Toronto, April 17, 2009 – Baloch Human Rights Council (Canada) held a protest rally in Toronto to express their shock and concern over the abduction, torture, and extra judicial killings of the three Baloch leaders, Ghulam Mohammad Baloch, Lala Munir, and Sher Mohammad Baloch by the Pakistani military intelligence agencies. The rally was attended by Baloch community of Toronto, World Sindhi Institute, Canadian Kashmiri Association, and Pakhtunkhwa Peace Forum.
The rally was addressed by Humaira Rahman of WSI, Javed Khan of Pakhtunkhwa Peace Forum, Mumtaz Khan of Canadian Kashmiri Association, and Zaffar Baloch of Baloch Human Rights Council (Canada). The speakers condemned the torture and cold-blooded murders of the three Baloch leaders by the Pakistani military intelligence agencies and demanded the killers to be brought to justice.
The speakers expressed their concern over the worsening human rights situation in Balochistan and appealed to the international community to take serious notice of the deepening political crisis in Balochistan.
They demanded an immediate halt to the ongoing military operation in Balochistan and the withdrawal of the 80,000 troops from the province. The rally asked for immediate release of the disappeared persons, political detainees, including the 141 Baloch women kidnapped by the Pakistani intelligence agencies.
The speakers demanded that the Baloch peoples’ right and sovereignty over their lands and natural resources should be unconditionally accepted by the Pakistani government in accordance to UN charter of rights of nations, including the political and economic freedoms and the right to self determination.