Monday, November 20, 2006

BBC Reporter Mysteriously ‘Disappears’

Yesterday one of BBC Urdu Service’s correspondents, Dilawar Ali Khan Wazir, went ‘missing’ in extremely suspicious circumstances.
As today’s
Nation newspaper reported:

The 38-year old Dilawar Ali Wazir works for BBC-Urdu Service and came to Islamabad to see his brother, Zulfiqar Ali Wazir…[and] was last seen leaving the university hostel in a cab for Dera Ismail Khan.

The mysterious disappearance of Dilawar surfaced when some plain-clothed persons, apparently operatives of some secret agency, reached the University hostel and asked for his brother Zulfiqar, said Ejaz Mehr, a colleague of the missing journalist at BBC. The suspected visitors initially met friends of Zulfiqar and told them that Dilawar has been injured in an accident near Peerwadhai and taken to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Mehr added.

However, the younger Wazir and his friends decided not to accompany the visitors and verify the facts themselves.

After refusing to accompany the visitors, Zulfiqar tried to contact his brother on his mobile phone but the call was attended by someone else, identifying himself as Dr Jamshed at PIMS. This person also stated that Dilawar Khan Wazir was in PIMS after being injured in the accident.

However, when the friends of Zulfiqar Ali Wazir and Ejaz Mehr reached PIMS neither Dilawar Khan Wazir was found inside nor any one with the name of Dr Jamshed could be spotted.

A hospital worker told Ejaz Mehr that there was no doctor in the hospital with such name.

I sincerely hope for Dilawar Ali Khan Wazir’s family, friends, and colleagues (and for all believers in human rights and press freedom) that he is found safe, sound and healthy in the shortest of possible time. Considering his 15-year-old brother was kidnapped and shot dead in August, this must be a particularly harrowing time for his family.

According to
IFEX Dilawar had recently returned from covering the controversial air strike on Chingai madrrassa in the Bajaur tribal. Adding:
"Even if one cannot rule out the possibility that the journalist, traumatised by the recent murder of his younger brother, did have an accident, the circumstances of his disappearance lead us to fear he was abducted. We fear he could be the latest victim of kidnappings of reporters like that of Hayatullah Khan a year ago," the organisation added.
Things aren’t particularly good for journalists in Pakistan right now. Even today’s
International Herald Tribune notes that: 'Numerous Pakistan journalists have vanished and been killed after apparently covering topics sensitive to the government and pro-Taliban militants.'


Your Blogger suggests that for those that who ramble and bluster about the healthy state of press freedom under Musharraf, it is time to shut up.


