01 Nov 2017/Wednesday
Condemning the abduction of women and children of two prominent Baloch leaders Dr.Allah Nazar and Aslam Baloch, and the abduction of Nawaz Ata Baloch, Information Secretary of BHRO (Baloch Human Rights Organisation), the World Baloch Women Forum (WBWF) in a statement, called upon all Baloch, Sindhi, Pashtun groups to stand united against Pakistan’s acts of coercion and savagery. “The Pakistan army has well-documented brutal use of heavy artillery against unarmed innocents, along with helicopter gunships, and its merciless acts of burning village hutments, slaughter of unarmed civilians, rape, kidnap, torture, and extra-judicial killings are utterly incomprehensible acts of inhumanity,” the statement read.The WBWF urged world governments, the United Nations and human rights groups to take concrete steps to hold Pakistan Army responsible for the abductions, and demand the release of Baloch captives.
The head of the WBWF, Professor Naela Quadri Baloch, said, “This incident is just tip of an iceberg of Pakistani government’s ongoing systematic and categorical persecution and ethnic cleansing of the Baloch people.” Adding, “It is high time for the U.N. to constitute a Commission of Inquiry to investigate all cases of enforced disappearance and extra-judicial killings.”
The flagrant unethical practices committed by Pakistani security forces and Intelligence agencies against women, children, journalists and Human Rights activists have been existing for long however, now it has started gaining international attention. To cover up their act and primarily for an eye wash, Pak Army/ISI recently released Ms. Zeenat Shahzadi who had ‘forcibly disappeared’ while working on the case of Indian citizen Hamid Ansari. Abduction of woman and toddlers shows the level of barbarism of a rogue organization. Last year prominent separatist leader from Pakistan and President of World Baloch Women’s Forum, Naela Quadri Baloch had accused Pakistan Army of using rape as a tool of oppression and as a tool of occupation. She had brought out that they are throwing acid on Baloch girls to stop them from coming out because Baloch girls are leading the political moment including the protests and demonstrations in Balochistan. She had also mentioned that Pakistan is treating the Baloch women in the same ways as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria does. Further to this she had said that Indian Muslim girls should strive to become Razia Sultan or Rani Jhansi and that they should be proud of being Indian because their country is making efforts to ensure their all round development.
Pakistan Army’s shallow tactics of targeting women and children to discourage Baloch resistance uncovers its savagery and reeks of greed that it is pinning on CPEC at the cost of own innocent people.