Save the dates!!!!
Successive Rallies to be held in US and Canada
to Condemn Pakistan Government Actions
in Balochistan and on Kalabagh Dam
For the names of contact persons, times and location in each of the cities, please click here
The World Sindhi Institute (WSI) condemns the ongoing military operation in Balochistan and calls for an independent human rights investigation.
Since December 18th, the Pakistan security forces have been carrying out attacks in the Kohlu and Dera Bugti districts of Balochistan using helicopter gunships and fighter jets. Over one hundred people have been killed, among them many innocent women and children. At first denying the attacks, then calling them just a law and order operation, the armyâ€™s brutal tactics are unlikely to resolve any conflict or grievances between the Baloch people and the central government.
In a joint effort with Baloch Society of North America (BSO-NA) and Baloch International Human Rights, WSI announces a series of rallies will take place on successive Mondays, beginning on Monday, February 6th. Sindhis, Baloch, Pakhtuns and their supporters will gather in front of Pakistan consulates to register their opposition. The series of rallies will begin in Washington, DC, followed by Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City and Toronto, Canada. All people who are concerned about these issues are urged to participate and register their voices. To continue reading, please click here.
The speakers at the rallies include
(Please click to see speaker's Biography):
World Sindhi Institute
1050 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
World Sindhi Institute
225 Brunswick Ave,
M5S 2M6 - Canada
Phone: 416-964-9223 ext 249
Captured Rebel Tribesmen 'Shot on the Spot' by Army, Times Online, January 24, 2006
Pakistan: The Resurgence of Baloch Nationalism, January 23, 2006
WSI Welcomes the Decision of WSC to Join Hands for the Upcoming Rallies, January 14, 2006
WSI's Invitation Letter to SANA and WSC to Join the Upcoming Rallies, January 11, 2006
Conflict in Balochistan HRCP Fact-Finding Missions (PDF File), December 2005 - January 2006
City, Dates, Time, and Location
Embassy of Pakistan
3517 International Court, NW
Washington DC 20008
February 6th, 2006
12:00 - 1:00pm
Local contact: Munawar Laghari
Phone : (202) 223 - 1777 Cell: (202) 378 - 0333
Chicago Consulate General of Pakistan,
333 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 728,
Chicago, Illinois 60601
February 13th, 2006
Local contacts: Sohail Ansari
Phone: (414) 688 - 0213
Ali Afzal Bugti
Phone: (773) 592 - 2428
Houston Consulate General of Pakistan,
11850 Jones Road,
Houston, Texas 77070
February 21st, 2006
Local contacts: Rashid Baloch
Phone: (214) 682 - 2867
Phone: (832) 661 - 8292
Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles Consulate General of Pakistan,
Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1250,
Los Angeles, CA 90024.
February 27th, 2006
Local contacts: Hasan Mujtaba
Phone: (619) 465 - 1461
Malik Dino Shaikh
Phone: (818) 481 - 6201
New York City, New York
New York Consulate General of Pakistan,
12 East, 65th Street,
New, York NY-10021
March 6th, 2006
Local contacts: Nand Panjwani
Phone: (917) 609 - 3880
Phone: (609) 668 - 0156
Toronto Consulate General of Pakistan
240 Duncan Mill Road, Suite 402
North York, Ontario,
Canada, M3B 1Z4
March 10th, 2006
Local contacts: Humaira Rahman
Phone: (416) 964 - 9223 ext 249
Phone: (416) 830 - 2685
UK Balochs protest against Pak suppression in their province
London | January 27, 2006 2:13:42 PM IST
Expatriate Balochs living in Britain recently staged a protest demonstration in London against the alleged Pakistani suppression in their province.
The protest included a march past 10 Downing Street, the official residence of British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
The protesters demanded that the British Government use its influence over Islamabad to bring an end to the Pakistani military action in Baluchistan.
Baloch militants have been waging a low-level insurgency for decades for greater benefits, control of gas and other natural resources.
On Wednesday, a landmine planted by tribal militants blew up a minibus in the province, killing six people, including two children, government officials said.
Pakistans top rights group has already accused President Pervez Musharrafs military-led government of gross human rights violations in the province, where it said a war-like situation prevailed.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) also rejected government claims that it was not using regular armed forces in a crackdown in the southwestern province launched last month after rocket attacks by tribal militants battling for greater autonomy and control of lucrative natural gas fields.
The group said it had received evidence that action by armed forces had led to deaths and injuries among civilians and that populations had also been subjected to indiscriminate bombing.
The HRCP report said up to 85 percent the 22,000-26,000 inhabitants of Dera Bugti had fled their homes after the town was repeatedly hit by shelling by paramilitary forces.
A handful of representatives of Sindhi and Baloch people residing in the U.K. held placards condemning the ongoing alleged atrocities on their people by the Pakistani military regime.
Activists shouted anti-Musharraf slogans and condemned the ongoing atrocities in their region rich in mineral resources.
Pakistans army launched a crackdown against Baluchistan militants after a December 14 rocket attack while Musharraf was visiting the region. Baluchi nationalists say 200 people have since been killed, but Pakistan has not commented on casualties.
Opposition parties in Baluchistan accuse the government of using helicopter gunships and warplanes to rocket and bomb civilians in northern Baluchistan.
Kadir Jaloti, Director of the World Sindhi Institute, urged the world community to take up the issue of Baloch people and help resolving the issue.
<span style="font-size:large;">I want to tell the whole world that today Baluchistan is burning and its no only Baluchistan which is burning but the whole world.</span> So, this is the issue of whole world and to condemn Pakistan military ruler Pervez Musharrafs action, said Jaloti angered at the action.
Mir Khalid Langau. Leader of National Party Baluchistan, warned the Pakistani military with dire consequences if they do not stop atrocities in the troubled region.
Pakistani military is one of the rarest militaries who wants to conquer its own state. Instead of providing them their fundamental rights they are targeting them with bullets. We want to tell them they should not consider themselves and their army to be so powerful that they can face us. Now we are ready to face them. And we want them to recall the 70s about General Arora and General Niazi controversy, said Langau.
In the past month, mines planted by militants have killed five troops of the Frontier Corps paramilitary force and destroyed seven vehicles, a paramilitary official said.
<span style="font-size:large;">The crackdown in Dera Bugti and nearby Kohlu district began in mid-December after a string of rebel rocket attacks, including one during a visit to the area by President Pervez Musharraf.</span>
Abdullah Baluch, Baluchistan Action Committee and organizer of the protest, called upon the world leaders to send a mission to Baluch region to find the real truth.
We want international community to send a fact finding mission to and see for themselves what is happening to the Baluch people. They are under immense pressure from Pakistan. There are around 4000 innocent people are missing or extra judicially kept in custody of Pakistani army, said Baluch.
Baluch nationalists say almost 200 people have been killed in the crackdown. The government has not commented on overall casualties. (ANI)