Balochistan’s Representative at UNHRC Mehran Marri Detained at Zurich Airport on Pakistan’s Request
Zurich, Nov 16: Balochistan’s representative at the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) and European Union (EU), Mehran Marri was detained at the Zurich Airport on Thursday. Marri said he ‘feels’ he is under arrest by Swiss authorities on request of the Pakistan Government.
Following his arrest, members of Baloch Republic Party expressed surprise at the way the Swiss government responded to the alleged request of the Pakistan government. A leader of the party, Brahumdagh Bugti, claimed that it was shocking as Marri has often visited Switzerland in the past 15 years.
“I am really shocked that how a neutral country like Switzerland can do that, he used to come to Switzerland very often in the last 15 years,” Bugti said to news agency ANI.
Marri tweeted out at around 8pm (IST) that he had been detained at the airport. Reportedly, his wife and children were also detained along with him.
“Don’t worry, being detained is nothing new for the Baloch. My father spent many years in far worse conditions, but never gave up,” the Human rights activist said.
He further said that the peaceful and legal struggle for an independent Balochistan, free of Pakistani occupation shall continue no matter what the Punjabi generals and babus of ‘that excuse of a country plan’. “We’ll persevere,” he added.
Later Marri said that he was placed under a lifetime ban on entering Switzerland at the request of Pakistan. “I have now been informed that I have been placed under a lifetime ban on entering Switzerland at the request of Islamabad. So much for the Geneva UNHRC being the world capital of human rights,” he said.
Blaming corruption at higher levels in Pakistan and their seemingly power over Swiss authorities, he said the long arm of the Pakistan’s billionaire Army generals surely reach far beyond their bank accounts.
His latest tweet claims that if it had been Pakistan or China where he was detained he would have not paid any heed.
Reportedly Swiss authorities also took mug shots of Marri’s seven-year-old and four-year-old children as well and he never imagined that could happen in Switzerland.