UN should send a fact finding mission to Balochistan and take practical steps to end illegal occupation - BSO-Azad
Date 2012-09-26 | Topic: Quetta
|Baloch Student’s Organization (Azad)’s spokesperson in a statement stated that United Nation’s WGEID after becoming aware of Pakistan’s atrocities in Balochistan should use UN’s mandate in accordance with the International Laws and take practical steps to end such atrocities and the occupation of Balochistan by Pakistan, instead of asking Pakistan’s state organs to take steps themselves. |
The statement further added that the working committee’s visit to Balochistan and its press conference on the issue is a positive sign, however it was quite evident that Pakistan’s institutions did not allow them to freely collect precise information. Pakistan also tried to divert the process by creating confusions on the statistics of enforced disappeared persons and murdered by the security forces of Pakistan. Moreover Pakistan’s political organizations, biased toward Pakistan army, didn’t show the correct picture of the atrocities being committed in Balochistan by Pakistan. Despite these difficulties and hurdles, the working committee’s efforts were important as well as positive.
However to further understand the seriousness of the issue, United Nations should send its teams to different parts of Balochistan and interact with the common Baloch to understand the extent of Pakistani state brutalities in Balochistan. Only by visiting other parts of Balochistan the world will come to know that most of Balochistan is under a military siege, several thousand people have been displaced and the critical conditions that the Baloch people are living in.
When the working UN’s working committee was in Balochistan to collect date on enforced disappearances, its activities were deliberately limited by Pakistan to keep the world in dark about the actual number of disappearances in Balochistan. Baloch people have made this clear to the international community that Baloch struggle is for safeguarding its national territories and attaining independence. The BSO spokesperson said Pakistan’s aggression is to suppress the legitimate voices of Baloch people, and this hostility can no longer be concealed from the international community.
The statement further said that the press conference of the working committee should raise concerns for the international humanitarian organizations and United Nations itself, as it clearly mentioned that the Pakistan’s institutions are directly involved in committing human rights abuses in Balochistan. The WGEID also clearly stated that Pakistan’s security agencies and institutions do not consider themselves answerable to any law or humanitarian conscience, which in other words is a threat to human progression and the very foundations that United Nations stands on.
The committee’s expression of concern on the acts of Pakistan’s agencies and security forces endorses the Baloch people’s opinion that Pakistan is a threat to International peace. The BSO-Azad said that it was not possible to stop Pakistan from being such a threat by giving them polite instructions, rather United Nations should intervene in the situation and send a fact finding mission to different parts of Balochistan so that the world would be aware of the gross human rights abuses being committed by Pakistan all over Balochistan and also of the correct figures of such abuses which are presently being misrepresented by Pakistan.