On the occasion of the 51st session of the UN human rights council, on Item 3 of the general debate, Baloch Human Rights Council’s Information Secretary, Kamal Khan, took the opportunity to highlight the socio-economic and cultural challenges facing the Baloch people in Pakistan.
Kamal Khan drew the council’s attention to some aspects of human rights violations regarding the exploitation of natural resources of Balochistan by Pakistan resulting in the extreme poverty of the Baloch people. He said, “The Baloch in Pakistan is being dehumanized in the face of aggressive exploitation of their resources while being deprived of education, health, and other social amenities. Only 2 per cent of the population in Balochistan is getting the facility running water. Only 40 per cent have a sewerage system in their settlements”.
“China and Pakistan are ruthlessly exploiting the natural resources of Balochistan. Despite being rich in natural resources, Balochistan remains the most impoverished region with the highest unemployment rate in Pakistan. 70 per cent of the population in Balochistan live below the poverty line. As a result of systematic economic deprivation, many children suffer from severe malnutrition. The infant mortality rate in Balochistan is one of the highest in the world. In addition, access to education for many Baloch children has been blocked because of poverty”. said Kamal Khan.
He requested the council’s urgent and direct intervention to save the Baloch people suffering from human rights violations resulting in extreme poverty.