2nd August 2015, the Baloch and Sindhi communities in the UK
gathered in front of UK Prime Minister’s 10 Downing Street residence in London to
protest against the ruthless military operation in Balochistan, particularly the
current operation in Awaeran and brutal murder of Sindhi nationalist leader
Raja Dahir Bhambro. The protest rally
was organized by World Sindhi Congress (WSC) in collaboration with Baloch Human
Rights Council (UK), Baloch Students and Youth Association and Baloch
Republican Party. A large number of Sindhis, Balochs and representatives of
other human rights organisations participated in the protest rally which was addressed by Abdullah Baloch of Balochistan
National Movement, Mr Graham Williamson of Nations Without States, Mansoor
Baloch of Baloch Republican Party, Mir Ghulam Hussain of Baloch Human Rights
Council (UK), Noordin Mengal, the Baloch Human Rights Campaigner and Dr Hidayat
Bhutto and Dr Lakhu Luhana of World Sindhi Congress.
The rally chanted slogans against the killing
of the Baloch and Sindhi people by Pakistan army.The speakers strongly condemned the ruthless
and inhumane military operation in Awaran, Balochistan against civilian people
in which hundreds of innocent lives have been lost. The speakers also strongly
condemned the brutal murder of Sindhi nationalist leader Raja Dahir Bhambro.
The speakers requested that the international
community raise their efforts and put more pressure on the Pakistani government
to stop the military operation in Balochistan and disappearances and
extrajudicial killings of Sindhi and Baloch people.
At the end of the rally, a delegation
comprising of Dr Hidayat Bhutto, Noordin Mengal, Samad Baloch, Ali Memon, Gul
Sanai and Dr Lakhu Luhana went to 10 Downing Street to submit the memorandum to Rt. Honourable David Cameron, the British
Prime Minster, requesting his help to press on the Pakistani government to stop
atrocities against Baloch and Sindhi people. The letter also requested that
British aid to Pakistan should be conditioned with strictly observance of human
rights.It was also requested that an
international commission should be constituted in order to investigate the
crimes against humanity being perpetrated by Pakistan in Balochistan and Sindh.
Memorandum handed over to Prime Minister David Cameron;
02 August 2015
Rt. Honourable David Cameron
Prime Minister to Her Majesty’s Government
10 Downing Street
Dear Honourable Prime Minster,
Subject: Genocide in Balochistan by
We would like to draw your kind attention towards the
gruesome violations of human rights by the Pakistani armed forces and
intelligence agencies in Balochistan during recent months.
Although, violation of human
rights is part of the ruthless war, which the Pakistani military has been
waging in Balochistan for the last many years, recent killings of civilians and
blockage of a whole area in Awaran region of Balochistan has surpassed all
previous brutalities. During the month of June and July hundreds of innocent
men, women, and children have been mercilessly killed by aerial bombardments,
hundreds of thousands have been displaced, and several hundred are missing.
Crude military power has been the
only way adopted by almost every Pakistani Government in dealing with the
Baloch discontent. The Pakistani army, perceiving the Baloch nationalism as a
grave threat to the state, launched major military offensives in Balochistan
during 1948, 1958, 1962, and 1973. The ongoing military campaign is the
bloodiest one causing internal dislocation of thousands of the Baloch.
Violation of basic human rights of the Baloch is the most painful aspect of the
Baloch-Pakistan conflict. Extra judicial killings, harassment, kidnapping and
inhuman torture of the Baloch leaders, political activists and intellectuals are
the normal state responses to the Baloch political mobilization and expression
of Baloch national aspirations. The Pakistani military establishment has
created numerous religious terrorist organizations as proxy death squads
comprised of drug peddlers, dacoits, and social outcasts. These organizations
which are working with different nomenclatures have been commissioned by
security agencies the task of physically eliminating the Baloch intellectuals,
political, and human rights activists. The graphic details of human rights
violation in Balochistan have been published by different non-governmental
organizations and international humanitarian institutions affiliated with the
There has been a steady rise in
the magnitude of the abduction of the Baloch by Pakistani secret agencies for
the last many months.The situation for the Baloch is
alarming. They are living a life at the gunpoint in the shadows of
inhuman atrocities by the most atrocious state establishment in contemporary
world. The war against the Baloch is being waged without witnesses. They are
refusing access to foreign observers, journalists and humanitarian
organizations. We believe that no state should be above International Laws.
