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Release Sep 29, 2008:

Baloch and Sindhi Leaders met with US lawmakers to highlight the Pakistan's human right violations in Sindh and Balochistan.

WASHINGTON DC: Sept. 27, 2008. Dr. Wahid Baloch, President of Baloch Society of North America and Dr.Safdar Sarki, leader of World Sindhi Congress and renowned Human Right activist, spent a very busy day at the Capitol Hill meeting with US Senators and Congressmen to highlight the Baloch and Sindhi plitghts. They met with several US Lawmakers and brought into their attention the grave human right violations in Sindh and Balochistan.

Dr.Wahid Baloch presented a letter to the Lawmakers with photos, facts and figures about the ongoing military operation and current situation in Balochistan. The US lawmakers, after listening to them, said that they will relate these issues of Human Right Violations and the geniune concerns and grievances of Baloch and Sindhi people to US Government and Pakistani authorities.

Here is the text of Dr. Baloch's letter that he gave to the Lawmakers.


The Honorable........ (Senator/Congressman)

Capitol Hill

Washington, DC 20515

Dear .... (Senator/Congressman),

My name is Dr. Wahid Baloch. I am an American, originally from Balochistan and am the founder and president of Baloch Society of North America, an organization dedicated to exposing human rights abuses in Balochistan by Pakistan and Iran.

Balochistan is a Texas sized region divided between Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan.

It is a great pleasure to be here with you. I thank you for your heroic and bold stand on protecting and defending the human rights around the world. Your firm belief and commitment to protect human rights both at home and abroad—the right to live freely without the threat of violence or repression, the right to live with dignity and respect—has always been a leading light and hope for millions of people around the world who are suffering in the hands of tyrants and dictators.

You have always courageously led the fight to end the sufferings of people worldwide, be it against the Genocide in Darfur, human right violations in Tibet, Burma, and Sudan or standing up firm in solidarity with the people of East Timor and the State of Israel in protecting and defending their freedom. I take this opportunity to bring to your kind attention about another silent Genocide and ethnic cleansing, similar in magnitude to Darfur, that is going on for the last 60 years in both Pakistani and Iranian occupied Balochistan, that is rarely mentioned in the western media. Balochistan's story is not diferent from the story of Darfur, Tibet, Burma, Kosova, Kurdistan, Sudan, and East Timor.

Balochistan is a resource rich and dirt poor region , rich in oil, gas, gold, copper and other minerals with a 900 miles of strategically located coast line, extending from the Strait of Harmuz to Karachi, used to be a sovereign independence state, was annexed into Pakistan by force on March 27, 1948. It's a strange paradox: Balochistan is extremely rich but its natives are extremely poor; the state also has the highest infant mortality rate in the world.

Over the last six decades Nazi-style brutalities have been used by Pakistan army to silence the genuine voice of people of Balochistan. These include military operation, arrests, tortures, kidnapping, disappearances, rape and murder and throwing off Baloch citizens from the flying gunship helicopters labeling them separatists, terrorists and anti-state.

More than 6,000 Baloch are missing since March 2005 because of an on-going Pakistan's army operation, while more than 250,000 Baloch have been evicted from their homes because of the bloody military operation. The latest military operation started in 2005 and is the fifth in Balochistan's history since the territory's forcible annexation. Among victims include octogenarian leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, he was former chief minister and governor of Balochistan. His last remains were not returned to his kin for proper burial, they demanded an international inquiry into his brutal slaying by Pakistan's army. Such things are unimaginable in the civilized world, but Musharraf congratulated his Pakistani troops for carrying out the assassination on August 26, 2006. Musharraf used slurs such as "pygmy" against the Baloch leaders who are against Pakistan's rapacious exploitation of Baloch natural resources.

Islamabad owes Balochistan $15 billion in unpaid dues for natural gas that comes from the Bugti tribal territory and when Nawab Bugti demanded justice he was assassinated.

