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?