In a recent event in Lahore, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, made an inflammatory statement, suggesting that those supporting Baloch protestors or writing in favor of missing persons in Balochistan should join armed groups like BLA and BLF. This audacious move has triggered widespread condemnation, especially for labeling victims of enforced disappearances as terrorists, insulting their families and addressing peaceful activists in a threatening tone.
The Baloch Long March movement has consistently advocated for an end to human rights violations in Balochistan and a halt to the Baloch genocide. Leaders, including Dr. Mahrang Baloch, presented these demands to the Pakistan Army, emphasizing the need for negotiations. However, the Army continuous irresponsibility and obstinacy are evident as peaceful protestors face torture, arrests, and media trials.
Human Rights organization Paank strongly condemned the Prime Minister’s characterization of Baloch families as “families of terrorists”. The organization decried these baseless statements, asserting that they perpetuate a dangerous narrative undermining the legitimate right to peaceful protest. A call for respect for human rights, freedom of expression, and an end to stigmatization has been made.
Senator Tahir Bizenjo of the National Party criticized the Pakistan Parliament’s failure to address forced disappearances in Pak-occupied-Balochistan. He highlighted procedural disruptions and quorum issues strategically raised during sessions, compromising meaningful debate on this critical human rights issue. Bizenjo urged the government to engage in constructive negotiations with the Baloch Yakjehti Committee (BYC) leaders for a lasting resolution. He warned of potential escalation in Pak-occupied-Balochistan, emphasizing the risk of ongoing sit-ins and demonstrations evolving into widespread chaos if the situation remains unaddressed.
The future of Balochistan hangs in the balance. The Prime Minister’s inflammatory remarks, coupled with the Parliament’s apparent inaction, risk pushing the Baloch community further away from reconciliation. Meanwhile, the Baloch Long March movement and its supporters remain steadfast in their demands.
The provinces of Pak-occupied-Balochistan, rich in resources, have become a focal point of exploitation, with the Pak Army orchestrating a sinister plan to plunder the region’s wealth. Since March 27, 1948, the Baloch people have faced relentless oppression through daily home raids, disappearances, staged encounters, target killings, torture, and kidnappings for ransom.