EU may impose sanctions on Pakistan for atrocities in Balochistan

Baloch leaders are protesting before the UN office in Geneva demanding world leaders intervene to bring them justice. Photograph:( Others )

WION Geneva, Switzerland Sep 23, 2016, 07.30 PM (IST)
Expressing solidarity with the people of Balochistan against Pakistan’s atrocities, European Parliament Vice-President Ryszard Czarnecki said the European Union may impose economic and political sanctions on Islamabad if the Asian nation fails to stop the human rights violation in the region.

"I told the European Union during our human rights debate that if our partner countries do not accept human rights and standards, in this situation we should react and seek sanctions like some moves in economic fields," Czarnecki said.

Czarnecki condemned the alleged killings of 5,000 Baloch people in the custody of Pakistani forces. He said now is not the time for words but for actions. 

"We have bilateral economic and political relations with Pakistan and if it will not change its state policy towards Balochistan then we would change our attitude towards Islamabad and towards the government of Pakistan," he said.

Czarnecki attended a silent vigil with the members of the Baloch Republican Party protesting before the United Nations in Geneva. 

He urged all the 28 members of the EU to react against Pakistan's atrocities towards the Baloch people. 

"The problem is that the government in Islamabad practically doesn’t control the situation and now is the time to accept and react to this situation. The people in Balochistan must feel our solidarity," he said.

Baloch Republican Party (BRP) chief Brahamdagh Bugti called on the international community to help bring justice to the Baloch people. 

"We are here to pay tribute to the people who have lost their lives for Balochistan. The pictures that you can see here are of those prominent leaders who were leading and raising their voice against Pakistan. Besides them, thousands of people are being the victims of Pakistan’s atrocities. It is time that the international community should take notice of the situation and support the peaceful Baloch movement," Bugti said.

(WION with inputs from agencies)