Those who are responsible for grave violation of human rights must be held
accountable The Baloch are facing a systematic genocide. They need urgent help
from the civilized and democratic world. This is high time for the
international community to rise and act before it is too late for the Baloch.
We request that this petition be
taken as an urgent humanitarian appeal. We hope that the honorable Prime Minister may kindly take a personal
interest in pushing for a thorough and independent international investigation
into the serious abuses of human rights and humanitarian laws by the Pakistani
Army in Balochistan. We strongly request you to press the Pakistani army
establishment to stop all atrocities against the Baloch political, social and
human rights activists and civilians. Your immediate intervention could save
not only countless innocent lives but could also prevent the present situation
from developing into a total genocide of the defenseless Baloch people.
We will be grateful if Her Majesty’s Government could press
for the establishment of an international commission to investigate the heinous
crimes against humanity committed by the Pakistani State establishments in
General Secretary Baloch Human Rights Council
World Sindhi Congress has organised a protest rally with the collaboration of Sindhi Baloch Forum, Baloch Human Rights Council (UK), Baloch Republican Party and Baloch Youth Students Organisation in front of British Prime minister's official residence :
10, Downing Street,SW1A 2AA London on Sunday 2nd August 2015 from 11 am to 2 pm. Nearest underground: Westminster (Jubilee, District and Circle Lines )
The protest is against the Pakistani state's ruthless & indiscriminate military operation against the Baloch civilians in AWARAN in Particular and in Balochistan in General and also against the systematic elimination of Sindhies in Sindh.
The protest will urge The UK and UN authorities to end their deafening silence on these appalling human abuses and play their due role to bring an end to it.
All Baloch, Sindhi and human rights activists and democratic , peace lovings are requested to participate in the demo.
Human rights activist Sabeen Mahmud, 40, was heading home with her mother on Saturday when she was fatally shot by gunmen on the streets of Karachi, Pakistan’s major southern port city. Days later, the killing remains unsolved. But her supporters wonder: Did she take on a topic that’s just too taboo in Pakistan? Earlier that fateful Saturday, Mahmud had hosted an event, “Take 2 of Unsilencing Balochistan,” at a cafe she had co-founded. The forum aimed to highlight the human rights abuses in the western Pakistani province, a subject that gets little attention in the country’s mainstream media. The state has been fighting separatists in Baluchistan, Pakistan’s largest and poorest province, over several decades and often accuses India and Russia of supporting the insurrections with weapons and money. Thousands of people have gone missing in the province during the turbulence, and many say the state has had a hand in the disappearances. Mahmud’s seminar focused on that and other human rights issues in Baluchistan. Fellow activists accused Pakistan’s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency, or ISI, of a role in her killing. “She was killed by those who felt threatened by her. They saw that she could not be contained, so they decided to eliminate her. She is on record saying that people from the intelligence agency visited and questioned her,” said Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur, a veteran of Baluch struggle and human rights activist. Amid the accusations, Maj. Gen. Asim Bajwa, a spokesman for the Pakistani army, condemned Mahmud’s killing and tweeted, “Intelligence agencies been tasked to render all possible assistance to investigating agencies for apprehension of perpetrators & bring them to justice.” Mahmud co-founded T2F, a cafe and community space. According to its Web site, T2F “provides citizens with a platform for social change through rich cultural activities, public discourse, and advocacy using progressive ideas and the new media.” Dawn, Pakistan’s leading newspaper, described Mahmud as a “woman of many talents that mostly revolved around creating digital platforms for arts and culture.” Little headway appears to have been made in an investigation into her death. Protests were held in major Pakistani cities on Tuesday, with