The Council of Baloch Elders of Afghanistan, in Kabul, has expressed their grave concern about human rights violation in Balochistan and called for urgent measures to stop the genocide of Baloch nation in Pakistan and Iran.
“Not only we express our solidarity with victims of state violence but we also extend our full support for the Baloch freedom movement against Pakistani and Iranian occupation”, declared the Baloch Council of Elders.
According details at one-day conference in the Afghan capital, the council accused authorities in both Pakistan and Iran of perpetrating genocide and massive human rights violations against the Baloch people.
Participants at the seminar, which was held at the Mumtaz Mahal Hotel in Kabul on Thursday, said that over 14000 Baloch people are missing and hundreds of their bullet-riddled bodies have been recovered from parts of Balochistan. They said that Pakistani security forces have abducted and extra-judicially killed several people including women and children.
They called for a strict action by the United Nations and urged other civilized nations to take action against Pakistan and Iran for what they termed war crimes against Baloch. The speakers urged the International Community to pressurise Pakistan and Iran to withdraw their forces and recognise the sovereignty of Balochistan.
The speakers also called for UN protection for the Baloch Diaspora.
It is pertinent to mention that thousands of Baloch migrated from their villages in Marri and Bugti regions of Balochistan due to heavy bombardment by Pakistan Air Force. Many hundreds of the forced displaced Baloch went to Afghanistan to seek sanctuary there whereas thousands are living in Sindh and Punjab under appalling conditions.
Sattar Purdali, an Afghanistan-based Baloch council member, said: "The time has been reached that the world freedom and humanitarian forces include ISI in black list.
"This commission has been founded to know about the missing politicians of Balochistan, and this commission had started activities about the facts, but was confronted with a negative reaction by the military and intelligence of Pakistan," he added.
The ANI has quoted Mr Purdili as saying, "On April 3, 2009, the chairman of Baloch National Movement (BNM), Mir Ghulam Mohmmad Baloch, a BNM member, Mir Lala Munir Baloch and Baloch Republican Party member, Sher Mohmmad Baloch, were kidnapped and their bodies were thrown down from choppers."
Ms. Nayla Qadri, a Pakistan-based Baloch council member, said: "The basic demand of Baloch people (in Pakistan occupied Balochistan) was freedom because they lived as a sovereign, independent Baloch country before the British divided Balochistan into three parts."
Other speakers included Hammal Balochzada, Human Rights activist , Ghulam Jilani director Afghan Study Centre, Ahmed Saeedi an ex-Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan, Javed Kohistani an ex-Army General and politician, Mohd Yaseen Habib a representative of Daily Balochi, Rasheed Wazeeri adviser regional Studies Centre, Academic Sulaiman Laiq, Former Federal Minister in Dr Najeeb-ullah and Babrak and Dr Sher Agha Baloch.