Balochistan suffering a severe humanitarian crisis, activist told UN
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Balochistan suffering a severe humanitarian crisis, activist told UN
A Baloch political activist has told the United Nations that Balochistan is suffering a severe humanitarian crisis, having been in the throes of a ruthless genocidal conflict for the past two decades.
While making an intervention during the 45th Session of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Qambar Malik Baloch said, "The Pakistani army's sponsored death squads are roaming with impunity.
A large number of Baloch youth has been the victim of forcible disappearances and extrajudicial killings.
Thousands of them have fled to different countries in recent years".
A senior member of London-Based Baloch Human Rights Council, Qambar said, "The military establishment of Pakistan and its clandestine agencies are kidnapping, torturing, and murdering activists and human rights defenders to counter the Baloch people's demand to exercise their right to self-determination.
The recent killing of a student Hayat Baloch in Turbat testifies to that.
He was brutally murdered by the Frontier Corps while his parents were forced to watch his unfortunate fate." He added, considering the gravity of the situation, we request this council to put a resolution in the Council to send a fact-finding mission to Balochistan to investigate the gross violations of human rights and subsequently, make the state military officials accountable for their crimes against humanity in Balochistan."
A group of Baloch youth has started a long march to seek their right to education in Pakistan. Pakistan is not just systematically plundering the resource-rich Balochistan of its minerals but is working at an extensive multi-pronged design to push Balochs towards a political catastrophe. As if the absence of fundamental rights, social security and employment wasn't enough, the establishment is now denying them education. It does not want Balochs to read, write and grow into an informed, efficient and employable mass. While the quality of a handful of higher-education-institutions in Balochistan has degraded considerably owing to the system's apathy, the universities in other provinces are now denying them admissions. The quota has been abolished without notice. There has been a backlash but authorities haven't moved an inch. Students have taken up a protest march which they say will go till Islamabad if authorities do not roll back their decision.
A protest against the Pakistani government and army was organised in Canada's Toronto. Baloch activists demanded the release of Shabir Baloch, a critic of China's increasing involvement in the country, especially via the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which runs through Balochistan. The protest was organised on October 4, marking 4 years since Shabir disappeared. The protestors also reportedly demanded an end to Pakistani military occupation of Singh and Pakhtunistan, apart from Balochistan. Watch the full video for more.
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Canadian Baloch rights activists protested against Pakistani atrocities in Balochistan. October 4 commemorates 4 years of disappearance of Baloch student leader, Shabbir Baloch. Shabbir was arrested and disappeared on October 4, 2016 from Awaran, Balochistan. World Sindhi Congress and Pashtun Tahafuz Movement actively participated in the protest. Toronto protest rally demanded an end to atrocities, political abductions and extrajudicial killings in Balochistan. They also demanded to end Pakistani military occupation of Balochistan, Sindh and Pakhtunistan. A Baloch Activist said, "The reason why Pakistani authorities had a problem with Shabbir Baloch his agitation because of his demands that he was asking from the authorities for the rights of Baloch people and Balochistan. He was a strong opponent was China Pakistan Partnership."
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) held press conference on Oct 29. MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, "The whole world knows the truth about Pakistan and its role in supporting terrorism. No amount of denial can hide this truth. The country which provides shelter to the maximum number of UN proscribed terrorists should not even attempt to play victim." On being asked about Pakistan's reaction on changed land laws in Jammu and Kashmir, MEA spokesperson said, "No country has locus standi to comment on the internal affairs of India." He further said, "The decision to reopen the Kartarpur Corridor will be in line with COVID-19 protocol. We are in touch with all the concerned authorities."
Massive protests were held in Gilgit-Baltistan against the atrocities by Pakistan in the region. People were protesting against the arrest of prominent activists and anyone who raises their voice against the administration. They demanded the immediate release of all activists and politicians who had been arrested. Protesters argued that the Pakistan government was rattled by the how its brutal strategies in the region had been exposed by activists at the UNHRC. Watch the full video for all the details.
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India slammed Pakistan on the issue of terrorism at United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on October 01. He also raised the situation of minorities, women rights, children rights, Journalists in Pakistan at the UN Human rights council."As a responsible member of this Council, India would like to remind Pakistan that the agenda under discussion is Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (VDPA). Nevertheless, what we all have been witnessing in this session so far is insensible ranting by Pakistan, that has only exposed their ulterior motive of hijacking and abusing every agenda of this Council to peddle their mendacious narrative aimed at maligning my country," said Vimarsh while addressing 7th Right of Reply against Pakistan. "Whenever there is a discussion on terrorism the failed State of Pakistan plays victim card so as to distract international community's attention from reality that Pakistan is unabashedly harbouring and supporting UN proscribed terrorists and terrorist organization," he said.
Amsterdam-based think tank, European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS) hosted a Webinar titled, 'Rise of ISIS in South Asia', on the sidelines of the 45th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. A panel of scholars, policy analysts and researchers in the field of terrorism and South Asian politics deliberated upon the origins of the Islamic State of Khorasan province, its main areas of operation and assessed its number of fighters mostly belonging to Pakistani origin.
The Free Balochistan Movement organized a demonstration and a protest rally against the murder of Hayat Mirza Baloch in the Hamburg city of Germany. According to details, the demonstration was organized on Saturday at 5 PM at Hachmannplatz Hamburg where the protesters marched from different streets of the city to Gaensemarkt. Protesters were holding banners and placards inscribed with different slogans demanding justice for Hayat Baloch. Protesters also distributed thousands of pamphlets and leaflets during the protest. People from the German civil society and representatives from different political parties also participated in the protest to show their solidarity with Baloch people and express their anger against the extra-judicial murder of Baloch students by the Pakistan Army. Stephen Brant, during his speech, said that Balochistan was divided into three parts by Britain during their colonial rule in the region, by drawing two arbitrary lines, which are at the moment being ruled by three different countries. Free Balochistan Movement activist Naveed Baloch said that 25-year-old Karachi University Student Hayat Mirza Baloch and the military and government is trying to protect his murderer. He also said that we demand the arrest of heads of FC and all those officials who were present at the time of Hayat's killing. Hayat Baloch was killed extra-judicially on August 13 by occupying Pakistani forces in front of his elderly parents shot eight (8) times in the Turbat region of Balochistan. Entire Balochistan erupted with protest after the brutal murder of the young Baloch student and demands for justice for Hayat Baloch continue to grow.