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Barbaric Punjabi armies are famous of their genocide techniques in Bengladesh.They are using very same in Balochistan as well. Baloch settlements are facing Ariel bombardment time and again, gunships roar upon nomadic villages, and military tanks ruin the crops and corpses both. At the start of recent conflict, Punjabi armies bombarded Bugti fort in Dera Bugti. At March 17, 2005 Shelling of Pakistani Air force and artillery left 70 dead and Countless wounded, including men, women and children. Mass graves discovered in Singsilah, Mand and Chaman were enough to open the eyes of international community but controlled media played a pathetic role to hide the atrocities. Pakistan army reportedly threw the abducted Baloch, from a height of thousands of feet by choppers in Noshki to express their tyrant intentions. Baloch detainees were burnt alive in Singsilah area of Dera Bugti by drowning them in containers of boiling charcoal. Just to put back Gestapo in the row of brutality, Baloch women and children were forcibly thrown in the flares of their burning homes in Biti area of Dera Bugti. Baloch women and Children killed in Ariel bombardment.

Hundreds of thousands Baloch families are forced to relocate in adjoining Sindh and Punjab, where they are leading a miserable life. Pakistani forces often threaten the IDPs in Sindh and Punjab, kill and abduct their youth, take away every source of their livelihood and burn their camps to ashes. A recent offensive on a temporary settlement of Baloch IDPs in Rajan Pur area left three dead and they abducted 12 men. Many NGOs of international repute are on record when they tried to help Baloch IDPs they were forcibly stopped by the State. Recently Pakistani forces launched an offensive an ancient Baloch settlement of Liyari- Karachi, to punish those who sheltered Baloch IDPs, though this armed action was labeled other way to deceive the international community. During Liyari operation, ambulances of different NGOs were not allowed to take injured ones to the hospitals. Abdulsattar Edhi of Edhi foundation said publically on electronic media that he went to serve the humanity in Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan Egypt and other war torn countries and no one stopped him to work, but Pakistani authorities are not allowing his aid workers and ambulances to enter in Baloch areas.

More than 15000 Baloch families are forced to take refuge in neighboring Afghanistan. Baloch refugees of Afghanistan prove that a war torn country is a better option to save the lives of their families. Devilish forces of Pakistan did not spare them there as well. Abducting Baloch youth How do they treat Baloch What should it be called, genocide?

International media reported more than a dozen of attacks on Baloch refugee camps in Afghanistan by Inter Services intelligence of Pakistan army. Such attacks often cause heavy causalities and misery of poor refugees is multiplied. Thousands of Baloch youth and political worker are illegally abducted and their fate remains unknown. Abductions at massive scale still continue. While drafting these lines family of a 16 year old Farooq Bugti approached and registered that their child was abducted by Para-military forces of Pakistan army in the day light, from capital city of Quetta today. More than a thousand people have been killed in custody, and their unrecognizable mutilated bodies are dumped in waste. So for 500 plus dumped bodies of abducted Baloch have been recognized by their families while others are buried unidentified. Baloch political workers, intellectuals, students, poets, artists, writers and journalists are targeted by the death squads of Punjabi military. Private militias, developed as the fifth columns of military are busy in Baloch genocide with different names. Sitting ministers of Pakistani Government in Balochistan are on record, who accused Pakistani military a sequel of Bangladesh tragedy. Provincial chief of police provided the video evidences in Pakistani Supreme court to prove that Paramilitary forces are carrying out a systematic campaign of abductions and extra judicial killings of Baloch. Chief Justice of Pakistan says the State authorities must keep their forces on leash to stop the bloodshed. But it seems that Pakistani forces are determined to eliminate Baloch nation at any cost.

