Saturday, December 17, 2016

Baloch people are facing atrocities like '71, Say 2 exiled Baloch leaders in Dhaka; seek help to make Balochistan independent



Mir Suleman Dawood Jan Ahmedzai, who represents the khans of Kalat who ruled Balochistan for over 600 years since 1385, addresses a seminar, “1971 to 2016: Justice and Genocide in the World”, organised by the Centre for Genocide Studies at the Teacher-Student Centre of Dhaka University

The Pakistani government is carrying out atrocities in the Balochistan province the way it committed crimes against humanity and genocide in Bangladesh in 1971, two exiled Baloch leaders told a seminar in Dhaka yesterday.

They urged the United Nations and the international community including Bangladesh and India to help stop the ongoing atrocities and support their struggle for an independent Balochistan.

Mir Suleman Dawood Jan Ahmedzai, the khan of Kalat, and Munir Mengal, president of Baloch Voice Association and Foundation in France, were speaking at a seminar titled “1971 to 2016: Justice and Genocide in the World” in Dhaka.

The Center for Genocide Studies of Dhaka University organised the seminar at TSC with its director Prof Delwar Hossain in the chair.

Suleman, who represents the khans of Kalat, who ruled Balochistan for more than 600 years since 1385, said the human rights, economic and social conditions were very bad in Balochistan.

He, however, said there was no accurate data about the number of killings and victims of forced disappearance.

“In General Musharraf's era, his interior minister acknowledged 4,000 [people] disappeared... and the interior minister of People's Party Zardari's government acknowledged 1,500,” said Suleman, now living in exile in the UK.

“The Pakistan authorities have barred national and international journalists from reporting on Balochistan. But according to Pakistani newspaper reports, more than 1,000 dead bodies have been discovered. The Baloch believed the number of killed and dumped persons by the state security agencies are much higher than that have been reported. According to the local sources, more than 25,000 people are missing and over one million displaced so far,” he said.

Paying deep tributes to the martyrs of the Liberation War in 1971 and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, he said the atrocities the Punjabi army of Pakistan unleashed on the Bangalees had been carried out on the Baloch since 1948.  He said Bangladesh and India should support an independent Balochistan in order to eradicate the threat of war.

“We also want your country, Bangladesh, to support us diplomatically in the United Nations to give us voice and the United Nations to support the Baloch to blame those officials and army generals who have committed crimes against Baloch and genocide to face justice for the crimes they have committed against our people,” he said.

“It is time for the United Nations and the international community to declare Pakistan as a terrorist state and recognise Balochistan as occupied land,” he added.

“Pakistan's rule over Balochistan has never been legitimate. It has no moral authority and it has lost control almost all over Balochistan.”

Mengal, who lives in France, said unfortunately the aim was same like it was in Bangladesh 25-30 years ago. They have been killing the Baloch for more than 70 years with the same goal, he said. “The factors and actors are the same. The state… are using the actors there to occupy our land, eliminate us and suppress us.”

Expressing his frustration over the lack of international recognition of genocide committed during the 1971 Liberation War, Dhaka University's Prof Delwar said, “We're trying to make the world understand the killing and violence perpetrated by Pakistani forces, razakars, Al-Badr and Al-shams. It is a case of genocide.”

DU teachers Prof Ashfaque Hossain and Sheikh Shams Morsalin also spoke at the seminar, moderated by Iynul Islam.


http://www.thedailystar.net/city/baloch-facing-atrocities-71-1330126

Self-exiled Baloch leader urges Bangladesh to support Balochistan


IANS | Last Updated: Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 16:29

Dhaka: A self-exiled Baloch leader has sought the Bangladesh government's support in the effort to liberate Balochistan from what he termed "Pakistan's occupation", a media report said on Thursday.

"They (Pakistan) are committing the same atrocities that they had committed with you," Mir Suleman Dawood Jan Ahmedzai told BD News in Dhaka on Wednesday, referring to Bangladesh's 1971 Liberation War against Pakistan.

Ahmedzai has been staying in Britain since 2007 to gather international support for their cause of an independent Balochistan.

He was in Dhaka to take part in a seminar organised by the Centre for Genocide Studies at the Dhaka University.

Ahmedzai said "Pakistan occupied his country" in March 1948 and since then has been carrying out atrocities to suppress public uprisings.

The Balochistan issue returned to the spotlight in the region after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech pointed at human rights violations in the province.

Ahmedzai said they were expecting "cooperation and diplomatic understanding of the situation they are going through" from Bangladesh so that Dhaka can take it up to the UN.

http://zeenews.india.com/news/asia/self-exiled-baloch-leader-urges-bangladesh-to-support-balochistan_1958745.html

Baloch leader seeks B'desh's help to raise Balochistan issue

Dec 16, 2016
 

DHAKA: Equating atrocities in Balochistan to the massacre of Bengalis by Pakistan Army during the 1971 liberation war, a self-exiled Baloch leader has sought Bangladesh's support to raise the issue at the UN and help liberate the restive region from "Pakistan's occupation".

"They (Pakistan) are committing the same atrocities that they had committed with you," Mir Suleman Dawood Jan Ahmedzai said here yesterday, referring to Bangladesh's independence struggle during which 3 million Bengalis were killed.

"The family of the present prime minister (Sheikh Hasina) went through the same crisis and even worse," he said, referring to Bangladesh's founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who led the independence movement.

He said 'Pakistan occupied his country' in March 1948 and since then has been carrying out atrocities to suppress public uprisings.

Ahmedzai said Balochs are expecting "cooperation and diplomatic understanding of the situation they are going through" from Bangladesh so that Dhaka can take it up to the UN.

"We, Balochistan, cannot speak in the UN as we are not a member. We want members to speak for us," bdnews24.com quoted him as saying.

In Balochistan, they are committing atrocities on a daily basis, he said, adding that Pakistan has adopted ‘kill and dump’ policy in Balochistan.

"More than 25,000 people are missing and over a million displaced. First, people go missing and then they are found in the wilderness....tortured, bullet-ridden bodies."
"Our only plan is to regain independence for Balochistan. We are optimistic," he said.
He accused Pakistan of "spreading terrorism from Manila to California with its army intelligence".

"Only difference between normal terrorists and Pakistani army is that they are wearing uniforms while the others are not. Both are terrorists. One has a shield of the government and the other one is a non-state actor," he said.

"Going to the background as to who they back or finance, you will trace them in every terrorist link from Manila to California".

Ahmedzai has been staying in Britain since 2007 to gather international support for their cause of an independent Balochistan.

He was in Dhaka to take part in a seminar organised by the Centre for Genocide Studies at the Dhaka University.

The Balochistan issue returned to the spotlight in the region after Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech in August pointed at human rights violations in the province.

http://www.kaumudi.com/innerpage1.php?newsid=86025

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