Mr. Gordon Brown
Prime Minister of Great Britain
10 Downing Street
Subject: Appeal for British Intervention in Balochistan
Dear Mr. Prime Minister,
We would like to draw your attention to the cold-blooded murders of Baloch political activists Ghulam Mohammad Baloch, Sher Mohammad Baloch and Lala Muneer Baloch by the Pakistani Military Intelligence Agency (MI). They were picked up by the members of Military Intelligence on 3rd April, 2009 from the office of their solicitor in Turbat, Balochistan. The Baloch leaders were blind folded and taken to an unknown destination. They were tortured whist under military detention. Next day they were shot and their dead bodies were thrown from a military helicopter 20 miles away from Turbat.
Ghulam Mohammad, Sher Mohammad and Lala Muneer were among the well-known nationalist political leaders in Balochistan and have worked steadfastly at the forefront of the political mobilization for the genuine rights of the Baloch people. During 2007, they were arrested by the security agencies, tortured, kept in solitary confinement for long period before being released.
Balochistan is under a brutal military operation for the last five years in which thousands of innocent men, women and children have been mercilessly killed, hundreds of thousands have been displaced and thousands are missing. A large number of prominent Baloch social, intellectual and political figures has been targeted and eliminated by the state security agencies of Pakistan. The state establishment of Pakistan has always remained very keen to silence the voice of reason raised for the lawful rights of the Baloch people.
Crude military force has been the only mode of action adopted by almost every Pakistani Government in dealing with the Baloch demand for national rights. Extra judicial killings of the Baloch by the army, paramilitary and state intelligence agencies, harassment, kidnapping and inhuman torture of the Baloch political activists and intellectuals during the sustained military campaigns have been permanent features of the state and Baloch conflict. Graphic details of human rights violation in Balochistan have been published by different non-governmental organizations and international humanitarian institutions including some British based organizations.
Mr. Prime Minister,
Keeping in mind the extensive links of this country with the Pakistani State Establishment, we believe that the British government is well aware of the heinous
crimes being committed by the Pakistani State Machinery in Balochistan. As the British Government was the major player in the creation of Pakistan and the subsequent occupation of Balochistan by Pakistan, it becomes the moral obligation of the British Government and the people to take serious note of the situation in Balochistan. For the Baloch, in the face of heinous crimes being committed by the Pakistani security forces in Balochistan, the silence of British Government is incomprehensible. We believe that no individual or state should be above International Law. Those who are responsible for grave violation of human rights must be held accountable in all circumstances.
The Baloch are facing systematic genocide. They need urgent help from the civilized and democratic world. We hope that the honorable Prime Minister may kindly take a personal interest in pushing for a thorough and independent international investigation into the cold-blooded murder of the Baloch nationalist leaders and other serious abuses of international human rights by the Pakistani Army in Balochistan.
We appeal to your government to use its influence for the stationing of an international peacekeeping force in Balochistan to save a whole nation from being systematically wiped out.
We also appeal to you to use your personal influence to bring to justice the perpetrators of these crimes against humanity by initiating cases against them in the international court of justice in The Hague.
With profound regards,
Baloch Human Rights Council
London 19 April 2009