The Government of Balochistan in Exile

Sunday, July 09, 2006

URGENT PLEA: Humanitarian crisis in Pakistani occupied Balochistan

PRESS RELEASE:


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
General Secretary
The Government of Balochistan in Exile
http://governmentofbalochistan.blogsport.com/

1 Comments:

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    LETTER RECEIVED BY GOB (EXILE):
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    Herr Excellency,
    Secretary of Government of Balochistan (in Exile)

    Reading your comments about the plight of Baloch Internal Refuges which were displaced in recent Pakistani attacks in Balochistan, we made an inquiry in this connection and the plight of these refugees is going from bad to worse.

    We need help from different organisation in this connection and your honour can visit their web-site: www.unhcr.org and approach on Tel: +41 22 739 8111.

    Your honour can approach "Red-cross" in Geneva and in your respective countries as it needs an urgent action and the loud cries on behalf of Balochs shall faciliate our endeavours to Baloch Refugees in Pakistan.

    Thanking you, Sir

    Dr. Agnes Korn & others, Friends of Balochs, European Union.

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    RESPONSE SENT BY GOB (EXILE):
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    Dear Dr. Agnes Korn and
    other friends of Baloch,

    Thank you very much for your recent email. Your concern for the Baloch Refugees is very much appreciated. We are glad that you investigated our story by inquiring about the plight of these refugees, which as you rightly stated is going from bad to worse.

    We are in the process of contacting various humanitarian organizations to plead for urgent help for the Baloch Internal Refugees in Pakistan.

    Meanwhile, if we can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact us.


    Faithfully yours,

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

    By Blogger Govt. of Balochistan, at Thursday, July 13, 2006  

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