Fri, Aug 18, 2017 | updated 10:06 PM IST

Baloch nationalists in Canada protest against Pakistan's atrocities

Updated: Aug 02, 2016 08:13 IST      
Baloch nationalists in Canada protest against Pakistan's atrocities

Toronto (Canada), Aug. 2 (ANI): The Baloch National Movement (BNM) held a protest in Toronto, Canada, on July 31 against the enforced disappearance of Abdul Wahid Baloch, a well-known literary activist and human rights campaigner, at the hands of Pakistani security agencies.

Holding placards and banners, the protesters demanded immediate and safe release of Wahid from illegal custody. They also raised demands of 'free Balochistan' from Pakistan's illegal occupation during their protest.

The BNM appealed for urgent intervention by the United Nations and international bodies to stop the crimes against humanity in Balochistan by the state armed forces.

"We have gathered here today, the Baloch Canadians, on the call by Baloch National Movement and we are peacefully protesting against enforced disappearance and the illegal abduction of Wahid Baloch, the editor of a Baloch magazine, a literary personality and a linguist, who is very much involved in preserving the Baloch language," said Dr Zafar Baloch, the organizer of BNM (North America).

"He is a human rights defender for the Baloch culture and for the people of Balochistan who are being disappeared for the last ten years. He has been tirelessly working very hard for the people, who are victims of enforced disappearance and their families," he added.

Demanding Wahid's immediate release, Dr Zafar further said, "His life is in great danger and we demand every nation and the human rights defenders to intervene and save the life of Wahid Baloch."

Meanwhile, BSO (Azad) president Karima Baloch strongly condemned Wahid's abduction and appealed to the world human rights organizations to save the social activist's live.

The whereabouts of Wahid, a resident of Lyari in Pakistan, are still unknown after he went missing on July 26.

His family alleges that he was picked up by the law enforcement agencies.

In a recent report submitted to the National Human Rights Commission, Pakistan, the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) narrated that thousands of Baloch people have been abducted and many of them have been killed extra judicially in custody by the Pakistani state security forces, adding their mutilated bodies have been found dumped in different areas across Balochistan.

The VBMP in its report said that over 463 people were forcefully abducted while 157 mutilated bodies were found from Balochistan in 2015. Wahid Baloch is the latest victim of these atrocities in Pakistan. (ANI)

New Delhi [India], August 18 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said that there is no report of any Indian casualty in the terror attack in Spain where 13 people have been killed and more than 100 injured after a vehicle ploughed into pedestrians at Barcelona's famed Las Ramblas boulevard tourist area.

Full Story >>

Samurai sword attack at Taipei's Presidential Office

Updated: Aug 18, 2017 15:33 IST     

Beijing [China], August18 (ANI): A samurai sword-wielding man carrying a flag of the People's Republic of China slashed a military police guard outside Taiwan's presidential office on Friday.

Full Story >>

Three people beheaded by Al-Shabaab terrorists in Kenya

Updated: Aug 18, 2017 14:20 IST     

London[U.K.], August 18 (ANI):Islamic militants have beheaded three people and burnt houses in an attack in Lamu County located in the Northern Coast of Kenya on Friday.

Full Story >>

Being [China], August 18 (ANI):Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has issued an order to the military to prepare to "shoulder arms," in case of a US invasion, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez said on Thursday.

Full Story >>

Colombo [Sri Lanka], August 18 (ANI): The democracy in the Maldives has been transformed into sheer autocracy ever since the Members of Parliament of United Opposition submitted a no-confidence motion against the Speaker on July 3.

Full Story >>

Sharif, sons to defy NAB summons order

Updated: Aug 18, 2017 13:53 IST     

Lahore[Pakistan],August 18 (ANI): Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his two sons will show defiance by skipping the National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) investigation meeting on Friday into the Al-Azizia Steel Mills case till the Supreme Court decides on his review petition against the apex court's July 28 verdict to disqualify him from office.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], August 18 (ANI): In a series of tweets, Baloch leader Brahumdagh Bugti, the founder and leader (in exile) of the Baloch Republican Party, has raised an objection to extending an invitation to Pakistan's former military dictator Pervez Musharraf to participate in a talk on peace.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], August 18 (ANI): The Japanese Embassy in India on Friday told ANI that Japan is closely watching the Doklam stand-off between India and China and that no country should make an attempt to unilaterally change status quo by force.

Full Story >>

Sydney [Australia], August 18 (ANI): With India-China stand-off at Doklam, near the Sikkim-Tibet-Bhutan tri-junction still continuing, Chinese Australians, in their flashy supercars, organized a car rally in Sydney, Australia, to protest against India on its 71st Independence Day.

Full Story >>

Catalan government links attacks of Cambrils, Barcelona

Updated: Aug 18, 2017 11:25 IST     

Barcelona [Spain], August 18 (ANI): The Catalan government are investigating on the assumption that two other deadly events, a terrorist incident in the seaside resort town of Cambrils and a house explosion farther down the coast in Alcanar, were linked to the van attack in Barcelona carried out by the Islamic State terrorists.

Full Story >>

Pak FM seeks UN attention towards Kashmir issue

Updated: Aug 18, 2017 10:59 IST     

Lahore [Pakistan], August 18 (ANI): Pakistan's new Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Friday sought the UN Secretary General's attention towards the alleged human rights abuses in Kashmir.

Full Story >>

New York [U.S.A.], August 18 (ANI): Referring to the violent White supremacist rally that caused violence in Charlottesville earlier this week, American actress Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey, who graduated from the University of Virginia, said she was concerned about her alma mater.

Full Story >>

Tokyo [Japan], August 18 (ANI): Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit India in September to attend the 'bhoomi poojan' and foundation stone laying ceremony of the Rs. 97,636-crore Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail link using Japanese bullet-train technology.

Full Story >>

Japan backs India on Doklam issue

Updated: Aug 18, 2017 08:54 IST     

New Delhi [India], August 18 (ANI): Japan came out in full support for India in its protracted military stand-off with China at Doklam, near the Sikkim-Tibet-Bhutan trijunction, saying no country should use unilateral forces to change the status quo on the ground.

Full Story >>

Barcelona [Spain], August 18 (ANI): A Catalan Police spokesperson has said that four suspects were shot dead, and a fifth, who was wounded and arrested, has since died, during the anti-terror operation in Spain's Cambrils after the Islamic State terrorists crashed a van into people in Barcelona's Las Ramblas district.

Full Story >>

Dubai [U.A.E], August 18 (ANI): A 34-year-old Pakistani man is facing trail for sexually assaulting an 18-year-old mentally challenged Indian boy in Dubai.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], August 18 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump on Thursday responded to the Barcelona terror attack by spreading a debunked rumor.

Full Story >>

US drone mysteriously crashes in Turkey

Updated: Aug 18, 2017 05:02 IST     

Adana [Turkey], August 18 (ANI): Governor of Adana province in Turkey, Mahmut Demirtas has confirmed that a drone belonging to the United States has crashed under mysterious circumstances in southern Turkey.

Full Story >>

Barcelona [Spain], August 18 (ANI): Sikh Gurdwaras in Barcelona are lending helping hand at the time of crisis after at least 13 persons have been killed and more than 50 injured in a terrorist attack in Las Ramblas district.

Full Story >>

One suspect in Barcelona 'terror attack' found dead in car

Updated: Aug 18, 2017 03:15 IST     

Barcelona [Spain], August 18 (ANI): One of the suspects involved in Barcelona attack has been found dead in a car three kilometers from where police officers tried to stop him by firing at the vehicle he was in, reports El Pais.

Full Story >>