Contents
Introduction 3
Atrocities: 6
Socio-Economic Situation: 8
Natural Resources-A history of loot and plunder: 11
Oil and Gas 11
Coal 13
Copper and Gold 14
Ports and Coastline 15
Ormara-The port of boats 15
Gawadar-The gateway of cool breeze 16
Jewani – Nursery of Marine life 16
Sonmiani – The port of gold 16
Damb-The Deep 17
Gaddani- The beach of wild goats 17
Violence – Mise en scene 18
Legal Information: 22
UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS 22
Declaration on the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance 30
Institutions Involved: 39
Involvement of Pakistani military 39
Para-Military forces 41
Frontier Constabulary 41
Pakistan Coast Guards 42
Pakistani Spy Agencies 43
Military Intelligence- MI 43
Inter Services Intelligence-ISI 44
State sponsored private militias: 45
Peace Force 45
Mussalah Difai Tanzeem 47
Tehreek-e-Nifaz-Aman 48
Mutahida Mahaz 49
Lashkar-e-Jhangavi 50
Sipah-e-Muhammad 51
Pseudo steps of Government to deceive the international Community: 52
Presidential apology 52
Aghaz-e-Haqooq -e- Balochistan 53
Parliamentary Committee of Gilani Regime 54
Parliamentary Committee of Raja Regime 55
Judicial Commission 55
Suo motu notice of Supreme Court 56
Enforced Disappearances and extra judicial killings in Balochistan: 57
Corroborating Evidences 59
Effected Groups 61
Political Vanguard, abducted, killed and dumped 62
The Intelligentsia Silenced 63
Abduction of Students, Generations on Stake 64
Nation deprived of professionals 65
Culture overturned 66
Observations of Human Rights Organizations: 68
Human Rights Watch-HRW 69
Amnesty International 70
Voice for Baloch Missing Persons – VBMP 72
International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons – IVBMP 73
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan – HRCP 74
Comic part of the human tragedy- State side justification of genocide: 75
Insurgency 75
Enforced disappearances 76
Extra Judicial Killings 77
Response of International Community: 78
US Congressional hearing on Balochistan 79
Resolution in US Congress, recognizing Balochistan right to self- determination. 80
UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances 82
Conclusions: 83
Recommendations 84
Annex 85
Innocent Baloch National Martyered in cold blood 85
Availabe data of Baloch Nationals killed in the custody of Security forces after abduction 130
Baloch Nationals Abducted by Pakistani Security Forces 145

TO READ THE FULL REPORT IN PDF ——-> http://bnchr.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/sorry-saga-of-baloch-miseries.pdf

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By Archen Baloch 27/04/2012
Occupied Balochistan: B N S Turbat Halkaar has, through its SMS report, received at 10:20am, informed that the occupying Pakistani forces have launched an unprovoked operation in Gebon village of district Turbat in the early morning at 5:55 Am today. so far four persons has been reported killed by occupying forces with 7 Arrests, Pakistani media reported.
When this ascribe contacted the locals about this operation they confirmed that the first raid took place at the house of Shahsowar named man. Until this report, firing and loud bomb blasts are continuing and locals also reported that entire Gebon village is under siege of occupying forces. According to reports Firing has also spread to the Gebon Middle Girls School.  Local journalists are not being allowed to confirm and report the numbers of casualties.  But locals reported that the girls school has received substantial damages.
It is worth mentioning here that Gebon is situated very close to Merani Dam which is designed to supply water to Gawadar  city mega projects that were initiated with Chinese financial aid under a strategic design.
For the past one month the military has intensified its gory operation in different parts of Balochistan backed by air force. Baloch media has confirmedly reported an increase in the number of troops deployment in  several places of strategic important.

Dialogue only on Freedom Agenda, Pakistan is an Occupier, Intervention Continuing Since 1948! HyrBeyar Marri & Khan Kalat
 
