Thursday, June 27, 2013

"Shut-er Down" strike infuriates Pakistani Occupational Forces

Afghan Voice - Successful strike in Baluchistan
Balochwarna News - Balochistan: Shutter down protest against killing of eight Baloch
On June 26th in Balochistan the Baloch Republican Party led a Balochistan wide strike in protest of the June 23rd massacre in Sui.  The strike was supported by Baloch Youth Wing, Baloch National Movement, & Baloch National Front.  Gwader, Dera Bugti, Turbat, Passani, Panjgoor, Nushki, Mashkey, Awaraan, Mund and other cities were completely shut down.  All markets were closed and all industrial production was halted.  Pakistani forces, enraged by the striking Baloch workers, attempted to force shopkeepers to open their stores.  Reports indicate the infuriated Pakistani armed forces invaded the homes and assaulted many traders and shopkeepers, as well as their wives and children.

Balochwarna - Two Marri offloaded from bus near Rabi
Since the June 23rd massacre in Sui, The Pakistan military forces have continued their rampage throughout Dera Bugti region of Balochistan.  June 24th the day after the massacre in Sui, Ramzan Bugti S/o Pirjan Bugti was killed by the Pakistani death squads.  Dostain & Ashraf Bugti both relatives of the victims of the previous days Massacre in Sui have been abducted by the Pakistani forces.  On the evening of June 25th Pakistani military and intelligence agencies removed two Marrie Baloch from a passenger buss between Bakhtyarabad and Rabi.  Reports indicate the Pakistani armed forces intercepted the bus and apprehended the two civilians, the victims were escorted to an undisclosed location.  Relatives of the victims have appealed to Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, UN and other human rights organisations for help in securing the safe release of their loved ones.

Yesterday in Sweden and Karachi, the Baloch Human Rights Organization conducted demonstrations protesting the enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings in Balochistan.  During the demonstration in Sweden, a vigil was held in honor of those who were abducted, tortured, and murdered in Balochistan.
In 1987 June 26th was designated by the United Nations as "International Day in Support of Victims of Torture".  On this day in 1987 the UN enacted the "Convention against Torture".  This act requires UN member states to take effective measures to prevent any form of torture from occurring in their state.  Although Pakistan continues to flagrantly violate international laws, they still enjoy status as UN member state.  The undeniable existence of widespread torture in Balochistan and in many other parts of Pakistan cannot be denied.

On Wednesday, Asma Jahangir, a well known human rights campaigner and former chairperson of the HRCP (Human Rights Commission of Pakistan), publicly appealed to the security and intelligence agencies to "work within the ambit of the Constitution".  Asma also appealed to Baloch separatist forces to temporarily cease hostilities.  She goes on to call for an end to the “double standards of the government and security forces”.  The results of the HRCP `fact-finding` report in Balochistan coincide with the recent report from the CIED which even called upon Pakistan courts to issue arrest warrants for many high ranking military officers.

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