U.S. urged to help stop nuclear tests in Baluchistan
By Shehmir Gorgej
DC: The American Friends of Baluchistan Sunday urged U.S. citizens to prevail
upon their government to have the nuclear tests in Baluchistan stopped as
it has the potential to endager U.S. security.
Speaking at a gathering at the Mayorga Coffee
Factory, veteran journalist Ahmar Mustikhan, who is also founder
of the American Friends of Baluchistan, regretted that the atrocities on the
people of Baluchistan were historically carried out with U.S. blessings
and the time has come for Washington to demand the right of self-determination
for the Baluch people. "In Pakistan, U.S supplied weapons are being used even
to this day to subjugate the Baluch. Cobra helicopters, F-16 fighter jets, and
what not," Mustikhan said.
He pointed out that as recently as May this
year three Baluch were burnt alve by the Pakistan
army. Pakistan conducted deadly nuclear tests
in Baluchistan in May 1998 against the explicit
wishes of the Baluch and the A.F.B. has initiated
a world wide signature campaign to have the tests
in Baluchistan stopped. Citizens of nations across
the world has signed the petition--the goal is
to collect 100,000 signatures.
The A.F.B. petition
states: "Whereas all nuclear weapons are equally condemnable, but Pakistan's
weapons of mass destruction is even more dangerous as it is religion-specific.
As part of its state ideology, Pakistan considers people from other religions
as its enemies and has made clear it will not desist from being the first to
use nuclear weapons." Participants in the gathering assured Mustikhan they will
write to their legislators to protest Pakistan Army atrocities against the Baluch
people. Following is the full text of Mustikhan's talk:
"It's strange to be born a slave. Very strange.
Ask any slave what he wants and the answer
will invariably be freedom. So do I—I want the
independence of Baluchistan, in southwest Asia.
Thousands of Baluch have given their lives in
their struggle for freedom and justice.
Many of you might not be knowing I am an ethnic
Baluch, nothing to do with Pakistan or Iran as
such. The only thing we want is Iranian and Pakistani
troops leave Baluchistan now.
Baluchistan was left divided by the wrong policies
of the British Imperialists. Baluch territories
if united and free would be bigger than Pakistan
But the Pakistan army and the Iranian mullahs
have turned Baluchistan into their colonies.
Over the last six decades, the atrocities committed
on the Baluch had U.S. blessings. Of course that
was the case when the Shah of Iran Reza Shah
Pehlavi sat on the peacock throne in Iran. Baluch
were burnt alive as recently as May of this year
in Pakistan. Press reports have bared use of
chemical weapons against the hapless Baluch people.
In Iran, public hangings are almost a daily affair.
Baluchistan has some of the world's best political
leaders. Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri, a veteran
leader sacrificed his son named Nawabzada Balaach
Marri last year in the Baluch fight for independence
and justice. Sardar Attaulah Mengal another leader
sacrificed his son more than 30 years ago, named
Asadaullah Mengal. Killed by Pakistan's secret
services, his body was never found.
Political heavyweights, highest people in tribal
Baluchistan, like Nawab Nauroz Khan Zarakzai
fought against the ruthless army of Pakistan,
the fourth largest in the world, more than four
decades ago. At age 90, he died in prison. Likewise,
Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti , a former chief minister
and governor of Baluchistan, threw the gauntlet
at Pakistan army in 2003, an army that is equipped
with nuclear arms.
According to former U.S. ambassador to Pakistan Robert
Oakley, Bugti could have made a very good governor
in any state in the U.S.He was killed extra judicially
in August 2006 by the Pakistan army. His remains
were not reutrned to his family and they were
not even allowed to conduct his funeral.
In recent months, a significant development
was that the De Jure Ruler of Baluchistan, also
called the Khan of Kalat—his name is Suleman
Daud Ahmedzai—sought asylum in the U.K. He wants
to get Baluchistan liberated by using legal
In the packet that I am giving to you today,
you can find a CD of an interesting documentary
made by a New York team who went to Baluchistan.
This will provide you one of the most authentic
stories about Baluchistan. Wendy Johnson, who
was one of the producers of the documentary,
was kind to send me the CD.
Baluchistan is being used by Pakistan for testing
nuclear weapons. These weapons might one day
be used against the U.S., Israel or India. Pakistan
has very clearly said it will not shy away from
being the first to use these weapons.
Common Americans can play a big role to end
the injustices against Baluchistan and at the
same time make the world a safer place.
Please find in the packet a petition that has
been circulating on the web. I shall really appreciate
if you may please sign the petition.
I urge you to please write to the lawmakers
you know to help Baluchistan win its right to
self determination. I urge you to please jot
down a few lines to presidential hopefuls Barack
Obama and John McCain to stop all military aid
and supplies to Pakistan until it stops all nuclear
and arms testing in Baluchistan and grants the
Baluch people the right to self determination."