• Petitioning Navi Pillay (United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights)

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Navi Pillay (United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights)

Tell the Pakistan Military to release Zahid Kurd, aka Baloch Khan, Chair of the Baloch Students Organization

    1. Tarek Fatah
    2. Petition by

      Tarek Fatah

      Toronto, Canada

Balochistan is a resource-rich territory occupied by Pakistan since 1948 and is now in the 9th year of a military action by the Pakistan Army and its intelligence agencies, the ISI ad MI that have abducted thousands of innocent civilians, suspected militants and activists.

An association for peaceful protest formed by some of the families of those missing, called the International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (IIVBMP) says that up to 18,000 Baloch are currently unaccounted for, of whom more than 2000 were killed between 2001 to 2013. That figure is much higher than data from other NGOs and human rights organizations, but the IVBMP says it will be publishing details of all its data early next year.

In the latest sweep of kidnappings of Baloch youth, the Pakistan military raided a meeting of the Baloch Students Organisation (BSO) in Quetta where they abducted the organisation's chair, Mr.  Zahid Kurd aka Baloch Khan on March 18, 2014.

He is being held illegally in a military camp where we have learnt he is being tortured and faces imminent death if the UNHRC and other international Human Rights bodies do not intervene.

 

To:
Navi Pillay (United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights), United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Intervene with the Pakistan Government and the Pakistan Army to secure the release of Zahid Kurd, aka Baloch Khan, Chair of the Baloch Students Organization (BSO) who has been illegally detained and is being tortured in a military cell, facing imminent death.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. More Calls for the release of Zahid Kurd aka Baloch Khan

      Tarek Fatah
      Petition Organizer

      On March 18th 2014 multiple eyewitnesses witnessed Zahid Baloch’s abduction by Pakistani agents in Quetta.

      On April 22nd, BSO-Azad representatives held a press conference to announce a hunger strike by Latif Johar at the Karachi Press Club. Since then, several activists have been demonstrating for his release. During the press conference, Banuk Karima Baloch urged the UN to ensure the protection of the BSO-Azad protesters currently engaged in peaceful demonstrations.

      Continued Calls for the Release of Zahid Baloch

      In 2003, Zahid Baloch joined the Baloch Student Organization (BSO). After years of working within the organization he became the chairman of BSO-Azad in 2012. Throughout his career with BSO-Azad, Zahid Baloch has been an active member of the organization, conducting protests and delivering speeches.

    3. Reached 750 signatures
    4. Balochistan 101

      Tarek Fatah
      Petition Organizer

      The occupation of Balochistan by Pakistan in context of many Muslim lands occupied by other Muslim countries with no one willing to speak about this phenomenon. For example, Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria together occupy Kurdistan; Morocco occupies Western Sahara; Sudan occupies Darfur. Elsewhere, Indonesia occupies West Papua and Turkey occupies Northern Cyprus. And all we ever hear if about the occupation of Palestine.

      Tarek Fatah speaks about the Balochistan Freedom Movement on SUN Television.

      This is the first time the subject of Balochistan has been discussed on a Canadian TV channel. SUN News Network is a Canada-wide Current Affairs TV Network reaching millions of Canadians every day. The show where this was discussed is called "The Arena" and is hosted by Michael Coren.

    5. Where is Balochistan?

      Tarek Fatah
      Petition Organizer

      Balochistan At Crossroads - Willem Marx Discussing His New Book on Balochistan Conflict

      Follow me at https://www.facebook.com/DLXAreaOne Willem Marx of Bloomberg TV discussed his new book on Balochistan conflict - "Balochistan:At a Crossroads" DLX Area 1 Click to Subscribe And Watch More Videos - http://goo.gl/bZDtb

    6. Pakistan's secret dirty war | Declan Walsh in the UK Guardian

      Tarek Fatah
      Petition Organizer

      Balochistan's dirty little war pales beside Pakistan's larger problems – the Taliban, al-Qaida, political upheaval. But it highlights a very fundamental danger – the ability of Pakistanis to live together in a country that, under its Islamic cloak, is a patchwork of ethnicities and cultures. "Balochistan is a warning of the real battle for Pakistan, which is about power and resources," says Haris Gazdar, a Karachi-based researcher. "And if we don't get it right, we're headed for a major conflict."

      Pakistan's secret dirty war

      The bodies surface quietly, like corks bobbing up in the dark. They come in twos and threes, a few times a week, dumped on desolate mountains or empty city roads, bearing the scars of great cruelty. Arms and legs are snapped; faces are bruised and swollen.

    7. Balochistan: At a Crossroads | By Willem Marx & Marc Wattrelot

      Tarek Fatah
      Petition Organizer

      A fascinating account of British reporter Willem Marx's travels in Balochistan; a forbidding, forbidden and largely forgotten province of Pakistan that is currently immersed in civil conflict. The French photojournalist Marc Wattrelot has captured some spectacular images during their time spent in this little-known corner of the world.

      Balochistan: At a Crossroads

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      The photographs of Marc Wattrelot (who studied journalism in Paris and is now a documentary filmmaker in Beirut) and the reportage of Willem Marx (Classics at Oxford and journalism at NYU) interleave with a sort of restrained and humble eloquence in this sparely designed book to conjure up a nuanced yet dramatic account of this difficult region of a difficult country.

    8. Reached 500 signatures

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    • Imran Qadir KARACHI, PAKISTAN
      • 6 days ago

      Because all the baloch who have been abducted were found dead never returned alive.

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    • shahmir baloch KARACHI, PAKISTAN
      • about 1 month ago

      Because im a baloch and i want freedom and im against all injustice n killings of civilian by Paki Army

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    • Nawab Barkat DUBAI, UZBEKISTAN
      • about 1 month ago

      To Release Baloch Student Organisation Azad Chairman Zahid Kurd Aka Baloch Khan Abducted by Pakistan intelligence agency ISI.

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    • merry baloch KARACHI, PAKISTAN
      • 2 months ago

      Because is ISI is involved in Baloch Genocide

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    • amir mehmood ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN
      • 3 months ago

      as a pashtoon i am with baloch and we want free balochistan zahid kurd was going to do something good thats the problem of pakistan if someone talk about good then he is terrorist if some one agree with goof pak so he is a lagend ...

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