Baloch literary activist picked by “unknown gunmen” in Sindh

Wahid Baloch is well known in all the literary circles of Balochi language for his unconditional and tireless supports to promote Balochi language, specially when it comes to publications.

Mr. Baloch has been working as Editor in a monthly Periodical “Labzank” (Literature), as well as supporting all the piblications in Balochi Language for decades. He was helping all the Baloch individuals/groups whoever wanted to publish a book in Balochi in Karachi, as the most available place to publish a book in Pakistan, was Karachi, for Baloch.

He is incharge of Sayad Hashmi Refrence liberary in Karachi, which was established by Professor Saba Dashtyari, who was killed by same kind of “Unknown Gunmen” near an Army Check post in Quetta, capital of Balochistan, in June 2011.

Wahid Baloch is was traveling from Interior Sindh to Karachi, his home when their vehicle, public transport was stopped almost near Karachi and unknown gun men picked him up and took him with them.

Whenever its said, “Unknown Gun-Men” in Pakistan, it means Armed groups associated with state, be it civil/military wing of Intelligence Agencies on a task where they dont want their identity to be known by public clearly or the Security personnel without uniform and/or small armed groups operating under supervision of Security Establishment.

Hundreds of people have been abducted by these “Unknown Gunmen” throughout decades and later the dead bodies of the abducted person has been handed over to Public hospitals by Military or person had been released after some time. While in most of the cases tortured dead bodies have been found in desolated areas.

Human Rights Council of Balochistan (Hakkpaan) is a non-profit and non-partisan human rights group based in Balochistan and Sweden. It collects reports from Balochistan, a region Pakistan government does not allow any media and HR group to visit and report. Human rights violations in Balochistan is not a new phenomenon, but it got its worst levels after the Military coup de tat of Pakistan in 1999. Thousands of Baloch have been reported missing, hundreds killed in fake encounters and so-called kill and dump policy of the military. HRCB collects the data from Balochistan itself, through its network of volunteers and supporters, organizes and reports them to the human rights mechanisms of the world.