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From Bangladesh to Balochistan: A history of arrest, torture and mass killing - The Kurdistan Tribune

From Bangladesh to Balochistan: A history of arrest, torture and mass killing - The Kurdistan Tribune | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
 Written on January 10, 2014 by Editor in Balochistan, International

By Meerain Baloch:

On 27th of October 2013 a group of people began a 750 km long march from Quetta to Karachi carrying placard and banners inscribed with slogans such as “Stop killing Baloch civilians” and “Human rights organization must help for the recovery of Baloch missing persons”. An old man aged 70 led the long march as he himself had lost a son of him to the Pakistani ‘kill and dump’ policy. His son, Jalil Regi, who was a member of a nationalist party, the Baloch Republican Party, was abducted and after a couple of months his mutilated body was dumped in Turbat, Balochistan. A university student, left her studies to join the march and call for the safe recovery of her abducted brother Zakir Majeed Baloch, formerly a Secretary General of the pro-independent student organization, BSO-Azad. He was abducted four years ago and there is no news of whether he is alive or dead. Ali Haider, a 10 year old boy also joined the Long March (pushing a hand trolley showing a number of pictures of missing persons) hoping that his missing father Ramzan Ali would be released. Sammi Baloch, 17, daughter of Dr Din Muhmmad Baloch, and families member of other missing persons – mostly women because men were afraid of being abducted or target killed by the army and its various death squad civilian armies – all walked towards Karachi from Quetta – two capital cities of different provinces.

 

Mama Qadir Baloch and other relatives of missing Baloch persons had already held a Guinness Book world-record hunger strike of more than 1350 days, but they got no attention from the Pakistani establishment which contains no Baloch of any class or background. Theb they started the long march of 750 km on foo,t hoping that the establishment would take pity on their state of desperation. But again this bore no result, either for the recovery of the missing persons or to pressure on the international community to force the occupying forces of Pakistan to abide by international laws where such rules are not being applied to the Baloch.

Balochistan (Image – BBC)

The Pakistani forces of occupation are famous for their human rights abuses such as during the Bangladesh war of independence when they are reported to have raped between 200,000 and 400,000 women who gave birth to a countless number of war-babies. This figure is confirmed by Dr Geoffrey Davis, who was tasked with carrying out later-term abortions and who was tracked down by a Bengali scholar, Bina D’costa. Conversations between D’costa and Dr Davis were later published by a Bangladeshi publisher and are worth reading. They reveal that women were tied to trees, gang raped, their breasts hacked off, before finally they were dumped in mass graves. Hundreds of women were kept in the Dhaka cantonment and used as sex slaves – as has happened in Balochistan with Baloch women such as Miss Zarina Marri, a school teacher, and more than 200 other women. A few years back a journalist, Muneer Mengal, who was abducted by Pakistan’s notorious Intelligence Agencies and kept for several months in their torture cells, witnessed the shameful act of the Pakistani establishment in using the abducted Zarina Marri as a sex slave. On top of this, their stooges carry out acid attacks on Baloch women who dare to go out for schooling or for day-to-day businesses. Such incidents have taken place in Kalat, Dalbandin, Nushki and in other parts of Balochistan. While in Bangladesh the Indian army intervened and the barbaric mass killing of Bengali people came to an end, there is no such foreign help for the suffering Baloch men and women.

Pakistan is repeating its anti-human policies in Bangladesh in Balochistan. It is using the shadow army of Pakistani-funded jihadi groups, Jamiat-i-islami and other religious parties. In Bangladesh these are notorious with the names of Al-shams and A-badar, while in Balochistan they are famous as Musalah dafai tanzeem, Tehrik-e-nifaz-e-aman, Haq na-tawar and a score of others. Some of these groups are controlled by war criminal jihadists like Shafiq Mengal and Saraj Raisani. Direct and indirect army abductions have left 1700 mutilated bodies and more than 18000 Baloch activists missing, and the number is rising day by day.

When Mama Qadeer and his companions saw no response from the army in relation to the release of their missing loved ones, they began a new long march. This time it was from Karachi to Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan. Even then nobody is giving any attention to the blistered feet of these aged men, young girls and school age young boys and girls. They keep walking silently, 20 to 25 km a day, with great determination to reach Islamabad and this time camp in front of the United Nations office and beg for justice. The march from Quetta to Karachi took 27 days while this march is expected to take about two months because the distance is twice as long. Mama Qadir and his party members are being harassed in many ways. Recently, the thugs of the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) gave them a shameful time in Larkana because they had refused the hospitality of Bilawal Zardari Bhutto, who is the son of the former President of Pakistan, during whose rule the ‘kill and dump’ of Baloch youth multiplied.

Now the question is: why doesn’t the international community take any action about the suffering of the Baloch people and why doesn’t it put pressure on Pakistan to stop human rights abuses in Balochistan? Are Baloch people not humans and are their persecutors super-humans? The world keeps watching while Balochistan burns and Balochs get kidnapped, tortured, and killed and dumped on daily basis. When will human conscience awaken and laws against human rights abuses be enforced? These are questions everyone is asking in Balochistan.

