Friday, 25 February 2011

Protest against cold-blooded murder of Mehboob Wadhela and Master Arif Rehman Baloch

Occupied Balochistan/Karachi: A shutter down and wheel jam protest was observed for second consecutive day against the murder of two Baloch political activists, by Pakistan military, in most cities and town of Balochistan.

The BSO-Azad and BNF had given the call for protest to which the people responded positively by keeping their transports off the roads and businesses shut. Most of the government office, schools and Banks also remained close for the second day in most parts of Balochistan.

Meanwhile, the lawyers boycotted court proceedings in Makuran region on the appeal of Kech Bar Association. No lawyers have attended any court proceedings and the Bar strongly condemned the extra judicial killings of Mehboob Wadhela Baloch and Arif Rehman Baloch. The lawyers termed the cold-blooded murder of Baloch political activists a gross human rights violation naked barbarism.

Government Teacher Association also boycotted classes and protested against the murder of Master (Teacher) Arif Rehman Baloch and Mr. Wadhela. The GTA had announced seven days mourning and three days protest against the murder of their colleague Arif Baloch. All the schools and educational institutes will remain closed for the third day (Today).

On the other hand civil societies while strongly criticising the Balochistan government said that the extra-judicial killings were taking place with the consent of the government (provincial government). “If the provincial government fails to stop this bloodshed then the entire Balochistan will join the revolution [against the state]”.

Karachi protest: hundreds of gather in front of Karachi Press Club on the call of BNF to protest against the in-custody killing of Arif Rehman Baloch and Mehboob Wadhela Baloch by Pakistan (security forces). The demonstrators were holding placards inscribed against state atrocities against Baluch people and demands to the UN to intervene in Balochistan. The participants of the protest also chanted full throat slogans against Pakistan and in favour of Baloch freedom movement.

Speaking at the occasion the BNF leaders said that recent wave of killings of Baloch political activists was the continuation of the state’s policy of genocide of the Baloch people. They, however, reiterated such brutal acts of the state [Pakistan] will not stop the growing popularity of Baloch struggle for National liberation. The (BNF) demanded of the International Community to take notice of Baloch genocide at the hands of Pakistan. 

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