Amsterdam: On Sunday, BNM’s activists staged a rally and demonstration in Amsterdam to mark the 23rd anniversary of Pakistan’s nuclear tests in Balochistan as Black Day.
The protesters held placards and banners with slogans against Pakistan’s nuclear weapons and the devastating effects of the tests on the Baloch people and the environment. The protesters also condemned the human rights violations by the Pakistani army in Balochistan.
Pakistan’s nuclear weapons threaten world peace and stability.Jamal Baloch
Jamal Baloch, Media Coordinator of the Human Rights Department of BNM(Pank), addressed the protesters and said that Pakistan’s nuclear weapons threaten world peace and stability.
He urged the international community to raise its voice against Pakistan’s nuclear program and dismantle it to end the conflict and suffering in Balochistan and the region.
Many children are born with deformities and disabilities, and thousands suffer from cancer.Nabeel Baloch,
Nabeel Baloch, another protester, said that millions of people had been affected by the nuclear tests in Balochistan, which were conducted on May 28 and May 30, 1998, at Ras Koh Mountain range in the Chagai region.
He said many children are born with deformities and disabilities, and thousands suffer from cancer. He said most of them die within two or three years of age.
He said Balochistan is not a testing ground for Pakistan’s chemical weapons.
Radioactive material had contaminated the soil, water and ecosystem.Aalia Baloch
Aalia Baloch also spoke about the impacts of radiation on the health and environment of the Chagai district. She said the radioactive material had contaminated the soil, water and ecosystem. She noted that many people are suffering from skin diseases and hepatitis.
She said that the Baloch people consider May 28 as a black day.
She demanded that the United Nations take concrete steps to curb Pakistan’s nuclear weapons and impose strict sanctions on them.