Toronto, November 2, 2013 – Baloch Human Rights Council (Canada) strongly condemned the attempted assault on the life of Hammal Haider, Central Committee member of Baloch National Movement in London, UK. The assault took place when Mr. Haider was walking with a friend to his residence in a neighbourhood dominated mostly by Pakistani immigrants.
The assailant lunged at Mr. Haider from a dark street corner, brandishing a sword-like dagger and shouting profanities at him – “Traitor, infidel, we will never let you break Pakistan.” When Mr. Haider’s friend tried to intervene, he too was shouted at by the attacker who seemed to be in his late 20s and spoke with a Punjabi accent. Mr. Haider’s life was saved with the sudden appearance of a group of people, which made the assailant nervous and he finally fled the scene.
However, the London police authorities were able to track down the would-be assassin who is now in custody for questioning.
BHRC (Canada) has appealed to the Baloch communities in Europe, Middle East and North America not to take this incident lightly and that it appears to be part of a larger Pakistani conspiracy against Baloch political activists to stop them from supporting the ongoing rights and freedom struggle in Balochistan.
BHRC stated that such acts of terror, intimidation and harassment will not shake the resolve of Baloch rights activists in the Diaspora and asked the democratic governments in the West to take appropriate measures with regard to the safety of Baloch leaders and activists who have sought refuge in these countries from state terrorism of Iran and Pakistan.
President, BHRC (Canada)
Co-ordinator, International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons