Enforced Disappearance: Those who tortured you to speak now want you silent
by Claudia Waedlich on 11 Jul 2018 4 Comments

Esteemed Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,


Tomorrow [June 26], we commemorate the International Day of Torture: commemorating the victims of cruel torture around the world, and we come here to discuss the victims of the Enforced Disappearances. All deprived nations in Pakistan, but especially about the startling rise in numbers in the Pashtun areas and in Balochistan, from where every day we receive new terrifying reports of violent military action by the Pakistan Army against the civilian population and violent kidnappings by the ISI. Verified cases that my colleague in our NGO Balochistanproject, registered in the US, registers with Congress, as does Munir Mengal at the UN.


My work in my NGO far outstrips that of a pure human rights defender, I'm on the move as an independent think tank without funding to restore the rights of the Balochs and Pashtuns and Sindhis to the diplomatic field. I'm looking for political solutions in the context of complicated political interests throughout the region, which requires a great deal of knowledge and exploration, and under no circumstances should I take sides, neither for Pakistan nor for all neighboring states and their interests, but only with a view to the welfare of the Baloches. And also not with regard to the decisive superpowers USA, Russia, in particular China.


I see myself as a political mediator, calling on governments, in the interests of all the disappeared, to explore all the ways and means of achieving tangible results after years of unsuccessful efforts of awareness campaigns by which party and organization ever.


My colleague Dr. Richard Benkin addresses the State Department and Congress. We want to achieve cooperation between the two superpowers regarding South Asia policy in order to get rid of the cold war policy of Brzezinski. It serves the West exclusively to strategically defy Russia and, before that, the Soviet Union, relying on extremist regimes such as Iran and Islamabad, which control and oppress their people in the worst possible way, just to make sure that their goals are enforced. A democratic society is more of a hindrance, which is why the US has relied only on fascist regimes since the Nazi regimes in South America, and Islamo-fascist Wahhabi-style regimes in Afghanistan and Pakistan.


Thus, the US could have intervened long ago to force the Pakistan Army to stop the terror against the civilian population, which hits more and more women and children. But their strict economic relations with the Pakistan Army, which is the real power in Pakistan, in the military as well as political and economic sense, prevents them from rushing to the aid of the Baloch and Pashtuns.


Despite the China Pakistan Economic Corridor’s shift of power towards China, the US still sees the Pakistan Army as a guarantor of its fight against terror when calls to label Pakistan as a terrorist state grow louder. Unfortunately, terror as a means of power politics is still a common tool for securing post-colonial possessions and pillage of resources, with the anti-democratic global economy caring about human rights as a devil.


In addition, the Baloch must endure the smoldering conflict and unexplained war between India and Pakistan on their backs. Anyone suspected of being a spy of India runs the risk of being forcibly abducted.


Even in the Kashmir conflict, the West does not interfere because of good relations with both states. Apart from appeals, nothing decisive can be expected in the future either. Add to this the conflict with China in the case of the CPEC.


Good advice is costly, especially as the militant movements of freedom fuel the tensions and are too weak to bring about a change on their own. Anyone who mixes with them from the neighboring countries will also be left undecided. So there is really only Russia left, which could move in concert with the United States. Russia has approached Islamabad to influence policies; they see the CPEC from a certain distance and would prefer an economic area from Vladivostok to Lisbon.


Western politics has driven them into the arms of China, the Duma president finds the CPEC unrealizable because of the terror prevailing in the area. There is need to restore the rights of the deprived nations of Pakistan, strengthening institutions such as parliament, courts, and force the Army back to its barracks. The keyword is real democracy, to strengthen the security of all.


It is my diplomatic task to convince the superpowers that this will bring benefits to all and to Pakistan as well. At present the Pakistan Army sees its salvation in constant violence against its people. History is a river and one should not give up hope.


Besides advocating against the forced abduction by the governments, no possibility should be left out. My NGO is doing it steadily and unceasingly. Finally, I would like to recite my poem that I have written about the Baloch women. For them and their pain and fight, I poetically raise my voice:


Daughters of Soil (Balochistan)

An eternal song sings in your veins

Means from the creation of the world
of civilization at Mehrgarh

Your nation which falls and falls

In vain your desperate calls

From the disasters of nothingness you come
In nothingness you walk day after day
In search of lost wonders of your Culture
The grave which is just your home
on the endless path of desolation you roam

The Stigma of Fear which is planted in your souls
in daily septicemia here above the abyss
from time and suffering and lost controls

You carry the torch high

And still close the ranks

continue on your Long March on hard banks

colorful garments there

the cold military gray forced unit color

opposite mere which soaks the landscape

with hardness and steel and false tone

and yet is set on sand and erosion


I thank you for your esteemed attention, Ladies and Gentlemen!


Speech at the side event at the UN, Geneva Palais des Nations Room XXV (25) on June 25, 2018

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