demonstrators condemning the killing and demanding a thorough investigation. Pakistan is one of the most dangerous places for journalists in the world, and Baluchistan is a virtual no-go area. In the recent past, many who have dared to talk or write about the human rights issues in that province have either fled the country or kept a low public profile. Here’s why: There is a general perception that talking about Baluchistan can get one killed. Local journalists say they are unable to report because they fear for their lives. Many have quit the profession. Some say they are trapped between the state and the separatists — they get a bullet from either side no matter what they report. “The army reacts violently to open discussions on Baluchistan as they have committed serious human rights abuses in the past 11 years. They arrest young Baluch political activists, torture them in custody, and later on kill and dump most of them. The Supreme Court has reprimanded the army, but they have never been accountable to anyone,” said Malik Siraj Akbar, an exiled Baluch journalist. The army did not respond to calls and e-mails seeking a reaction to the accusations. In the past, however, the military and other security agencies have consistently denied any role in the killings and disappearances in Baluchistan. Courtesy: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2015/04/28/pakistani-activist-sabeen-mahmud-dared-to-discuss-a-neglected-region-of-her-country-then-she-was-killed/
Geeshkaor (Awaran) Balochistan, February 18, 2015: On February 11, Pakistan Army abducted Saddam Baloch, 21, a serving constable of Balochistan Levies Force (government employee) from Sundom area of Geeshkaor in earthquake hit District of Awaran and disappeared him. After that a Pakistan Army official, identified himself as Colonial Kashif, called his father Dr. Sanaullah Baloch to come and get his son released. Initially he hesitated but on February 15 he finally decided to go and get his son released. But when he reached at Pakistan Army camp he was also arrested and put under arbitrary custody. Dr. Sanaullah Baloch was brutally tortured to death. His mutilated body was dumped in Geeshkor bazaar near the Pakistan Army camp this morning and his son's mutilated dead body was also found in the area. گیشکور(سنگر نیوز)فورسز کے ہاتھوں لاپتہ ایک اور بلوچ فرزند شہید، ڈاکٹر ثنااللہ کی تشدد زدہ لاش برآمد،یہاں آمدہ اطلاعات کے مطابق گیشکور سے فورسز کے ہاتھوں اغوا ہونے والے ڈاکٹر ثنااللہ کی لاش آج ملی،واضح رہے کہ فورسز کی گیشکور دھمگ آپریشن کے بعد علاقائی معتبرین مطابق خود کمشنر قلات ڈاکٹر اکبر نے ان میں سے نو کی تصدیق کی ہے ، معتبرین کے مطابق چودہ فروری کو کوئٹہ میں چیف سیکریٹری اور سیکریٹری داخلہ سے اس مسلئے پہ بات ہوئی تھی جہاں کمشنر قلات نے انہیں بازیاب کرانے کی یقین دہانی کی تھی جن نو فرزندوں کی نشاندہی اور تصدیق خود کمشنر نے کی تھی اس میں لاپتہ ڈاکٹر ثنااللہ بلوچ بھی شامل تھے جنکی آج تشدد زدہ لاش پھینکی گئی ۔ گیشکور کے علاقے زک اور سنڈم سے تمام آبادی کو فورسز نے نقل مقانی پر مجبور کر کے علاقے خالی کرا لیے http://dailysangar.com/%DA%AF%DB%8C%D8%B4%DA%A9%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%81%D9%88%D8%B1%D8%B3%D8%B2-%DA%A9%DB%92-%DB%81%D8%A7%D8%AA%DA%BE%D9%88%DA%BA-%D8%A7%D8%BA%D9%88%D8%A7-%DB%81%D9%88%D9%86%DB%92-%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%84%DB%92-%D8%A8/
AWARAN: There is complete silence around the Khana-i-Zikr in Teertej, Awaran, on a cloudy afternoon last week. The fresh paint on the structure of the praying area makes it stand out among the straw and mud-houses scattered across it. A woman, Naz Zaitoon, sweeps the main entrance leading towards the Khana-i-Zikr with her two young daughters in tow. Soon it will be time for the Zohr prayers and men will start gathering for Zikr, she says. In a chapter titled Zikris of Balochistan in the book, Oxford in Pakistan Readings in Sociology and Social Anthropology, historian and writer Dr Inayatullah Baloch writes: “The principal Baloch sub-groups belonging to the Zikri sect are the Sajdis, Sangurs, Rais, Darzadas, Meds and the Koh Baloch. Some followers of the Zikri faith are also found among the Baloch nomads in the Khuzdar and Kharan regions of eastern Balochistan.” About the sects’ persecution, he adds: “Zikris faced persecution in the eighteenth century by Mir Nasir Khan the Great, the Sunni Muslim ruler of the Khanate of Balochistan in Kalat. At that time nearly all of the sect’s religious and historical records were destroyed, and the information which survives is from the few religious works which were preserved through oral traditions and the writings of non-Zikris. http://www.dawn.com/news/1154575
