The Government of Balochistan in Exile

Monday, July 17, 2006

Pakistani military regime kidnapped two brothers of Senator Sanaullah Baloch and attempted to assassinate him in London!


KALAT, Balochistan – Soon after Senator Sanaullah Baloch delivered his speech at a conference arranged by the “Third World Solidarity” in London, he was attacked by people of Pakistani origin who attempted to assassinate him with a homemade chemical bomb. The bomb was thrown at this face, but it missed the target and hit his chest and exploded by releasing a toxic gas; if it had struck his face, it could have killed him. Baloch activists, Walid Garboni, Abdul Raman Talpour, Samad Baloudi, and Masoud Sardazi, stepped in to protect Senator Baloch from further attacks by the Punjabi thugs that were sent by the Pakistan Embassy in U.K. to interrupt the seminar and to assassinate Senator Baloch. Garboni received serious injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Prior to the terrorist attack today, two brothers of Senator Baloch, were kidnapped in Pakistan by government intelligence agencies. He is currently on a whirlwind campaign tour of Europe highlighting atrocities of Pakistani military regime in Balochistan. To bring awareness about the crisis in Balochistan, he has held numerous meetings with European political leaders, diplomats, academia, think-tank groups, and Baloch Diaspora.

Senator Baloch was able to leave Pakistan for this tour just before his name was placed on the ‘Exit Control List’ (ECL). Once a Pakistani national’s name is entered in the ECL, they are not allowed to leave the country nor they are able to renew their expired passports if they are still outside Pakistan.

“I have just been contacted by my family, and they told me that intelligence agencies had picked up my two brothers, Samiullah Baloch and Obaidullah Baloch,” said Senator Baloch prior to the assassination attempt on his life.

He added, “They have been picked up by intelligence agencies today. Their lives are under threat.” He emphasized, “Everyday intelligence agencies are picking up people in Balochistan; and it’s sad that the lives of family members of Baloch politicians’ have been threatened.”

Senator Baloch appealed to human rights groups and international media to expose the abuses of powers by the Pakistani intelligence agencies. “I request you all to protest this crime in your personal capacity or through your organizations to the concerned authorities. I will be grateful to you all,” pleaded Senator Baloch.

Samiullah Baloch is a social activist and president of the Balochistan Institute for Future Development, a non-governmental organization. A group of concerned citizens founded the Institute in 1997 and registered it in 1999. The Institute’s vision includes promotion of consciousness among the masses of the Pakistani-occupied Balochistan regarding their basic needs and fundamental human rights, literacy promotion, political and economic rights, peace, equality and social justice.

Obaidullah Baloch is an American citizen, and Senator Baloch has already informed the U.S. authorities about the kidnapping of his brothers by the Pakistani intelligence agencies. The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad has initiated their standard operating procedure and opened diplomatic channels with their Pakistani counterparts to locate American citizens when they go missing in foreign countries.

The Government of Balochistan (in Exile) deplores the blatant violation of human rights of Baloch nationals by the Pakistani military regime. Such acts of state terrorism must cease immediately. Kidnapping, torture and murder are commonly practiced by the Pakistani government to intimidate the oppressed people of Balochistan. It is time for the Baloch Diaspora to raise their voices and let the world know about the crimes being committed against the Baloch people in Pakistani-occupied Balochistan.

>>To hear an interview of Senator Sanaullah Baloch, please click here<<

Baloch News Bureau Report

Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
General Secretary
The Government of Balochistan in Exile


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