Balochistan’s grievances heard by US committee

Published: February 9, 2012
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Committee hears testimonies from human rights groups, scholars and analysts.

Committee hears testimonies from human rights groups, scholars and analysts.

WASHINGTON: 

In the packed Room 2200 of the Rayburn Office Building, members of the House Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations heard human rights activists and scholars detail human rights abuses in Balochistan.

The hearing was chaired by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, who last week introduced a bill in the House of Representatives asking the US to give citizenship to Dr Shakil Afridi, the man who allegedly helped the US in tracking down Osama bin Laden.

In his opening remarks, Rep Rohrabacher said that Balochistan is a turbulent land marked by human rights violations “by regimes that are against US values”.

In its submitted testimony to the committee, Amnesty International’s Advocacy Director T Kumar said that they called on the US to “apply the Leahy Amendment without waivers to all Pakistani military units in Balochistan.”

Ali Dayan Hasan, the Pakistan director for Human Rights Watch (HRW), in his submitted remarks, said that cases documented by the HRW show that Pakistan’s security forces and its intelligence agencies were involved in the enforced disappearance of ethnic Baloch.

The HRW representative asked the US government in his recommendations to “communicate directly to the agencies responsible for disappearances and other abuses including the army, ISI, IB, Frontier Corps, police and other law enforcement and intelligence agencies, to demand an end to abuses.”

Published in The Express Tribune, February 9th, 2012.

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  • Has
    Feb 9, 2012 - 10:48AM

    what about Kashmir issue, please have a hearing against indian army
    100,000 killed
    2 million misplaced
    200,000 missing
    80,000 rapes

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  • wonderer
    Feb 14, 2012 - 5:24PM

    @Has

    Your source of Information, please Sir?

    And, what do you mean by “misplaced”?

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  • me
    Feb 18, 2012 - 2:05AM

    you mean to say if india is killing innocent people then pak should also act in the same

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  • Ahmed
    Feb 18, 2012 - 7:47AM

    @wonderer: If you still live in a bubble, its time to come out of it. India has been committing atrocities in Kashmir for a long time.

    Mass Graves Come to Light in Kashmir – ForeignPolicy
    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/09/29/kashmirmassgraves

    Its time US discuss Puerto Rico’s independence before they go for Balochistan.

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  • wonderer
    Feb 18, 2012 - 11:14AM

    @Ahmed

    I wish “Has”, to whom my question was addressed, had taken the trouble to reply. But, thanks!

    The reports that you refer to (link not working now) should be taken with a big pinch fi salt. I should know because I have spent years in all parts of Kashmir since 1947, the year when Pakistan made its first attempt to take Kashmir by force. It would be pointless to argue with you about the correctness of what you consider to be true, but I can assure you there will be absolute all-round piece if Pakistan were to stop sending infiltrators into J&K. Such a time will, Insha-Allah. come one day and you will, then, see the truth in my assertion. Or, if you are in a hurry, make a trip of discovery to J&K to meet the people living outside Srinagar and Sopore etc..

    But, even if what you say or think about Kashmir were to be true, would you say nothing needs to be taken serious note of in Baluchistan? After all, Pakistan must show to the whole world it is morally and ethically much superior to India! No?

    Thanks again for your interjection.

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  • Go
    Feb 22, 2012 - 10:41AM

    @wonderer – India should stop sending infiltrators into Balochistan and free Kashmir.

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  • wonderer
    Feb 22, 2012 - 5:06PM

    @Go:

    Pakistan should stop sending terrorists to Kashmir and get out of illegally occupied parts of J&K according to UN resolution of 1948.

    Catch just one Indian terrorist in Baluchistan.

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  • Anonymous
    Feb 22, 2012 - 5:37PM

    @Ahmed:
    But the last I heard, Pourtoricans despirately wanted to be the 52nd state of US! Wanted full statehood

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  • Anonymous
    Feb 22, 2012 - 5:41PM

    @Has:
    The hearings were given and it was found that Pakistan is responsible for them.

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