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Updated December 16th, 2023 at 00:01 IST

Baloch Voice Association urges US to question Pakistani Army Chief over human rights abuses

The plea coincides with General Munir's U.S. visit, sparking international concern and highlighting the Balochistan struggle for autonomy.

Yuvraj Tyagi
Pakistan Army Chief
The plea coincides with General Munir's U.S. visit, sparking international concern. | Image:Republic/AP
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Munir Mengal, President of the Baloch Voice Association, has urged the United States to question Pakistani Army Chief General Asim Munir about alleged human rights abuses in Balochistan. The Baloch Voice Association, a registered NGO in France, alleges enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, and systematic rights abuses in the region. Mengal insists that the international community should press Pakistan to end its occupation of Balochistan.

Munir Mengal took to social media platform 'X' to advocate for accountability. His call coincides with General Asim Munir's ongoing visit to the United States. The Pakistan Army Chief recently met US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at the Pentagon, discussing regional security and potential areas for bilateral defense cooperation. 

Accusations of rights abuses by Pakistani forces in Balochistan 

The Frontier Corps, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, and other groups have faced accusations of a prolonged campaign involving enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings in Balochistan. Human Rights Watch and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan have implicated ISI and Frontier Corps in massive human rights abuses, particularly the enforced disappearance of Baloch nationalists and activists.

Munir Mengal's plea for international intervention underscores the gravity of the situation in Balochistan. The Baloch Voice Association, operating from France, has been a vocal critic of the alleged abuses, consistently urging the global community to take notice. As the United States engages in discussions with General Munir, the international outcry amplifies, demanding transparency and accountability for the reported atrocities. 

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US visit sparks questions about military relations 

General Munir's visit to the US has stirred questions about US-Pakistan military relations. Journalists raised queries about potential discussions on issues such as the deportation of Afghans from Pakistan or arms transactions involving Ukraine. Major General Patrick Ryder, Pentagon Press Secretary, emphasized the ongoing importance of Pakistan as a regional partner, particularly in counter-terrorism efforts.

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General Asim Munir's visit includes anticipated meetings with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan. His engagements may extend to senior members of the US House and the Senate. The nature of the discussions remains under wraps, with the international community watching closely for any developments. 

Balochistan’s struggle for autonomy 


Balochistan, a resource-rich but restive province in Pakistan, has long witnessed a struggle for autonomy. Baloch nationalists assert that they face systemic repression, with accusations against the military for human rights violations. The international community's attention to these allegations becomes crucial as Baloch activists seek justice and recognition for their cause. 

As calls for accountability grow louder, the diplomatic exchanges between Pakistan's military leadership and the United States could have broader implications for regional stability and human rights. Balochistan's situation is complex, involving historical grievances, ethnic tensions, and geopolitical considerations. The international response to Munir Mengal's appeal may shape how the world addresses similar conflicts and advocates for human rights in regions marked by unrest. While the outcome of General Munir's US visit remains uncertain, the diplomatic engagements serve as a platform for addressing longstanding grievances. The international community's role in fostering accountability and promoting dialogue becomes paramount, offering hope for a more just and stable future in Balochistan. 

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Published December 15th, 2023 at 23:59 IST

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