United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) states that “Nuclear weapons can destroy a whole city, potentially killing millions, and jeopardizing the natural environment and lives of future generations through its long-term catastrophic effects. The dangers from such weapons arise from their very existence”.
On May 28, 1998, Pakistan tested its nuke on Raskoh, south of the district of Chaghi, Balochistan. After the tests of Pakistan’s dirty nuke, Balochistan experienced a country wide and a massive scale of drought which claimed the lives of millions of livestock. The agriculture sector of the country was badly affected, domestic economy of the people collapsed and many died.
The radiation exposure damages living cells. The destruction of a sufficient number of cells inflicts noticeable harm on organs which results in death. No altered cells repaired in Balochistan and the resulting modification passed on to further cells and they eventually led to cancer.
Cancer is the most deadly disease in the world and Balochistan is very much affected by this disease. The shock waves directly injure humans by rupturing the eardrums and lungs and by hurling people at high speed. Till today, majority of babies not only in Chaghi but in the surrounding areas are born abnormal.
Balochistan’s occupation is an open violation of the Universal Deceleration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the nuclear test on an occupied land is a universal crime. The Senate body briefing on the health and civic facilities in 2018 informed that “in whole Pakistan, 178 women out of 100,000 die during delivery, while in Balochistan the mortality rate is four times higher than the rest of country where 758 women die during delivery.”
Balochistan’s condition is that much worse where human has no source of living. On this worse condition of life in Balochistan, Pakistan had tried its dirty nukes. UN’s institutions and other international human rights institutions also ignored Balochistan.
After the nuclear test, Balochistan faced much difficulty for living a simple life but no human rights researchers came for research and to stand against the human rights violence on the Baloch land.
Balochistan is waiting for the UN and other international institutions to come and intervene in Balochistan, and safe millions of lives of Baloch people.