By Archen Baloch 30/03/2012 
Baloch national leader Waja HyrBeyar Marri said that there would be no dialogue on anything  except freedom, speaking in a private TV program, the patriotic Baloch leader said that foreign interference in Balochistan  started the day one when Pakistan occupied it! Pakistan is the occupier! On a desperate remark of the anchorperson  that Zardari would not give you 
 Freedom, HyrBeyar said that they would knock every door of international community for support, and pledge that every Baloch would work hard to regain the freedom! 
HyrBeyar Marri, exiled in London, said that the name of Islam is manipulated to serve morbid interests. He said that the attitude of Punjabi elite  has never been friendly, he added that Pakistani oligarch has always plundered and looted  Balochistan.
Waja Marri answering a question,  said that Pakistan was resorting to different type of diversionary excuses to justify its occupation over Balochistan! He rejected foreign intervention allegations and said that it was Pakistan as a foreign country  that has intervened and occupied Balochistan in 1948. Since than it has hardly left a stone unturned to loot and plunder Balochistan natural wealth! He said that the British had recognized Balochistan sovereignty.  According to historical documents of Baloch history, Baloch leader said that the international community has the right to  support Baloch freedom movement on humanitarian ground!
To a query about “modern Balochistan” outlook,  the secular Baloch patriotic leader said that  there would be no place for  Sardari system or Pakistani culture in modern Balochistan social organization! 
In the same TV program, the Khan of Kalat,  Sulaiman Daoud Khan was also interviewed, he said that Balochistan was under occupation, and added that M A Jinnah himself recognized Balochistan’s independent status as a Baloch sovereign state! He said that the governor and chief minister themselves admitted that they had even 5 percent no authority over Balochistan’s affairs! He said that it was Pak Army that was all and all in  Balochistan! 
The Respected khan  said that it was always Punjab and its army that spoiled the situation! He rejected the possibility of talk with Pakistani leadership saying that they were unworthy to talk with, as they are marred in corruption-such as Mehran Bank case and Memo-gate scandal. He optimistically said that Balochistan would be liberated soon by God willing!