Meerain Baloch is a senior member of the Baloch National Movement

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Our struggle will go on until the safe release of last abducted Baloch in any torture cell: Mama Qadeer Baloch | The Balochistan Point

Our struggle will go on until the safe release of last abducted Baloch in any torture cell: Mama Qadeer Baloch | The Balochistan Point | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Qadeer Baloch, known as Mama Qadeer  is  Vice Chairman of Voice for Baloch Missing Person (VBMP), a non-governmental organization striving for the safe recovery of Baloch missing persons. Mama Qadeer recently launched an historic long march from Quetta to Karachi and marched some 750 kilometers with the family members of 20 missing persons.  The long march started on 27 October and reached its destination Karachi Press Club on November 22, 2013. The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons(VBMP)  claims disappearance of some 18000 Baloch from different walks of life, and 1000 of them have  been “Killed and dumped.”  Mama Qadeer‘s son Jalil Reiki, information secretary of Baloch Republican Party, was abducted on  February 14, 2009  in Quetta , allegedly by secret state agencies  and  his  bullet riddled body was  dumped in the Aap Sar area of Turbat on November 24, 2011.....

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A 700-Kilometer March for Missing People in Balochistan · Global Voices

A 700-Kilometer March for Missing People in  Balochistan · Global Voices | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Separatist fighting in Balochistan, the largest and poorest province of Pakistan, has taken a bloody toll in the last nine years, with more than 2,000 civilians killed as well as about 700 security forces and 500 fighters. But more than killings has plagued the people of the province – in that time, thousands of Baloch have disappeared without explanation.

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To protest the abductions, a group of about 20 people, mostly women, embarked on a march of nearly 700 kilometers from Balochistan's capital city Quetta to Sindh's capital Karachi on October 27, 2013. The marchers are part of the organization Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), which has maintained a protest camp in Quetta for three and a half years (see GV article) and will move the camp to Karachi at the end of the march. ... 

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UNPO: Balochistan: The Unending Conflict in Pakistan’s Balochistan Region

UNPO: Balochistan: The Unending Conflict in Pakistan’s Balochistan Region | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

In Balochistan today, many thousands of rights and political activists have been disappeared without a trace by Pakistani security and intelligence agencies. Together with a history of marginalization, deprivation of natural resources, and a ‘kill and dump’ policy, the Pakistani government has pursued a policy of violence and discrimination targeting the Baloch.....

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Protest in gothanborg sweden 17 march 2013 By Baloch Republican Student Organization

Protest in gothanborg sweden 17 march 2013 By Baloch Republican Student Organization | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
protest in gothanborg sweden 17 march 2013By Baloch Republican Student Organization

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Enforced disappearances and Kill & dump operations: BRP organize protests to highlight state atrocities in Balochistan. 15,000 Baluch were being detained by Pakistan, and more than 700 among them have been killed under-custody and their mutilated bodies were thrown in different areas of Baluchistan. Pakistani state atrocities in Balochistan continue unabated. Military operations, enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings of Baloch people have become a daily routine. State forces continue to perpetrate war crimes in Balochistan with impunity including laying landmines in the civilian populated areas, poisoning the sources of drinking waters, bombarding and destroying villages of innocent Baloch villagers and so on. In a recent case of kill and dump operations, Pakistani forces and intelligence agencies have killed and dumped the dead bodies of previously abducted Baloch Republican Party activists Iftikhar Baloch and Maqbool Baloch. Iftikhar Baloch was abducted by intelligence agencies and security forces from Punjgor and Maqbool Baloch was whisked away from Kharan. Another Baloch namely Daddo Bugti was killed and dumped in Sui, Dera Bugti. Similarly, the enforced disappearances of Baloch political activists and innocent human by the Pakistani forces also continue. The Sweden chapter of Baloch Republican Party will also hold a protest demonstration on March 17. Besides,. The protests are aimed to highlight the Baloch Genocide and minority killing , Human torturing and killing and illegal occupation of Balochistan by Pakistani forces occurred on March 27, 1948; March 17, 2005 massacre in Dera Bugti where dozens of civilians including women and children were brutally killed by Pakistan army; Human Rights abuses and state atrocities in Balochistan. Extra-judicially killing and his dumped ,Torture ,dead body in Balochistan.Military operations and human rights violations by Pakistani forces continue unabated all over Balochistan. The forces destroyed the property of the local populace and looted the valuables from the houses. Women and children were harassed in the offensives. The area continues to remain under tight siege of the forces and wounded people are not allowed access to medical care running fears for more casualties.We appeal to the international community to not pay heed to the claims to the governmental authorities of Pakistan regarding Balochistan. and urge the EU,UN, Nato interven in Balochistan and international media and human rights organizations to send their investigative groups in Balochistan and report the Baloch genocide and see and expose the human rights organizations, exploitations and war crimes committed by the armed forces of Pakistan. Baloch Repblican Party. (Sweden)

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Hundreds protest for release of their innocent children in Quetta

Hundreds protest for release of their innocent children in Quetta | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Pakistani occupiers another planted story to defame the Baloch liberation struggle Charges against our children are bogus: Families Al Jazeera Report Quetta: Hundreds of men, women and elderly peop...
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Man abducted in Panjgur, Balochistan

Man abducted in Panjgur, Balochistan | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

QUETTA :  a man was abducted in Panjgur. According to reports a young man, Saeedullah, had gone for picnic in the mountains along with his friends. On return, armed men riding in a vehicle kidnapped him at gun point at Tump Essa Pat and took him to an unknown place.

