While a brutal paramilitary crackdown continues unabated
against the Baloch, and while Ahmadis and Shias are being
brazenly massacred by the Establishment assets, the protests
by Pakistani civil society and their Islamist allies
are mostly limited to the 9 Turks killed by the IDF. It
seems that in Pakistan, the only human rights worth talking
about are those that protect the Salafists in Kashmir and
Palestinian. If Baloch were to call themselves Palestinians,
probably the Pakistani urban elite nexus will feel sorry
for them and protest their condition. According to Tawar
Newspaper, the Pak Army has Makuran completely under
siege, the aerial bombardment is very intense and even
the water wells are under Army control. People are
on the streets, but there is complete blockade of the Press.
Should I write Gaza under siege or Makuran under siege?
Read and Reflect.
URGENT PRESS RELEASE
Toronto, June 1, 2010 – Baloch Human Rights Council
(Canada) expressed its deepest concerns over the new wave
of gross human rights violations committed by the Pakistani
army soldiers in the Makaran region of Balochistan. BHRC
has learnt through local sources and press statements of
Baloch National Movement (BNM) central leadership that
within the last couple of days there has been a significant
movement of Pakistani troops in the area of district Gwadar
and Dasht. A heavy contingent of military including 80
trucks carrying soldiers, 40 armoured vehicles, artillery,
8 gunship helicopters, and 20 water supplying tankers are
reportedly part of the first wave of troop deployment in
the region. There is news of more troops on the way to
join the military operation.
Sources have confirmed that the Dasht townships of Zaren
Bog, Mollai Negwar, Palani Bazaar, Ziarati, Hasadeg, Hor,
Chateg, Doro Kandag, and the surrounding villages and tent
settlements are under siege by the army. Reports coming
in from the area stated that the soldiers have complete
control of the meager water resources and have blocked
all access to the local population. The livestock has been
confiscated in the service of the soldiers and a large
number was slaughtered to starve the inhabitants. Sources
mentioned that people are not allowed to leave their homes
even in case of a medical emergency.
There have been reported incidents of artillery fire directed
at the civilian residential areas while gunship helicopters
hovered over the towns. According to witnesses, incidents
of aerial bombardment of villages have taken place and
the fear of casualties is growing, complicated by the military
blockade and denial of access to media and medical personnel.
An unconfirmed number of youth has been taken away by the
soldiers and their whereabouts are yet unknown. So far,
names of two abducted persons have been confirmed, which
are Mr. Sadiq Ismail, resident of Bal Negwar near Turbat
and Mr. Shehak, resident of Gwarag.
BHRC urgently appeals to all international human rights
bodies, the U.N., the European Parliament, the international
media, and the world community to take urgent notice of
the atrocities committed by the Pakistani army against
innocent civilians in Dasht, Makaran and elsewhere in Balochistan.
The slow motion genocide of the Baloch nation has to be
stopped immediately by forceful intervention of world bodies.
Dr. Zaffar Baloch