سندھو دیش کے نعرے ہم تب تو روزانہ سنتے تھے جب اس تحریک کے بانی رہنما اور سندھ کی پاکستان سے جڑے تاریخ کی سب سے زیادہ معتبر قوم پرست سیاست دان ساہیں جی ایم سیّدسندھ کی حقوق کی کے لیے جلسے اور جلوسوں کی صورتوں میں سندھیوں کو متحرک کرنے میں سرگرم تھے لیکن سندھو دیش کے نعرے تب بھی نہیں تھمے جب ساہیں جی ایم سیّد بستر مرگ پہ پڑ کر سندھی، بلوچ اور پشتون قوم پرستوں سے صحت مندی کی دعائیں وصول کر رہے تھے ۔ اور جب وہ اس دنیا سے رخصت ہوئے تو بھی سندھ کی فضاؤں نے اسٹیبلشمنٹ اور پنجاب کے خلاف گرجنا بند نہیں کیا ۔
سائیں جی ایم سیّد چونکہ اپنی زندگی میں سندھ کی قوم پرستانہ سیاست کے مرکزی کردار رہے تھے شاید اسی وجہ سے ان کی وفات کے بعد سندھو دیش کی تحریک میں شامل طلباء اور نوجوان اپنا سیاسی محور عارضی طور پر کھو جانے کے بعد سیاسی انتشاروں کے زد میں آگئے لیکن سندھی قوم پرستوں میں پھیل جانے والا انتشار بھی بلوچستان کے قوم پرستوں میں پیدا ہونے والے انتشار کی طرح ان کے مستقبل کے لیے سبق آموز اور مفید رہا۔
ذاتی طور پر سندھ کی سیاست میرے لیے ہمیشہ حیرت اور تفریح کا باعث رہی ہے ۔ ایک تو سندھ بلوچستان سے سرحدی طور پر جڑے رہنے اور اندرون سندھ بلوچوں کی اکثریت کے باوجود سندھی سیاسی طور پر بلوچوں سے ذرا بھی خوف محسوس نہیں کرتے ۔ تقریباً تیس بلوچ قبیلوں کی اکثریتی آبادی سندھ میں آباد ہے سندھ کی کل زرعی رقبے کا پچاس فیصد سے زیادہ زرعی زمینیں بھی بلوچوں کے پاس ہیں لیکن اس کے باوجود بھی سندھی بلوچوں پر لسانی اور ثقافتی طور پر بلوچوں پر حاوی ہیں ۔ بلکہ اگر یہ کہا جائے کہ سندھ میں آباد بلوچوں کی اکثریتی آبادی لسانی صورت میں سندھیوں میں ضم ہوچکی ہے تو میرے خیال میں زیادہ درست ہوگا۔ اسی طرح کی دوسری مثال عرب ملک اومان ہے جہاں تقریباً آدھی آبادی بلوچوں کی ہے لیکن ان کی بھی اکثریت سیاسی اور لسانی صورت میں اومان کے قومی مفادات کے مطابق عربوں میں ضم ہوچکی ہے ۔
ایک چیز جو میں اکثرسندھ میں دیکھتا ہوں وہ بلوچستان کے حالات کا سندھ پر برائے راست اثر اندازہونا ہے ۔ اگر ہم نواب بگٹی صاحب کی شہادت سے بہت پہلے انیس سو ستر کی دھائی میں بلوچستان میں جاری فوجی آپریشن اور مزاحمتی کاروائیوں کا جائزہ لیں تو بھی ہم سندھیوں کو بلوچوں کے قریب پاتے ہیں ۔
لیکن سندھ اور بلوچستان کی حالات اور سیاست میں بھی بہت فرق پایا جاتا ہے۔ بلوچستان میں تحریک ایک ہی ہے اور بلوچستان میں موجود تمام سیاسی جماعتیں بلوچستان کی حقوق کی باتیں کرتی ہیں ۔ حتیٰ کہ بلوچستان سے تعلق رکھنے والے پاکستان کے قومی سیاسی جماعتوں کے ساتھ ساتھ مذہبی جماعتوں کے رہنما بھی کسی ایک طبقے کی نہیں بلوچستان کی حقوق کی بات کرتے ہیں ۔ یہ بات الگ ہے کہ کچھ کا موقف بلوچستان کی صوبائی خودمختاری تک محدود ہے اور بیشتر بلوچستان کی حق خود ارادیت اور آزادی کی بات کرتے ہیں لیکن مجموعی طور پر سیاست سب کی قوم پرستانہ اور بلوچستان کے حقوق کی بنیاد پر قائم ہے اور اس بات پر سب کی موقف ایک جیسی ہے کہ بلوچستان کے ساتھ وفاق نے زیادتیاں کیں ہیں اور وفاق پنجاب کے زیر اثر ہے ۔
لیکن اس کے برعکس سندھ کی سیاست پر اسٹبلشمنٹ اور جاگیرداروں کا مشترکہ قبضہ ہے جن کی نمائندگی بھٹو خاندان اور پاکستان پیپلز پارٹی کرتی رہی ہے جو سندھ کے قوم پرستوں کے سامنے سب سے بڑی رکاوٹ ہے ۔ اس کے علاوہ سندھ کی سیاست پر متحدہ قومی موومنٹ کا بھی بڑا اثر ہے جو سندھ کو تقسیم کرکے اس کے دو بڑے شہروں کراچی اور حیدرآباد کو ملا کر اپنے لیے ایک نئے صوبے کی قیام کے لیے ایک غیراعلانیہ تحریک کی سرپرستی کر رہی ہے۔ اور جس کا لگام اس غیر فطری تحریک کی تخلیق سے لیکر آج تک فوج کے ہاتھ میں ہے۔ ان کے بعد سندھ کے قوم پرستوں کا نمبر ہے اور قوم پرستوں کے بعد ہاری کسان تحریک ہے ۔ ہاری کسان تحریک کے بعد اے این پی کی شکل میں پشتون قوم پرست ہیں جو سندھ میں آباد پشتونوں کی نمائندگی کرتی ہے ۔ اے این پی کے بعد بلوچ قوم پرست جماعتیں ہیں اور ان کی سیاست کا محور بلوچستان ہے ۔ سندھ میں قوم پرست سیاسی جماعتوں کے مشکلات بہت زیادہ ہیں ۔ لیکن ماضی کی نسبت بہت کم ہیں ۔
گذشتہ چند سالوں سے سندھ میں سرگرم مسلح زیر زمین تنظیم سندھو دیش لبریشن آرمی کی حمایت اور مقبولیت میں بہت کم عرصے میں بہت زیادہ اضافہ ہوا ہے ۔ اس سے یہی اندازہ لگایا جاسکتا ہے کہ مسقتبل قریب میں سندھ کی قومی تحریک اور زیادہ طاقتور صورت اختیار کرے گی۔
گوکہ سندھ امن و سکون کی پیغام دینے والے صوفیوں کی سرزمین ہے لیکن دیکھا یہ گیا ہے کہ ان صوفیوں کا احترام کرنے والے ڈاکو بھی عوام کی نظروں میں کافی عزت رکھتے ہیں ۔ یہاں میں ایک مثال اپنی آنکھوں سے دیکھا ہوا اُس منظر کی دے سکتا ہوں کہ جب بدنام زمانہ ڈاکو محب شہدی نے بذریعہ اخبار اعلان کیا کہ وہ شاہ عبدالطیف بھٹائی کی مزار پر چادر چڑھانے جارہے ہیں تو اس کی اعلان کردہ شیڈول کے مطابق ہم بھی بٹھ شاہ پہنچ گئے ۔ وہ آیا ۔اُس نے مزار پر حاضری دی اور چادر چڑھا کر چلا گیا ۔۔ سب نے آتے ہوئے ویلکم کیا اور جاتے ہوئے خدا حافظ۔ نظروں سے تو پولیس نے بھی ۔۔
سندھ کی سیاست پر مزاروں کا بڑا اثر ہے ۔ اور ہم سب جانتے ہیں کہ اگر سندھو دیش لبریشن آرمی نے گڑھی خدا بخش میں بھٹو خاندان کی مزار وں پر اگر ایک دفعہ بھی چادریں چڑھا دیں تو اس کا آسان الفاظ میں یہی مطلب ہوگا کہ پی پی پی نہ رہا ۔
اسی طرح سندھ کے قوم پرست ایم کیو ایم کا بھی آسانی سے توڑ کر سکتے ہیں ۔ جس طرح وہ سندھ اور بلوچستان کے مشترکہ سیاسی مفادات کے حصول میں یورپ میں بلوچوں کے قریب ہیں اگر انہی مقاصد کے لیے اتنی قربت کراچی جیسے بڑے شہر میں وہ بلوچوں کے ساتھ پیدا کر سکیں۔ اگر وہ ایسا کر سکتے ہیں تو پھر ان کی ریلی ہزاروں کی نہیں لاکھوں کی ہوگی ۔
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Chandrashekhar Azad Biography