Reporters Without Borders report

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MAGRAY A MARTIAL & A WARRIOR KASHMIRI TRIBE: Also known and spelled as MAGRI, MAGRE & MAGREY. But the correct spelling is MAGRAY. Pleural of MAGRAY is MAGRES. Magray is a Martial Kashmiri tribe / Race / Caste of Rajput origin. Magray sprung from Kashtri-un-Nassal Rajput. Kashtri-un-Nassal Rajput are one of the four classes of Hindus. Kashtri were people of ruling class having responsibility for the defence of the state. Ladhay Magray was the forefather of Magray tribe. Magres accepted Islam at the hand of Syed Ali Hamdani in Twelveth Century. The first person who entered in Kashmir and settled their belonged to Magray tribe thus making Magray tribe, the founders of Kashmir. Magray tribe ruled over Kashmir for seven hundred years. They invited Mughals to enter Kashmir in order to end disturbances in the valley. However, subsequently Mughals were defeated and pushed back by the Magray tribe. Magray tribe is settled all over the world with majority in Kashmir Valley. In spite of being SARDARS of the time, people of Magray tribe felt proud to be called as MAGRAY. After acceptance of Islam in Twelveth century Magray tibe people followed Islam in true spirit, Lot of spirtual leaders / sufi/wali were born in the tribe. At the moment there are many Holy places/ Tombs of Magrays, which are visited daily by many people to pay respect. One of the popular shrine in Rajori is Bara (Twelve)Ghazi Qabar of Magray Pir. It is an honour for Magray tibe that Syed Ali Hamdani handed over his Alam and appointed Ladhey Magray his succcessor at the time of his death . Even Syeds established materimonial relationships with the people of the Magray Tribe.VILLAGES & TOWNS IN KASHMIR NAMED MAGRAY: 1.Magray Village, District Bagh 2. Magray City, Kuttan, Neelum valley, Muzaffarabad 3.Magray Hills, Kanchikot, Rawalakot 4. Magray Abad, Rawalakot 5. Magray Gali, Lipa Valley, Muzaffarabad 6. Magray Abad, Athmaqam,Kel road,Neelum Valley 7. Magray Village,Motarin, khaigala, Rawalakot 8.Kharl Magrayan,District Bagh 9 Sardari Magrayan,Neelum Valley Muzaffarabad 10.Magray Village Marchkot,Abbaspur 11.Bandian Magray,Abbaspur MEANINGS OF MAGRAY: Magray is an ancient word, Magray means, "The Martials", "The Warriors", "Military and war like people". Magray is also spelled as Magrey, Magre and Magri, but the correct spelling is Magray. The plural of Magray is Magres.HISTORRICAL BOOKS ON MAGRAY TRIBE:All the historical books on Kashmir contain material on Magray tribe and their role in the history of Kashmir. Few of the historical Books are mentioned here for reference. 1. Magray in the Eyes of History By Sajid Latif Magray2. Magray A Warrior Kashmiri Tribe By Abdul Qayyum3. Valley of Kashmir By Sir Walter Lirance4. Imperial Gazettier of India Govt of India5. Tribes and Castes of Kashmir By Muhammad Din Folk6 .Castes and Tribes of Poonch By Muhammad Din Folk 7. History of Kasmir By Khawaja Azamey8. History of Kashmir By Muhammad Hassan 9. History Kabeer Kashmir By Haji M.Mohiudin 10.Raj Tarangi By Pandit Kahlan11. Tareekh-e-Kashmir By Professors Nazir Ahmed Tashna 12. Kashmir in the Era of Muslim empires By Ghulam Hassan Khoyami13. Tareekh-e- Malkan By Dr Sadiq Malik14. Jalwa-e-Kashmir By Dr Sabir Afaqi 15 Baharistan-e-Shahi A Chronocle Mediaeval of Kashmir16. Magray- The Martials and Warriors of Kashmir By Sajiad Latif Magray17. Tareekh-e-Kashmir,Islamia By Dr Sabir Afaqi18. Tareekh-e-Azmi By M.Azam 19. Tribal geography of India Jamu and Kashmir By Muhammad Bashir Magray 20. A New History of India and PakistanBy Quyyam AbdulMAGRAY VILLAGES IN KASHMIR:1.MAGRAY VILLAGE MOTARIN, RAWALKOT:This is a village comprising of about 400 houses, exclusively of the Magray Tribe. Road leading from Rawalkot to Tatrinote crossing point passes from this village. Few personalities of the village are, Muhammad Din Magray, Subedar Muhammad Latif Magray, Sajjad Latif Magrayd, Rasheed Magray, Yaqoob Magray, Manzoor Magray, Sadique Magray, Dilpazir Magray, Muhammad Aamir Magray, Bashir Magray, Qayyum Magray, Yaseen Magray, Imran Yaseen margay, Shafi Magray, Akram Magray, Rafique Magray, Sajjad Magray, Muhammad Javed Magray, Kabir Magray, Kamran Magray 2.MAGRAY HILLS KANCHIKOT:This is a big village which starts from the Magray