Dilshad Baloch, an activist, has warned of more protests against the concerned authorities in Pakistan for the human rights violations taking place in Balochistan. He also confirmed that Baloch activists will now protest outside the United Nations General Assembly on September 13.
“We are going to hopefully see more of these protests in the future and there are going to be bigger and more frequent protests… We will now protest on September 13 outside the UN General Assembly,” he told ANI.
Talking about the Melbourne protest where the protestors raised slogans and banners of ‘stop genocide of Baloch people’, ‘we want peace’ and ‘Balochistan zindabad’ slogans during their protest, Dilshad said that the Baloch National Movement (BNM) has also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for highlighting the atrocities of Pakistan in Balochistan.
“They have also thanked Prime Minister Modi, especially Mir Baloch did. Mir Baloch is the President of Baloch National Movement in Australia,” he said. He added that there has been a protest in Melbourne to save Baloch women and atrocities going on in Balochistan, especially to highlight that the house of Peer Jan Baloch in Turbat is under siege by the Pakistan Army for the past six days.
Peer Jan Baloch is the nephew of Rauf Baloch While both are reported to be staying together, Rauf Baloch has been alleged by the forces of hosting the family members of a senior Baloch political leader. The Baloch Human Rights Organization (BHRO) yesterday also staged a protest in front of Karachi Press Club. Baloch Republican Party (BRP) activists also staged a protest in Busan, South Korea yesterday, to highlight the atrocities and human rights violations in Balochistan.
Talking about the South Korea protest, Dilshad said, “There has been protest in South Korea and long march in the past. These protests are against the Baloch genocide and what Pakistan is doing in Balochistan.” He said that this move is to show to the world on what is going on in Balochistan.
“There is a media blackout . No human rights organisations are allowed inside and everything is happening behind the curtain,” he added. Earlier, welcoming Prime Minister Modi’s statement on Balochistan in his Independence Day address, several Baloch activists claimed that the people of the region support him and he should take up the Baloch issue with the international community at the United Nations.
Last month, in a bid to highlight the ongoing Baloch genocide and human rights violations and the disappearance of Baloch people through the hands of Pakistani military and intelligence agencies in Balochistan, the Baloch National Movement (BNM) Germany chapter held demonstrations in different cities. Many activists are asserting that since 2003, more than 23,000 activists, students, lawyers, women, journalists, writers and human rights defenders have been enforced disappeared by the Pakistani army and its death squads.