Monday, June 17, 2013

‘No end to Pakistani State atrocities in Balochistan’

Noordin Mengal with Congressman Dana Rohrabacher
GENEVA: The Baloch people continue to face the brunt of a full fledged military campaign by the Pakistan military while the international community seemed unmoved by the atrocities, says Noordin Mengal, a Baloch representative at the UN Human Rights Council who has highlighted human rights issues at international forums. Speaking at a conference held alongside the 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Mengal said that the actual gravity of the situation in Balochistan needs to be understood. He said that as we speak, the people of Balochistan continue to bleed, suffer and mourn, as a military operation is ongoing in Balochistan. He said that Pakistan has continuously attempted to subdue the Baloch people’s struggle for their rights and has been usurping the wealth and natural resources of Balochistan. He said that the wrath of state-sponsored ’strategic assets’ has now fallen on the Hazara community of Balochistan who now are being indiscriminately and ruthlessly ethnically cleansed.
He said that the Baloch face overwhelming odds with assault on all their rights from all sides. He said that the Pakistani military blatantly represses and kills at will, the state sponsored fundamentalist death squads hunt the secular Baloch nationalists and kill ethnic Hazaras with impunity. He added that peaceful protesters are suppressed, political representatives arbitrarily detained and abducted and that freedom of expression and assembly is totally restricted, whereas fundamentalist elements are given a free hand by the establishment.

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