Balochistan: 70 forcibly disappeared, 36 killed in May

In a completely under-the-blanket
operations, the mighty military of Pakistan has militarized entire Balochistan, its
northwestern, most mineral-rich but least
developed
region with lowest human development. Military suppressed the
rights movements that blame the military and the central government for their
backwardness.

Military pushed the indigenous population
to walls and many armed groups developed, which claim to fight for independence
of the region. Government used Frontier Corps, a paramilitary force, to
eliminate the nationalists. Gradually the region became a battlefield between
the two conflict parties.

Balochistan seemed a war-zone during the
month of May 2019 as well. We have received hundreds of reports of human rights
violations, from six out of thirty-two districts. Human Rights Council of Balochistan and Baloch Human Rights
Organization
investigated and thus announce this monthly report.

Seventy persons were picked up by military
and forcibly disappeared. Eight of them were released later, while whereabouts
of 62 civilians remain unknown.

Maqbool Yar Mohammad was abducted by
personnel of Intelligence agencies from his house in Hub town of district Lasbela on 3
May. His family abandoned their native village, Mashkay Awaran, due to
consistent military offences and was living a life of IDPs in Lasbela, the home
district of Chief Minister of Balochistan, under the Imran Khan’s new central
government.

On 5 May, forces whisked away 17 years old Hammal
Assa from his hometown Gomazi Tump, district Kech, the home district of previous
Chief Minister of Balochistan, under Nawaz Sharif government.

Talal, Photo: Social Media

Of the same village, Gomazi, fifteen years old Talal Dost Mohammad was picked up by military from a local transport vehicle, when he was traveling from Karachi to his home, on the same day. Both are cousins.

Salman Khudadad was picked up by military
and forcibly disappeared from Mand Bullo, Kech on 7 May, from a local grocery,
in front of the public.

On 11 May, security forces whisked away four persons, Murad
Samad, Abid Khalid, Syed Abul Hassan and Waju Wahid, during a house-to-house
search operation in Neyabad, Gwadar.
Forces are accused of beating women and children during the operation.

On 12 May, Noor Khan Kahur, a fresh
graduate from Balochistan University Quetta, was whisked away by the forces at
around 3 AM local time from Essa Nagri, Quetta. He was a resident of Shapuk,
district Kech and was on a search for job in Quetta, the administrative capital
of Balochistan.

Two students of the same region, Mekran,
were whisked away by military from Brewery Road of capital city, Quetta.
Security forces took Ashraf Neksal and Gulab Rozi from Mashallah Plaza, in
front of dozens of people, on 15 May. Both were sent by their families from
interior, war-turned regions to the capital city for safer and better
education.

Military has abducted and disappeared more
than a hundred students of Balochistan, from other cities of Pakistan,
including Nawaz
Atta
, a human rights activist, Information Secretary of BHRO.

Rahmdil Pir Bakhsh of Hoshab Balochistan, a
graduate in Philosophy was abducted by security forces in Karachi,
administrative capital of Sindh.
He was working with KASBIT University
Karachi
after completing his graduation.

The next day his cousin Nasir Azim was
whisked away by security forces from the same house in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. Nasir
is a resident of Absar, Turbat and a student of M. Phil in Karachi University.

On 20 May, forces raided house of Allah
Bakhsh in Gwadar, Balochistan and dragged him away from the house. Three days
later, the house was raided again and military took away his wife, Ayesha and
two daughters, Mahtap and 16 years old Nazelah. Mother and daughters were
released later while whereabouts of Allah Bakhsh remained unknown.

Forces raided house of Fateh Muhammad, father
of Hammal Fateh, one of four suicide attackers who attacked the only five-star
hotel in Gwadar, the home town of Chinese invested Gwadar Deep Sea Port. Four
gunmen stormed into the Pearl
Continental hotel
and it took military 24 hours to clear the hotel. The
attack was carried out by an armed nationalist group that often attacks Chinese
interests in the region. Organization threatened China to take his hands off
the region.

Fateh Muhammad and Nasrat, a cousin of
Hammal were whisked away by the military and their whereabouts are still
unknown.

Fourteen years old Kachkol, brother of another
suicide attacker of PC hotel, was picked by military from his house in Hoshab,
Kech on 25 May.

On same day, forces abducted Hafiz Pir
Muhammad from Naimabad Parom, district Panjgur and forcibly disappeared. Hafiz
was once disappeared in 2015 but released later.

Forces raided house of Mujib Rasool Bakhsh
in the same area of Parom, district Panjgur on 26 May and took him away. His
fate and whereabouts are still unknown.

Decomposed bodies of five persons were
found dumped. All were beyond recognition.

“We have found and buried 131 decomposed
bodies in this graveyard. We have three of such kind. We’ll just put a number
on the grave”, said a person working for Edhi Foundation. “Hardly 5% of the persons
would be identified by any means”, he said in a BBC Urdu report.

Twenty armed nationalists were killed in
different battles between the nationalists and military in different parts of
Balochistan and five persons were targeted killed by unknown gunmen. Nationalists
often blame the military of using private militias and street criminals to kill
people.

One child was killed when an armed
nationalist group fired to kill one of organization’s surrendered commander, in
Kech. Spokesperson of Balochistan
Liberation Front
said in a press note that his organization apologizes
for the child and is ready for any cooperation family asks.

BLF is one of the many organizations
fighting the military and want Pakistan to leave Balochistan. Organization has
been known for its educated and democratic leadership and has been enjoying
support of most of educated youths since its early appearance in 2004.

Silence over Balochistan has shaped
military’s attitude towards any rights movement all over Pakistan.

Military repeated same in Waziristan, KPK
region on 26 May 2019. It attacked a peaceful rally, killing more than a dozen
and wounding more than forty-five. Rally was organized by Pashtun
Tahaffuz Movement
, a rights group developed in Pakistan’s KPK region. Leadership
of the group- legislators the local people elected- were said to be the aim of
the attack. One of the legislators, Ali Wazir went missing for a few days,
after military arrested him from the attacked protest, while the other, Mohsin
Dawar was declared a wanted man. He finally surrendered himself to a court of
law.

PTM leadership face the same hard time with
military leaders in Balochistan faced. Pashtoon leaders are lucky enough to
resurface, being in jail, while the leadership in Balochistan was disappeared,
killed and thrown on roadsides, or shot killed.  

Military, it seems, wishes to control the
minds of each individual and does not allow any space for the voices of people.