Sunday, April 15, 2012

Send UN Forces to Stop Genocide of the indigenous people of Gilgit Baltistan

Mr. Ban ki Moon

Secretary General

United Nations

New York

Send UN Forces to Stop Genocide of the indigenous people of Gilgit Baltistan

Government of Pakistan is systematically involved in the genocide of the indigenous people of Gilgit Baltistan.

The  Kohistan district of Khyber Pukhtonkhowa of Pakistan carnage of 28th February 2012, where Army uniformed terrorists killed 18 innocent Shia passengers by identifying them as Shia by checking their Identity Cards issued by Pakistan. After this carnage, Pakistani officials and media blamed USA, India and me and our nationalist parties in spite of taking action against the terrorists. It should be noted, that Pakistan Army has never contradicted this killing, where terrorists had used its uniform.  After few days Pakistan government blamed the people of Darel and Gilgit for Kohistan killing by changing its previous stand, but a single terrorist has not been detained so far. On 3rd April 2012, Pakistani occupation regime allowed the Sooni religious group to protest against the detention of its leader. But during their peaceful protest Grenade was thrown on them, which claimed 6 lives  in Gilgit in the presence of Pakistani law enforcement agencies (which was supposed to protect them) .

After grenade attack in Gilgit on Sooni protestors, a government managed systematic  violence showing retaliation, where more than 3000 terrorists stopped several buses on the Karakoram Highway at Gonarfaram Police Station near Chilas, pulled out  Shias and gunned them down, in the presence of the Police.  Free hand given to the terrorists by Pakistani Authorities clearly indicates the evil design of the government of Pakistan and its agencies.

After all these terrorist acts, Pakistani forces increased their presence by sending 3 more Army Units in uniform and thousand in civilian clothes by imposing curfew, so the indigenous people and media are not aware of that newly Military deployment. The curfew imposed by Pakistan Army on 3rd April and continued till today for more than 9 days in Gilgit city without any relaxation.  During this curfew the innocent people of Gilgit including children, women and serious ill patients are being punished by illegal detention, torture and many have been killed intentionally by not allowing the food and medicines. Sources claimed that dozens of decomposed bodies had been recovered from various parts of the Gilgit Baltistan, it’s not clear whether they have been killed by Pakistani forces during curfew or by terrorists.

This should be noted, that there is no sectarian clashes among the people, where as in Kohistan and Gonarfarm carnage some local people helped the victims and gave protection and  safe passage to the opposite Shia sect, while in Nagir the Shia people who took dozens Sooni people under their protection, gave safety and security and handed them over to Police. In all these killings, the government agencies either remained spectators or even helped the terrorists. Rehman Malik the Interior Minister of Pakistan himself said the present killing spree  is not sectarian, there is hidden hand and he would name it during close camera session.

Meanwhile the terrorists who committed genocide in Kohistan, Chilas and Gilgit have never been touched and they are encouraged to repeat such crime without fear in the future. This seems the intention of Pakistan, that Gilgit Baltistan, which is disputed part of Jammu & Kashmir as per UNCIP resolution to handover to China, due to the apathy of UN and UNSC, which has failed to protect the people and their rights under its resolutions.

It’s the duty of UN and UNSC to protect the life, belief, dignity, property and geographical boundaries of this disputed land under UNCIP resolutions of  13th August 1948, 5th January 1949 and 28th April 1949. 

I on behalf of the 2 million indigenous people of this region appeal the UN and UNSC to send its forces to Gilgit Baltistan, so the systematic genocide of the indigenous people is stopped.

Abdul Hamid Khan
Balawaristan National Front (BNF)
Head Office: Majini Mahla, Gilgit, Balawaristan (Pakistan & China Occupied Gilgit Baltistan)

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