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The United Kingdom government has condemned the incidents of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances in Balochistan, vowing to speak out against them, says Baloch National Movement.

Dr Naseem Baloch, the organizer of the Baloch National Movement Diaspora Committee, thanked Jonathan Gullis, a Conservative Party politician and the member of the British parliament for Stoke-on-Trent, on raising voice against the human rights abuses in Balochistan. He said that Gullis had asked the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on Hayat Baloch’s extrajudicial murder.

Responding to Gullis, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State for South Aisa and Commonwealth ensured that the British government condemns extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances. He called on the states to investigate, prosecute the culprits and deliver justice to the “oppressed families.”

Dr Naseem Baloch said that on the directive of the Baloch National Movement Diaspora Committee, the members of the UK Zone are to contact their local MPs and ask them to raise voice against the serious humanitarian issues plaguing Balochistan. Due to this approach, many members of the British parliament have assured that they will approach the Foreign Office on the issue and hold it accountable.

Naseem Abbas Baloch, a UK Zone member of BNM, contacted Jonathan Gullis on Hayat Baloch’s extrajudicial murder. Gullis then wrote a letter to the Foreign Office, expressing his concerns. In response, the Foreign Office said: “The death of Hayat Mirza Baloch on 13 August was extremely troubling.”

Hayat Baloch, a student in Karachi University, was killed by a Frontier Corps’ soldier in Turbat, Balochistan. According to the British Foreign Office, there have been strong protests against the extrajudicial murder of Hayat Baloch in the UK. “We hope there will be a full investigation”, the FO said.

Dr Naseem Baloch said that the BNM Diaspora Committee has been pursuing its diplomatic program globally on the issue of the Baloch national quest for liberation and the serious human rights violations in Balochistan under a systemic approach.

He said that BNM will contact other parliamentary members of political parties not just in the United Kingdom but the rest of Europe and the American countries and ask them to support the Baloch national struggle for independence from Pakistan.

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