A former Baloch government minister Tuesday put Islamabad on the mat at the U.N. Human Rights Council Tuesday, narrating the atrocities that he saw in his native Balochistan before fleeing to the safety of Norway.
Kachkol Ali Advocate, a former fisheries minister, was addressing the 7th Session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues on “Preventing and Addressing Violence and Atrocity Crimes Targeted against Minorities,” Introducing himself before the U.N. forum, Ali Advocate said he was a lawyer as well politician from Balochistan and was thrice elected as a people’s representative in Balochistan assembly. “I served as (government) minister and opposition leader in Balochistan (assembly),” he said.
He told the U.N. body, “My three clients who were prominent Baloch leaders namely Ghulam Mohammad,Baloch, Lala Muneer and Sher Mohammad were kidnapped at gun point by the security forces of Pakistan from my law chamber in Turbat, Balochistan, on April 3, 2009.” Ghulam Mohammad Baloch and Lala Muneer were founders of the Baloch National Movement, while Sher Mohammad belonged to the Baloch Republican Party.
He informed the U.N. Human Rights Council the abduction took place after his three clients attended a hearing of the Anti-Terrorist Court in Turbat. “After three days they were killed and their dead bodies were thrown from a helicopter at Pidrak,” he said. He said he had to flee Pakistan as he was threatened by the personnel from the intelligence agency against whom he had registered a criminal case at the police station in Turbat,on the abduction of the three political leaders who were his clients. “Now I live in Norway as a refugee and I am grateful to the Norwegian Government (for granting me asylum),” he said.
He said his son Nabeel Ahmed was abducted on August 30, 2014 from outside his my residence in Karachi by the state intelligence agencies namely the Inter Services Intelligence ( I.S.I.), Intelligence Burau (I.B.) and Military Intelligence (M.I.). “Ironically they abducted him on the international Day for Victims of Enforced Disappearances,” he said. He explained that the Pakistani agencies developed enmity with Nabeel precisely for the reason that he had filed a constitutional petition against Inspector General of Frontier Corps in the High Court of Balochistan for the recovery of his two houses which were forcibly and illegally occupied by the paramilitary Frontier Corps. “My houses are in Turbat district, were rented for use by a girls college namely Balochistan Girls College,” he said.
Giving the background, he said the Frontier Corps forcibly occupied his houses just a couple of days after I participated in the 23rd session of the U.N. Human Rights Council conference in Geneva May 6, 2013. “I pointed out the unimaginable atrocities of the security forces, for example extrajudicial killing, liquidation, enforced disappearance, illegal custody, torture and kill and dump of the Baloch nation by security forces committing consistent pattern of gross and reliable attested violation of all human rights and fundamental freedoms,” he said, adding, “In this connection there are a bulk of scathing reports of Amnesty International and Human Right Watch.”
United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, in his speech, echoed much of what Al Advocate said. “We have all seen the unfolding tragedy in Iraq and Syria where Christians, Turkmens, Yezidis and other minorities have been targeted for the most brutal atrocities,” Eliasson said, adding, “Sadly, this is not an exception. Violence and atrocity crimes directed against minorities all over the world are well documented, including war crimes, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing and genocide.”.
Ali Advocate said his son Nabeel Ahmed second sin was he had requested a journalist named Mohammad Kazim Mengal to issue a statement of condemnation on his behalf against the killing of eight persons belonging to Baloch minority Zikri,sect and the murder of two journalists, including Irshad Mastoi, by the Pakistani security and intelligence services.
He said that his daughter Maprah Baloch filed a constitutional petition in the High Court of Sind, Karachi for recovery of her missing brother against the commanders of I.S.I., I.B. and M.I. “Therefore I fear the future of my daughter as well. She is taking part in a token hunger strike along with her younger brother Adil ul Rahman outside Karachi Press Club for recovery of their brother for more than two months, but all in vain.
“We Baloch being an ethnic and under-privileged nation in Pakistan are leading a miserable life. We understand that we are human beings without human rights. .I conclude my submission with the words of Bernard Shaw, “The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: That is the essence of inhumanity.”
Ali Advocate, who is a senior leader Baloch National Movement, is the highest publicly elected Baloch official ever to address the U.N. Human Rights Council on behalf of the pro-independence forces. Balochistan is the world capital of enforced disappearances, where the Pakistan military and intelligence services are reportedly carrying out war crimes and crimes against humanity against the Baloch people.