Why are Balochistan’s Intelligent Minds Leaving the Province?

On 8 August 2016, Nazir Ahmed was near Quetta Civil Hospital when 56 lawyers were killed in a bomb explosion. They remember that day very well. When the explosion occurred, a wall had saved his life, but his two friends and 5 friends died on the spot. He spent the next few days in his funeral and crying.

Earlier in February 2007, another blast in Tukri district of Quetta, Ahmed Quetta, was killed in which 16 people were killed. Ahmed, 42, was a lawyer of the Balochistan High Court and had only done a quarter of a decade in his career in Quetta.

But it was difficult to get rid of the past. After the attacks, Ahmad was reminded of that day for many days. A month later he decided that he was not able to deal with it. So they decided to leave their profession and Quetta.

Ahmed now lives in Dubai and works in a car showroom. “Life is more important than career.” They acknowledge that it was difficult for them to live in this poisonous environment.

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has announced its 2015 annual report that 70 out of 100 different faculty members of Balochistan have left the province for security and financial reasons.

The August 2016 blast created a vacuum. 56 of the 280 lawyers who were quoted in Quetta were killed and 92 were injured. 10 of those 30 chambers used to work completely closed. Hundreds of doctors left the province due to lack of sense of insecurity after the attack on the lawyers community in 2016, while many senior lawyers went away from here.

The 49-year-old Altaf, who was a lecturer at the University of Balochistan, had been unsatisfactory while working in the campus, decided to move Melbourne to Australia where he now studies at the University of Manblanc. He believes that due to being Punjabi in Balochistan, he used to feel insecure in the city. It was difficult to send children to school after the attacks.

Altaf, who left Quetta 5 years ago, said that “security [problems] was a difficult teacher because it was difficult for [to be killed]. We pay more attention to our educational responsibilities than to protect our family. Were. ” Altaf requested that his real name should not be used because his family still lives in Quetta.

Altaf was afraid to speak and teach in front of his students. He said that peace was going on during the university, but when the situation worsened, the government could not provide protection to them that they needed. He says “there was a large number of teachers like me [behind].”

Dr. Timur Tut, 33, who lives in Quetta, worked two years ago at the US State Department Kentucky Louis Medical Center.

Speaking on the Skype Call from the US, he said that [there are doctors who want to leave] but do not leave due to lack of financial obligations and opportunities. ”
Timur’s father is a psychiatrist in the 65-year-old hypocrites Quetta. In September 2013, armed men abducted him in Pishin Stop Quetta in front of his hospital and was arrested for two months. At present, Pakistan Paramidal Association Balochistan President Dr Sultan Tareen claimed that the kidnappers were paid Rs 5 crores for the return of the profits safely.

“People are scared that what will happen tomorrow in Balochistan,” says Timur. Therefore, many of the best and intelligent people of the province do not expect better life, and none of the people leaving the city for security reasons.

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