If the hallmark of a nation is how it treats its minorities, perhaps Pakistan's title as a failed state is well deserved.
Toronto and Vancouver chapters of Baloch Human Rights Council (Canada) staged demonstrations in front of the U.S. Consulates today to protest the 13th anniversary of Pakistan’s nuclear tests in Balochistan back in 1998.
Baloch Human Rights Council (BHRC - Canada), American Friends of Balochistan (AFB), International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (IVBMP) and Baloch Community Dubai have expressed serious concerns over the violent acts of vandalism against the Balochistan-based Daily Tawar and termed it a violation of freedom of speech.
In two repeated incidents last week, Daily Tawar, a respected Urdu language newspaper of Balochistan, came under attack by the activists of the Baloch Students Organization (BSO-Mohiuddin faction), the student wing of the Balochistan National Party (BNP-Mengal).
At a recent event held in the French National Assembly, Munir Mengal proposed that issues related to Balochistan be discussed in next "Afghanistan International Conference.
The Baloch Society of North America organized an international conference on Balochistan at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC, on April 30, 2011, and asked for the UN, the USA and the international community to intervene in Balochistan to help stop the human rights abuses committed against the Baloch by Pakistan's security forces and military.
Balochistan's vision is that it will be a democracy with one man one vote. Nobody will be superior or inferior. All will be equal. The one who is on the mountain or the one who is agitating on the streets, whether he is doing or asking for his rights. All of them who are living on this land from Arand and Dajal (Southern Punjab), or from the desert and plains in southern Afghanistan to the sea, from Kirman to Bander Abass and from northern Sindh, we all are Baloch. Our thinking and heart should be as big as this vast land of ours.
I have heard it said that “The pen is mightier than the sword.” To which I reply: Pick it up. Write the powers that be, and say “I will be a voice to speak for this voiceless nation of Balochistan and because they cannot, I will be asking for help for them. By this, they are no longer voiceless, because I will have volunteered your voice to speak for them. I heard it said that until Balochistan’s problem becomes worse, that it does not matter, but I say that if this voiceless nation’s situation becomes any graver there will be no nation to save.
Reza Hossein Borr introduced his talk with an outline of Baloch history and addressed the issue of what the Baloch might do now to solve their grievances with the states of Pakistan and Iran. Mr. Hossein Borr outlined eight conditions the international community has considered as sufficient grounds for secession and advocated that the Baloch do what is necessary to gain their rights in a civilized world.
The economically interdependent world cannot function unless people respect diversity and build unity through common bonds of humanity. The demands for independent Baluchistan no longer can be ignored by any state or by the international community. Confrontation over the quest for independent Baluchistan is likely to grow, unless Iranian and Pakistani elite suspend their inherent right to colonization and accommodate independent Baluchistan.