A leader of the Pakistani Christian community, now based in the U.S., has expressed his grave concerns over enforced disappearances of Balochistan patriots and their execution style killings by law enforcement agencies.
“Pakistan Christian Congress condemns the extrajudicial killing of Baloch students and civil society activists and urges the government of Pakistan to withdraw its armed forces from Balochistan and end atrocities against the Baloch nation,” Nazir Bhatti, chief of of P.C.C. and Editor of Pakistan Christian Post told a Round Table Conference on International Day of Disappeared at the National Press Club in Washington DC Tuesday.
Lives of Christians, Hindus, Ahmadi Muslims and other minorities have been worse than that of slaves in Pakistan eversince the days of U.S.-backed Islamist dictator, the late General Ziaul Haq in the late 1970s.
Bhatti said that kidnapping and extrajudicial killings were heinous crimes and Pakistan Armed Forces are committing crime against humanity through military action in Balochistan.
The conference heard messages from Balochistan patriotic leader Hyrbyair Marri and Balochistan representative to the U.N. Human Rights Council, Mehran Baluch. The two leaders urged the U.S. government, media and civil society to take note of the ongoing genocide in Balochistan.
Bhattii said hand in hands with the killings in Balochistan, the persecution of Christians, Hindus and Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan is on the rise and the government of Pakistan is an accomplice in it.
He said the government of Pakistan is trying to give a weird twist to the story of murder of minorities minister and anti-blasphemy law campaigner, Shahbaz Bhatti ( no relation of Nazir Bhatti).
“Shahbaz Bhatti was who was gunned down in Islamabad on March 2 and and Tehreek Taliban Punjab took responsibility for his killing,” he recalled.
Bhatti said that Inter Services Intelligence, Military Intelligence and Intelligence Bureau were pressurizing the family of the assassinate minister Shahbaz Bhatti to say his killing was due to an old enmity within the family.
Bhatti also urged Lahore High Court to hear the appeal of Aasia Bibi who was sentenced to death under the blasphemy law last year. The judges are not hearing the case under threat from Islamic militants.
Others who spoke on the occasion included Clothilde Le Coz, Washington DC director of Reporters Without Borders; Jay Kansara, associate director of the Hindu American Foundation; Ashraf Ramelah, president of Voice of Copts; Jeffrey Imm, founder of the Responsible for Equality and Liberty and Andrew Eiva, chief of Freedom for Sudan Committee.