Balochistan: Ten bodies buried without recognition, 77 forcibly disappeared, 18 killed in January
Baloch Human Rights Organization (BHRO) and Human Rights Council of Balochistan (HRCB or Hakkpaan in Balochi) have received and researched partial details of 77 cases of enforced disappearances and 18 cases of extra judicial killings during the month of January 2019. 70 previously missing persons were released due to the pressure built up by the families of missing persons’ sit-in hunger strike in front of the Quetta press club for more than a decade.
According to the details security forces forcibly
disappeared 77 persons from Awaran, Kech, Khuzdar Panjgur, Gwadar and Sibi
districts of Balochistan. Whereas the rest 26 districts of Balochistan still
remain inaccessible due to the media blockade introduced by authorities in
Balochistan to suppress the voices raised against the violations committed by
On the other hand, ten decomposed beyond recognition bodies
were brought by Edhi foundation to Teramil Graveyard, Dasht for burial on 08th
January 2019. The bodies were buried without DNA analysis. The burial of the
bodies without DNA analysis have caused anguish to the families of victims of enforced
disappearances who have been sitting on a hunger strike in front of Quetta
The victims of enforced disappearances include Muhammad Azeem s/o Phullan resident of Gubord, Mand district Kech. According to the locals Muhammad Azeem is a farmer and was working on the fields when security forces raided and abducted him on the evening of 02nd January 2019.
On 01 January 2019, Mohammad Ali s/o Abdo was whisked away
by security forces from a military check post in Tirtej, Awaran. Family members
say, Mohammad Ali was travelling back from Karachi in his truck along with a
driver and a conductor. They were held in the check post and after a few hours
both the driver and the conductor were released whereas the whereabouts of
Mohammad Ali still remain unknown.
Rashid s/o Abdul Rasool was forcibly disappeared by the forces during a raid at his house at around 1:00 am. According to his extended family, Rashid was working as a labor in Middle East and was recently back home on holidays when he was abducted from Mondi area of Gwadar.
On 19th January 2019, personnel of Frontier Corps (a paramilitary force) accompanied by personnel in civil dress, raided the house of Abdul Rasool and abducted his 17 years old son Jaffar.
On 27 January 2019, forces conducted a search operation in
Dasht Sadi, a village near Pakistan-Iran border, district Gwadar and forcibly
disappeared Ghani s/o Abbas. Women and children were beaten up.
On 28 January 2019, Salman s/o Dad Rehman and Malik s/o
Mohammad were abducted from Nizarabad, Tump district Kech. Salman was abducted
from his own shop which is locally famous as Salman’s shop whereas Malik s/o
Mohammad was abducted during the exams from the examination hall.
On 31 January 2019, security forces conducted a military
operation in Gwarkop area of district Kech. Eight persons were abducted,
including four of the same family. Abductees
are Solo s/o Babu, Rasheed s/o Kamalan, Qamber s/o Yousuf, Muneer s/o Wali
Mohammad, all from same family, Hasil and Musa Wahag are two brothers while Basheer
and Sabzal Qadir Bakhsh are brothers.
70 persons were released from the custody of security
institutions during the month, many of them were missing for years and some for
Eighteen persons were killed during the month of January, eight of them died from firing of unknown persons in Kech, Panjgur, Sibi and Quetta districts of Balochistan.
On 03 January 2019, a dead body was found dumped in Hub Chowki, district Lasbela. The deceased was later identified as Elahi Bakhsh Pir Jan resident of Dulechi Jhao district Awaran. Elahi Bakhsh was abducted by Pakistani security forces from Jhao, district Awaran on 07 May 2016. His whereabouts remained unknown till his body was found dumped in Hub, Balochistan.
On 7th January, a mutilated dead body was found
in a sack on the eastern bypass in Quetta, the capital city of Balochistan. The
dead body was later shifted to a hospital for identification. Later the
deceased was identified as Shokat Ali s/o Saleh Mohammad, a resident of Musa
Colony, Quetta whereas his hometown was Kardagap, Mastung. According to local
sources he was a student in Degree College and was also working as a dispenser
in Yaseen Hospital Quetta. He went missing on 06 January after leaving the
On 9 January, another body was found in Saryab Mill Colony,
Quetta. The body was shifted by Edhi foundation to the hospital where he was
identified as Mohammad Arif s/o Lateef Mastoi. According the doctors he was
died from a gunshot .
On 11 January, a dead body was found in Sangsela area of
Dera Bugti. Levies accompanied by personnel of Frontier Corps shifted the body
to the local hospital where he was identified as Shehan Bugti.
Phulan waju was killed and claimed by Balochistan Liberation
Front (BLF) in Awaran on 19th January 2019. Spokesperson of BLF
claimed the responsibility and stated that Phulllan was an informer of the
Balochistan presents a picture of a war zone, where the state military is confronted with the armed men, belong to nationalist armed groups. The armed groups emerged when the central government pushed the local nationalists to the wall, when they demanded more autonomy and rights on the natural resources of the land, Balochistan. During the military rule, in late 1990’s, central government pressed nationalists and started suppressing the voices raised against the newly announced projects, especially a multi-billion dollars project China Pakistan Economic Corridor. Gradually the armed resistance gained momentum and the civilian population is caught between states military, armed nationalists and religious extremists.
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