London: Baloch and Sindhi Communities in the United Kingdom are protesting on Sunday 28 March 2010 to commemorate the illegal and forced annexation of Baloch land to Pakistan on 27 March 1948. They have appealed all Baloch, Sindhi and other human right activists across the United Kingdom to join the protest and show their solidarity with the people of occupied Balochistan.
Date & time: Sunday 28 March, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Venue: BBC World Service, Bush House, Strand, London WC2B 4PH See map
Nearest Tube station: Holborn Tube Station
For further details contact on following numbers
Samad Baloch 07825087032
Dr Lakhu Luhana 07792242120
General information regarding the illegal occupation of Baloch land
Before the departure of the British from the Indian sub-continent and the creation of the artificial state of Pakistan, Balochistan declared its independence on 11 August 1947. This declaration was approved by all the parties concerned including the newly created state of Pakistan. But as soon as the Pakistani state laid its roots they pressurised the Baloch rulers to join their state. This offer was categorically rejected by both houses of parliament in Balochstan.
On 27th March 1948, Pakistan, disregarding international law and any respect to the democratic decision of the Balochistan Parliament, forcibly occupied the sovereign state of Balochistan. On the same day two Pakistani navy ships invaded Pasni and Gevani under the command of the Pakistani General Gulzar Ahmad.
From the very moment of the illegal annexation of the Baloch mother land by the state of Pakistan, the Baloch have robustly and consistently resisted the alien forces. In the very same year Prince Abdul Karim, the younger brother of the ruler of Balochistan, took arm against the Pakistani occupiers. The struggle for liberation has been gaining momentum ever since and will continue until Balochistan regains its independence.
The extent of the Baloch suffering by the Pakistani occupiers is unprecedented in the entire history of Balochistan. The outcome of this atrocious experiment cannot be more apparent than what they have done in Balochistan.
Their gifts to Balochistan have been unmatched in terms of:
Cruelty, torture, imprisonment, execution, death and disease
Extrajudicial murder of its political leaders and activists
Thousands of missing and displaced people
Deception, naked plundering of natural resources
Illiteracy, destruction of language, art, culture, music
Destruction of the Environment and the corruption of legal and political institutions
They have used Balochistan for their nuclear experiments and reduced its economy into the most primitive form of existence. We cannot describe their forceful imposition over our nation short of being an utter disaster and human catastrophe.
The Baloch nation is now at a cross-road. The extreme repression imposed on Baloch people by the Fundamentalist states of Pakistan and Iran have united all Baloch to fight for their democratic rights. Millions of Baloch men and women from all walks of life including students, teachers, lawyers, workers, peasants and others are at the forefront of the struggle to liberate their nation. Our mothers and our sisters have been particularly inspiring in their participation in our freedom movement.
We the Baloch in Diaspora wholeheartedly support the Balochistan democratic movement to regain our Independence. We can achieve this aim when we are united. United we can bring an end to the illegal occupation of our motherland. United we can establish a free and democratic republic of Balochistan, where all men and women can exercise their democratic rights without any fear and persecution.
Therefore, we would like to invite all free individuals, democratic and human rights organizations to join us in a protest on the day that Balochistan was illegally occupied by the state of Pakistan. We would appreciate your solidarity with the Baloch people on this dark day in the history of Balochistan.