BNM organizes demonstration in UK against the ‘enforced disappearance’ of Dr. Deen Muhammad Baloch

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Balochistan National Movement (BNM) said in a recent media statement that its activists and workers organized a demonstration in the United Kingdom against the “enforced disappearance” of Dr. Deen Muhammad Baloch, who went missing in June 2009 in Khuzdar’s Ornaach area. Members of the Baloch Republican Party, Baloch Human Rights Organization and World Sindhi Congress also participated in the demonstration. 

Hakeem Baloch, President of Balochistan National Movement UK zone, addressed the gathering in front of the prime minister house in London. He said that Dr. Deen Muhammad Baloch was a member of the BNM – we were all struggling from a common platform. One day, we received the news that Dr. has been “abducted” by the Pakistani intelligence agencies. Two other BNM leaders – Ghafoor Baloch and Ramzan Baloch – are also missing for more than a decade, he said. 

Hakeem Baloch said that anyone who speaks against the “atrocities” is abducted – only this month, more than 20 Baloch have been “forcibly disappeared.” He said that Rashid Hussain – a Baloch rights activists who was living in exile in UAE – was detained in the Emirates and then handed over to the Pakistani authorities. He is missing for three years. 

He said that one issue has significantly affected the Baloch and Sindhi nations: the China-Pakistani Economic Corridor (CPEC). He said that the locals in Gwadar are protesting for clean drinking water and electricity. We have fought for Gwadar, and we will fight again, he said. The BNM president also related the incident of the “extrajudicial” killing of Gohram Nadil, a resident of Tump, who was “abducted” by the Pakistani forces and subsequently tortured to death in custody. He also recalled the grisly incident in Marwar, Bolan, where the Counter-Terrorism Department of Pakistan executed four Baloch missing persons in a fake encounter. 

Mansoor Baloch of the Baloch Republican Party said that we should be united in our common struggle against the atrocities of the Pakistani state. Samad Baloch of the Baloch Human Rights Commission also emphasized on the need to unite, saying that the world should be informed about the atrocities taking place in Balochistan. 

Activist Mahnaz Baloch said that our Baloch women are suffering in front of press clubs and weeping on the streets. We, the Baloch diaspora, should end our difference and come together and be a strong voice for our people, she said. 

Hidayat Bhutto of the World Sindhi Congress said that the Pakistani state is inflicting similar atrocities on both the Baloch and the Sindhi people. He said that Pakistan is involved in terrorism not only in Sindh and Balochistan but the rest of the world as well. Terrorist trained in Pakistan come here to the United Kingdom to spread terror and cause violence. The world should know that Pakistan is a danger for everyone, he concluded.


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