Occupied Balochistan: Unidentified gunmen shot dead a reporter of, ARY, a Pakistani TV channel in Khuzdar town of Balochistan Saturday 29 September 2012, evening. The deceased was returning home from his office when he was attacked.
According to details, Abdul Haq Baloch, senior journalist and General Secretary of Khuzdar Press Club and a reporter for Daily Awam, was on his way when armed men wearing masks opened indiscriminate fire on him. Resultantly, he died instantly.
The family sources of Mr Baloch said that he had not received any threat previously.
There is no denying that Sardar Akhtar Mengal has influence but his capitulation has alienated many Baloch people and his powerbase will erode rapidly
Sardar Akhtar Mengal’s unexpected capitulation and appearance before the Supreme Court (SC) has pleased a few but angered a majority of the Baloch. He has climbed down from his position of demanding an independent Balochistan. In the Daily Times of May 8, 2009, its then Quetta correspondent Malik Siraj Akbar reported Akhtar Mengal’s speech from the western Panjgur district bordering Iran. Mengal said that the ultimate goal of his party (BNP-M) was to seek Balochistan’s independence from Pakistan, for which the party was striving to prepare the ground and ensure unity among all Baloch nationalist political groups. The BNP-M chief said the Baloch had become tired of the unabated military operations and the excessive exploitation of their natural resources by the federal government, and now the BNP-M wanted the separation of Balochistan from Pakistan. Such climbdowns certainly have good reasons, the good reason here being a shot at the lucrative chief ministerial post. A bad bargain for sure, because Baloch rights would be bartered for a pittance. Wading through Baloch blood to this coveted position is insincerity personified.
Washington: Voicing concern over the alleged human rights violations in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, a top US lawmaker has said that Baloch people have a right to self-determination.
“This abysmal human rights record of the Pakistani government is shameful. It is even worse because American foreign and military aid contributes to strengthening the security forces which kill innocent Balochis. The Baloch people have a right to self-determination and not to live under the control of Islamabad, if they choose,” Congressman Dana Rohrabacher said in his remarks in the US House of Representatives on Friday.
Item 3: (General Debate) Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development
ITEM 3: INTERVENTION BY MEHRAN BALUCH
At the very outset allow me to thank the members of the U.N. Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance, led by Rapporteur chair Professor Olivier de Frouville and Professor Osman El-Hajje, who are on a 10-day fact finding mission to Pakistan, with special focus on Balochistan. Balochistan, as many in this council are fully aware, is today the world capital of enforced disappearances.
These enforced disappearances in Balochistan pose the most serious challenge to the rights and freedoms promised by the U.N. to peoples of the world under Item 3.
Baloch Student’s Organization (Azad)’s spokesperson in a released statement stated that United Nation’s working group after being aware of Pakistan’s atrocities in Balochistan should use UN’s mandate in accordance with the International Laws, to take practical steps to end such atrocities and the occupation of Balochistan by Pakistan, instead of asking Pakistan’s state organs to take any steps by themselves.
Occupied Balochistan:Bullet-ridden body of a Baloch man, abducted from Dera Bugti, was found in Quetta while another man was shot dead by FC in Patfidar area of Sui, Balochistan.
According to details on Tuesday (25 September 2012) a patrolling team of FC was attacked near Patfidar Canal area of Dera Bugti to which the FC has retaliated killing one person and arresting two others. The deceased was identified as Asghar Bugti but the names of the arrested men could not be ascertained immediately. The victims have been shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation.
As a separatist movement simmers in Balochistan, more and more are disappearing. The UN is now investigating.
By Suzanna Koster
Farzana Majeed Baloch with Zakir Majeed’s picture
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — Farzana Majeed Baloch, 27, has been going from pillar to post to get her missing brother back. She went to the police, press clubs and the court. She held a hunger strike, called human rights organizations and even the federal interior ministry. But she has heard nothing.
“No institution was ready to hear me. Even the Supreme Court failed,” she told Global Post.
A colleague of her brother’s told Farzana that he witnessed security forces at a checkpoint whisk her brother and another friend away in 2009. She believes her brother is now in a detention centre in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s largest province, Balochistan.
At least three senior UNHRC representatives attended the seminar as observers. The speakers at the seminar were Mehran Baloch Balochistan’s unofficial representative to the United Nations, Tarek Fateh a left-wing commentator from Canada, Dr Charles Graves, ex-Member of European Parliament (ex-MEP) Pablo Casaka, Zafar Baloch President of Baloch Human Rights Council (Canada) , Noordin Mengal and Baseer Naweed of the Asian Human Rights Commission.