The members of European Parliament and European Friends of Balochistan observed August 11 as the independence day of Balochistan in Brussels, headquarters of the European Parliament and NATO, according to a dispatch received by the Baltimore Examiner Friday.
The dispatch was sent by Mehran Baluch, Balochistan’s representative at the U.N. Human Rights Council, who represented his occupied homeland at the Brussels gathering.
Balochistan was granted independence separately by the British on August 11, 1947 but was invaded and annexed by Pakistan army on March 27, 1948. Thousands of people have died in five uprisings against Islamabad’s colonial rule since then.
Right now all major Balochistan leader are in self-exile. These include Mehran Baluch himself, his elder brothers Hybyair Marri and Gazain Marri, his brother-in-law Sardar Brahumdagh Bugti, his roommate from London and former chief minister of Balochistan Sardar Akhtar Mengal and the de jure ruler of Balochistan, Khan of Kalat Mir Suleiman Daud Ahmadzai.
The Brussels event was organized by the Baluchistan House, led by Mehran Baluch, and the South Asian Democratic Forum.
The event started with a minute’s silence for the fallen heroes of the ongoing independence struggle that started in 2005.
Mehran Baluch, who has the looks of a Hollywood star, is the youngest son of legendary Balochistan independence icon Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri.