BHRC (Canada) and BPP (Canada) Honour the Martyrs of Al-Ahwaz and Pay Rich Tributes to Prof. Saba Dashtyari on Al-Ahwaz Day of Martyrs in Toronto
Toronto, June 12, 2011 – Baloch Human Rights Council (Canada) participated in the Al-Ahwaz Day of Martyrs, organized by the Al-Ahwaz Democratic Popular Front in Toronto. Representatives of the Kurdish organizations, Turkomans, Azeri Turks, Baloch, and Al-Ahwaz Democratic Popular Front addressed the gathering at the Library Auditorium of the North York Civic Centre. A large number of the Diaspora from Iran’s oppressed nationalities took part in the event to pay their respects to the martyrs of Al-Ahwaz. The delegates addressed the audience in English, Arabic, and Persian.
TORONTO – June 01, 2011: Baloch Human Rights Council (Canada) expressed deep sorrow over the targeted killing of Prof. Saba Dashtyari in Quetta today. Prof. Dashtyari was shot dead by unknown assailants, allegedly members of the military intelligence death squad, while he was on his way to Balochistan University where he taught Islamic history and theology.
Honourable Members of Parliament,
Ladies and Gentlemen
South Asia is a land where the ancient and the modern co-exist without boundaries. This is true, not only in terms of technology but also at the level of thought, beliefs, and culture. It is a land of contrast in every aspect of life and society. Today’s South Asia cannot be detached from its history of cultural diversity, British Raj, and the division that took place in 1947. Past has a way of haunting the present when it comes to the long-term ills of separation and loss of identity as a people.