October 12, 2013

Baloch resist illegal occupation by Pakistan



BALOCH RESIST ILLEGAL OCCUPATION BY PAKISTAN



Pakistan’s Home and Tribal Affairs department revealed that 592 mutilated bodies have been recovered from Balochistan since 2010.The official record reveals a half-truth, but it exposes Pakistan’s notorious “pick, kill and dump” policy in resource-rich Balochistan. It clearly reflects the human rights crisis in the region. Baloch political activists based in London recently staged a protest outside Pakistan High Commission on Sept. 28 against Pakistani armed forces.



MANSOOR BALOCH        

President, Baloch Republican Party, UK

(Transcription) "It has been highlighting military operations in Balochistan, also killing Baloch people and torturing them and sending their dead bodies to their families. So we are here to protest against Pakistan because it was an illegal occupation of Balochistan in 1948."



Representatives of Baloch Republic Party and Baloch National Movement later marched to 10 Downing Street to seek international intervention for preserving human rights in Balochistan.



They blamed the ethnic Punjabi majority who dominate the Pakistani army, bureaucracy and the government of trying to wipe out their linguistic and cultural identity, and said the Baloch would not settle for anything less than a separate homeland.



HAMMAL HAIDAR BALOCH        

Spokesperson, Baloch National Movement

Transcription: We want freedom of Balochistan because we have never been a part of Pakistan. We were forcefully occupied in 1948. Before that we had an independent country. So our actual demand is freedom of Balochistan. Provincial autonomy or anything like that is not our demand. We want complete independence from Pakistan.



Balochistan is recovering from a quake of 7.7 magnitude that claimed more than 500 lives and left over 100,000 homeless.



However, the activists said that they do not want any aid from Pakistan.



MUBARAK AHMED MANDI        

Member, Baloch Republican Party, UK

(Transcription) In Balochistan, Pakistan has done really nothing. But even if Pakistan will do anything, the Baloch people will refuse even Pakistan aid. They don't even want Pakistan aid because we want our lands.



Pakistan’s growing interest in resource-rich Balochistan has fuelled the demand for a democratic and independent Balochistan.



The Baloch nationalist, political and social activists continue to raise their voices at international platforms, including the United Nations.



They want an end to the colonial rule imposed by Pakistan.

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