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Baloch leader Mehran Baloch had said at the UN that if there is an example of the grossest violation of economic, social rights will be found in Balochistan.

india Updated: Aug 28, 2006 18:58 IST

55th Session:

Commission on Human Rights Sub-Commission

Promotion and Protection of Human Rights

Fifty-fifth Session 27 July - 15 August, 2003

Intervention by Mehran Baloch

Madam Chairperson,

If there is an example of the grossest violation of economic, social and cultural rights committed by a state, it will be found in Balochistan, the southwest province of Pakistan, through suppression and repression and through arbitrary and unilateral enforcement of illegal and unconstitutional decrees.

The Baloch land, whose independence had been recognised even by the British rulers of India, was forcibly and illegally occupied and annexed by the ruling elite of the Punjabis in Pakistan through the might of their military in 1948.

The Punjabi ruling oligarchy in Pakistan has unleashed a reign of terror and brutalities on the people of Balochistan just because they never agreed to the surrender of their independence and dilution of their historical identity.

In 1973, the Baloch movement for the realisation of economic, social and political rights and autonomous status for their land was brutally suppressed.

Madam Chairperson,

The sin of the people of Balochistan is that their leadership never accepted the merger of Balochistan with Pakistan, and they never reconciled to the present status of Balochistan as an occupied province of Pakistan.

Therefore Islamabad based administration always looked upon them with suspicion. This has drawn a wedge between the people of Balochistan and Islamabad and the rulers seek revenge through discrimination. Consequently the Baloch have minimal representation in the federal administration and its higher ranks.

Madam Chairperson,

Balochistan continues to remain a neglected region. Literacy rate is bare 3 per cent and income per capita is the lowest in Pakistan. It was not without a design that Islamabad rulers exploded the nuclear device in the Chagi hills in Balochistan in 1998.

The radioactive fallout of this experiment on the people of the area is simply disastrous.

First Published: Feb 09, 2006 21:18 IST