March 19, 2012
Extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances are common in Pakistan’s largest and resource-rich Balochistan province. This has led to protests against the state by the Baloch people.
For decades, Pakistan’s army and spy agencies have been targeting Baloch political leaders, intellectuals and the youth. Their brutality has reached new heights as they are now targeting Baloch women and children.
The leader of Baloch Republican Party Brahamdagh Khan Bugti believes that such atrocities will not stop them from fighting for their freedom. "Whatever atrocities they commit against us – be it the killing of Baloch people, women and children – our freedom struggle will continue. The movement will only intensify further. The more the bloodshed, the more we’ll fight back. No one should think that by using force and by killing us, they will deny us the right to our freedom. It’s impossible." said BRAHAMDAGH KHAN BUGTI LEADER, BALOCHISTAN REPUBLICAN PARTY
Bugti also said that sacrifices by Baloch leaders and the people were bearing fruit.
Their struggle for freedom has been noticed by the entire world and it resulted in the tabling of a Bill on February 17, 2012 in the US House of Representatives that called upon Pakistan to recognize the right of self-determination for Balochistan.
" This is a struggle and it includes the sacrifice of many Baloch people. Also, Baloch people living in foreign countries have become organized. It’s through their sincere efforts that the United States Congress has raised the issues of Baloch people. I believe it is a significant move. " said Brahmdag who currently lives in Geneva.
Bugti insists that Pakistani troops guilty of committing human rights violations in the region should be withdrawn from Balochistan.
Recently, Amnesty International (AI) criticized the Pakistan Government and called for an end to the "enforced disappearances" that target Baloch nationalists.
As per its report, at least 249 Baloch activists, teachers, journalists and lawyers have disappeared or have been murdered between 24 October 2010 and 10 September 2011 alone, many in so-called 'kill and dump' operations.
" We want a political solution to Balochistan and have full faith in it. But, firstly one should have an agenda for it. If they (Pakistan) want to hold talks with us, we will only agree to talk about our independence. If Pakistan does not agree, I don't think it is significant, as for several years, it has enslaved us and is forcibly occupying our territory. In these circumstances, a human being has the fundamental right to his freedom." Mr.Bugti said
Pakistan’s discriminatory policies against the Baloch people are known to the world.
It is well understood that Pakistan is only interested in exploiting the natural wealth of Balochistan, while giving nothing in return except misery, to the region and its people.
This is the reason why nothing except freedom will be acceptable to the Baloch people