July 17, 2013

Baloch leader meets James Dobbins--President Obama's Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Baloch leader meets James Dobbins--President Obama's Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan-- to draw his attention to the Balochistan's situation.

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.

A LETTER TO HONOARBALE JAMES  F.  DOBBINS,  PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR AFGAHNISTAN AND PAKISTAN.

July 16, 2013


To:

The Honorable James F. Dobbins,
President Obama's Special Representative 
for Afghanistan and Pakistan,
Washington, DC 20301



Dear James Dobbins,




My name is Dr. Wahid Baloch and I’m a U.S citizen, originally from Balochistan and I’m the President of Baloch Society of North America, a Washington D.C based Political organization dedicated to highlight the plights of Baloch people in Pakistani and Iranian occupied Balochistan. It is an honor to meet with you.

Sir, I would like to bring some of the facts about Balochistan to your kind attention.

*    1839: The British army invaded and occupied Balochistan.
*        British Chief Commissioner Maj. General Gold-smith divided Balochistan into Two parts: The Western Part was given to Iran. The Eastern Part was kept as, “The British Balochistan”.
*        1872: The Western Part was further divided between Iran and Afghanistan.
*        In 1947: When British rule ended in indo-Pak subcontinent Balochistan emerged as an independent State.
*       On August 11, 1947: The Khan of Kalat (Ruler of Balochistan) declared the independence of Balochistan and Mr. Jinnah (Creator and founder of Pakistan) signed the proclamation of Balochistan's sovereignty under the Khan of Kalat on August 12, 1947, which reads, “The Government of Pakistan recognizes Kalat as an independent and autonomous state.  It has enjoyed bilateral relations with the British Government and its status has been different than the other Indian states.” However, Pakistan leader persuades Khan and insists that he join Pakistan.
*        Khan Kalat called the grand Jirga and the Upper and lower house meeting to discuss the idea of merger with Pakistan.
*       Both the upper and lower houses and Jirga strongly opposed and unanimously rejected the Idea of merger with Pakistan and stated to remain independence. The House, after long debate, adopted the following resolution unanimously on December 14, 1947."Relations with Pakistan should be established as between two sovereign states through a treaty based upon friendship and not accession."
*        On January 14, 1948, the meeting of House of Lords adopted the following resolution. "This House does not recognize a merger with Pakistan because this would endanger the separate identity of the Baloch Nation."
*        The leader of house Ghous Baksh Bezenjo in his famous speech said, “We can not sign on the death warrant of millions of Baloch by signing the merger document with Pakistan.”
*       March 1948, Pakistan army invaded Balochistan, and forced Khan Kalat to sign the document of accession under duress against the Baloch people’s will and mandate.

The rest of the history of Balochistan, under the illegal occupation, is of blood and tears. 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. There passes not a single day when a Baloch mother, father, brother or sister does not collect the bullet riddle tortured and mutilated body of their loved one, killed by ISI death squads or Iranian terrorist revolutionary guards. 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.

Balochistan, the land of 16 millions worldwide Balochs, despite being rich in natural resources has been kept by the 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.

The Baloch people, who are secular, moderate and pro-democratic, share nothing with extremists of Pakistan and Iran. Our language, culture and secular traditions are completely different from that of the terrorist and extremist states of Pakistan and Iran. Both of these countries are in violation of International law by occupying Balochistan illegally against the Baloch will and consent.

Sir, 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. We ask your help to put pressure on Pakistan and Iran to end their illegal and unjust occupation of Balochistan.

All occupying foreign forces must leave Balochistan and Balochistan’s status as an independent sovereign state must be restored according to the international laws. Balochs must exercise their inalienable right to life, liberty and pursue of happiness freely and independently without any fear, intimidation or persecution.  It is unjust to force Baloch people to live with terrorists and extremists against their will.

Sir, 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.

The United States has an obligation to protect the weak and oppressed defenseless nations around the world and Balochistan should not be excluded or exempt from this obligation.  The US should not be selective when it comes to the human right violations and the violations of the UN charters and international laws. The pro-US Baloch people should not be left to stand-alone against the terrorist and extremist Jihadist armies of Pakistan and Iran.

If US can intervene in Bosnia, Libya, Sudan and Syria, why not in Balochistan?


Thank you sir,


Sincerely,


Dr. Wahid Baloch, President                              
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