Pakistan is using the Coronavirus pandemic to inflict collective punishment upon Balochistan by deliberately facilitating the spread of this deadly virus among Baloch people, said Dr Murad Baloch, Secretary General, Balochistan National Movement (BNM). Coronavirus is the present day pandemic such that every country in the world is taking proactive measures to reduce the threat of COVID-19 —the disease caused due to Coronavirus, but the measures taken by Pakistan are based upon its animosity towards the Baloch nation.
“The Baloch nation was already confronting a destructive situation created across Balochistan by the Pakistani state. Now Pakistan, following its policy of collective punishment, is helping in the spread of Coronavirus on the people of Balochistan. This is clear animosity of Pakistan with the Baloch nation where Pakistan instead of shifting the travelers coming back from Iran into bigger hospitals in the cities or in quarantine centers, is holding them in tents in Taftan and Quetta Hazargangi area. In this modern era, no one can imagine that people infected with such deadly diseases are kept in the open sky. In the civilized world, even animals are cured in a far better way,” Dr Murad Baloch said in a statement.
Dr. Murad Baloch added: “The people infected with Coronavirus are being kept in Balochistan; rather than, sending them to their own areas. This is a willful attempt to spread the Coronavirus across Balochistan which fits perfectly into Pakistan’s planned Baloch pogroms and genocide. This is being used as a biological weapon against the Baloch nation.”
He explained that Balochistan has become a big prison for Baloch people, devastated with war, who continue to be exploited and face genocide. Besides the rampant killings by the Pakistan Army, thousands of Baloch people are dying in road accidents, hunger and poverty. An outbreak of Coronavirus will add up to the miseries of people of Balochistan.
He added that the Baloch areas in Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan are severely affected by the Coronavirus. In view of the abhorrence and animosity of Pakistan toward the Baloch nation, no conscious soul would expect that Pakistan will take steps to curtail the spread of this deadly Coronavirus pandemic in Balochistan. Earlier also, during the 2013 earthquake in Awaran and Kech, Pakistan had stopped international NGOs to help the affected people in Balochistan. The Baloch people affected due to the 2013 earthquake are homeless till date, face atrocities and are being targeted in the military operations by Pakistani regime.
“On this occasion, we appeal to the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) that they should take effective measures for the Baloch refugees in Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan. Baloch refugees have been suffering for a long time and they hope to get full refugee status from UNHCR. If concrete steps are not taken in this regard then Pakistan may use Coronavirus outbreak against the Baloch nation to further exacerbate the humanitarian crisis in Balochistan.” Dr Marod Baloch appealed.