Recently, Sibi and Washuk in Pak-occupied-Balochistan has witnessed significant demonstrations as part of the ongoing #MarchAgainstBalochGenocide movement, highlighting growing public support for the campaign against Pak Army’s atrocities. Led by the Baloch Yakjehti Committee (BYC), the movement is gaining traction across the province, raising its voice for an end to oppression and human rights abuses that is endured by the Baloch community. As the campaign enters its 53rd day, the resolve of the protestors remains strong.
After years of depoliticization and human rights violations, Sibi residents took to the streets in large numbers. The protest signifies a potential shift in sentiment, with the public openly rejecting imposed policies and demanding accountability.
From the historically deprived region, hundreds joined the movement, highlighting the widespread reach of the #MarchAgainstBalochGenocide. Their participation adds another layer of strength to the movement, showcasing the concerns regarding injustices faced by the Baloch people.
In the resource-rich but still one of the most under-developed region of Wadh in Khudzar, protests were marked by a large contingent of women, a rare sight in the traditionally conservative town. This participation signals a growing awareness of human rights issues among Baloch women and their willingness to take a leading role in the movement.
The Baloch Long March, starting on December 6, 2023, from Turbat to Islamabad, in the wake of the extrajudicial killing of Balach Mola Bakhsh by Pak CTD, is led by women and families of those forcibly disappeared. This outburst is not sudden. It is the result of years of atrocities, subjugation and violence inflicted on the Baloch community. On March 27, 1948, Pak Army forcefully occupied the resource rich province of Balochistan. Since then, the Baloch people have endured relentless oppression, facing home raids, disappearances, staged encounters, target killings, torture, and kidnappings for ransom.