We are gathered here to bring forth an extremely important political issue. We expect you journalists to make our voices heard in the right mediums around the world.
Baloch Students Organization – Azad (BSO-A) is a progressive pro-democratic students’ organization that believes in peaceful struggle and has been striving for the Baloch rights including the right for freedom. In the struggle for these aims, BSO-Azad has been clear and open on its strategy since day one; which is, not only believing and advocating peaceful democratic struggle but also becoming an exemplary lead in it.
Although BSO-Azad has been strictly committed to its democratic struggle, powerful Pakistani state elements could never tolerate our mere existence. From past 5 years, there has been an unannounced deadly crackdown against BSO-Azad that has left hundreds of our peaceful activists being abducted and dozens extrajudicially murdered. In addition, BSO-Azad has also been unlawfully banned to carry out any political activity. Despite all of these brutalities, BSO-Azad has not compromised on its principal of peaceful democratic struggle.
On March 18, 2014 at 5pm, Pakistani secret agencies and security forces abducted BSO-Azad Chairman Zahid Baloch aka Baloch Khan from Quetta. I, along three other senior members of BSO-Azad are eyewitnesses to this incident of forced disappearance. Zahid Baloch was abducted in presence of dozens of other locals. We did not disclose about his abduction because we hoped that they would appear him at some point.
We have deep concern about Chairman Zahid Baloch’s safety. His life is under serious threat.
We urge UN and world organizations to play there vital role in safe recovery of all BSO-Azad leaders.
After several CC meetings and thorough debates and discussions, BSO-Azad has decided to sit on a hunger strike till death protest against the abduction of students’ leader Zahid Baloch. This hunger strike till death will continue until Chairman Zahid Baloch is not recovered. We urge the UN to assure protection of our hunger strike protesters as this is part of our peaceful democratic struggle. We urge world groups to build pressure on Pakistan and insure safe recovery of student leader Zahid Baloch.
Banuk Karima Baloch
Senior Vice Chairperson,
Baloch Students Organization – Azad