Geneva: 29 September 2022
Dr. Naseem Baloch, Chairman Baloch National Movement, has urged the United Nations to send a fact-finding mission to ascertain the magnitude of human rights violations being perpetrated by Pakistan in Balochistan.
Intervening in the general debate of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 51st session in Geneva, the BNM chairman drew the attention of the world body to the worsening human rights situation in Balochistan. He claimed that enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings had been a daily practice for many years, and there has been a record surge in these cases in recent months. He told the assembly that this year only till August, Pakistani forces have forcibly disappeared 505 people and killed 147. In the Ziarat area of Balochistan, 11 persons were killed in a fake encounter. Later, 6 of them were identified as missing persons. In Lahore, more than 100 dead bodies were found, which are yet to be confirmed. However, it is believed that they were from the missing persons.
BNM chairman asserted that there are verified reports of abduction of women and children by security agencies and their death squads. However, as Balochistan is a no-go area for media and human rights organizations, nothing is being reported about the worsening situation. Dr Naseem Baloch demanded that Pakistani actions in Balochistan require immediate international attention. Demanding that perpetrators must face justice, he called for a UN fact-finding mission to Balochistan.
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