Baloch activists seek Kabul’s help for govt-in-exile
KABUL (Pajhwok): Prominent Baloch activists on Saturday called for establishment of an “independent government of Balochistan in exile”, appealing to the governments of India and Afghanistan to provide place, protection and other requirements in this regard.
In a statement read out at a press conference in Kabul, the activists said Pakistan occupied ‘the sovereign country of Balochistan’ on March 27, 1948.
“Baloch nation continuously faced human rights violations and atrocities, reached at the level of genocide. All the indicators of genocide mentioned under the definition of genocide by the United Nations Convention on Genocide, are visibly applied on Baloch nation by the occupier state of Pakistan”, the statement said.
It accused the Pakistan army of bombing Baloch civil population, using technology of mass destruction including chemicals weapons and illegal nuclear nuclearization.
The statement said rape, torture, abductions were used against the Balochs as tools of war.
“Baloch nation is in struggle to regain sovereignty and independence, it is our right according to the UN declaration of basic human rights and it is mandatory for UNO to protect our country’s legal boundaries and to make Pakistan step back from Balochistan.”
In their statement, the Baloch activists called Afghanistan as their second home. “We share close brotherly history. Four million Balochs live in Afghanistan as indigenous sons and daughters of their ancestral lands.”
The statement said Balochs were protecting the map of Afghanistan from Badakhshan to Herat to Kandahar. “That is the reason today we are here to express our expectations from the government and people of Afghanistan to stand openly and firmly with the Baloch independence movement.”
The statement quoted Quadri Baloch as saying when she visited India around four months back, she met with people and policymakers and expressed the same expectation, but there was no such official policy to support Baloch independence.
“I discussed and explained all arguments, quarries, misconceptions, fears, mutual benefits openly and just after three months, the world witnessed the most courageous voice raised for Baloch that is Mr Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India on their National Day.”
This was not an ordinary shift in Indian policy, but a big bang that was going to change the history and geography of the region, she believed.
“Bangladesh supported Modi stand for free Balochistan. Many other countries will do the same. We are looking at Afghanistan to stand with us with the same courage and clarity as India and Bangladesh are.”
She said the Balochs had a role in history of Afghanistan via Mir Waiskhan Hote Baloch, one of the kindest king the country ever had. “We have four million Baloch Afghan brothers and sisters here, Baloch and Afghans always been shoulder to shoulder to protect our sisterly countries.”
In their statement, the Baloch activists demanded the governments of India and Afghanistan to provide them with place, protection and other requirements for “the Independent Government of Balochistan in exile.”
They sought protection and support to displaced Balochs coming from war torn Balochistan into Afghanistan.
Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.