Women in the United States have taken up the cudgels to stop the on-going genocide in Balochistan and extrajudicial killings in Sindh.
Jane Weisner a staunch supporter of an independent Balochistan spoke with Senator John F. Kerry, who is chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and asked him to support the idea of a free country for the stateless Bloch people in southwest Asia.
Balochistan, which is named after the Baloch people, was a free country before the British set foot in the region in 1839, but left it divided by the time colonialism ended in Indian subcontinent in August 1947.
Weisner, who is affiliated with the American Friends of Balochistan, said she spoke personally to Senator Kerry, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Thursday about Pakistan’s role in hiding bin Laden.
“More importantly I asked him to personally look into the systemic genocide of the Baloch. I spoke to him about the geopolitical advantages of a free and independent Balochistan as a important part of Central Asian security, a check on the growing influence of Iran and China in the region.”
She said Senator Kerry promised to look into the human rights violations against the Baloch and to get back to her after his trip to Pakistan.
“I told Senator Kerry that the Baloch don’t want to live in an Islamic Republic. That point did hit home, the secular nature of the Baloch people was of interest,” Weisner said.
Laurie Reamer, presiding council member of the A.F.B. wrote to Dana Treacherous, an Afghan war veteran and Republican from Texas who is member of the House Subcommittee on South Asia. “In light of recent news headlines, wherein it is painfully clear that the Pakistani military and central government provided safety to Osama bin Laden prior to his recent death, I am writing in order to urgently request that Representative Dana Rohrabacher uphold the standards and contingencies of the Patrick Leahy Amendment and Kerry-Lugar Bill (which indicate, from my reading of them, that the United States government will not continue to supply financial aid to Pakistan if it continues to brutalize its own people).
She said for over two years now she has been following news reports out of Balochistan and Sindh, and have been grieving with her Baloch and Sindhi friends as they learn of yet another family member or respected leader that has been arrested and/or murdered near their homes.
Deamer said she was not privy to high level, classified information about how decisions made by the United States government (in its dealings with Pakistan ), are geared towards protecting her as an American citizen.
“What I do know is that many of my Baloch and Sindhi friends are attempting to peacefully engage their central government (not only through violent insurgency), in fruitful dialogue, and that their efforts are continually being stymied by ongoing American support of their Pakistani occupiers, Deamer said.
She said while she was deeply appreciative of her legislators’ service, she is outraged at the injustice that is causing my friends so much suffering, and I am frightened by the idea that the United States is, in any way, complicit in this.
Weisner concluded, “I’ll keep pushing for a Free Balochistan and Pakistan to be held accountable for their war crimes against the Baloch people.”
According to Dawn newspaper, Kerry said he had discussed the situation with the US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan,Marc Grossman and President Barack Obama’s coordinator for Afghanistan and Pakistan policy, Douglas Lute, and planned to stop at the White House before his trip.
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Other U.S. women who are giving time and efforts to stop the grave violations of human rights as the Baloch engage in a David-and-Goliath struggle for statehood include New York writer Annie Nocenti, DC lawyer Kimberly Crichton and CrisisBalochistan.com publisher Wendy Johnson, who has been a close friend of Cardiff-based Baloch notable Khan of Kalat Suleman Daud since 1978.