U.S. Congressman Chris Smith of New Jersey, who is the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee, presided over a meeting in which alleged acts of repression in Pakistan’s Balochistan Province was taken up.
The meeting on Capitol Hill was attended by representatives of the Jura and the Balochistan House, and the highlight of it was the issue of minority rights in Pakistan.
Among the prominent speakers were Canadian MP and Jura Chairman Russ Hiebert, Italian Member of the European Parliament Elisabetta Gardini, Executive Director of Balochistan House, Tarek Fatah and Baloch leader and activist Mehran Baluch.
“Hypocrites protest death sentence war criminal in Bangladesh, but remain silent as State-sponsored Genocide of Baloch nation unfolds”
GENEVA-Dec 14, 2013: Mehran Baluch the representative of Balochistan at the European Union, has sharply criticized the Pakistan Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and the Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP) for raising an uproar over the death sentence in Bangladesh of war criminal Abdul Quader Mollah.
In a statement issued today, Mehran Baluch referred to the JI and the JUP as shameless hypocrites who have not shed a single tear for the bullet-ridden bodies of Baloch youth whose bodies are dumped on roadside.
Brussels: Legislators from around the globe gathered at the European Parliament at Brussels, Belgium this week to denounce the Pakistani government’s kill-and-dump policy in Baluchistan and to express their support for democracy, human rights and the rule of law in the beleaguered province.
The event ‘Baluchistan: Destiny Denied’ was hosted by the European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament and Baluchistan House.
Introducing the event, Paulo Casaca, executive director of South Asia Democratic Forum, highlighted the continuing oppression of the Baluch people and the systematic denial of their rights by the Pakistani government.
Europe, July 01: The destruction of Ziarat Residency, the last resting place for Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, by the Balochistan Liberation Army or BLA on June 15 is a clear reflection of the fact that anti-Pakistan sentiments are growing among the Baloch. The BLA even managed to remove the national flag at the Ziarat Residency and replace it with their own ensign.
Geneva: The representative of the United Kingdom and the United States on 7th June poured cold water over joint attempts by Pakistan, China and Cuba to stop Mehran Baluch from speaking at United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) – 27th Meeting 23rd Regular Session of Human Rights Council on 7th June 2013 – over the custodial killings by Pakistan.
Geneva, Mar 25: Human rights violations in Pakistan were raised during the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council at the Palace of Nations in Geneva. Exiled leaders from Balochistan, Sindh and Azad Kashmir were joined by minority Christians to raise a voice against the genocide committed by Pakistan Army and their spy agency. At a side event inside the UNHRC, they sought the UN intervention to end the deadlock and make them free from Pakistan’s illegal occupation.
GENEVA: A large number of Baloch and Kashmiri protesters gathered at the Broken Chair in front of the United Nations in Geneva to denounce the alleged human rights violations against the Baloch and Kashmiri people by Pakistan.
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The recent UNPO Conference on Balochistan in London led to the Pakistani High Commissioner in the UK to state that foreigners should respect the integrity of Pakistan, instead of interfering in the country’s internal affairs.
Below is an article published by the Friday Times:
To highlight the plight of the Baloch and Hazara Shias in Balochistan, a day conference entitled “Global and Regional Security Challenges in South Asia: What Future for Balochistan” was organized by Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) at The Royal Society, London. The conference was attended by US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, Congressman Brain Higgins, Baloch nationalists, Khan of Qalat Mir Suleman Daud, Nawab Mehran Mari, Baloch representative in the UN, Noor-ud-din Mengal, and columnist Tarek Fatah.
LONDON: A Baloch leader alleged on Tuesday that intelligence operatives of Pakistan had shot dead a senior school teacher in Quetta due to his close ties with Balochistan’s main Marri tribe.
Mehran Baloch, a Briton who is Balochistan’s unofficial representative at the UN Human Rights Council, told The News over phone that Nazir Ahmed Marri was killed by the state operatives due to his association with Mehran’s father and influential Marri leader Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri. “Nazir Ahmed Marri was like a family member. He had helped in our education and upbringing. He was very close to my father,” Mehran Baloch, Nawab Marri’s youngest son said. Nazir Marri was a senior teacher at Killi ShaiKhan High School. He was gunned down by unknown men who were riding a motorcycle on Arbab Karam Khan Road in Quetta, according to Mehran. On Pakistan’s most wanted list, Mehran divided his time campaigning between Dubai, London and Switzerland.