Baloch American Congress (BAC) Thursday joined millions of Baloch all over the world to pay tributes to veteran Baloch statesman Sardar Attaullah Mengal.
“Sardar Attaullah Mengal was a symbol of all forms of struggle against Pakistan’s state atrocities in Balochistan. In the manner of a true statesman, he boldly resisted Pakistan’s Deep State excesses on Balochistan for decades,” BAC president Dr. Tara Chand said Thursday.
He said Sardar Mengal played a unique role in Baloch politics and his struggle has become an indelible part of the history of Balochistan.
He said, “Sardar Mengal had correctly said Baloch are not angry with Pakistan, they are fed up with it.”
Dr. Tara Chand said Sardar Mengal used to call the state of Pakistan “greater Punjab” and believed that the honorable option for the Baloch was to fight till death.
He said Sardar Mengal made a personal sacrifice in the struggle for Balochistan rights.
He recalled that Sardar Mengal’s eldest son Asadaullah Mengal was one of the first victims of enforced disappearances in Balochistan. “Asadullah Mengal and his friend Ahmad Shah Kurd were forcibly disappeared on February 6, 1976, and killed extrajudicially and their bodies were never found.”
Dr. Tara Chand appealed to U.S. leaders to honor the legacy of the late Baloch statesman by adopting a resolution in the U.S Congress to recognize the right to self-determination for Balochistan.
Dr. Tara Chand, who was a former government minister in Balochistan, said he spoke with Sardar Mengal about a month ago, and like always he was in good spirits at the time.