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Baloch Americans seek sanctions against Pakistan

Baloch Americans seek sanctions against Pakistan

Aug 13, 2017 - 10:29

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Baloch Americans, joined by a group of Afghans, have sought sanctions against Pakistani forces for allegedly indulging in grave violation of human rights in Balochistan province.

Ahmar Khan, founding president of the American Friends of Balochistan, alleged: “As I speak, Pakistaninfo-icon generals are killing the Balochs, dumping our bodies and shooting civilians from helicopters.”

He also accused the security forces of “abducting us, perpetrating the most dehumanising torture like feeding feces to our youth and even leaving feces in their mouths after torturing them to death”.

Khan was speaking at an event “Untold Story: What’s happening in Balochistan” organised on Friday by the American Friends of Balochistan and sponsored by Afghan Students Association at the prestigious George Washington University.

“I am appealing to all Americans to help end crimes against humanity in Balochistan in whatever way you can. You may please demand two things immediately: end any business with the lSl, Frontier Corps and the southern command of Pakistan Army that is calling the shots in Balochistan,” he said.

The Leahy Amendment prohibited the US from doing business with such entities affiliated with a foreign army, who cared two hoots about human rights, Khan said, pressing for a congressional fact-finding mission to Balochistan.

A twitter account close to the Military intelligence of Pakistan was threatening Afghan students on the baseless charge they were funding the American Friends of Balochistan simply because the Afghan Students Association sponsored the event, he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Najeeb Khan narrated his personal story of torture and abuse at the hands of Pakistani security forces. “I lived most of my life in Quetta. My family has been closely associated with the struggle for Pashtoon rights, reforms and freedom of the oppressed nations.

“My uncle was assassinated in 1990 in Kabulinfo-icon by the Pakistani intelligence because of being a Pushtoon patriot,” he claimed.

Professor Christine Fair from the prestigious Georgetown University and T Kumar from the Amnesty International were among those who spoke on the occasion.


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