her death but also the death and corruption of basic Baloch values of honoring teachers.

I offer my condolences to professor Talib’s family and my gratitude to her for serving the students of Balochistan for twenty three years. If this is the the kind of world the BLA aim to create, a world in which teachers and women can be murdered so remorselessly, I wish they never succeed. And I hope their leaders and foot soldiers take some time to ask themselves this important question: what kind of cowards kill innocent women and men in the name of freedom?

  4 comments for “On Professor Nazima Talib’s Murder by Balochistan Liberation Army

  1. khan_immo@hotmail.com'
    khan
    April 29, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    I lived all my life in balochistan but I know one thing about these cowards. If bugti was alive he would kill these so called tribal people cause he was a man of hounor the rest all are for sale cheap selling items for sure, no value at all shame on mari and bugti tribe they ruined nawab saab’s name

  2. beena.sarwar@gmail.com'
    beenasarwar
    April 29, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Prof. Talib’s murder was a devastating reminder of how the innocent are made to pay for the policies and ambitions of others. I join you in condoling with her family and expressing gratitude for all she stood for.

  3. tahseenaslam@hotmail.com'
    dr tahseen mahmood aslam
    May 3, 2010 at 2:31 am

    its a great loss i can not explain it. I join you in condoling with her family and expressing gratitude for all she stood for.
    Allah bless her family

  4. jamshaid_rajput@yahoo.com'
    June 22, 2010 at 4:31 am

    this is really ambarasing iam from BALOCHAISTAN and from rajput tribe these so called baloch fighters are cowerds they are not a men shame on them and finaly PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

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