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Thursday, Sep 19, 2019

‘Breeding ground of terrorists’: Baloch activist rips into Pakistan

Islamabad has reportedly been discriminating against its religious minorities which is manifested in various forms of targeted violence, mass murders, extrajudicial killings, forced conversion to Islam, etc., making the Pakistani Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Ahmadiyyas and Shias one of the most persecuted minorities in the region.

world Updated: Sep 12, 2019 12:41 IST
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Baloch activist exposed Pakistan against its false narrative over Kashmir at the 42nd UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
Baloch activist exposed Pakistan against its false narrative over Kashmir at the 42nd UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). (ANI photo)
         

Rogue state Pakistan is a breeding ground for terrorism, said a Samad Baloch, the Secretary-General of Baloch Human Rights Council, adding that the country has become a threat to the world and especially its neighbours.

“Pakistan is a breeding ground for terrorism. Pakistan is not only committing systematic genocide of Baloch people but also involved in the genocide of our Sindhi brothers, Pashtuns. It’s also a threat for the world because it is a rogue state, there is no law, no justice,” said Samad Baloch in Geneva. The Baloch activists are protesting in Geneva against Pakistan’s atrocities.

Also read: On India, Pakistan back-and-forth over Kashmir, UN chief delivers clear message

Earlier this week at the UNHRC meet in Geneva, Pakistan asked the UN human right body to ensure that India ends the restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir and restores fundamental rights and liberties in the region after the revocation of its special status on August 5. Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had accused India of turning Kashmir into the planet’s largest prison and sought an international investigation by the UNHRC into the situation in the region.

India came out all guns blazing defending its decision to scrap Article 370 that gave special status of Jammu and Kashmir and rejected Pakistan’s right to speak on alleged “atrocities” and said Islamabad was misusing international platforms for its “malicious political agendas under the garb of human rights”. India also charged Pakistan of “blatant misrepresentation of facts and false narrative”.

Also read: ‘Fabricated narrative from terror epicentre’: India’s biting rebuttal to Pak

Slamming Pakistan over false narrative on Kashmir, the Baloch leader added that Pakistan is committing “systematic genocide” of the minorities. He added that the aid provided to Pakistan by foreign countries and international organisations to combat terrorism in its soil is instead being used to build madrassas for funding illegal activities and train suicide bombers for carrying out terror activities in the region.

“The establishment sends their own sons and daughters to accomplish higher studies in western countries but brainwash our children to join the madrassas and spread jihad under false propaganda of seeking salvation,” the activist said.

Islamabad has reportedly been discriminating against its religious minorities which is manifested in various forms of targeted violence, mass murders, extrajudicial killings, abduction, rapes, forced conversion to Islam, etc., making the Pakistani Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Ahmadiyyas and Shias one of the most persecuted minorities in the region.

Last month, the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada had raised the issue of suppression of religious freedom by Pakistan and slammed the country for “persecuting and repressing” their religious minorities.

First Published: Sep 12, 2019 11:24 IST