A United Nations Special Rapporteur has been accused of showing ethnic bias in her reports and utterances about Occupied Baluchistan.
Asma Jahangir, founder of the Punjab-based Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has invited the ire of Anjuman Ittehad Marri -- an organization defending the indigenous peoples right to justice, freedom and liberty in Baluchistan.
She was curtly asked by a Baluch mother to go back to Punjab is she does not support the Baluch liberation struggle.
In a press statement, a spokesperson for the Anjuman Ittehad Marri took umbrage to the reports and utterances of Ms. Jahangir and termed her recent visit to Occupied Baluchistan as part of a grand design to further the interests of the occupation forces against the Baluch people.
"The intentions of her team are crystal clear," the AIM said. "In stead of lecturing the Baluch people to accept eternal slavery, why does not the HRCP asks the military authorities to end the occupation of Baluchistan."
The AIM said Ms. Jahangir's real intentions have been exposed by her talking points against the freedom struggle in Baluchistan while she posed as an advocate for human rights.
"The liberation struggle has neither been started on anyone's behest, nor will it end with any person's lecture or request," the Baluch organization told the Punjabi woman whose late father Malik Ghulam Jilani, an army colonel, rose to prominence as a top bureaucrat during the martial law regime of late dictator General Ayub Khan.
The Ayub regime had also launched a military operation against the people of Baluchistan.
"In the name of human rights, but in reality to safeguard the vested interests of the military occupation, political points are being scored by the HRCP against the Baluch people," the Anjuman Ittehad Marri said. "Ms. Jahangir has been assigned the duty of advertising against the Baluch struggle for their genuine rights."
AIM said Baluch people know well from day one that the HRCP lacks the wherewithals to expose the state terrorism and barbarism against the Baluch people.
Even Pakistan Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry had expressed his dismay that Pakistani organizations had done precious little to expose gross violations of human rights in Baluchistan, while praising the efforts of the Asian Human Rights Commission for exposing the issue of state abductions and torture.
"The Baluch people like to ask the HRCP if it is their stated policy to tell enslaved nations to accept their fate and ask them to stop the struggle for national liberation," AIM said.
AIM said as far as the Geneva conventions go they strictly prohibit advocates of human rights from taking sides in a war between two nations and neither do they permit advocates of human rights to use their name as a weapon against the liberation struggle of an enslaved nation.
"In many places in the world where people are resisting foreign occupation, we do not see a single instance where an organization claiming to espouse the lofty ideals of human rights tries to lecture an oppressed people to accept their national slavery," AIM said.
The organization said year after year, in its reports the HRCP has failed to take note of the military operation and slow genocide of the Baluch people, use of phosphorous bombs, burning alive of Baluch prisoners, hanging of the bodies of Baluch activists from trees after they are tortured to death.
In its 2008 report the HRCP detailed the case of a Punjabi settler who had volunteered to walk on fire to prove his innocence under a tribal form of justice. "Was this the lone case of human rights violations in entire length and breadth of Baluchistan during that year. This clearly shows the real motives of the HRCP," AIM said.
It said no matter what garbs the agents of Pakistani military occupation use, they could no longer deceive the Baluch masses.
AIM said the Baluch people have no faith in reports of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan as at best these have become controversial because of the bias shown by the HRCP against the Baluch resistance. "Its officials have turned themselves into spokespersons for the military occupation, ridiculing the Baluch people and their just struggle," AIM said, adding that HRCP is a blot on the name of all those who champion human rights.
The Marri organization said the Baluch people know about the "might" of the client state of Pakistan and also know what is in their best longterm national interests.
"National liberation is the destination of the Baluch people," AIM said.
Jahangir was once very close to Mehran Baluch, Baluchistan's main representative at the U.N. Human Rights Council.
AN INDEPENDENT INTELLECTUAL'S OBSERVATION:
One well-known intellectual from Quetta, requesting anonymity said, "I met Asma and her team. They were simply attempting to convince the Baluch to give up thier struggle for an independent Baluchistan."
She tried to make the participants of a gathering in Baluchistan Assembly compound as good Pakistanis, urging them to have faith in the 'free judicicary.'
She also went on to ridicule the Baluch claim that 8,000 Baluch are missing. She clearly said she did not support the armed struggle of Balochistan and she would not help the Baluch if they talk of independence and armed movement.
One brave Baluch mother interrupted her and said she was at liberty to go back to Punjab if she had come out here to speak against the Baluch movement.
Another participant of Jahangir's team, Professor Dr. Mehdi Hassan of the Punjab University, made fun of Baluch demand for liberation saying that the Baluch should give up the claim of independence and be contented with maximum autonomy.
"My appeal to to the Baluch community in Quetta is to kick the asses of these agents of Punjab as they are out here to soften the Baluch stance," the Baluch intellectual concluded.