Three years after his abduction, Zahid Baloch is still missing.
Dear members of the press,
Thank you for joining us today in this briefing on Balochistan and human rights. My name is Karima Mehrab and I am the Chairperson of Baloch Students Organization-Azad (BSO-A). Formed in 1967, the BSO has campaigned for education, development of Balochi as mother language and medium of instruction, and the political rights of the Baloch people in the Pakistan-occupied Balochistan.
International Bodies Must Intervene to Stop Pak Army Atrocities in Balochistan
Toronto, July 31, 2016 – Baloch National Movement (BNM) called for a protest in Toronto today against the enforced disappearance of Wahid Baloch by the Pakistani security agencies on July 26, 2016 when he was returning to Karachi. His vehicle was stopped at the Toll Plaza entry point and he was whisked away at gunpoint by masked ISI personnel. Mr. Baloch is missing since then.
The local police station has refused to file a report on his illegal abduction without giving any reason as to why the legal process was being obstructed.
Protest the Political Assassination of Dr. Mannan Baloch by Pakistan Army
Toronto, Jan 31, 2016: Battling the sub-zero cold, a significant number of Baloch Canadians took part in a downtown Toronto rally to vent their anger at the Pakistani civil and military establishment for the cold-blooded murder of Dr. Mannan Baloch, Secretary General, Baloch National Movement (BNM) in Balochistan.
Dr. Baloch, his three colleagues and a nephew were murdered in execution style by Pakistan Army’s Special Forces in the early hours of Saturday, January 30th in the restive Balochistan region where the army is currently engaged in a bloody campaign of genocide and ethnic cleansing of the indigenous population.
Baloch Canadians expressed their anger at the Pakistan Army retired officers celebrating their so-called “victory day” in the 1965 war against India at Mississauga, Canada. Progressive elements and human rights activists joined the protest to raise their voice against the atrocities Pakistan Army is committing in Balochistan.
Protest in Toronto against Pak Army Butchers of Balochistan
Toronto, Sept 6, 2015 – Baloch Canadians today expressed their anger at the Pakistan Army retired officers celebrating their so-called “victory day” in the 1965 war against India. Progressive elements and human rights activists joined the protest to raise their voice against the atrocities Pakistan Army is committing in Balochistan. Protesters held placards demanding Deport Pakistan Army War Criminals from Canada – Pakistan Army & ISI get out of Canada – STOP Immigration of Pakistan Army War Criminals to Canada – Pakistan Army Butchers get out of Balochistan – STOP Pakistani Military Operation in Balochistan – Long Live Free Balochistan.
Toronto, April 25, 2015 – Organizations representing various national movements attended the event commemorating 90th year of Al-Ahwaz occupation by Iran in 1925 hosted by Al-Ahwaz Democratic Popular Front (ADPF). Representatives of Al-Ahwaz, South Azerbaijan, Turkoman, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Kashmir, Sindh and Balochistan spoke of the Iranian state atrocities committed against Ahwazi civilians for the last 90 years and the heroic resistance of the people to regain their independence.
The event commenced with the national anthems of Al-Ahwaz and Canada followed by a moment of silence to honour the martyrs of Ahwazi struggle.
Speech of Zaffar Baloch, President, BHRC – Canada at Toronto June 28 Event in Support of Victims of Torture
If the mountains of Balochistan could speak; they would tell a tale of blood and tears, decades of unwavering struggle with a single goal in mind – freedom. And if one man who measures up to be the author of this story of courage and wisdom, that man is Khair Bakhsh Marri, the architect of Balochistan’s independence struggle. He had the wisdom to understand the nature of the beast – the state of Pakistan – and the courage to challenge it against all odds.
Khair Bakhsh Marri’s passing away on June 10, 2014 has left behind a political vacuum in Baloch politics, hard to fill in the coming years. Canadian Baloch community shares the sorrow and the loss with the family members and the Baloch nation. On behalf of the Baloch community I would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the family members; Gazain Marri, Hairbyar Marri, Hamza Marri and Mehran Marri for the loss of a father who also is the father of the nation.
Toronto, July 2, 2014 – BHRC-Canada has issued a statement of support to Mehran Marri as the newly chosen chief of the Marri tribe following the passing away of Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri. BHRC respects and highly regards the decision taken by the Marri elders to counter the Pakistani state conspiracy to impose Changez Marri as the head of the Marri tribe.
Nader Kahrazehi, President, Baloch Community Organization of Ontario congratulated Mehran Marri as the chief of Marri tribe and for his struggle for the independence of Balochistan as the true follower of the path of Nawab Khair Bakhsh. He expressed his hope that Mehran Marri will stay steadfast like his father in the struggle for independence.
WSC, BHRC Observe International Day to Support Victims of Torture
Toronto, June 28, 2014 – World Sindhi Congress (Canada) and Baloch Human Rights Council (Canada) held a joint event to observe the United Nation’s 26 June International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. A large number of Sindhi and Baloch community members and families attended the event in Toronto to express their support for the victims of torture and enforced disappearances in Sindh and Balochistan.
Speakers paid rich tribute to Khair Bakhsh Marri, legendary leader of Balochistan’s independence struggle and elaborated on his life and struggle that has greatly contributed and influenced the political movements in Balochistan. Audience observed a moment of silence to honour the passing away of Khair Bakhsh Marri and the uncompromising struggle he steadfastly led to free Balochistan from the military occupation by Pakistan in 1948.