Skip to main content

Khan of Kalat' seeks Bangladesh support for Balochistan’s independence from Pakistan


Nurul Islam Hasib, bdnews24.com 
Published: 2016-12-14 19:11:06 BdST

Self-exiled Baloch leader Mir Suleman Dawood Jan Ahmedzai, known as ‘Khan of Kalat’, has sought Bangladesh government’s support in their effort to liberate Balochistan from what he termed "Pakistan’s occupation".

“They (Pakistan) are committing the same atrocities that they had committed with you,” he told bdnews24.com in Dhaka on Wednesday, referring to Bangladesh's 1971 Liberation War against Pakistan in which 3 million Bengalis were killed.

Ahmedzai has been staying in Britain since 2007 to gather international support for their cause of an independent Balochistan.

He was in Dhaka to take part in a seminar organised by the Centre for Genocide Studies at the Dhaka University.

A popular leader across Balochistan, he is sometimes referred to as a ‘king without his kingdom' by the locals.

He said 'Pakistan occupied his country' in March 1948 and since then has been carrying out atrocities to suppress public uprisings.

The Balochistan issue returned to the spotlight in the region after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech in August pointed at human rights violations in the province.

His comment was welcomed by Baloch leaders amid Islamabad’s protest.

Ahmedzai said they were expecting “cooperation and diplomatic understanding of the situation they are going through” from Bangladesh so that Dhaka can take it up to the UN.

“The family of the present prime minister went through the same crisis and even worse,” he said, referring to Bangladesh’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who led the independence movement. 

Ahmedzai said he saw Bangabandhu in 1969 and again in 1970 when he was around six years old.

“We, Balochistan, cannot speak in the UN as we are not a member. We want members to speak for us,” he said, adding that in 2012, during a human rights review session, the UN council rebuked Pakistan’s foreign minister over Balochistan.

He bitterly criticised Pakistan, accusing it of "spreading terrorism from Manila to California with its army intelligence".

“Only difference between normal terrorists and Pakistani army is that they are wearing uniforms while the others are not. Both are terrorists. One has a shield of the government and the other one is a non-state actor,” he said.

“Going to the background as to who they back or finance, you will trace them in every terrorist link from Manila to California”.

In Balochistan, they are committing atrocities on a daily basis, he said, adding that Pakistan has adopted ‘kill and dump’ policy in Balochistan. 

“More than 25,000 people are missing and over a million displaced. First, people go missing and then they are found in the wilderness....tortured, bullet-ridden bodies."

“Our only plan is to regain independence for Balochistan. We are optimistic,” he said.

“The sort of problems we are facing is like what you have faced before. You are lucky because of your fathers who made sacrifices and you got a country of yours. We are still sacrificing and we will also get our country.”

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Balochistan Advocacy : Japan-Baloch alliance

Muneer Mengal in Japan.

Balochistan to establish first medical university

https://www.dawn.com/news/1366135

The Newspaper's Staff CorrespondentOctober 25, 2017QUETTA: The provincial cabinet on Tuesday approved the draft for establishing a medical university in Balochistan.Health minister Mir Rehmat Saleh Baloch made the announcement while speaking at a press conference after a cabinet meeting.“The cabinet has approved the draft of the medical university which would be presented in the current session of the Balochistan Assembly,” he said, adding with the assembly’s approval the Bolan Medical College would be converted into a medical university.Published in Dawn, October 25th, 2017

5 Shia Hazara community members gunned down in Pakistan

http://m.hindustantimes.com/world-news/5-shia-hazara-community-members-gunned-down-in-pakistan/story-CHWR4lYByRHzf2KjHjMloI.html



Five members of the minority Shia Hazara community, including two women, were killed on Sunday in an attack by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province.This is not the first time that members of the Hazara community have been targeted in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan.(Reuters File Photo)Updated: Sep 11, 2017 00:20 ISTBy Press Trust of India, Press Trust of India, KarachiFive members of the minority Shia Hazara community, including two women, were killed on Sunday in an attack by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province.The gunmen targeted a car in Kuchluck area of Quetta while it was coming from the Chaman border crossing area, police said.The firing took place when the travellers had stopped at a filling station to refuel their vehicle. Five people of the Shia Hazara community, including two women, died in …