Growing incidents of religious extremism and violence in the Baloch-dominated areas of the Balochistan province, especially in the coastal region of Makran, are a cause of serious concern, political activists and security analysts say. Last week, pamphlets warning parents not to send their daughters to schools were distributed in various parts of the Makarn region. On December 4, two unidentified men on a motorcycle killed prominent educationist Zahid Askani in Gwadar city. A militant group calling themselves as Daesh – the Arabic name for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS – claimed responsibility for the attack. They told reporters he was killed for promoting an education system that contradicted Islam and the Sharia law. Askani headed the Oasis school system in the region. In July, militants attacked a school bus taking girls to the Oasis school. They toched the vehicle and beat the driver and staff. Extremist outfits have also targeted religious minorities in the region. In late August, eight worshippers were killed and nine others injured in an attack on a mosque belonging to the Zikri sect in the Awaran district. Civil society organizations and Baloch nationalist parties believe that new madrassas and increasing activities of banned Jihadi outfits are hurting the traditional progressive landscape of the province. An education official in Panjgur said more than 25 schools in the district have received threats in August from a little known organization Tanzeemul Islam al Furqan. “The organization wants English medium and coeducational schools to close down,” he said, adding that a number of families had moved to Quetta and Karachi after a forced closure of schools. section of Baloch nationalist leaders and intellectuals says extremist groups are being patronized in the region to weaken Baloch nationalist parties and the ongoing separatist movements.“It is a conspiracy to weaken the Baloch political struggle,” said a Gwadar-based political activist. He said religious charities linked with banned militant outfits were brought into the earthquake-hit Awaran and other parts of Balochsitan, while the government did not allow any reputable international aid organizations in the area.The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has also expressed concerns about the increasing religious militancy in Balochistan. “The rise of extremism in Balochistan province is very alarming,” HRCP chairwoman Zohra Yusuf says in a statement. “That the militants pose a very serious and growing threat to the girl students, their teachers and common people of Panjgur is evident from distribution of threatening flyers followed by the attacks.”
Baloch activists, regional human rights advocates and media reports speak of a Pakistani government campaign of assassinating suspected members of the Baloch movement and other opposition figures (see for example here) and of leading a “hidden war”. Last August, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch urged Pakistan’s government “to stop the deplorable practice of state agencies abducting hundreds of people throughout the country without providing information about their fate or whereabouts.” They also stated: “Balochistan is of particular concern because of a pattern of enforced disappearances targeting political activists, human rights defenders, journalists, and lawyers. Disappeared people are often found dead, their bodies bearing bullet wounds and marks of torture” (the full statement can be found here; one earlier report here). The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) expressed “shock and deep concern” over the discovery of three mass graves in Balochistan on 25 January 2014. More than 100 bodies were recovered in the Tootak area in Khuzdar district, 265 kilometers south of Quetta. These graves were suspected to be of Baloch missing persons who were arrested and subsequently extra judicially killed (see more details here). As a result of the war in Balochistan, the trend of refugee movements in the area has changed again. While millions of Afghans have been fleeing to Pakistan over the last four decades, now Pakistani Balochs are flocking to Afghanistan. Many of them cross the border into Nimroz province where Balochs make the largest ethnic group.
