Instead of fighting Coronavirus, Pakistan is arresting doctors in Balochistan: BNM

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Pakistani policemen arresting doctors in Balochistan. The doctors were demanding better PPE (personal protective equipment) to treat Coronavirus patients.
Pakistani policemen arresting doctors in Balochistan. The doctors were demanding better PPE (personal protective equipment) to treat Coronavirus patients.

Pakistan is the only country in the world that is arresting and persecuting doctors for demanding PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment). Enforced disappearances, killing of innocent Baloch people in state custody, ground and aerial bombardment and military operations by the Pakistan Army on a daily basis has already put Balochistan in a crisis like situation, which is not very different from Coronavirus. But this pandemic has further compounded the hardships of people across Balochistan.

The central spokesperson of Baloch National Movement has condemned the arrest and use of force against the doctors in Quetta, Balochistan. “We have been experiencing brute colonial behavior and enmity of Pakistan against Baloch nation and we have said from day one that Pakistan would use the Coronavirus pandemic against Balochistan,” the spokesperson said.

The BNM spokesperson added that the arrest of doctors, who were asking for their due demands, confirms their concerns. “When we campaigned that Pakistan would use the Coronavirus as a biological weapon against the Baloch nation, we received harsh criticism that it’s a natural calamity and our criticism (of Pakistan) was not justified. The reality is that this is not political propaganda, rather it is a matter of our national identity.”

Pakistan is letting no stone unturned to harm Balochistan and add to the miseries of Baloch nation. “The earlier experiences of earthquake and floods are already known to us where the Pakistani state used these natural calamities to further its exploitation. The countries that took Coronavirus pandemic lightly, delayed in providing facilities or there was a lapse in their governance which caused problems for citizens, then the heads of those states asked for forgiveness from their ciizens. But Pakistan is not only willfully spreading the Coronavirus in Balochistan but also treating the medical staff with brutality and has crossed all limits of barbarities,” the spokesperson added.

The civilized world is not only standing like an iron wall against the Coronavirus but also paying respect to doctors and healthcare professionals. In contrast, Pakistan is using brute force against doctors in Balochistan.

The spokesperson further added that Balochistan depicts the milieu of medieval age, but in these times of Coronavirus outbreak establishment of tent villages as quarantine center, severe lack of medical equipment, test kits and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) exposes the false claims of parliamentarian parties who have surrendered their will before Pakistan. Though enforced disappearances in Balochistan, illegal killings in state custody, ground and aerial bombardment and military operations on a daily basis, Pakistan has already put Balochistan under severe distress. But this pandemic has added to the miseries of Baloch nation.

The doctors of Balochistan are not demanding any luxury or extra allowance; rather their demands are rational and are asking for medical facilities and PPE. For this, Baloch doctors are being beaten and arrested. Pakistan is the only country in the world that is arresting and persecuting doctors for demanding protective kits. Pakistan has only made loud noises about social distancing but in reality it has locked up dozens of doctors in a small and congested cell. “Whereas Punjab (the godfather of Pakistan), due to rising fear of Coronavirus pandemic has released hundreds of prisoners,” the BNM spokesperson said.

The entire world knows that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is the first and foremost requirement in the fight against Coronavirus outbreak. And the Balochistan doctors came out to protest when 13 doctors have already been infected with the Coronavirus. “Denying Balochistan doctors the basic PPE requirements is a devious strategy of Pakistan such that it wants that Baloch doctors go on a strike and people infected with Coronavirus remain unattended. In this way, the Pakistani state can prove itself innocent and keep increasing its brutal genocide on Balochistan by use of this new tactic,” explained the spokesperson.

Doctors and other medical staff are the front soldiers in this fight against Coronavirus pandemic. In such a state their protection should be on top priority. The promises from puppet governments of Pakistan are only to gain the goodwill of their masters and to deceive the poor people of Balochistan. This is the prime proof of slavery in Balochistan. Such treatment to the Baloch nation in this time of pandemic is continuation of Pakistan’s same policy of illegal occupation over Balochistan for the last seven decades. These measures from Pakistan, make it clear that Pakistan is bent upon using each opportunity to prolong the genocide in Baloch nation. Coronavirus is a biological weapon for Pakistan its using it against the Baloch nation and the Pakistani state machinery has put all human values aside and is engaging in barbarity in Balochistan.

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