Baloch leader asks US to declare Musharraf a global terrorist
Naela Quadri Baloch, the leader of the World Baloch Women Forum, has urged US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to declare former Pakistani dictator Pervez Musharraf a global terrorist. Baloch's request comes days after Musharraf said he was the "biggest supporter" of banned terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). He also said he liked LeT founder and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) leader Hafiz Saeed, a US-designated terrorist.
Pervez Musharraf says he's the "biggest supporter" of Lashkar-e-Taiba
On November 29, Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf admitted to being the "biggest supporter" of the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and its founder Hafiz Saeed. Musharraf said he supported the LeT's role in "suppressing" the Indian Army in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). His statement came days after Saeed's release from house arrest on the orders of the Lahore High Court.
Baloch says Musharraf "butchered" people of Balochistan
In her letter to Tillerson, Baloch said Musharraf's statement indicates the 'centrality of the Pakistani state to global terrorism.' She wrote that Musharraf "callously butchered" the people of Pakistan's Baloch province using US-supplied weapons and "should also be brought to book for crimes against humanity." "Thousands were tortured and killed under his watch," she wrote.
Baloch wants Musharraf's assets to be frozen
Baloch has asked Tillerson to forbid the use of US weapons in the persecution of the people of Balochistan, some of who seek autonomy or separate statehood from Pakistan. She also urged him to freeze Musharraf's assets in the US and elsewhere.