Daily Topic for May 10, 2012
What a great day this will be for the peoples of Pakistan and Afghanistan! These are two nations that have suffered from cruelty and violence for hundreds of years. Could it be that the Bugti Baloch are finally ready to seek the One who can end the cycle of violence that has plagued their land?
Pray that many from both the Baloch and the Urdu-speaking peoples in Pakistan will put their hope in the One who will someday replace today’s cruelty with salvation and peace.
“What do you want me to do with them?” The Pakistani secret policeman in Afghanistan radioed his supervisor. “Kill and dump,” was the terse reply. The two dead Baloch youths were soon rolled into a ditch beside the dusty road. Headlines read like novels of political intrigue as assassination after assassination of Bugti Baloch refugees are chalked up for those who have fled Pakistan into Afghanistan. Tribal leaders plead with international agencies for protection, but they get no response. The Bugti Baloch people claim that the Pakistani government is so hostile to them that they send thugs to cross international borders to kill them.
Of the 84,000 Baloch displaced persons, approximately 50,000 are from the Bugti subgroup. Balochistan is the largest province in Pakistan comprising 44 percent of Pakistan’s landmass, but it contains only five percent of the population. The region is militarily and economically vital due to its massive coastline and rich natural resources. Therefore, the national government wants more control of the region, and the Baloch peoples are resisting.
Pray for physical and spiritual protection for the Bugti Baloch people. Pray for Christ’s followers to reach out to them with love and self-sacrifice. Pray that the Holy Spirit will come to them in power and love, changing hearts so that many Bugti Baloch may gather around the Throne of the Lamb with great praise for their Savior.