Posted: March 17, 2012 in news
Born: July 23,1906
Martyrdom: February 27, 1931
Achievements: Involved in Kakori Train Robbery (1926), the attempt to blow up the Viceroy’s train (1926), and the shooting of Saunders at Lahore (1928) to avenge the killing of Lala Lajpatrai; formed Hindustan Socialist Republican Association with fellow compatriots Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, and Rajguru.

Chandrashekhar Azad was a great Indian freedom fighter. His fierce patriotism and courage inspired others of his generation to enter freedom struggle. Chandrasekhar Azad was the mentor Bhagat Singh, another great freedom fighter, and along with Bhagat Singh he is considered as one of the greatest revolutionaries that India has produced.

Chandra Shekhar Azad was born on July 23,1906 in Badarka village of Unnao district in Uttar Pradesh. His parents were Pandit Sitaram Tiwari and Jagarani Devi.Pandit Sitaram Tiwari was serving in erstwhile estate of Alirajpur (situated in present day Madhya Pradesh) and Chandra Shekhar Azad’s childhood was spent in the village Bhabra . On the insistence of her mother Jagrani Devi, Chandra Shekhar Azad went to Kashi Vidyapeeth, Benaras for studying Sanskrit.

Chandrashekhar Azad was deeply troubled by the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre in Amritsar in 1919. In 1921, when Mahatma Gandhi launched Non-Cooperation movement, Chandrasekhar Azad actively participated in revolutionary activities. He received his first punishment at the age of fifteen. Chandra Shekhar was caught while indulging in revolutionary activities. When the magistrate asked him his name, he said “Azad” (meaning free). Chandrashekhar Azad was sentenced to fifteen lashes. With each stroke of the whip the young Chandrasekhar shouted “Bart Mata Kid Jai”. From then on Chandrashekhar assumed the title of Azad and came to known as Chandrashekhar Azad. Chandrashekhar Azad vowed that he would never be arrested by the British police and would die as free man.

