Author: Banari Baloch
The current burning issue of Kech is neither correlated to poverty nor political instability, but a grave humanitarian issue. Kech is the center of Makran region— known for its geographical importance and high literacy rate. The people of this region are the first people who broke the chains of patriarchy. They have always worked hard and are still struggling to erode poverty and come up with more progressive and sustainable results for the betterment of the nation.
Unfortunately, the appalling humanitarian situation has narrowed the space for them to live a peaceful life. The daily ongoing military actrocities have made the region unhabitable for the natives, and the government is responsible for this deteriorating situation of Kech by remaining silent on such human rights violations committed by its military forces.
There are many cases of human rights violations in Kech perpetrated by the country’s powerful army. Just today two Baloch girls were killed by indiscriminate firing of Pakistani military in Hoshaap. Before that we witnessed the incident of Taj Bibi’s murder, who was shot dead by the security forces while collecting firewoods in a nearby forest along with her husband who was badly injured and then moved to the hospital.
In another incident, a young Baloch student, Hayat Baloch was brutally killws by the army personnel in front of his old Parents. Later on, the government officials stated that he was mistakenly killed. This incident showed how inexpensive Baloch blood is to them.
The fourth catastrophic incident was of a minor girl, Bramsh, whose mother, Malik Naz was killed and she, herself was severely injured by military-backed death squads, who have been given full impunity to play with the law and order, and deteriorate the peace of entire Balochistan.
Putting a glance on the provisions that the international committees have adopted for the protection and security of the victims of human rights violations, and considering the protocols in Pakistan’s constitution for the security of individuals; the article 9 of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan’s constitution, promises security of all individuals from any race, religion, sex, and caste, and clearly states that “No person shall be deprived of life or liberty save in accordance with law”. But the constitution and law enforcement agencies in Pakistan have totally failed to protect the lives of its citizens, and further committing the Baloch genocide instead.
Whereas, the civilized international communities which have been praised for their nobel jobs — serving the humanity by promoting human rights laws and values, including the international organizations that navigate state activities to prevent crime and promote human developments, are also silent on the grave issue of Baloch genocide committed by the state of Pakistan.
However, there are many UN conventions that Pakistan has either signed or both ratified it somehow. One of those conventions is ‘Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide’ where Pakistan was among the first 41 countries who signed and rectified it, but never respected and meet the promises it had signed in both the Genocide Convention and the The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The author is a student of law.
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