Baloch poet and writer Nazar Dost abducted by Pakistan military, should be released immediately

Nazar Mohammad (32), pen name Nazar Dost, is a sergeant in Royal Army of Oman. He joined the army on July 24, 2006. On January 26, 2019, he arrived in Balochistan, his birth land, to spend his two month vocations with his family.

He was involuntarily abducted and disappeared by Pakistani military forces from Kech, Balochistan on March 5 this year. His family is still not informed about his guilt and locations.

Mr. Nazar is an author of five Balochi books, including three novels. According to his family and friends, he has no connections with any political party and violent activities. They say, he is a literary person and a peaceful breadwinner.

He is originally from Tanzala village in Kolwa of district Kech, Balochistan. His family is very concerned about his well-being due to the previous abductions of literary persons in Balochistan and the discovery of their bodies from the military torture cells.

His vocations will finish on March 20, 2019. He is supposed to be there by then and join his duty, otherwise he would lose his job. He is the only breadwinner of his extended family. His disappearance and loss of job will greatly effect the family both mentally and physically.

The HRCB strongly condemns his forceful disappearance by Pakistan military and asks for an immediate court appearance of him. If he has done anything wrong, he must be investigated in a judicial process and his family must be given the right to meet him and fight his case.

We also encourage his family to register his case as soon as possible. We will be very pleased to help the family in writing and submitting the case, if needed.

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.