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Free Balochistan Movement demands denuclearisation of Pakistan

ANI  |  London [United Kingdom] 

Free Movement (FBM) held simultaneous protests, rallies, and awareness campaigns in different cities of the on Monday, against testing of Pakistan's nuclear weapons in in 1998.

The protests were held on the 20th anniversary of the nuclear tests, codenamed Chagai-1. In the UK, the USA, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Canada, and Sweden, the FBM activists highlighted the dangers of Pakistani nuclear weapons to and to peace. Protesters carried large banners and placards inscribed with slogans and pictures of affected people after the nuclear explosions.

The FBM activists also distributed leaflets and explained the Balochistan situation to those who stood by and asked about the protest. Many passersby expressed their support and sympathy for the people of Balochistan and condemned Pakistani state atrocities against Baloch people.

In Germany, members of Afghan, Ahwazi Arab and Sindhi communities also participated in the FBM rally and demonstration while in the activists of and Baloch also joined and supported the FBM protest.

The of the FBM, Hyrbyair Marri, in a statement said, "20 years ago, tested its nuclear weapons in the heart of Balochistan's district without the will and consent of the Baloch nation."

"The residual impact resulting from the blasts in have caused like lung, liver, and blood cancer, skin diseases, typhoid, and infectious hepatitis, as well as serious effects on the nervous system, blood pressure, eyes, and throats, and on newborn babies."

He said on May 17, 1998, he warned that "weapons being tested in the name of the country's defence will prove to be a message of death for the people of The droughts, increasing and continued suffering of the residents of and surrounding districts are a reflection of our concerns in 1998."

"The civilised remained silent on Pakistan's crime against the Baloch nation and Balochistan. They stood by with their lips sealed as Balochistan was burning before their eyes. Today, we as a nation continue to suffer the aftermath of Pakistan's nuclear weapons. is also planning to make nuclear weapons and we have concerns that they will follow Pakistan's path and conduct its nuclear tests in occupied Balochistan," he added.

His statement further read, "We urge the world community, IAEA, and other international bodies to take notice of the effects of Pakistan's nuclear weapons in Balochistan. Nuclear experts should visit the region where nuclear bombs were detonated to investigate the causes of that local people are suffering and remove all nuclear materials from Balochistan to save human lives and protect our precious environment."

"We also remind the world that is an irresponsible state and its corrupt military institutions and politicians can do anything for money. That is why it is a possibility that the wealthy religious extremist will acquire nuclear weapons from and use them against Western democracies. Hence, the world must make every effort to denuclearise Pakistan and strip it of its nuclear weapons before it is too late," the statement read.

an activist of from Canada's city said that the nuclear blasts in Balochistan caused long-lasting effects.

"Many people died due to and majority of the livestock the inhabitants also died. Many Baloch in the region began to suffer from unusual illnesses. Still even to this day Baloch children from that region are often born with illnesses and shocking physical deformations," the activist said.

He also criticised the international community for "completely turning a blind eye" to Pakistan's horrific crimes against humanity in Balochistan.

The FBM activists in other countries also expressed similar concerns and urged the respective countries of their residence to stop supporting Pakistan because the international support that Pakistan gets under different pretexts is being used against Baloch people and Western forces in

Sami Baloch, an activist of FBM from Washington DC, urged the and people to stop supporting Pakistan as Pakistan supports ISIS, and other terrorist groups that are threat to world peace. He said Pakistan's nuclear weapons should be monitored because of the presence of religious groups in that country.

The FBM, headed by Hyrbyair Marri, has been protesting against human rights violations in Balochistan and against testing of Pakistan's nuclear weapons in Balochistan for past many years.

The FBM will continue to be the voice of Baloch nation and advocate of Baloch freedom struggle on international level and inform the world community on behalf of Baloch nation that Pakistan is committing war crimes and crimes against humanity that are against all international conventions and norm, according to the statement.

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First Published: Tue, May 29 2018. 19:17 IST