“There are at least 1000 of us in Nimroz, and those are just the ones we know about,” says one of about a dozen Balochs gathering inside a humble adobe house in Haji Abdurrahman, a tiny village in the outskirts of Zaranj, Nimroz’s provincial capital, 1000 kilometers southwest of Kabul. Many of the Baloch refugees in Nimroz are struggling to survive. Sukiah Bugti, a 35-year-old social activist, says he arrived in 2010 from Nasirabad district after his brother disappeared; he has been missing ever since. Jawan Bugti, in his 50s, fled his village, Dasht-e Goran, in 2007 after it was bombed. And Wash Bugti, a 21 year-old student, arrived from Sui as a child in 2006. His father has been missing since 2005. These are just a few cases on an endless list. Most live on occasional construction jobs or farming.
Deliberately wrapped up in the jargon of ‘good militants’, they were considered a useful cog in our twisted national security paradigm. The fear of retaliation was also the reason for handling them with kid gloves. Will the new counterterrorism strategy really be a game-changer? One is not so sure. It is an open secret that the prime minister stopped the execution of two LeJ militants convicted for sectarian killings after threats from Asmatullah Muawiya, the self-styled chief of the Punjabi Taliban. He was also believed to be the commander of one of several Al Qaeda military cells operating in Punjab. Interestingly, a few months later Muawiya announced the end of the group’s armed struggle against Pakistani security forces, limiting its activities to fighting US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan. Many believe the truce was the result of a deal. Radical madressah networks in Punjab lie at the heart of Pakistan’s militancy problem. Most of the Punjabi Taliban leaders received their ideological training in those hardline seminaries, nurtured and expanded under state patronage in the 1980s. Many of these madressahs are also linked with LeJ, a group closely connected with Al Qaeda. Rightly described as the epicentre of sectarian militancy, the province has also been the main venue of attacks on religious minority groups such as Ahmadis and Christians. The rise of religious extremism in the province is mainly linked to the growth of foreign-funded Salafi seminaries and the failure of the state to check their activities.
پاکستان میں لاپتہ بلوچ افراد کے رشتہ داروں کی تنظیم وائس فار مسنگ بلوچ پرسنز نے بلوچستان کی حکومت کی جانب سے 2014 میں صوبے سے 164 لاشوں کی برآمدگی کے اعدادوشمار کو مسترد کر دیا ہے۔ تنظیم کے سربراہ نصراللہ بلوچ نے جمعرات کو کوئٹہ میں ایک پریس کانفرنس سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے دعویٰ کیا ہے کہ گذشتہ برس کے دوران کل 435 بلوچ لاپتہ ہوئے جبکہ 455 افراد کی تشددزدہ لاشیں برآمد ہوئیں۔ ان کا کہنا تھا کہ تشدد زدہ لاشوں میں توتک کے علاقے سے مجموعی طور پر 10 سے زائد اجتماعی قبروں سے ملنے والی لاشیں بھی شامل ہیں۔ انہوں نے بتایا کہ ان 455 میں سے 107 افراد کی شناخت ہو سکی جو کہ سب بلوچ تھے۔ نصراللہ بلوچ نے کہا کہ ماضی کے برعکس اب لاشوں کی شناخت چھپانے کی زیادہ کوشش کی جانے لگی ہے۔ ان کا کہنا تھا کہ پہلے مرنے والوں کی جیبوں میں پرچیاں ہوتی تھیں اور وہ زیادہ مسخ نہیں ہوتی تھیں لیکن ’اب مارے جانے والے افراد کے چہروں کو نہ صرف مسخ کیا جاتا ہے بلکہ ان کی شناخت کو مشکل بنانے کے لیے ان پر تیزاب اور چونا بھی ڈالا جاتا ہے جس کی وجہ سے لاپتہ افراد کے لواحقین شدید ذہنی اذیت میں مبتلا ہیں۔‘ انہوں نے مطالبہ کہ جو تشدد زدہ لاشیں بر آمد ہوتی ہیں ان کو فوری طور پر دفن نہ کیا جائے بلکہ سول ہسپتال کوئٹہ میں ایک نیا مردہ خانہ بناکر ان کو کم از کم ایک ماہ تک رکھا جائے۔ ان کا کہنا تھا تشدد زدہ لاشوں کی شناخت کے لیے انھیں علیحدہ قبرستان میں دفن کرنے کے ساتھ ساتھ ان کا ڈی این اے ٹیسٹ بھی کرایا جائے۔ http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2015/01/150101_baloch_missing_dead_bodies_zs
