Pakistan’s dream to embarrass India at UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva has been dashed by Baloch activists, who in turn have left the Pakistanis red-faced. Pakistan was hoping that they would be able to attract international attention on Kashmir by peddling a 'fake narrative'. In fact, they themselves were called out for the gross human rights violation.
Posters, hoardings outside the UNHRC venue highlighted 'genocide' unleashed by the Pakistani military in their own backyard. The banners outside the venue had only one aim – draw the world’s attention against 'Pakistan tyranny'.
Speaking outside a tent put up by Baloch activists to highlight the atrocities committed by Pakistan, Razzaq Baloch, organizer of the Baloch movement, said, “Pakistan is not a civilized country and they should be ashamed of talking about human rights of other areas. Look at the condition of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. People are being killed and activists are being arrested.”
Razzaq also highlighted the atrocities committed by the Pakistani Army in Balochistan. He said the region is under the occupation of the Pakistani military and nothing less than sovereignty is acceptable to the people of Balochistan.
“Pakistan occupied it with military forces and since that day our life has become miserable,” he said.
The Baloch activist took the opportunity to speak on Gilgit-Baltistan.
“Pakistan talks of occupier of other area but they have occupied Baltistan. Baltistan does not belong to Pakistan. We want military to be out of Baltistan.”
Razzaq also highlighted India's decision to abrogate Article 370 and Article 35 A. “Article 35A was Nehru’s gift,” he said, adding that the move to make Ladakh a Union Territory is a “positive step in containing Chinese influence.”
“China is a partner in crime of Pakistan. It is looting and plundering our gold and wealth. All gold mining in Balochistan is done by Chinese companies. They have become rich with gold mined from Balochistan. Pakistani military leaders are also beneficiaries of this wealth, and they have put money that belongs to Balochistan in Swiss banks.”
The Baloch Human Rights Council organised a briefing on 'The Humanitarian Crisis in Balochistan' at a special tent at Broken Chair in front of the UN headquarters in Geneva on Tuesday. They hit out at Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
Nabi Bakhsh Baloch from Baloch National Movement said, "As long as Pakistan has its foot in our territory, Balochistan will never be at peace. Shah Mehmood Qureshi will never reveal what atrocities are being committed by Pakistan in Balochistan. That is why we are here. Who will listen to our voices if we come out and speak."