Thursday, December 6, 2007

15 Baloch Students arrested from a Quran Khawani!

Courtesy- Dawn News

QUETTA, Dec 4:

The Baloch Students Organisation (BSO) has alleged that police have arrested 15 students of the Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences in Uthal for organising a Quran Khwani on the campus for Baloch leader Nawabzada Balaach Marri who was killed few days ago. Addressing a news conference on Tuesday, BSO’s central executive committee member Farida Baloch accused police of torturing the students.She said atrocities would not compel the Baloch people to give up the struggle for their rights. Balochs had been facing the excesses of rulers for 60 years, she added. She said that forces were not only targeting BSO members but also implicating members of their families in false cases.

(We strongly condemn this despicably brutal act by the police upon innocent students gathered for a sombre and religious cause. If the state cannot even respect religious customs, it is sad evidence of the fact that they have renounced every ounce of humanity that could possibly remain. It is baffling as to how sheer tyranny and bigotry of this sort can even be tolerated, let alone ordered by any government. It is a stark reminder of the fact that the Musharraf regime is the only real extremist around and is an evil that must be rooted out at all costs. We reach out to our fellow Balochi Students in support and solidarity and solemnly pledge to remain committed to our cause for civil freedom, liberty and rule of law, until we the citizens are no longer subjected to further such state brutalities. We recognize that the Baloch's have been targeted by despotic rulers for many decades now, and it is only very recently that we have recieved a taste of what they have endured for so long. We salute them for their strength and resilience and reach out to them in these times in complete unity.)

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