The Pakistani authorities have resorted to extremely repressive methods, including forced disappearances, torture and murder, in order to suppress the Baloch uprising
Malik Siraj Akbar
Foreign Policy Analyst
Political leaders, including a former Speaker of the state legislature, activists and human rights defenders protested outside the White House on Friday February 12th to protest against Pakistan’s military actions against opposition political activists and unarmed civilians in the country’s resource-rich province of Balochistan. The Baloch National Movement (BNM), whose central secretary general Manan Baloch, a physician by profession, was killed by the Pakistani security forces last month, organized the protest in the nation’s capital.
Washington, D. C.: Baloch of North America staged a demonstration yesterday (12 Feb, 2016) in front of the White House. They expressed their anger against the killing of Dr. Mannan Baloch and his comrades by the Pakistani army.
The call for this protest was given by Baloch National Movement (BNM) North America. Baloch from different political parties including Nabi Bakhsh Baloch, Co-organizer BNM – North America, Abdul Qadeer Baloch Vice Chairman Voice of Baloch Missing Person (VBMP) and Waheed Baloch, former Chairman Baloch Student Organization (BSO) took part in the protest against the assassination of Dr. Mannan Baloch Leader of BNM.
American Friends of Balochistan protest rally outside the White House in Washington D.C. Friday to mark the 12 anniversary of Pakistan testing of nuclear weapons in Occupied Balochistan.
Laurie Deamer’s speech on May 28 Washigton DC protest
A cursory literary analysis of the work of poet Mansur Baloch highlights his portrayal of a fisherman who through his constant crying is mistakenly thought to be mad, but the fact is that he weeps for a cause. He weeps because he thinks of Balochistan. He imagines that everything is weeping, including the deep impassable sea, which is filled with his tears of blood.
The poet’s graphic characterization of his grieving homeland is all too appropriate for the occasion we mark today. For today we join in him in mourning Balochistan’s losses resulting from the leadership of Pakistan’s nuclear test initiative at Chagai Hills, twelve years ago. We mourn the fundamental loss of Baloch liberty which undergirded the decision to test, and the loss of entitlement to basic human rights, already in short supply in the underdeveloped province.