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Baloch groups applaud Indian statement over human rights violations in Balochistan

The Baloch community protests against kidnappings and disappearances (Photo: @BBugti/Twitter)

Baloch people have welcomed a statement by India's Ministry of External Affairs asking Pakistan to stop human rights violations in Balochistan.

The Baloch National Movement (BNM) welcomed the Indian government’s condemnation of Pakistani atrocities in Balochistan, saying it could be considered a “good start”. "We hope that India would play its role in the ongoing human tragedy in Balochistan", a statement by the group said.

Dil Murad Baloch, the Information & Cultural Secretary of BNM, tweeted: "We appreciate the statement of the Indian spokesperson and hope that India will continue raising voice on human tragedy in Balochistan".

The BNM said: "India is an important state of the region and the world and a neighbor of Balochistan. But India has always been unheard and ignored the genocide, enforced disappearances, mutilated corpses, mass graves, military operations, massacres of women and children, arson, looting of property and war crimes of the Pakistani army and state in Balochistan. The main reason for this apathy is probably India’s long-standing enmity with Pakistan so that India is not accused of igniting the issue of Balochistan because of its traditional enmity".

The spokesperson urged India to intervene in the Baloch freedom struggle to support the historical context of Balochistan and fulfil its duty as a neighbouring country. The BNM appealed to India to take up the case of human rights violations in Balochistan by the Pakistani military at the international level and with important countries. 

Sobdar Baloch from the Free Baloch Movement (FBM) tweeted: "To make its people aware about gross human rights violations in Balochistan by Pakistan, India needs to take Balochistan issue on its Parliament and table resolution to SupportBalochCause".

In a recent statement, Arindam Bagchi, spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, told journalists in New Delhi: "We request Pakistani authorities that the human rights violations which are currently going on in Balochistan should be stopped".

The Indian statement was given in response to the targeted killing of Razzaq Mandai, a Baloch political refugee, in Afghanistan. His case was taken up by the International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (IVBMP), a voluntary organisation representing family members of kidnapped and disappeared people of Balochistan.

In recent years, this was the third mysterious death of a popular Baloch figure outside Pakistan. The other two Baloch people who were found dead in foreign countries include journalist Sajid Hussain Baloch in Sweden and activist Karima Baloch in Canada in the last two years.