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.
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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.
by Tarek Fatah
If Islamabad’s nuclear program was India-focussed, then why are they building ICBMs that can hit targets 7,000 km away? The furthest Indian city from Pakistan is no more than 1,000 km, yet this fact seems to be not making its mark in the corridors of power in either Brussels, London or Washington DC,” he said. “And guess where are they testing and placing their long-range missiles?” he asked rhetorically. “Balochistan,” he replied to his own question.
Unfortunately, there was no such luck for the hundreds of thousands who survived a massive earthquake that struck Pakistan’s mineral-rich, yet dirt-poor region of Balochistan on September 25.
Instead, the Pakistani military shut out international aid agencies, taking advantage of the crisis to launch an offensive against Baloch nationalists fighting for independence from Pakistan’s occupation.
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.