Dr. Allah Nazar Baloch, pro-independence leader of Balochistan, has condemned the kidnapping of Baloch women from Quetta and said that the occupying state of Pakistan is targeting the Baloch women after facing defeat at the hands of Baloch freedom fighters. “Pakistan is committing war crimes in broad daylight and before the eyes of the world. We do not ask our enemy to release the freedom fighters and political workers, but we have always said that the world should bind Pakistan to respect the laws of war. We have repeatedly appealed to the world to force Pakistan to abide by the laws of war, but in return, we are getting our women, children and the elderly abducted and killed by Pakistan’s armed forces,” Dr Allah Nazar Baloch said in a statement.
He further added, “The kidnapping and disappearance of women, little children and the Baloch elderly from Quetta is a clear sign of the continuation of the collective punishment policy by Pakistan through guns which shows its utter disregard for international laws of war.” Dr Allah Nazar further explained: “When we talk of any law, it should not be limited to the creation of the law, but it is the creators’ responsibility to enforce it. Similarly, when we talk of war laws or United Nations’ conventions, it is the UN’s responsibility to bind the signatories to enforce those laws. But surprisingly, the international community with regard to Pakistan, including the United Nations, is clearly oblivious of its duties, which is costing the Baloch people with their lives, livelihood and honor.” He added that under the policy of collective punishment, not only women from different areas are taken away from their homes but they also suffer the torture at secret prisons for a long time. Occasionally a few are released, and in most cases, they are kept as prisoners forever.
Seven year old Amin (son of Haji Dost Ali Bugti), Izzaton Bibi (daughter of Malha Bugti), Murad Khatoon (daughter of Nizgho Bugti), Mahnaz Bibi (daughter of Fareed Bugti), 60-year-old Haji Dost Ali (son of Malook Bugti) and 80-year-old Farid Bugti were abducted and their only crime was that they were Baloch. “Being a Baloch is a crime punishable by death and torture in Pakistani military camps according to the constitution of Pakistan. Sadly we use the term “missing person” while knowing clearly where the people really are. We have to stop using such words. Because all people with brains have no doubt that they are imprisoned in the illegal slaughterhouses of the Pakistani Army. And only those people can know what they are enduring in those dungeons,” the statement from Dr Allah Nazar reads further.
He asserted, “The kidnapping of women and children is a policy of collective punishment. Under this policy Pakistan is trying to crush the Baloch national movement forever by destroying the Baloch nation. Thousands of Baloch have gone missing in the hands of Pakistan and thousands have already been martyred. Women, children and the unarmed people are protected under every law of the world in any situation. But Pakistan is an unnatural state which is based on lies. That is why the Baloch have to fight against the brutality of Pakistan with collective force.”
Dr Allah Nazar Baloch’s statement further adds: “Pakistan neither has its own culture nor any specific identity. Also till date we have not seen any historical or any great personality in Pakistan who has supported the truth against its state policies. Ironically, whom they call a great leader was a salaried professional lawyer of the Baloch state who deceived his client and issued a decree to occupy Balochistan. It is merely wishful thinking to hope for justice from such a state. It is the responsibility of the international community to take practical steps to keep Pakistan at bay from committing obvious war crimes in Balochistan.”