After the suspension of non-cooperation movement Chandrashekhar Azad was attracted towards more aggressive and revolutionary ideals. He committed himself to complete independence by any means. Chandrashekhar Azad and his compatriots would target British officials known for their oppressive actions against ordinary people and freedom fighters. Chandrashekhar Azad was involved in Kakori Train Robbery (1926), the attempt to blow up the Viceroy’s train (1926), and the shooting of Saunders at Lahore (1928) to avenge the killing of Lala Lajpatrai.

Along with Bhagat Singh and other compatriots like Sukhdev and Rajguru, Chandrashekhar Azad formed the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association (HRSA). HRSA was committed to complete Indian independence and socialist principles for India’s future progress.

Chandrashekhar Azad was a terror for British police. He was on their hit list and the British police badly wanted to capture him dead or alive. On February 27, 1931 Chandrashekhar Azad met two of his comrades at the Alfred Park Allah bad. He was betrayed by an informer who had informed the British police. The police surrounded the park and ordered Chandrashekhar Azad to surrender. Chandrashekhar Azad fought alone valiantly and killed three policemen. But finding himself surrounded and seeing no route for escape, Chandrashekhar Azad shot himself. Thus he kept his pledge of not being caught alive.

 — with Honey Singh Lucknow.

No flotilla for Balochistan

Posted: March 14, 2012 in news

Western media ignore this ongoing, slow-motion genocide.

A terrible war is unfolding in a faraway land called Balochistan. Almost daily, bodies of young men, kidnapped and tortured to death by the Pakistan occupation army, end up in ditches. Others, still alive, are thrown from helicopters into the arms of the rough mountain terrain below.

Yet, not a single western journalist covers this ongoing, slow- motion genocide of the Baloch people.

Compare that to Gaza: Even a single Palestinian death at the hands of the IDF results in banner headlines.

But no one notices the daily massacres of the Baloch, not even the Palestinians.

A few years ago, a similar slaughter of Muslims by fellow Muslims dragged on for years before the world woke up to the Darfur genocide, where black-skinned Africans were decimated by the Arab Janjaweed of Sudan.

No flotilla sailed for Darfur, and none will likely leave harbour for Balochistan.

For Muslims, especially the victimhood-obsessed Islamists in the West, the lives of the Baloch and Darfuri are of less value to Allah than those of the Arab.

The irony is the Baloch are strong backers of the Palestinian movement in a relationship that has triggered absolutely no reciprocity.

Last week, I attended a workshop at the UNHCR in Geneva on Baloch Human Rights and witnessed first-hand how not a single Muslim state from the 56-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) was willing to pay even lip service to the tragedy of the Baloch.

When Mehran Marri, the Baloch spokesman, wanted to make an intervention to register the ongoing killings of his people, the Pakistan delegate rudely interrupted him, demanding the chair cut off his speech; she dismissed the interruption and allowed Marri to continue.

Marri is the youngest son of Balochistan’s elder statesman, the octogenarian Khair-Bux Marri (with whom I spent time in a Balochistan jail as a political prisoner).

With anger blazing in his bluish-green eyes, he asked: “Why do Islamic countries support the independence of Palestine, but not the independence of Balochistan? Don’t we have a stronger case than them for a national homeland? While we have a distinct language, culture and a history going back thousands of years and a state since the 1500s, they don’t.”

Balochistan (the size of France) is currently occupied by Pakistan and Iran, with part of it in Afghanistan. The Pakistan part secured its independence from Britain on Aug. 11, 1947, three days before Pakistan came into existence. Its independence was recognized by Pakistan for nine months, before the Pak Army invaded and occupied it in March, 1948. Since then, four armed insurrections have taken place with considerable loss of life.

As the third generation of Baloch youth fight, they have turned to the West for help, with some success at hearings in the U.S. Congress led by Brad Sherman (D-CA) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA).

