Daily Archives: July 14, 2011

Prof. Saba Dashtyari Honoured for his Role as the Cultural Icon for the Baloch Freedom Struggle at the Toronto Gathering

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Toronto, July 10, 2011 – Baloch Human Rights Council (Canada) and the International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (IVBMP) held a joint memorial reference event for Prof. Saba Dashtyari who was murdered in cold blood on June 1, 2011 by the Pakistani military death squad in Quetta, Balochistan. A diverse group of people attended the event at the North York Civic Centre from communities including Baloch, Sindhis, Kashmiris, Ahwazi Arabs, and Turkoman to pay their respects to the revolutionary scholar, Prof. Dashtyari.
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Opening Speech by President, BHRC (Canada) at the Memorial Reference for Martyred Prof. Saba Dashtyari in Toronto, Canada

Opening Speech by President, BHRC (Canada) at the Memorial Reference for Martyred Prof. Saba Dashtyari in Toronto, Canada

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good evening. On behalf of the Baloch Human Rights Council (Canada), I welcome you all today at this memorial reference for Prof. Saba Dashtyari, murdered in cold-blood by the Pakistani military intelligence agencies. He was hit with multiple shots fired at close range by automatic weapons on June 1, 2011 in Quetta, Balochistan.

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Mir Hyrbyair Marri’s Message for the Prof. Saba Dashtyari Memorial Reference in Toronto

Dear Organisers of this event,

I am sending this very short message just to say that it is our duty and moral responsibility to continue the struggle for liberation. It is also to pay my respects to Qandeel-e-Baloch professor Saba Dashtyari Baloch.

I cannot express in words the sacrifices of Baloch martyrs who had given the ultimate price for speaking the truth and exposing the occupying states’ atrocities against Baloch Nation.  They preferred death with dignity over living under constant slavery. I salute the families of Baloch martyrs and of those who are suffering extreme torture in the custody of Pakistan and Iran. I feel the pain of those families and want to assure them that we will not let the sacrifices of their loved ones who are our heroes go in vain.

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Mehran Baluch’s Message for Prof. Saba Dashtyari Memorial Reference in Toronto

Mehran Baluch’s Message for Prof. Saba Dashtyari Memorial Reference in Toronto

Baloch national representative at the United Nations Human Rights Council, Mr. Mehran Baluch described the target killing of Prof. Saba Dashtyari by the Pakistani military death squads as a national tragedy and a loss that would take years to replace.

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Tarek Fatah’s Message for Prof. Saba Dashtyari Memorial Reference in Toronto

My dear comrades,

My apologies for not being able to attend today’s event commemorating the death Prof. Saba Dashtyari, murdered in cold blood by the death squads of the Pakistan army.

I wish I could have been here tonight, but I am recovering from cancer in a hospital and am wheelchair bound.

Prof. Dashtyari is not the first Baloch killed by Pakistan as it continues its occupation of a country. Pakistan had no business entering Kalat, let alone ruling it.

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Wendy Johnson’s Message for Prof. Saba Dashtyari Memorial Reference in Toronto

Since the assassination of Professor Dashtyari on June 1, I have added 20 dead to the database I maintain of Baloch missing and murdered. While I did not know Professor Dashtiyari personally, I know many who did.  And I am all too familiar with their deep anguish, for I have seen how my friends suffer over the loss of each and every Baloch.  And as I add names to this database, it leaves me wondering: How much suffering can a people take?

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