WASHINGTON — Dozens of Afghan students and others from around the country stood in front of the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 7 to demand that Congress cut all military funding to Pakistan. “We want the international community to stop funding Pakistan under the name of the war on terror… and to stop supporting terrorists in the region,” said Habiba Ashna, one of the organizers of the “Stop Killing Afghans!” protest, to MintPress News. Ashna, 25, who is a studying International Affairs at Sweet Briar College in Virginia, was referring to the history of support the Pakistani army and its intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence, have shown to the Taliban and other militant groups, such as the Haqqani network, which carry out suicide attacks and other violent assaults inside Afghanistan. The feeling among the protesters on Capitol Hill that cold, blustery afternoon was one of frustration. “Pakistan constantly says that they’re gonna stop supporting the Taliban, but they go back on their words and end up supporting them for longer,” explained one attendee at the protest, who wished not to be named. Signs at the demonstration said things like, “Taliban: The Veritable Arm of Pakistan’s ISI;” “Stop Making Human Bombs from Children;” and “ISI! Stop Killing Afghans.” “We’ve had it!” Ashna told MintPress. READ MORE: http://www.mintpressnews.com/america-gives-aid-pakistan-pakistan-gives-terrorism-world/199921/
Just as the Jewish people were left without a Jewish state for thousands of years and occupied by others, from the Romans to the Byzantines to the Ottomans, the Kurdish and Balochi people are nations without a country. The land of Kurds is divided between Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and parts of Syria, Armenia and Azerbaijan, while the Balochis reside in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. Just as the Jewish people never gave up on the Jewish state of Israel, the Kurds and Balochis have never been willing to give up their dream of creating greater Kurdistan, which comprises parts of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. The British occupied western Balochistan and were urging Pakistan to invade and conquer the remaining independent Balochi land in order to crush the nationalists and pro-Soviet forces. In 1948, Pakistan attacked Balochistan, occupied the land, looted its natural resources , and suppressed the Balochi language and culture in classic colonialist style. Under the Pakistani occupation, Thousands of Baloch people have been massacred, hundreds of thousands made refugees, and thousands more have disappeared or been tortured and jailed, often without trial. Details of Pakistan’s human rights abuses in Balochistan are well documented by Pakistani and international human rights groups, including the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (see two HRCP reports here and here). The Kurdish and Balochi dedication to reclaim their land where they could live in peace is similar to that of the Jewish peoples’ determination to fight and defend Israel with all their might. The Jews, Baloch, and Kurds both have a long history of fighting much stronger opponents. Over the years, the two nations have been courageously fighting against powerful countries and mutual enemies of Israel, including Turkey, Iran, Syria, Iraq, and Pakistan. These countries have resorted to brutal use of force to suppress the Kurdish and Balochi national movements, but they have failed to do so. READ MORE : http://www.cameraoncampus.org/blog/kurds-baloch-israelis/#.VJlwoXAw
Of course, Pakistan would not suddenly collapse in this scenario. But it could decay in an exceedingly gradual way that its supporters and attendant area experts might at first be able to deny, even as the evolving mundane facts on the ground would be undeniable. The signs of decay are electricity outages, water shortages, a further deterioration of the urban environment, the inability to travel here and there in outlying areas because of security issues, the inability to get much done at a government office without a bribe or a fixer. Pakistan has experienced such phenomena for decades already; the key will be the increase or decrease in their intensity. A state that cannot monopolize the use of forceand cannot supply adequate public services is weak. Pakistan we know is weak, despite the strengthening of its democracy and civil society in recent years. It already has ongoing insurgencies in the tribal areas, in Balochistan and in Karachi. But will it become steadily weaker? Because prime ministers and presidents come and go, I am thinking beyond the high politics in Islamabad, New Delhi and Kabul and am more concerned with the granular, ground level reality in places such as Karachi or Quetta, or in the other parts of Sind and Balochistan. READ MORE: http://www.forbes.com/sites/stratfor/2014/12/24/rearranging-the-subcontinent/