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Yet another postponement: Monday, 16th July, 2012

July 15, 2012
Baba Jan speaking at demo

Not surprisingly, the bail petition hearing in the case of the latest ATA charges against Baba Jan, has once again been postponed – to Monday, 16th July, 2012.

The campaign is now forced to face the reality of the dumb, brute force that maintains itself in power in Gilgit-Baltistan and more generally in Pakistan.

We live under occupation, our territory occupied by those who pretend to defend us, but defend only their privilege, our minds occupied by the constant propaganda of the mullah-military alliance, our very futures threatened by their compromises and accommodation with the forces of global capitalism, whether it be via their acceptance of the structural violence of IFI-dictated economic policies or their complicity in the occupation of Afghanistan or their zeal in serving as junior partners in the exploitation of the natural resources and geo-strategic potential of Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan.

In this situation, it is necessary to recognise the responsibility that has fallen on the un-defeated shoulders of the Hunza Five:
– resist repeated torture as well as other intimidatory tactics of the state to extract false confessions from them – which would be admissible as evidence under the provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Act
– serve as a rallying point and symbol of undaunted resistance in the face of the multiple attacks by the state on the people of Gilgit-Baltistan – whether it be the indifference towards the affectees of the Attabad Lake disaster or the repression both of groups and individuals who demand equal citizenship rights in common with Pakistanis living in the rest of the country as well as of those who speak of the right of self-determination of the GB population or the state-provoked sectarian violence that is a textbook example of the inherited colonial paradigm of “divide and rule”.
– revive the precedent set by Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Rajguru, Ashfaqulla Khan , Ram Prasad Bismil and Chandrashekar Azad who struggled for total independence, not just from direct British rule but also from the imperialist-capitalist system India had been enslaved by, who did not give up their struggle for justice and human dignity even in jail
– create the space for an alternative politics of dissent, of truly participatory decision-making in a disputed territory where the state is deeply suspicious of any socio-political awakening among the populace

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