The Baloch American Congress (BAC) Sunday asked the Biden administration not to repeat the mistake President Richard Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger made during the Bangladesh war of independence and to announce immediate moral, political, and material support for those fighting for Balochistan right to self-determination.
“Nixon-Kissinger threw their weight behind the military government of Gen Yahya Khan when Pakistan soldiers were carrying out war crimes and crimes against humanity in former East Pakistan, now Bangladesh,” Dr. Tara Chand, president of the BAC, said in a statement.
“The US even sent it’s 7th Fleet in support of Pakistan military and that was one of the darkest moments of US diplomacy.”
He said the heroic uprising of the Baloch people as evidenced in Kech, Naushki, and Panjgur has again proven to the world that the freedom aspirations of a people can never be crushed by even the most powerful adversary.
“The US must impose a no-fly zone over Balochistan and the Pentagon must not only to ensure none of U.S. arms are being used against the secular and freedom-loving Baloch people but the US must also prevail upon the military leadership to hold talks with the Baloch leadership for a viable solution to the Baloch question.”
He said the fate of at least 5,000 Baloch victims of enforced disappearances who are still in ISI torture cells is unknown and was a reason enough to penalize the Pakistan army, ISI, Frontier Corps, and Military Intelligence under the Leahy Act.
He cautioned the U.S. the Pakistani army spin doctors were trying to link the secular movement in Balochistan with the ISIS, though it’s an open secret that the army GHQ in Rawalpindi and the Aabpara headquarters of the ISI in Islamabad are the two most organized centers of global Islamic jihad.
“In the end, I request not only President Biden and Secretary Blinken but also Vice President Kamala Harris and Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman to speak out in one voice for the inalienable right of the people of Balochistan to be the masters of their own destiny,” said Dr. Tara Chand.