The Free Balochistan Movement (FBM) has criticized Pakistani troops’ violent attack on a peaceful vigil of families of forcibly disappeared people and other peaceful demonstrators in Karachi.
FBM in a statement to the media said, “The world should recognize that Pakistan has illegally occupied Balochistan and that to maintain its illegal colonization, Pakistan is resorting to callous and savage aggression against the Baloch population and breaching international rules.”
On Monday night, Karachi police arrested hundreds of protestors, including women, who were holding a sit-in outside the Sindh Assembly to protest the kidnapping of the two students.
Pakistan government’s harsh treatment of Baloch demonstrators has gone viral on social media, with people calling for police violence to be addressed.
Balochistan’s occupation and forcible annexation to Indonesia, according to a spokeswoman for the Free Balochistan Information Department, is comparable to East Timor’s occupation and forcible annexation to Indonesia in 1975. East Timor was likewise designated as the country’s 27th province.
Pakistan’s atrocities include enforced disappearances of Baloch people, arbitrary arrests, extrajudicial murder, in-custody torture and murder, and fake encounters in which hundreds of unarmed Baloch have been slain in cold blood, according to the spokesperson.
The recent indiscrimination against Baloch students and racial profiling of Baloch youth at Punjabi education centers has heightened Pakistan’s anti-Baloch sentiment, according to the statement.
Brutalities by Pakistani forces against families of enforced disappearances have become commonplace in Balochistan. According to the spokesperson, the current circumstances in Balochistan, as well as Pakistan’s mistreatment of Baloch people, necessitate international attention and action in Balochistan to put an end to Pakistan’s atrocities.
According to the FBM statement, in 1978, then-Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser recognized Indonesia’s takeover of East Timor and declared it de facto, and later, Australian-led peace troops invaded and liberated East Timor from Indonesia.
The Baloch people urge the world community to intervene in Balochistan, like Malcolm Fraser and Australia did, to stop Pakistani aggression and crimes against Baloch people, and to assist the Baloch country in breaking free from Pakistan’s tyrannical occupation.
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