Top Baloch leader along with two colleagues found dead in Turbate, Balochistan
A leading Baloch leader who was also active getting UNHCR Quetta head John Solecki released from BLUF was picked up from his lawyer’s office few days back and last night was found dead in Turbat, Balochistan.
Pakistani TV channels are reporting that province-wise angry and violent protests have started against killing three Baloch leaders. At some places office of ruling PPP have been burnt today.
Ghulam Mohammad Baloch, who was Secretary General of Baloch Nationalist Movement, which works for independence of Balochistan, last appeared on a TV channels on April first when he gave briefing to media after meeting of UN delegation with senior Baloch leader Khair Bux Marri. Several tv channels had reported his briefing live, in which he had repeated appeal to BLUF to release John Solecki on humanitarian grounds.
On April 4rth he was picked by reportedly agencies from his lawyer Kachkol Baloch’s office, who is noted politician, lawyer and former opposition leader of Balochistan assembly.
Balochistan’s Chief Minister has expressed his deep sorrow on killing of Baloch leaders.
After Nawab Akbar Bugti and Balach Marri’s murder, this killing is believed to spark new wave of protest in the province of Balochistan and possibly could trigger protest in Baloch localities of Karachi.
Here is the transcription of his last publically spoken words/interviews aired Live on ARY OneWorld on April 1, 2009.
Interview of Baloch leader Ghulam Mohammad Baloch
Central Secretary General of Baloch National Movement (BNM) On ARY OneWorld April 1, 2009
I am Ghulam Mohammad Baloch, Central Secretary General of BNM, what has been discussed today in UNO’s delegation and Committee of Friends of Baloch nation, we held talks in pleasant manner, we are making joint efforts, the Baloch Committee and UNO for the release of John Solecki. Once again we appeal to John Solecki that on humanitarian grounds he be released. And we believe that government of Pakistan is creating problems, making issue more complex and trying to sabotage efforts of UNO, US and friends of Baloch Commmittee, President of Pakistan says that his government is making efforts for releasing the missing people while his Interior Minister Rehman Malik says that these people have left the country and are not inside Pakistan. If these torture cells and detention centers are located in foreign then the Interior Minister himself should take some time and go visiting these places. We are surprised that they control airport, immigration, if somebody travel by sea or air or via ground route, they are the one who control land, space and sky.
Pakistan government controls all entry and exit points of the country, if it still complains that it does not know about the missing Baloch people, who may have left the country that means Pakistani government is lying and betraying to the world community including UNO and United States.
With regard to release of UNHCR official, we are just making appeals behalf o Baloch nation and Baloch Committee to his abductors to release him. And as you know Mr. Solecki’s mother and wife, and even UNO all have also made an appeal for his release. Because the whole idea behind this move (Kidnapping) was to apprise West, UNO and human rights organization groups about the victimization of Baloch people, their missing people, to bring all these issues to UNO’s notice.
We do not know what this delegation would do with regard to raising our issue in UNO, they know better their procedure, what we believe is that it is the responsibility of UNO to resolve the conflicts between the nations, we expect and appeal to them address the Baloch national issues, the issue of Balochistan’s freedom. And that Pakistan, on its military might is committing genocide in Balochistan, and on the basis of state terrorism is denying Baloch their rights and crushing the Baloch nationalist movement. These all steps of government of Pakistan are in violation of human rights, violation of Geneva convention, and when a state violates all international agreements and covenants then it becomes responsibility of international institutions like UNO to hold accountable to such states of a violation, a help Baloch to restore their independent position of March 27 1948 when it was invaded by Pakistan, we want to restore the our nationhood, our struggle is for that goal.
We believe the issue is being dragged by Pakistani state and its army but Baloch nation understands the pros and cons of such policies, they know what is in their interest and what not, we believe that the appeal that we are making to them (UNO and international community) we hope they will consider it.
In a meeting with UN delegation, Khair Bux Marri apprised them of genocide of Baloch people, atrocities being committed against them, the overall issue of Baloch nation that we are struggling for, because the Pakistani state is using banned weapons against Baloch people, the chemical weapons, and we are being bombed. State is conspiring to displace Baloch from their land, he mentioned all these facts to the delegation. And repeated the restoration of our original free state is our natural right and UN under its charter is obliged to act for defending right of Baloch.
Regarding missing persons BLUF has provided list which contains one thousand and nine names (1009) but we believe the actual list is around eight thousand missing people because I myself remained in their custody for eleven months, in their torture cells, from December 3, 2006 to September 20, 2007, they handed over to police and I saw with my own eyes the torture cells, military cantonments, whatever I saw, and they (army officers) kept telling us, Kashmoor, Sui and Jecobabad they have established fences like Nazis and Hitler had established, where in open ground Baloch were kept, more than eight thousand people are detained in these fences and these folks are tolerating these severe punishments.
We expected that, despite actual figure, government may release the list of 1009 people given to them, but contrary to our expectation, after this demand came on surface, agencies picked up more people like Dr. Bashir Azeem, Secretary General of BRP, Jalil who is an information secretary of BRP, he has been picked up, BSO organizer Shahzeb has been picked up and gone missing, Feroze Baloch, member central committee of Baloch National Movement (BNM) was picked up and paralyzed due to torture, police raided my house, and picked up my brother and they kept him hanging for 72 hours, these actions continue till today.
We believe these committees formed by successive government produce nothing, they are dismantled by themselves without making progress, President Zardari says that his government would formulate a mechanism to find out missing persons while the interior Minister Malik Rehman claims that there is no one missing person, all have gone out of country, IG FC Saleem Nawaz speaks a different language, which keeps coming on media, you might have listened that, you we do not have any hopes and expectations from the government, we have left our issue now to UN, it is now responsibility of UN to defend a slave and subjugated nation under its charter.
Of John Solecki’s release we believe that Baloch people are caring, they have strong feelings for human concerns, we expect and appeal that some positive outcome would come.
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