Police, on the report of his relatives, registered a report and started a search.

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The heinous atrocities of the Pakistani state towards the Baloch continue....another man martyred in Abducat Pangjure .....

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Balochistan’s Missing Persons | The Diplomat

Balochistan’s Missing Persons | The Diplomat | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

n Balochistan, a resource-rich province of Pakistan, thousands of innocent civilians, suspected militants and activists are missing. Locals say the missing individuals have been abducted by Pakistan’s military and associated forces as a way to suppress and subjugate the Baloch people. There is disagreement on the actual number missing. An association for peaceful protest formed by some of the families of those missing, called theInternational Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (IIVBMP) says that up to 18,000 Baloch are currently unaccounted for, of whom more than 2000 were killed between 2001 to 2013. That figure is much higher than data from other NGOs and human rights organizations, but the IVBMP says it will be publishing details of all its data early next year......

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#ISIThreatenMamaQadeer - #Pakistani #Genocide of the #Baloch must be stopped!

#ISIThreatenMamaQadeer - #Pakistani #Genocide of the #Baloch must be stopped! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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Five more baloch kidnapped from sui town of Balochistan

Five more baloch kidnapped from sui town of Balochistan | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
According to residence of sui town that the huge number of vehicle of pakistani security forces comprises on FC,Army and their death-squad groups have conducted a house by house so-called search opera...
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Pakistan's unending battle over Balochistan - Al Jazeera English

Pakistan's unending battle over Balochistan - Al Jazeera English | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...Thousands of Baloch have been disappeared, tortured and killed," he says. "If a Baloch is working against the state, then bring him before a court and charge him. We don't see this, however - we only see their bodies appear."...

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Baloch activists to hold Occupation Day meeting on 27 March and rally against disappearances on 30 March

Baloch activists to hold Occupation Day meeting on 27 March and rally against disappearances on 30 March | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

London: The International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons and International Committee against Disappearances have announced to hold a protest demonstration at Trafalgar Square London on 16 March 2013 as part of their on-going awareness campaign against Disappearances and other human rights violation in Balochistan.

On 27 March 2013 the International Voice for Baloch Missing Person will organise a meeting about the occupation of Balochistan by Pakistan on 27 March 1948. The meeting will be held at the Centre for Polish Arts and Culture, Hammersmith London.

On 30 March the ICAD and IVBMP will take out a rally from Pakistan embassy to 10 Downing Street London, in front of the office of the British prime minister. The aim of the rally is to condemn state atrocities in Balochistan, support the families of disappeared Baloch activists and their struggle for the safe release of their loved one and against the occupation of Balochistan by Pakistan and Iran. .....

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Karachi : Baloch Human Rights Organization (BHRO) will hold a Protest Rally

Karachi : Baloch Human Rights Organization (BHRO) will hold a Protest Rally | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Karachi : Baloch Human Rights Organization (BHRO) will hold a Protest Rally against Pakistani military Operations ,Enforced Abductions and State Terrorism in Occupied Balochistan.

Date : 28-Feb-2013
Day : Thursday
Time : 2:00 pm
Place : Karachi Art Council to Karachi Press club.

Baloch People are requested to join the protest and raise their voice against State Terrorism in Balochistan.

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BNCHR - Ashraf Qasum Baloch abducted from Nokjo –Mashkay

BNCHR - Ashraf Qasum Baloch abducted from Nokjo –Mashkay | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Ashraf Qasum Baloch abducted from Nokjo –Mashkay

Mashkay 15/01/2013: The worst is ever expected in Balochistan. Just after a few hours of Quetta carnage by military death squads, another Baloch is whisked away to military torture cells. According to details Ashraf Qasum S/o Muhammad Qasum Baloch got pulled over by military of a passenger  bus near Nokjo area of Mashkay. Eye witnesses told the media , the bus was stopped at a military check post and military men  dragged Ashraf Qasum  out of the bus, blind folded his eyes with his own shirt and throw him in a vehicle standing by the road side. 

 

More than 14000 Baloch have been abducted by the military following same pattern. Baloch nation received 500 plus mutilated dead bodies of the victims of military abduction. Baloch National Council for Human Rights expresses the serious concerns about the safety of Ashraf Qasum Baloch as well.  

It is worth mentioning that Mashkay is under intensive military operation since long. At 25th last month atleast 31 innocent Baloch including women and children have been killed in cold blood by the military. Two villages of the Mashkay district were vanished all at once in artillery shelling, while humanitarian aid to the area is still denied. 

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