BSO-Azad Protests at the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa Demand to Free Zahid Baloch, End to Chinese Control of Gwadar, Balochistan

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Ottawa, March 18, 2016: Baloch Canadians heeding to the call of Baloch Students Organization –Azad began arriving in Ottawa today on a cold March morning to commemorate the 2 years of enforced disappearance of Zahid Baloch, former chairman, BSO-Azad.

Karima Baloch, chairperson, BSO-Azad stated that the protest at the Canadian Parliament, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, and the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Pakistan is to inform the world that China and Pakistan are partners in the crimes against humanity in Balochistan. Thousands of Baloch have been massacred by the Pakistani army to fulfill the ambitious dreams of Chinese control of the deep seaport of Gwadar and access to the strategic waters of Strait of Hormuz.

Karima Baloch said, “We want to tell the world that Balochistan is not for sale to China for its expansionist designs of building military bases in the deep seaport of Gwadar and testing Chinese missile systems carrying nuclear warheads. We will resist the CPEC at all cost to the last drop of our blood to free our homeland from the Pakistani occupation and Chinese expansionism.”

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March 18th also marks the day when the former chairman of BSO-Azad, Zahid Baloch was enforced disappeared by the Pakistani armed forces in 2014 from Quetta, Balochistan. BSO-Azad is holding protest rallies and meetings across Balochistan to demand the immediate release of their leader.

Karima Baloch handed over a memorandum at the Canadian Parliament addressed to the Right Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada and the Hon. Stephane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs. In the memorandum, Chairperson BSO-Azad asked the Canadian Government to assert diplomatic pressure on Pakistan for urgent safe recovery of Zahid Baloch from the unlawful custody of the Pakistani security forces. The memorandum also addressed the issue of grave humanitarian crisis in Balochistan, requesting Canada to intervene and help save lives of Baloch civilians by putting an end to Pakistani military operations and aerial bombardments of villages.

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In the memorandum to the Ambassador Lou Zhaohui of the People’s Republic of China, Chairperson Karima Baloch condemned the role of China as the key partner of Pakistan involved in the genocide and violation of rights of the Baloch people. It was demanded that China has no right to build military bases in the deep seaport of Gwadar and should abandon the CPEC project which is devastating Baloch civilian lives.

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BSO-Azad protest at the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan demanded the immediate release of Zahid Baloch from unlawful military custody and end to the brutal, inhuman military operations in Balochistan. Baloch Canadians demanded Pakistan to end its illegal military occupation of Balochistan since 1948. Free, Free Balochistan slogans were heard in front of the Pakistan Embassy – emotional outbursts of Baloch protesters echoed in the streets holding pictures of Zahid Baloch, slain BNM leader Dr. Mannan Baloch, and banners for the freedom of Balochistan.

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