Baloch National Movement Secretary-General, Dr. Murad Baloch in his recent statement said that the Coronavirus is a pandemic disease and all countries of the world are endeavoring to reduce the threat of coronavirus, but the measures taken by Pakistan are based on animosity with the Baloch nation.
He said, “The Baloch nation was already confronting a destructive situation created in Balochistan by the state. Now Pakistan, following its policy of collective punishment, is imposing the coronavirus on the people of Balochistan. This is clear animosity of Pakistan with the Baloch nation where Pakistan instead of shifting the travelers coming back from Iran into big cities’ hospitals or in quarantine centers, is holding them in tents in Taftan and Quetta Hazargangi area. In this modern era, no one can imagine that people infected with such deadly diseases are kept in the open sky. In the civilized world, even animals are cured in a far better way.”
Dr. Murad said, “The people infected with coronavirus are kept in Balochistan; rather than, sending them to their own areas. This is a willful attempt to spread the coronavirus across Balochistan which fits perfectly their planned Baloch pogroms and genocide. This is being used as a biological weapon against the Baloch nation.”
He said that Balochistan is a great prison of humans, devastated with war, exploitation and continuous genocide. Besides the rampant killings of the army, thousands of people are dying in road accidents, hunger, and poverty. An outbreak of the coronavirus is an addition to the miseries of the people of Balochistan.
He added the Baloch areas of Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan are severely affected by the coronavirus. In view of the abhorrence and animosity of Pakistan toward the Baloch nation, no conscious soul would expect that Pakistan may take a step to curtail the spread of this deadly pandemic of the Coronavirus. In the time of the 2013 earthquake in Awaran and Kech Pakistan had stopped international NGOs in Balochistan to help the affected people. The earthquake affected people to date are homeless, above all facing atrocities and being targeted in the military operations.
Dr. Murad Baloch appealed, “On this occasion, we appeal to World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) that they should take effective measures for the Baloch refugees in Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan. Baloch refugees are suffering for a long time and they are hoping to get full refugee status from UNHCR. If, in this regards concrete steps are not taken then Pakistan may use Coronavirus outbreak against the Baloch nation to further exacerbate the humanitarian crisis in Balochistan.”