Soon after Nawab Bugti's assassination,the dejure ruler of Balochistan the Khan of Kalat, Suleman Dawood Ahmedzai, called upon the Balochistan's representative assembly, the Grand Balochi Jirga, which was attended by almost all Baloch tribal leaders, political activists, and students--nearly 100 tribal chiefs and 400 notables. The historic Grand Balochi Jirga – assembly of notable heads , denounced the Pakistani military operation in Balochistan and extra judicial killing of Nawab Bugti and they unanimously made a declaration to challenge the illegal occupation of Balochistan at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague.

The killing of the Baloch and the loot and plunder of our resources are going hand in hand. In this context, we would like to draw your attention to a statement by the Vice-president of the ruling People's Party Parliamentarians (PPP) Mir Baz Mohammad Khan Khetran that was published in Pakistan's Dawn newspaper on July 27, 2008. Khetran said "the genocide of the Baloch people was still continuing in spite of the recent change of government in Islamabad". Reports have recently trickled about massive corruption by the dominant Punjabi and Mohajir groups in the world's fifth largest copper and gold project, worth $65 billion at Riko Dig in Balochistan.

Earlier, in May 1998 Pakistan tested its deadly nuclear bomb in Balochistan against the wishes of the natives. Hundreds of square miles of Baloch territories have been laid waste for good and the Baloch nomads have lost their livelihood.

Baloch people are presently at war with the rogue army and state of Pakistan against the illegal occupation of their homeland Balochistan. This is the 5th Baloch uprising against Pakistan army since the British departed from India in August 1947. Arrests, tortures, kidnapping and extrajudicial killing of Baloch youths and political activists opposed to Pakistan army and police are happening on a daily basis. More than 6000 Baloch political activists are in prison without trial and whereabouts of many are unknown as they were abducted by the Pakistani ISI after midnight knocks on their doors. Many are feared dead.

The premier Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Asian Human Right Commission and Amnesty International has deplored Pakistan's atrocities on the people of Balochistan, who have been subjected to helicopter gunship attacks and even use of poison Phosphorus gas in recent months. The confirmed and published reports about Balochistan should give you a clear picture about the prevailing terrifying human rights situation in Balochistan. One of the victim, Dr. Safdar Sarki, a US citizen is lucky to be alive, is with us today and he will tell you his horrifying story. He was tortured for 20 months in Pakistani military intelligence dungeons.

The international community must not close their eyes over the crimes against the secular Baloch people and should hold the Pakistani establishment, the army and ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence Agency) accountable for the crimes of physical, social, economic and cultural genocide of the people of Balochistan.

We urge the U.S. Government to immediately intervene and initiate dialogue with De Jure ruler of Balochistan Mir Suleman Daud Ahmedzai, who is seeking asylum in the UK, and support the Balochistan's case at the ICJ against Pakistan's illegal, unjust and immoral occupation of Balochistan.

We, the Baloch people, like Kurds in Kurdistan , are secular and great ally in the war on terror. We support and defend the International Security Assistance Force and the democratic Government of President Hamid Karzai and Afghanistan's right to pursue the Taliban and Al-Qaida terrorists right into the sanctuaries provided to them by the Pakistan army and the Inter Services Intelligence. A Balochistan ruled by secular forces is in the interest of the peoples of the world, including the United States.

We urge our friends at the Capitol Hill to not support Pakistan, a terrorist State, but extend a helping hand to the secular Baloch people in Balochistan who are their best and natural ally in the war on terror in the region. We ask the US Government to put an embargo on all military supplies and equipment until Pakistan ends its illegal and immoral occupation of Balochistan, hand over terrorists like A.Q. Khan, Osama bin Laden, and Mullah Omar and rolls back its nuclear weapons program.

We urge the U.S. Department of State to set up the Voice of America Balochi service as soon as possible. We also urge immediate resumption of USAID for Balochistan to bring in more Baloch youths into the U.S. by an enabling visa waiver program and political asylum for Baloch activists who are facing Pakistani and Iranian persecution. Thank you.


Dr. Wahid Baloch, President of

Baloch Society of North America (BSO-NA),

1629 K Street NW, Suit 300

Washington D.C 20036 USA

Tel: (202) 349-1682

Fax: (202) 331-3759

E-Mail: Contact@bso-na.org

Website: http://www.bso-na.org/