UK Members of Parliament (MPs) have raised concerns over human rights violations in Balochistan, following a campaign by Baloch National Movement (BNM) to contact British MPs regarding the issue. According to a written question raised in the parliament on March 15th, a Labour MP asked for an update on the situation in Balochistan and the UK government’s steps to address the issue.
Labour Party MP Seema Malhotra’s question in the UK parliament regarding the adherence to human rights in Balochistan received a response from the Parliamentary Under Secretary Leo Docherty on behalf of Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs. In the written response, the government representative acknowledged that Pakistan is a human rights priority country for the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO), and the UK regularly engages with the Pakistani government at a senior level to respect human rights and uphold the rule of law.
Furthermore, the response stated that the Minister for South Asia, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, discussed the human rights situation in Pakistan with the Minister for Human Rights, Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, on January 30th.
The UK government’s response to Seema Malhotra’s question indicates that the issue of human rights violations in Balochistan is a matter of concern for the UK, and they are engaging with the Pakistani authorities to address the issue.
The Baloch National Movement’s campaign to contact MPs regarding the issue of human rights violations in Balochistan has gained significant momentum with the UK parliament raising the issue in a written question. The response from the parliamentary undersecretary indicates that the UK government is aware of the situation and is taking steps to engage with the Pakistani authorities to address the issue. The Baloch people and human rights organizations worldwide are hopeful that this development will lead to concrete actions being taken to ensure justice for the Baloch people.
Balochistan has been reportedly facing a brutal crackdown by the Pakistani authorities for decades, with enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, and torture being common occurrences in the region. Various international organizations and countries have long been urging the Pakistani government to take steps to address the issue and ensure the protection of human rights in the region. The recent development in the UK parliament is expected to add further momentum to the global campaign for justice in Balochistan.
BNM, a pro-independence political organization representing the Baloch people, has been actively campaigning to raise awareness of human rights violations in Balochistan. The organization has been urging the international community to take notice of the situation and press the Pakistani authorities to end the violence and ensure justice for the Baloch people.