Geneva [Switzerland], September 23 (ANI): A seminar titled ‘Baloch Lives Matter: Aspects of human rights violations in Balochistan’ was organized by Baloch Human Rights Council (BHRC) in Geneva on the occasion of the 51st Session of UNHRC on Thursday.
Intellectuals, analysts and human rights defenders deliberated on various aspects of human rights violations perpetrated by Pakistan in Balochistan.
A documentary was also shown highlighting various aspects of human rights violations in Balochistan. The analysts opined that many aspects are clear crimes against humanity.
KARACHI: Describing those involved in “enforced disappearances” of political workers, human rights activists and other individuals as violators of the Constitution, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah on Tuesday claimed to have taken up the matter in line with the premier’s directives, which included a comprehensive plan to address the issue that, he said, was “more painful than death”.
However, talking to reporters after meeting coalition partner Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) at the party’s temporary headquarters in Bahadurabad, the interior minister apparently conceded the government had limited writ in this regard.
In the second part of Baloch National Movement’s (BNM) one-day conference in Berlin, Germany, the increasing number of enforced disappearances in Balochistan and the role of the international community were discussed. In the second session, renowned writer and intellectual Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa, historian Dr. Nasir Dashti and Baloch National Movement Chairman Dr. Naseem Baloch spoke.
Dr. Naseem Baloch, said that among the biggest problems faced by the Baloch in Pakistan-occupied Balochistan, enforced disappearances and the state policy of kill and dump.
A regional conference was held at the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Saturday during which speakers from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Maldives spoke on topics ranging from youth politics, communalism, online harassment of women to regional connectivity, flood relief and more.
Organized jointly by AGHS Legal Aid Cell, Voicepk.net and South Asians for Human Rights, the hybrid conference with international speakers joining online was attended by hundreds of students, activists, journalists and lawyers.
The first session, ‘Challenges to youth participation in politics in South Asia’, was moderated by Prof Dr Ammar Ali Jan. Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement chairman Manzoor Pashteen and Baloch human rights activist Sadia Baloch.
Chief of Balochistan Liberation Front Dr. Allah Nizar Baloch said that the judiciary is also complicit in Baloch genocide, enforced disappearances and other crimes against humanity along with Pakistani army. The recent judicial activism, the summoning of the Prime Minister and the remarks of the Chief Justice are nothing but an attempt to deceive the Baloch nation and create faith in the Pakistani judicial system. Within the Pakistani establishment, the judiciary is subordinate to military force. Subordinate institutions can never rebel against the axis of power.
He said that during his visit to Quetta, Shehbaz Sharif clearly said that regarding enforced disappearances he would talk to the related powers. Where the Chief Executive of the country publicly declares that he is helpless and powerless, it is not difficult to estimate the powers of a judge or the so-called judicial system.
The body of a young Baloch boy who went missing a day ago has been recovered from the Dasht area of Kech Balochistan.
According to the details, a boy named Abdullah son of Mohammad, a resident of Bal Negwar went missing on his way while going to Kashap on a motorcycle. His body was found on 6 Sept 2022 in a ditch between Kashap and Kapkapar.
The Pakistani security forces have reportedly picked up 10 people from Khuzdar, Quetta and Karachi as ‘enforced disappearances’ show no signs of slowing down. Activists and rights workers argue that much of Balochistan and Sindh is underwater, and the media is engrossed in covering the floods. The Pakistani security forces are capitalizing on the situation and ‘forcefully abducting’ more people without getting noticed.
According to recent reports, the Pakistani security forces raided a house in Balochistan’s district Khuzdar and abducted six men, including an elderly father and his four sons.
The enforced disappearances of Baloch people continues unabated in Karachi, the capital of Sindh.
The missing person was identified as Ali Bakhsh son of Omid Ali
According to family sources, Ali Bakhsh was abducted from Abdul Rahman Goth Hawkes Bay on 5 Sept 2022, a coastal village of Karachi. It is said that he is originally from the district of Awaran, Balochistan.