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.
A number of civil society and political activists showed their solidarity with members of the Baloch Students Organisation-Azad (BSO-A), who organised a hunger strike camp outside the Karachi Press Club on Friday, demanding the recovery of its central chairman, Zahid Baloch.
Zahid Baloch was picked up by law enforcers on March 18, 2014 from Satellite Town in Quetta, BSO-A leaders alleged. “Since then, we have no information about Zahid,” said one of the female members of the BSO-A, sitting in the camp.
Ottawa, March 18, 2016: Baloch Canadians heeding to the call of Baloch Students Organization –Azad began arriving in Ottawa today on a cold March morning to commemorate the 2 years of enforced disappearance of Zahid Baloch, former chairman, BSO-Azad.
Karima Baloch, chairperson, BSO-Azad stated that the protest at the Canadian Parliament, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, and the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Pakistan is to inform the world that China and Pakistan are partners in the crimes against humanity in Balochistan. Thousands of Baloch have been massacred by the Pakistani army to fulfill the ambitious dreams of Chinese control of the deep seaport of Gwadar and access to the strategic waters of Strait of Hormuz.
During her year on the run, Karima was elected as the first female president of the Balochistan Students Organization, which has a vast network of activists across Balochistan.
By Tarek Fatah, Toronto Sun
She could have ended up as the Joan of Arc of Balochistan, a territory larger than Poland that sits at the mouth of the strategic Strait of Hormuz, leading to the Persian Gulf.
It’s people say they’re occupied by Pakistan.
But as fate would have it, Karima Baloch, 32, said she escaped a Pakistani military attack on the town of Tump in Balochistan, getting away in the darkness of night as mortar shells rained on her home.
BALOCHISTAN: The Central Spokesperson of Baloch Student Organization- Azad (BSO-A) revealed in a statement that BSO-A had been registered as an organization under Federal Law governing Non-profit organizations in Canada.
He further stated that the registration was the fruit of hard work put together under the direct supervision of Banuk Karima Baloch and Latif Johar helped by several supporters of the organization. He asserted that the registration demonstrated the Canadian government recognition of the importance of BSO-A to carry out its activities freely and peacefully on its soil to highlight the Baloch Cause across the world. It also defied the Pakistani government efforts to eradicate BSO by banning it to carry out peaceful and democratic activities in the support of a free and independent Balochistan.
کوئٹہ (سنگر نیوز)بلوچ اسٹوڈنٹس آرگنائزیشن آزاد کے چیئرپرسن بانک کریمہ بلوچ نے ایک آن لائن نیوز ایجنسی بلوچستان ٹائمز کو انٹر ویو دیتے ہوئے کہا کہ چونکہ وہ ایک ریاست کی قبضہ گیریت کے خلاف جدوجہد کررہے ہیں، اس ریاست کی میڈیا و عدلیہ سمیت تمام ادارے ریاست کے ستون ہیں جو کہ انہی کی پروگرام و پالیسیوں کے محافظ ہیں۔
پاکستانی میڈیا بلوچ قومی تحریک کو غلط رنگ دینے کے لئے منفی پروپگنڈہ کررہی ہے تاکہ بلوچ قومی تحریک کو دیگر طاقتوں کا پراکسی ثابت کیا جا سکے۔ پاکستانی میڈیا چونکہ آزاد نہیں ہے اس لئے وہ ہمارے موقف کو پیش کیے بغیر ہمارے خلاف پروپگنڈہ کررہی ہے۔