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AFB condemn death sentence to Three Bugti tribesmen

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WASHINGTON DC -- The premier Baloch human rights body in the capital of the United States Sunday called upon the U.N., U.S. State Department, World Bank and the IMF to censor Pakistan’s for the military mandated court sentencing of three Baloch Internally Displaced Persons to death.

The death sentence was handed to the three members of the Bugti tribe under Sections 302/34 of the Pakistan Penal Code, 3/4 of the Explosives Act and 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act allegation of blowing up gas pipelines and for belonging to a banned Baloch militant outfit.

Those sentenced to death are Pahrdin s/o Azim Bugti, Ramzan s/o Juma Bugti and Mewa s/o Thagya Bugti. The allegation against them is that they bombed the main gas pipeline coming from Sui Balochistan and running along the railway track in Abadpur in Rahim Yar Khan Punjab, killing four people.

“The death penalty has no place in the 21st century, is the categorical stance of the United Nations,” said the AFB. The AFB asked the United Nations to censor Pakistan for the death sentences during the Universal Periodic Review underway at the 28th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

“It is also incumbent upon the US Department of State and the lending agencies such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to pressure Islamabad not to carry out the death sentences,” the AFB demanded.

The AFB said, “The travesty of justice is that the three men, all members of the Bugti tribe, had to flee from their native Dera Bugti home in 2005 when the then military dictator General Musharraf ordered bombardment of Baloch villages,” the American Friends of Balochistan said. ‘these men who have now been ordered to die were among 250,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from district Kohlu and Dera Bugti who sought refuge in Punjab and Sindh,”

The AFB said the chief of the Bugti tribe, the late nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, a former governor and chief minister of Balochistan, had worked to get rights of people of France-sized Balochistan peacefully in the Pakistani constitutional framework, but he too had to leave his ancestral birthplace Dera Bugti in the wake of the army bombings. “After he was killed, his family was not even allowed to attend the last rites of the Baloch leader,” said the AFB.

As Balochistan is directly administered by the Southern Command of the Pakistan army, for strategic reasons Pakistan military has shooed away all aid and charitable agencies such as Doctors Without Borders (MSF) to help the IDPs. Scores of people have perished because of Pakistan security forces scorched earth policies,” AFB statement said.
“The sentencing of three Bugti men makes it apparent when it comes to the Baloch people of Balochistan, the Pakistani establishment has just one four-letter word to deal with the Baloch: KILL,” said the AFB.

On Friday, the Pakistan media published the news of the execution order of the three Baloch by an ‘Anti-Terrorist Court’ in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

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