July 16, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C: Dr. Wahid Baloch, President of Baloch Society of North America (BSO-NA), met with James Dobbins --President Obama's Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan-- to draw his attention to the ongoing military operation, human right violations and enforced involuntary disappearances in Pakistani and Iranian occupied Balochistan.
He met with the special envoy on the sideline of an event "Rethinking Civilian Stabilization and Reconstruction", organized by the premier US think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), in Washington, D.C. The event was attended by many distinguished U.S. experts and scholars.
Dr. Baloch gave him a letter on behalf of Baloch Society of North America, highlighting the grim situation in Balochistan and asked for help.
"On both sides of the border, the foreign occupying forces are engaged, with full impunity, in genocide and systemic elimination of Baloch leaders, students, teachers, intellectuals and political activists", he wrote in the letter.
"Thousands of Baloch have lost their lives in this non-ending unresolved conflict. Many hundreds of other Baloch have been kidnapped by Pakistan ISI and Iranian security forces remain missing and are lingering in military torture cells and unknown military camps", he continued.
He said, "Balochistan, the land of 16 millions worldwide Balochs, despite being rich in natural resources has been kept by the Pakistani and Iranian occupying forces poor and extremely backward. There are no roads or any other infrastructures of modern conveniences and the Baloch people live below the poverty line".
He asked the special envoy to be a voice of the voiceless people of Balochistan.
"Balochistan is bleeding and calls for international intervention. International Intervention is long overdue and it must be carried out by the UN and international Community, without any further delay, to save the lives of Baloch people", he said.
"We believe that a free independent democratic Balochistan is in the best interest of the larger cause of liberty, human rights, and democracy. It, will, not only help defeat the Taliban and Al-Qaida terrorists, but will also weaken Pakistan’s and Iran’s ability to export terror and keep China off of Gwadar and Persian Gulf", he explained in his letter.
Dr. Baloch, in the past, also met US Vice President Joe Biden and several other top US lawmakers and drew their attention towards Balochistan's situation.