April 28, 2010
WASHINGTON DC: Baloch facing Pakistani atrocities, killings
and forced disappearances as they struggle for independence
of their homeland have found some natural allies: American
nationals who say they were kidnapped by the infamous Inter
A group of Americans who were in Pakistan at different periods
will join international activists to pay tributes to more
than a 1,000 Baloch missing persons or Prisoners
of Conscience, who have been abducted since 2005.
Those who have been invited to come and speak at the event
include Wegger Chr. Strommen, ambassador of Norway; T.
Kumar, Asia director of Amnesty International; Andrew Eiva,
former executive director of Federation for American Afghan
Action; Ann Wright, former deputy ambassador to Afghanistan
and co-author of DISSENT -- Voices of Conscience; Dr.
Nazir Bhatti, founder of the Pakistan Christian Congress
and publisher of Pakistan Christian Post; Tommaso N. Boggia,
of Campus Progress, a project of the Center for American
Progress; and Mohamad Ali Baloch, a senior Baloch activist.
The Norwegian ambassador has been invited as a Norwegian
of Baloch origin, Ehsan Arjemandi,
who was involuntarily disappeared by the Pakistani Military
Intelligence on August 7, 2009 has not been recovered so
far. Arjemandi, a Baloch human rights activist and former
general secretary o the Greater Balochistan Liberation Organization
in Oslo, Norway, was allegedly abudcted by a Military Intelligence team
led by Major Mohammad Shahid on the Mekran Coastal highway
while traveling from Mand to Karachi in Occupied Baluchistan.
The title of Friday's talk is:
Spring returns, but over 1,000 in Occupied
Balochistan have not
Despite return to civilian rule, Pakistan
military is still running the affairs in Occupied Balochistan
in an iron-fist manner.
Earklier this month, Mahboob Wadela was abducted by the
Likewise, the fate of a prominent leader of the Baloch
Students Organization [Azad] Zakir Majeed who was forcefully
disappeared from Mastung on June 8, 2009 is unknown.
Dr. Deen Mohammed Baloch, a member of the central committee
of the Baloch National Movement was involuntarily disappeared
from Ornach on June 28, 2009. Earlier on February 13, 2009
Jalil Reki a central leader of the Baloch Republican Party
was forcefully disappeared from Quetta and his whereabouts
According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, "Violations
of human rights in Balochistan are widespread and harrowing.
Regrettably, the state has not addressed these complaints
and themedia, either under pressure or on account of its
own failings, has been unable to probe and report the dreadful
reality on the ground. The most hair-raising are the continuing
incidents of enforced disappearances. In addition to a large
number of cases already taken up by HRCP, the Commission
documented several new cases during this mission to Balochistan.
This appears to be only the tip of the iceberg as a large
number of families do not have access to any forum of protest
The HRCP report clearly stated Pakistan military is still
calling the shots in Balochistan. Islamabad has itself admitted
nearly one thousand Baloch are still missing.
The American Friends of Balochistan, U.S.A., is of the considered
view that if any Baloch freedom activist in Occupied Balochistan
have violated Pakistani laws they must be produced and
tried before a Pakistani court.
Texas-sized Balochistan was occupied at gunpoint on March
27, 1948 against the wishes of the Baloch people. Pakistan,
now nearing failure, is an Islamic republic where only
a Muslim can become the head of government and head of state,
while the fiercely Baloch people do not want to mix religion
The event will be held on Friday April 30, from 12
noon to 2 pm at the DC Cafe on P and 21st Street Northwest
The exact address is 2035 P Street, Northwest
Washington DC, Northwest
Filafil and shawarma will be served. Drinks self pay.
Public welcome to attend, but RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org