Baloch leader hits at Pakistani forces, calls Balochistan 'world capital of missing people'

The site of a recent blast in Quetta, Pakistan. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Washington, DC, United States Aug 27, 2016, 08.09 AM (IST)
A Baloch leader today, August 27 alleged that Pakistani forces were engaging in a "tsunami of human rights violations" in Balochistan.

The leader has asked for the international community's (including India) intervention in the Baloch natiolist movement.

Baloch Republican Party president Brahumdagh Bugti thanked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for recently raising concern over the situation in Balochistan.

"Pak forces are engaged in tsunami of human rights violations. We do not want to live with Pakistan anymore," said the Switzerland-based Bugti.

He insisted on a referendum of Baloch people under the supervision of the United Nations.

He made an appeal to the US, NATO countries, Israel and India, to help them in their fight for independence.

He said he is ready for a dialogue with the Pakistani government but insisted that there is no going back on 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 called Modi's recent remarks 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.

"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 added. 

He claimed that the use of aerial bombardment, and gases against the people of Balochistan was a routine, calling Balochistan 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 from Pakistan. We are not fools to try our luck again and again with Pakistan. We are ready to negotiate through peaceful means," Bugti said.

"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.

(WION with inputs from agencies)