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.
Brussels, 25 February 2013 – In an effort to shed light on the key role Balochistan plays in South Asia, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) convened a conference entitled “Global and Regional Security Challenges in South Asia: What Future for Balochistan”, which took place at The Royal Society, London on 24 February 2013. Key speaker at this conference, U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, gave a poignant speech urging for the freedom of the Baloch people. The Congressman requested a referendum to be held in Balochistan on the question of independence, which would challenge the claims by Islamabad that the Baloch want to be part of Pakistan. Dana Rohrabacher called for Pakistani officials to be tried for war crimes. Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY) was also present.