We don’t want to live with Pakistan anymore: Baloch leader Bugti
Pakistani forces are engaged in a “tsunami of human rights violations” in Balochistan, a top Baloch leader alleged on Saturday as he sought the help of the international community, including India in the nationalist movement.
Brahumdagh Bugti, president of the Baloch Republican Party and the grandson of Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti who was killed in an encounter with the Pakistani army 10 years ago, thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for raising the issue.
“Pak forces are engaged in tsunami of human rights violations. We do not want to live with Pakistan anymore,” said Switzerland-based Bugti as he demanded a referendum of Baloch people under the supervision of the United Nations.
Speaking over phone from Switzerland where he had gone for a commemorative event to pay homage to his grandfather, Bugti urged the international community, including the US, Nato countries, Israel and India, to help them fight their cause.
He said he is ready for a dialogue with the Pakistani government but insisted that there is no going back on the freedom movement.
Balochistan, of the size of France, is Pakistan’s largest province which has been under “illegal Pakistani occupation for the last seven decades”, he said.
Bugti said Modi’s reference to Balochistan in his Independence Day speech is the “most powerful statement” in the last seven decades.
“It is for the first time that an Indian prime minister has spoken. We believe that India should have taken this step a long time ago,” he said, adding that he is convinced about Balochistan’s freedom.
“I am thoroughly indebted to Prime Minister Modi. I thank Prime Minister Modi for speaking raising the voice of Baloch people in his Independence Day address,” he said, alleging that crimes by Pakistan against the Baloch have shocked global community.
Use of aerial bombardment, use of gases have become routine, he claimed and added that Balochistan is the world capital of missing people.
“We are political people. We want to solve this with peaceful means. But there is no way we are going to be part of the Pakistan any more. We want freedom of Pakistan. We are not fools to try our luck again and again with Pakistan. We are ready to negotiate through peaceful means,” Bugti said.
Stating that his immediate course of action would be to create awareness in the international community, Bugti, at the same time, also called for military assistance to the Baloch freedom struggle.
“So far we have never received any support from any international countries, including India. We want to request India and other countries to help Balochistan. It is genocide of (the) Baloch (people) in Pakistan going on,” he said.