London: International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (IVBMP) requested from Baloch people in Balochistan and all over the world to hold 13 of November as “Baloch Martyrs Day – Shahmiren Balochaani Ruch” to pay your deepest respects to those who paid the ultimate price of their lives for a free, democratic and united Balochistan.
The IVBMP statement further said, “The Baloch nation like many other nations in their struggle for freedom has endured great sacrifices. In their endeavour to achieve these aims many have encountered and experienced the wrath of the occupying states. In consequence, many Baloch men, women and children in their struggle for National Liberation have been treated violently and inhumanly by the military and the intelligence services of the occupying states. The very harsh treatment of Baloch people, particularly by states such as Pakistan and Iran, is well recorded. Since their illegal occupation of Balochistan these states have been involved in the systematic imprisonment, torture, abduction and extra-judicial killings of Baloch.”
According to Voice for Baloch Missing Persons currently over 14000 Baloch political activists are in the illegal custody of Pakistani security agencies in occupied Balochistan. More than 500 among them have been killed in custody, literally tortured to death, and their bodies were dumped in desolated areas across Balochistan. Tens of thousands of Baloch have been displaced and many hundreds have been either target killed by state’s security agencies or the proxy death squads of Pakistan army.
Similarly hundreds of innocent Baloch have been killed by the fundamentalist Regime of Iran in Iranian Occupied Balochistan and several are on death row waiting to be executed.
In tribute to sacrifices of the Baloch Martyrs the Baloch diaspora and people in Balochistan have been holding a day of remembrance on the 15, July of every year. The day is nominated as “Baloch Martyrs Day or Shahmiren Balochaani Ruch.”
The IVBMP said, Last year many Baloch parties and friends in occupied Balochistan suggested that the National Remembrance Day for Baloch martyrs should be held on 13 November. This date has been chosen to remember the first attack on sovereign state of Balochistan on 13 November 1839 and the Baloch martyrs who sacrificed their lives while defending Balochistan against British Imperialist army and other occupiers thereafter.
Hence, this year and onwards the National Remembrance Day – “The Baloch Martyrs Day – Shahmiren Balochaani Ruch” will be held on 13 of November every year.
• On this day remember and pay tributes to fallen heroes and heroines of Baloch liberation struggle and their ultimate sacrifice for regaining Balochistan’s independence.
• On this day Mir Mehrab Khan and many of his soldiers lost their precious lives while defending Balochistan against the invading army of British Empire.
• On this day we express our solidarity with families of Baloch Martyrs and those who are being illegally detained by occupying forces.
• Also, on this day there will be an exhibition of pictures, names, and a brief description on the background of each victim of occupying states’ violence.
Date and time: Tuesday 13 November 12 noon to 5pm
The event will be held at:
THE CENTRE FOR POLISH ART AND CULTURE
238 – 246 KINGS STREET, HAMMERSMITH
LONDON W6 0RF
Closest Tube station: Ravenscourt Park & Hammersmith Station
International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (IVBMP)
For more details contact UK coordinators of the IVBMP:
Dr Mostafa Baloch: 07551973373
Faiz Baluch: 07540591477