I asked Marri if it was wise to seek help from the U.S.

“If East Timor, Kosovo, South Sudan and Eritrea can get help from the West to gain their freedom, why not Balochistan?” Marri asked, as he savoured a meal of Pakistan tikka masala in a Geneva restaurant. “As you can see I love Pakistani cuisine, but I am not a Pakistani; I am a Baloch, seeking a dignified life for my people as free men and women.” 

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UNHCHR: Send fact-finding mission to Balochistan to investigate atrocities

International Criminal Court: Issue arrest warrants for Pakistani leaders

Balochistan conflict is causing huge damage to Pakistan’s reputation

Speaking at the UN in Geneva, British human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has “condemned Pakistan’s intensified repression in Balochistan, urged the UN to send a fact-finding mission, called on the International Criminal Court to issue arrest warrants for Pakistani leaders and outlined proposals for military de-escalation and a negotiated political settlement in Balochistan.”

Mr Tatchell was addressing a panel being held in parallel with the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council. He spoke alongside the Pakistani author Tarek Fatah and the Baloch nationalists and human rights defenders, Mehran Baluch and Noordin Mengal, on Thursday 8 March.

He outlined a six-point programme to deescalate the military conflict and secure a negotiated political settlement in Balochistan:

  1. Ceasefire and the cessation of all military operations, withdrawal of Pakistani troops and paramilitaries to barracks and a halt to the construction of new military bases and outposts – with independent monitoring and supervision by UN observers and peace-keepers.
  2. Release of all political prisoners and a full account of the fate of all disappeared persons.
  3. Open access to all parts of Balochistan for journalists, aid agencies and human rights organisations.
  4. Right of return of displaced refugees, restoration of their property and compensation for losses caused by the conflict.
  5. End inward colonisation of Balochistan by non-Baloch settlers.
  6. UN-supervised referendum on self-determination, including the option of independence.

Mr Tatchell stressed that these are proposals for consideration and debate; with any final decisions being a matter for the people of Balochistan.

“Pakistan is guilty of gross human rights abuses in annexed and occupied Balochistan,” he added.

“These abuses, which include torture and extra-judicial killings, amount to crimes against humanity and are illegal under international law.

“The International Criminal Court must issue arrest warrants for Pakistani political and military leaders who are implicated in war crimes and crimes against humanity.

“The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, should head a UN fact-finding mission to Balochistan to investigate human rights abuses,” he said.

Mr Tatchell also made the following additional observations regarding human rights abuses in Balochistan:

“The disappearances and extra-judicial killings of Baloch activists continue unabated, despite claims from the Pakistani government and security forces that they have ended.

“In the last two years, these disappearances and killings have intensified. A new death squad, Tehreek-e-Nefaz-e-Aman Balochistan (TNAB) has emerged, apparently with the connivance or license of the Pakistani security services.

“According to the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), in January this year alone 23 bullet-riddled bodies were discovered in Balochistan, with six of these killings being claimed the TNAB.

“From August 2011 to January 2012, 56 Baloch people are known to have been murdered and dumped on roadsides.

“The total number of extra-judicial killings since July 2010 is at least 271, reports the AHRC.

See this AHRC report:
http://www.humanrights.asia/news/ahrc-news/AHRC-STM-021-2012/?searchterm…

“The escalating human rights abuses in Balochistan are corroborated by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

“It is in the interest of the people of Pakistan for there to be a military ceasefire and a negotiated political settlement. Human rights abuses in Balochistan are causing huge damage to Pakistan’s international reputation.

“The military occupation of Balochistan is costing Pakistan millions. It is a financial burden and drain on the Pakistani economy.

“The money spent of military garrisons and operations would be better spent on health and education for the people of Pakistan.

“Finally, one thing is certain: Like all people everywhere, the people of Balochistan have a right to self-determination. Self-determination is enshrined in the UN Charter.

“Pakistan can delay Balochistan’s right to self-determination – at great financial, moral, political and reputational cost – but the freedom of Balochistan cannot be denied forever,” said Mr Tatchell.