Canada expresses concern over extrajudicial killing in Balochistan


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Canada’s Foreign Office writes back to BSO-Azad, expresses concern about extrajudicial killings in Balochistan

TORONTO: Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr.  has expressed concern over forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings in Balochistan. In a letter to Baloch Students Organization – Azad (BSO-A), Mr. John Baird expressed deep concern over Balochistan humanitarian situation and urged Pakistani authorities to respect their international human rights obligations.

“The promotion and protection of human rights is an integral part of Canada’s foreign policy, and we are concerned about the reports of forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings in Balochistan,” Mr. John Baird said.

On BSO-Azad’s note on attacks against Baloch activists, students, journalists and other members of civil society, Mr. John Baird said “At the United Nations Universal Periodic Review of Pakistan in October 2012, Canada recommended that Pakistan take strong and appropriate measures to bring to justice the perpetrators of such unacceptable attacks against activists and human rights defenders.”

Mr. John Baird assured that the Government of Canada will continue to monitor the human rights situation in Balochistan.

Mr. John Baird thanked BSO-Azad for its correspondence in drawing attention to the violations of human rights suffered by Baloch in Balochistan.

‘Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism’

Canada’s Foreign Minister’s account on Balochistan situation comes days after Immigration Minister Chris Alexander’s firm statement terming Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism. Mr. Chris Alexander pressed that Canada and its allies must take a united front against Pakistan because it is a state sponsor of terrorism that threatens world security.

Courtescy: BSO Azad

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