Asserting that testing of nuclear weapons is the worst harm Pakistani occupation inflicted on Baluchistan, a Baluch group in the United States has asked the UN to take steps to stop Islamabad from conducting further nuclear tests on their land.
At an event, organised by American Friends of Baluchistan to mark the 11th anniversary of Pakistan's testing of nuclear weapons, Rasheed Baluch of Texas described May 28 as a day of mourning for nearly 20 million Baluch people all over the world.
"The three tests conducted in Chagai and two tests in Kharan are the worst harm Pakistan occupation inflicted on Baluchistan," said Rasheed Baluch, a board member of American Friends of Baluchistan.
The group called on United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to take action to denuclearise Pakistan and stop it from conducting further nuclear tests in Baluchistan.
Development expert Dr Fauzia Deeba, in a detailed presentation, deplored the pitiable social conditions in Baluchistan and said the lack of clean potable water has created havoc in the lives of the people.
Two Iran-based leaders Karim Abdian, executive director, Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation, and Karim Behruz, a representative of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran expressed solidarity with the Baluch people and Iran and urged the world, particularly the US, not to take the Iranian nuclear ambitions lightly.
Abdian called the testing of nuclear weapons on the lands of the indigenous people the worst form human rights violation.