PAKISTAN: INVESTIGATE MURDER AND TORTURE OF BALOCH ACTIVISTS

26 October 2010, 00:00 UTC

The Pakistani government must investigate the torture and killings of more than 40 Baloch leaders and political activists over the past four months, Amnesty International said today.

Activists, politicians and student leaders are among those who have been targeted in enforced disappearances, abductions, arbitrary arrests and cases of torture and other ill-treatment. The violence takes place against a backdrop of increasing political unrest and Pakistan army operations in Balochistan, south western Pakistan.

“The Pakistani government must act immediately to provide justice for the growing list of atrocities in Balochistan,” said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Director. “Baloch political leaders and activists are clearly being targeted and the government must do much more to end this alarming trend.”

Among the latest victims of the ongoing violence are Faqir Mohammad Baloch and Zahoor Baloch, whose bodies were discovered in the district of Mastung on 21 October 2010. Faqir Mohammad Baloch, a poet and member of the Voice of Missing Baloch Missing Persons, was abducted on 23 September. Zahoor Baloch, a member of the Baloch Student Organization-Azad was abducted on 23 August. According to media reports, both received a single bullet wound to the head at point blank … Read more

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC STATEMENT

AI index: ASA 33/001/2009
Date 25 February 2009

Pakistan: Resolve hundreds of Baluch ‘disappearances’

The Pakistani government must immediately act on its commitment to trace hundreds of Baluch victims of enforced disappearances, Amnesty International said today.

The organization also calls on the United Nations to raise the issue of enforced disappearances in Pakistan at the 10th session of the Human Rights Council (Geneva, 2 – 27 March 2009) to follow up on Pakistan’s previous pledges to begin to resolve the issue.

Despite several pledges to resolve the country’s crisis of ‘disappearances’, Pakistan’s new civilian government has not yet provided information about hundreds of cases of people believed to be held secretly by the government as part of the so-called war on terror, or in
response to internal opposition, for instance in Baluchistan. The Chief Minister of Baluchistan pledged in April 2008 that resolving the cases of Baluch
disappearances would be a priority. In May 2008, Senator Babar Awan, the Secretary of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party Reconciliatory Committee on Baluchistan, announced the creation of a committee headed by Nawabzada Haji Lashkri to trace disappeared persons of Baluchistan as part of its efforts to address Baluch grievances.

To date the government … Read more

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PAKISTAN: More than 100 dead bodies from three mass graves were found in one district of Balochistan

January 27, 2014
The UN and international human rights organisations must send fact finding missions to probe the illegal disposal of Baloch people in mass graves.

 

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) expresses shock and deep concern over the discovery of mass graves in Balochistan; it is suspected that these graves are of Baloch missing persons who were arrested and subsequently extrajudicially killed. A large number of family members gathered around the places of Tootak village, district Khuzdar to inquire about their loved ones who have been missing for many years. However, the police and other security forces refused them permission to try and identify the bodies and baton charged the people to disperse them.

On January 25, three mass graves were found after one of them was discovered by a shepherd who saw pieces of human bodies and bones. He informed the Levies, a private armed force organised by tribal leaders, and according to Assistant Commissioner, district Khuzdar, Mr. Afzal Supra, Balochistan, the grave was excavated and 15 bodies were found.

As the news of the mass grave spread throughout the district people gathered there and started digging in the nearby area where they found two more mass … Read more

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Balochistan: Seven abducted by military

On 02 February 2018, personnel of intelligence agencies abducted Shabir, resident of Khuzdar from Salah Bazar in District Kech, Balochistan, reports say.

On 31 January 2018, third day of the military operation in Alandur, Buleda district Kech, forces abducted a local resident, Asif Khudadad.

On 31 January 2018, forces abducted Mir Jan Lal Mohammad resident of a Shahrak district Kech, Balochistan.

On 30 January 2018, forces raided Sabzal’s house in Shahrak district Kech, Balochistan and abducted Amir Wali Mohammad, a student in Agriculture collage Quetta and Mazar Fazal.

On the same day, security forces raided a house in Dan Sar area of Aapsar district Kech and abducted Muzahir Naseer s/o Naseer Ahmed, resident of Shahrak district Kech, Balochistan.

On 29 January 2018, Altaf Dost Mohammad was abducted when forced raided his house in Aapsar area of District Kech Balochistan.

All the abductees have been shifted to unknown locations and their whereabouts remain unknown to their families.

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