Thousands rally in Turbat against Pak atrocities in Balochistan

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 04, 2013 10:20 hrs

Thousands of Baloch people, including women and children, took part in a protest rally over the weekend in Balochistan's Turbat District.

They were protesting against atrocities committed on them by the Pakistan authorities.

Turbat echoed with "Free Balochistan" slogans.

Held under the aegis of Baloch Student Organisation (Azad) and Baloch National Movement (BNM), the rally was said to be the largest in Turbat's history.

The Baloch are angry about continuous military operations in the region and the ongoing 'kill and dump' policy of the Pakistan Army and spy agencies.

They also raised doubts about the silence of international media, international human rights organizations and United Nations in raising the issue of gross human rights violations in Balochistan.

Kareema Baloch, the vice chairperson of the BSO-Azad, led the parade from Degree College Turbat to Fida Shaheed Square, where a sit-in was staged.

Waving the flags of independent Balochistan, the protesters chanted slogans for a free Baloch nation.

The protesters gathered from Mand, Balecha, Dasht, Turbat, Shapok, Hoshaap, Keesak and other areas of Balochistan.

Addressing the protesters, BSO-Azad vice-chairperson Kareema Baloch said, "The Baloch nation is resisting for a free state from past many decades. Thousands of Baloch have already laid their lives whereas thousands are still suffering in torture cells. Despite all these atrocities, the international media has remained silent. The UN, which has taken notice of human rights violations against Congo, Palestine, and Kosovo, is also ignoring the Baloch genocide by Pakistan and Iran."

She further said that Pakistan is planning to start a massive military offensive in Balochistan to pave the ground for upcoming Pakistani elections.

The operations in Mashkay, Gebun, Mastung and Mangochar, she said, were also carried out please these pro-Pakistan Baloch parties.

"The Baloch nation should boycott the 'traitors' and Pakistani electoral process, because these elections are to strengthen and legitimize the occupation of Balochistan," added Kareema.

Many Baloch women activists, including Mahdem Baloch, Qandeel Baloch and Ruzhn Baloch also addressed the procession and urged international media to break their silence on Baloch genocide. (ANI)

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