The Government of Balochistan in Exile

Friday, July 14, 2006

Baloch refugees need immediate humanitarian help!

PRESS RELEASE:


KALAT, Balochistan – Today, the Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile has sent letters of appeal to various humanitarian organizations around the world to help the Baloch Refugees in Pakistani-occupied Balochistan. Mir Azaad Khan Baloch requests the readers of this blog to become proactive and contact any organizations, political groups, government departments, etc. that they perceive will assist the displaced Baloch people.

The following letter was sent out to the list of organizations that are listed below:

SUBJECT: Baloch Refugees Need Immediate Humanitarian Help!


Dear Sir or Madam,

This is an urgent appeal for immediate humanitarian help required for the Baloch Refugees of Pakistani-occupied Balochistan where the Pakistani military regime is presently conducting "Ethnic Cleansing".

The military dictator, General Pervez Musharraf ordered a military operation in Balochistan in December 2005. Since then, the Pakistani fighter jets, gunship helicopters, heavy artillery, and over 60,000 troops have relentlessly attacked the ethnic Baloch civilians. Over 10,000 casualties were reported to be caused by direct military action and military blockade imposed by the Pakistani forces on Baloch areas. Majority of these deaths were caused by starvation, thirst, and non-availability of medical assistance.

More than 300,000 Baloch are forced out of their homes in occupied Balochistan. These Baloch Refugees are now scattered in neighboring territories of Pakistan. They are living under extremely harsh conditions, and they are in dire need of assistance. Unfortunately, the Pakistani regime has imposed restrictions on all Pakistani humanitarian organization to offer any help to the Baloch Refugees.To get an idea of the plight of the Baloch Refugees, please read the article, "When pride stands in the way of tears" by Bahzad Alam Khan, published in the prestigious English daily newspaper of Pakistan, the Dawn, and also on our Blog.

The Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile pleads to your esteemed organization to urgently investigate this humanitarian crisis in Pakistani-occupied Balochistan, and make immediate arrangements to send emergency aid to help the Baloch Refugees. We need to setup refugee camps for the displaced Baloch nationals. We must establish field hospitals to treat the sick and injured civilians, and offer makeshift schools for the Baloch children.

Friends of GOB (Exile) who have visited various areas in Balochistan have identified and recommended the following locations for these refugee camps:

  • Kashmore-Jacobabad-Sibi areas
  • Rakhni-Barkhan-Fort Munro areas
  • Quetta city

Each camp must have access to off-road vehicles, ambulances, landmine clearing vehicles, and rescue helicopters to reach the displaced Baloch nationals. The camps must be equipped with medicine, tents, clothing, blankets, water, foodstuff, milk powder, veterinary medicine, food for animals, and etcetera to sustain the Baloch Refugees and save their livestock.

It is imperative that your organization understands that "Ethnic Cleansing" is taking place in occupied Balochistan by the Punjabi-dominated Pakistan government forces, and therefore, the Baloch Refugees do not trust anyone of Punjabi ethnicity who works for you. The refugees prefer to deal only with foreigners and ethnic Baloch, Pashtun and Sindhi nationals. Please be cognizant of this fact and avoid hiring Punjabis to assist the Baloch Refugees.

Your involvement to establish refugee camps will certainly minimize the sufferings of the affected Baloch Refugees. Furthermore, your presence in Balochistan will expose the atrocities being committed by the Pakistani military regime on the oppressed Baloch people. These camps will facilitate visits by international journalists so they can witness the suffering of the Baloch Refugees and investigate the ground realities in the conflict-ridden areas of occupied Balochistan.

Furthermore, GOB (Exile) can facilitate your operation in Pakistani-occupied Balochistan. We can appeal to all the ethnic Baloch people in the region to step forward and assist you to help their fellow Baloch nationals.

If you are in a position to forward this appeal to other humanitarian organizations, we would greatly appreciate your help. But, please take this urgent matter under serious consideration, and propose a plan of action at your earliest convenience.

Meanwhile, please feel free to contact us for any clarifications or details. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you.


Sincerely,


Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
General Secretary
The Government of Balochistan in Exile
http://governmentofbalochistan.blogspot.com/


The above appeal was sent to:


Baloch News Bureau Report


Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
General Secretary
The Government of Balochistan in Exile
http://governmentofbalochistan.blogspot.com/

1 Comments:

  • ________________________________
    GOB (EXILE) RECEIVED FOLLOWING LETTER
    ________________________________

    Dear Sir

    Many thanks for your message. As you may know the DEC is a fundraising organisation set up purely to raise money for specific international disasters and crises. The way that our charity operates is by delivering funds directly to our 13 Member Agency charities, who then carry out work on the ground and report back to the DEC on the results of action.

    I know that almost all, if not every one of these Members is working in Pakistan areas so I would suggest that you contact each one and try to gain support directly through them. It is not within the jurisdiction of the DEC to provide money to anyone other than the Member Agencies and we do not at present have an Appeal for this area of the world, so there is little way that we can assist you ourselves directly.

    Our website www.dec.org.uk has details of the Members and I have pasted a list below for you to have a look at:

    Members

    Aid agencies have to meet DEC membership criteria in order to join the DEC and have to meet further criteria in order to take part in any Appeal.

    The 13 member agencies are:

    ActionAid
    http://www.actionaid.org.uk/
    British Red Cross
    http://www.redcross.org.uk
    CAFOD
    http://www.cafod.org.uk/
    CARE International
    http://www.careinternational.org.uk/
    Christian Aid
    http://www.christian-aid.org.uk/
    Concern
    http://www.concern.net
    Help the Aged
    http://www.helptheaged.org.uk
    Islamic Relief
    http://www.islamic-relief.com/uk
    Merlin
    http://www.merlin.org.uk/
    Oxfam
    http://www.oxfam.org.uk/
    Save the Children
    http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/
    Tearfund
    http://www.tearfund.org/
    World Vision
    http://www.worldvision.org.uk/

    Membership of the DEC is open to any organisation able to meet our criteria and obligations of membership. The DEC maintains standards of aid delivery and accountability.

    DEC agencies are expected to have an Emergency section which forms part of their organisation and is directly related to emergencies relief.

    Please click here to see our membership criteria.

    I hope that this is of some help to you and wish you success with your work.

    Kind Wishes

    Vicky Nardell (Temporary Administrator, DEC)

    By Blogger Govt. of Balochistan, at Friday, July 14, 2006  

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