Market on Ali Sajal Road and goes to the top of Tolipeer, a prominent Hill top of Kashmir. Few personalities of the Magray Hills are: Haji Aqal Hussain Magray. Tariq Magray. Ghulam Nabi Magray. Gulzar Magray. Havildar Yaseen margay. Subedar Rafique Magray. Hanif Magray. Havildar Azam Magray. Muhammad Ashraf Magray. Kala Khan Magray. Hakim din Magray. Capt Yaqoob Magray. Asghar Magray. Sadique Magray. Haji Abdullah Magry 3.MAGRAY ABAD RAWALAKOT:This is a small town in Rawalakot valley on Banjosa Road in Barmang. Few of the personalities of the area are:- Abdul Majeed Magray. Muhammad Arif Magray. Muhammad Razaque Magray. Muhammad Imtiaz Magray. Muhammad javed Magray. Muhammad Shoukat Magray. Muhammad Riaz Magray. Muhammad Ishaque Magry Muhammad Shakeel Magray. Muhammad Jahangir Magray. Muhammad Khurshid Magray. Muhammad yaseen Magray 4.MAGRAY VILLAGE BAGH:
This village start from Magray city Lower Bela and extends to the prominent Hill top of Kashmir Lasdana. This village comprises of 600 houses 100% of the Magray tribe people. Few personalities of the Magrtay village are:- Dr Mir Akbar Magrayb. Gohar Magray . Hameed Magrayd. Fazal Gohar Magray. Aslam Magray. Hayat margay. Liaqat Ali Magray. Ghulam Nabi. Wali Noor Magray. Sakhi Muhammad Magray. Haseeb Magray 5.KHARL MAGRAYAN:It is a small area in District Bagh, people of Magray tribe are settled here. Few personalities of the area are: Muhammad Ashraf Magray. Muhammad Farooq Magray. Abdul Hameed Magray. Gulfraz Magray. Akram Magray. Haji Hakeek Magray. Muhammad Khurshid Magray. Fazal Hussain Magray. Shakeel Ahmed Magray 6.MAGRAY GALI LIPA:A prominent Hilltop of Kashmir in Lipa valley. Few personalities of the area are mentioned here:- Capt Ghulam Hussain Magray. Ghulam Rasool Magray. Pervaiz Magray. Prof Kosar Magray 7.MAGRAY CITY KUTTAN: Few notables of the area are:- Mangta Magray. Shahzaman Magray. Arshad Magray. Shahzaman Magray. Ali Akbar Magray. Asad Magray. Matloob Magray. Attique Magray. Oamer Zaman Magray. Amjid Magray 8.MAGRAY ABAD ATHMAQAM:A SMALL TOWN IN Neelum valley on Kel Road near Athmaqam. Few personalities of the area are:- Muhammad Mustafa Magray. Muhammad Khurshid Magray. Muhammad Subhan Magray. Shakeel Magray. Ashraf Magray. Mushtaq Magray. Ghulam Hussain Magray. Abid Magray 9.SARDARI MAGRAYAN – REMOTE AREA OF NEELUM VALLEY:10.MAGRAY VILLAGE MARCHKOT:This is the largest village of Abbaspur town comprising of more than 1000 houses exclusively of the Magray Tibe. Few personalities of the village are:- Sher Akbar Magray. Havildar Karim Magray. Muhammad Sharif Magray. Muhammad Afsar Magray. Muhammad Rasheed Magray. Manzoor Magray. Muhammad Rafique Magray. Muhammad Raheem Magray. Saleem Magray. Ali Akbar Magray. Muhammad Azeem Magray. Muhammad Yaqoob Magray. Mubasher Salam Din Magray. Sadique Magray. Hameed Magray. Kutab Dinb Magray 11.BANDIAN MAGRAY:This is a remote village of Abbaspur town comprising of more than 500 houses entirely of the Magray tribe. Few personalities of Bandian Magray are:- Muhammad Arif Magray. Mir Akbar Magray. Muhammad Bashir Magray. Muhammad Ashraf Magray. Muhammad Nazir Magray. Sakhi Muhammad Magray. Jalal Din Magray. Muhammad Saddique Magray. Shoukat Magray. Rasheed Magray HISTORY OF MAGRAY TRIBETwo books “magray the martials and warriors of kashmir”and “magray in the eyes of history”have been written by sajjad latif magray .launching ceremony of these books was held on 1st feb 08 at press club rawalpindi and was attended by the prime minister of aj&k and his cabinet members. title of books are written by the fol known Scholars and historians of the country.1. Dr. M. Ashraf Qureshi – Chairman Deptt of Kashmiriyat Punjab Univeristy Lahore.2. Dr.Sabir Afaqi – author & historian3. Dr.M.Sadiq Malik -author & historianOrganizations of Magray tribe:1. Magray supreme council: is the Supreme body of Magray tribe, Empowered to take all sort of political and socio economical decisions in the best interest of Magray tribe. 2. Magray educational society (regd): promotes educational activities in the tribe and even outside the magray tribe.3. Magray Tanzeem (regd): was established to provide a platform and organize the Magray tribe.4. Magray welfare trust: looks after the ill, poor and needy people of the Kashmir in particular and Pakistan in general.5. Magray foundation.