ANI | Geneva | September 19, 2016: Maintaining that Balochistan is an occupied territory by Pakistan, Mehran Marri, Baloch Representative at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), on Monday said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is an “illegal” project.”
I have started my talks basically on the legality of CPEC. CPEC is an illegal project. It should first and foremost be counted on legality. Balochistan is an occupied territory. It is an occupied nation by Pakistan,” Marri told ANI.
He also accused the Pakistani Government of misinforming the world community about the Balochistan issue
ANI | Geneva : Asserting that the United States is “very well aware of the connivances and the dirty games that the Pakistan agencies and the Pakistan military are playing in Balochistan”, Mehran Marri, the Baloch representative to the European Union and the UNHCR, has urged Washington to follow in the footsteps of India and Afghanistan and rethink on its policies towards Islamabad.
Geneva, Mar. 13 (ANI): Exiled Baloch political activists and human rights defenders have strongly condemned the sale of eight US-made F16 fighter planes to Pakistan as they believe Islamabad would use these jets to eliminate civilians in the resource-rich Balochistan province.
Baloch representative to the Human Rights Council, Mehran Marri, called it a ‘black day’ during an event on March 11 titled “Faces of Oppression” – Human Rights Violations in Balochistan at the ongoing 31st Session of Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Baluch are a group of tribes speaking the Baluchi language and estimated at about five million inhabitants in the province of Baluchistan in Pakistan and also neighbouring areas of Iran and Afghanistan. In Pakistan the Baluch people are divided into two groups, the Sulaimani and the Makrani separated from each other by a compact block of Brahui tribes. Some 70 percent of the total Baluch population lives in Pakistan and approximately 20 percent inhabit the coterminous region of southeastern Iran. The Baluch people are mostly concentrated in the province of Baluchistan in Paksitan. It is estimated that approximately 55% of the Baluchis live in Baluchistan and 27% reside in Sind. Despite Baluchistan’s huge mineral wealth, Baluchistan is the poorest region of Pakistan. Much of the population is malnourished, illiterate and semi-destitute; living in squalid housing with no electricity or clean drinking water.
Even before the evil nexus of exploiting Balochistan’s resources between China and Pakistan took concrete shape the Baloch were systematically targeted.
By: Mehran Marri
The recent visit of Chinese President Xi Jinpeng to Pakistan and his promise to pump in $46 billion into projects in Gwadar-Kashgar energy corridor threatens Baloch lives and Baloch rights as never before. To ensure that the financiers and their agents get full returns from these blood dollars the Pakistani establishment is taking steps to severely crack down on Baloch and their supporters who resent the exploitation of their resources.