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UK: Protest against the killing of Baloch in Karachi and Khuzdar

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London: A large number of Baloch, Sindhi and other human rights activists have gather in front of British parliament to condemn the target killing of Baloch in Karachi, Para-military operation in Lyari and the killing of Baloch students in Khuzdar. BHRC (Baloch Human Rights Council) had given the call for protest.

The protesters were holding placards and banners inscribed against Pakistan and Iran, demand of withdrawal of Pakistani military from Balochistan and urged the Western powers to stop supporting pro-Taliban Pakistan. The participants of the protest chanted slogans against MQM, Pakistan, Iran and Pakistani and Iranian current leaders including Ahamdinejad, Rehman Malik and the leader of MQM Altaf Hussain. Some of the slogans were; “Baloch Want Freedom, Stop killing Baloch in Karachi, Pakistan sanctuary of Taliban, West stop supporting Pakistan and stop killing Baloch and Sindhi people”.

Addressing the rally Dr Abul Doshaki read a poem which literally meant that Baloch in the UK are with the people of Lyari (Karachi) and the people of Balochistan at these difficult times.

Mr Ali Baloch while speaking at the rally said that Baloch are the oldest settled people in Karachi and the MQM and Pakistani state was now trying to expel them from their lands. He said “it is a shame that the immigrants have become a Nation where as Baloch as a nation are being turned into immigrants in their own land”. He said that Pakistan just wanted Baloch land and resources it has no sympathy with the Baloch people. “The Baloch of Karachi have learnt from their mistakes for supporting Pakistani political parties but they are determined not to repeat such mistakes again and people of Balochistan should help their brothers in this difficult time to make them feel that they are not alone and will not be left alone at any difficult time.

Waja Hyrbyair Marri urged the Baloch of Karachi to stop following the “killer of Baloch” party (PPP) and join the Baloch pro-independence forces. He said that Pakistan and Iran were killing Baloch under different pretexts, like criminals, drug dealers and anti states. He said Baloch must unite and stand together to overcome all the challenges that we are facing today. “Baloch of Karachi are also our brothers and they will find every Baloch beside them at difficult times, but they (Baloch of Karachi) must now realise that PPP doesn’t recognise them as human, they (PPP) only view the Baloch as their voters” he explained.

Hyrbyair Marri also strongly condemn the killing of two Baloch students in Khudzar by Pakistani FC and said that they were participating in a peaceful rally and were exercising their democratic right but the so called democratically elected government has given free hand to FC to kill peaceful protesters in Balochistan. “Such actions of Pakistani forces prove that there is no room left for the Baloch to struggle in peaceful and democratic ways”.

Waja Samad Baloch and Ghulam Hussain Baloch of BHRC also said in their talks that they are with the people of Lyari. They also strongly condemned the killing of two Baloch students in Khuzdar. They said that BHRC will continue to highlight the Human Rights Violation in Balochistan and will continue to urge the International community to take notice of gross human rights violations in Balochistan.

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