UK MP Jonathan Gullis condemns Hayat Baloch’s murder in Balochistan

UK government has strongly condemned instances of extrajudicial killings or enforced disappearances in Balochistan. British MPs have vowed to speak out about the human rights abuses, including the brutal murder of Hayat Baloch on August 13 in Balochistan.

Dr Naseem Baloch, organizer of the Baloch National Movement (BNM) Diaspora Committee, explained that Jonathan Gullis, the British Member of Parliament (MP) and Conservative Party MP had asked British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office about Hayat Baloch’s assassination. Responding to Jonathan Gullis’ query, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State for South Asia and Commonwealth said that the British government strongly condemns any extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances. We call on all states to investigate such incidents, bring those responsible to justice and provide justice to the oppressed and their families, Lord Ahmad said.

Dr Naseem Baloch added that the BNM Diaspora committee had urged the members of their UK Zone to contact their local MPs and ask them to raise their voice against the murder of Hayat Baloch and other serious humanitarian and human rights abuses in Balochistan. “Since then, many members of the British Parliament have assured us that they will raise the issue with the Foreign Office and hold it accountable,” said Dr Naseem Baloch.

Naseem Abbas Baloch, a UK zone member, contacted the Stoke-on-Trent (North) MP Jonathan Gullis and informed him of these issues. In response to which Jonathan Gullis wrote a letter to the Foreign Office expressing his concerns. In response, the Foreign Office said, “The death of Hayat Mirza Baloch on 13 August was extremely troubling.”

According to a letter from the Foreign Office, they have condemned the August 13 murder of Hayat Baloch. It has now also been condemned by Pakistani politicians and some arrests have been made. “We hope there will be a full investigation,” he added.

Dr Naseem Baloch further said that the Baloch National Movement (BNM) Diaspora committee has been pursuing its diplomatic programme globally raising issues of Baloch nation’s quest for liberation and the serious human rights violations across Balochistan. He said the BNM would liaise with parliamentary members of political parties not only in the UK but also in other European and American countries and ask them to support the Baloch national struggle for independence.

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