Baloch activists in London, Pashtuns in Geneva protest against Pak Army

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NEWYORK:Activists of‘FreeBalochistanMovement’ during 24 hourssit-in vigil demonstration in front of ConsulateGeneral of China in New York on Wednesday, 27th June. Picture was taken at 2.30am.

LONDON: The members of Baloch National Movement (BNM) staged a protest in London to demand justice for Baloch women and children, who are facing the wrath of Pakistan Army in Balochistan province of Pakistan. The agitating protestors raised slogans against the Pakistan Army and strongly condemned the atrocities carried out by Army personnel against the Baloch women in Rakshan, Naag area of district Washuk.
Activists, Farhad Baloch and Farid Baloch (BNM Germany) echoed similar sentiments. They said they were very disappointed by the atrocities committed by the Pakistani Army on Baloch people. Your silence on the abduction of the male members of Baloch society resulted in thousands of abductions and killings.
And now the Pakistani military has come to abduct and rape our women, just because there is no one to ask Pakistan, internationally, just because you don’t have time to discuss it. They are sexually violent. This will be another Bangladesh for you to regret.
Don’t let this happen. We want you to be the voice of voiceless and save Baloch women from Pakistan, they added. The protestors alleged that women in Rakshan were forcibly shifted to army camps, where they were sexually assaulted and tortured by military men, which also resulted in miscarriage of at least one pregnant woman. Shraf Sherjan, Baloch Activist, who is currently in Germany said, “On 4th June, Pakistani Army carried out a military operation in Washuk area in Balochistan, where, several Baloch women and children were abducted.
They took them under their custody and raped Baloch women. One pregnant woman was raped too. Pakistani Army is once again doing what they did in Bangladesh. In 1970s, Pakistani Army abducted thousands of Bengali women, took them under custody, raped them, tortured them and then killed them. Today they are doing the same, what ISIS was doing with innocent yazidi women. Pakistani Army is the second ISIS in uniform.
We request the Human rights organisations, international media journalists to raise their voices and save Baloch women.” BNM has also launched a social media campaign #SaveBalochWomen and alleged that a number of Baloch women in Naag Washuk and other parts of Balochistan are kept in torture cells as sex slaves. (ANI) Protest in Geneva Members of the Pashtun community with origins in Pakistan and Afghanistan held protests against Pakistani Army in front of the office of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
They shouted anti-Pakistan slogans and blamed Pakistani Army for allegedly carrying out atrocities on Pashtun people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and parts of neighbouring Afghanistan. Nafratullah, an activist of Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) said, “For the past 40 years, Pakistan has been carrying out atrocities on the Pashtuns living in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Afghanistan. We are now protesting outside the UN and other European organisations to seek justice. We will fight until we get out rights.”
A Pashtun protester from Afghanistan, Zirak said, “We have gathered here to protest against Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the ISI, because they are not only creating troubles in Afghanistan but Balochistan and Kashmir. Pakistan is a terrorist-producing country – be it Lashkar-e-Taiba, Daesh and the Taliban. Today, we have gathered here to raise our voice in front of United Nations.”
The Pashtuns were joined by Baloch, Sindhi and activists from Pakistan occupied Kashmir, as all of them are facing persecution by the Pakistani security forces. Munir Mengal, president of Baloch Voice Association said, “Today, we not only Baloch but Pashtuns and Kashmiris, who are subjugated through enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings, have gathered here to raise our voice together.
We ask United Nations to take initiatives and intervene to save the lives of people in Pakistan.” Chairman of United Kashmir People’s National Party Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri, said, “Today, we are here to protest against the brutality of Pakistan and its institution.
Pakistan is actually promoting Theo-fascism and suppresses the democratic voices of the civil society. We are here to protect historical nations, their culture and their identity. Pakistan is a theo-fascist state and we are here to expose its expansionist designs.”
Enforced disappearances are also prevalent in the resource-rich province of Balochistan where Pakistani forces resort to brutal means to suppress ethnic Baloch separatist groups. The Voice of Baloch Missing Persons claims over 18,000 cases of enforced disappearances in this region alone. (ANI)