URGENT PLEA: Humanitarian crisis in Pakistani occupied Balochistan
KALAT, Balochistan – The Punjabi Raj and its military wing, the Pakistani armed forces, have embarked on “ethnic cleansing” of the Baloch nationals in occupied Balochistan. More than 300,000 Baloch are now displaced, and they are living as refugees under harsh conditions in neighboring territories of Pakhtunkhaw (officially known as the Northwest Frontier Province), Punjab, and Sindh.
Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile and its council members appeal to the global community and to the readers of this Blog to write to humanitarian organizations about the plight of the “Baloch Refugees”. These refugees are living in extreme hardship, and they are in dire need of assistance at this critical juncture.
The humanitarian organizations must setup refugee camps for the displaced Baloch nationals. They should establish field hospitals to treat the sick and injured civilians, and offer makeshift schools for the Baloch children. Friends and visitors who have visited various areas in Balochistan have identified and suggested the following locations for these refugee camps:
- Kashmore-Jacobabad-Sibi area
- 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, and etcetera to sustain the refugee and their livestock.
It is imperative that these humanitarian organizations are informed that “ethnic cleansing” is taking place in occupied Balochistan by the Punjabi Raj, and therefore, the Baloch Refugees do not trust anyone of Punjabi ethnicity who works for them. The refugees prefer to deal only with foreigners and ethnic Baloch, Pashtun and Sindhi nationals. All hiring by these organizations must be cognizant of this fact and avoid hiring Punjabis to assist the Baloch Refugees.
Involvement of humanitarian organizations to establish refugee camps will certainly minimize the sufferings of the affected Baloch Refugees. Furthermore, their presence in Balochistan will expose the atrocities being committed by the Punjabi Raj 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.
Baloch News Bureau Report
Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
The Government of Balochistan in Exile