Baloch in Exile Protest Pakistani Atrocities outside the UN in New York
New York, Sept 30, 2015 – Baloch activists from the U.S. and Canada demonstrated at the UN to raise their voice against the Pakistan army atrocities in the occupied Balochistan and called upon the Secretary-General UN, Ban Ki Moon to intervene and end the military occupation of their land. Protesters carried banners and placards demanding ‘Free Balochistan’ and chanted slogans against the ongoing brutal military operation that has resulted in the enforced disappearances of more than 20,000 people, and in-custody killings of thousands of students, activists, writers, journalists and ordinary civilians.
The sovereign state of Balochistan was forcefully occupied in 1948 by Pakistan through a military invasion that triggered five uprisings against the occupation forces since then. The brutal occupation by Pakistan has deprived the Baloch of their identity as a people and severely hampered their socio-economic development. Balochistan’s natural resources are being plundered by the occupying Pakistani state and the deep sea port of Gwadar, located at the mouth of Strait of Hormuz in the Arabian Sea, has been leased out to China for military and economic activities in the region. Balochistan also has become the nuclear test site for the Pakistani army that funds and trains Islamist terrorists for cross border terrorism in India and Afghanistan.