Balochistan: 455 people abducted, 38 killed and 43 released in January 2017. BHRO

The incidents of abduction of people by forces have continued in the first month of the year 2017, too. A situation has developed in Balochistan that the personnel of forces consider themselves above human rights values and state law. The continuing operations are increasing the concern that the policy of counter insurgency is being used to frighten the people. It not only has a negative effect on the minds of common people but also they have become direct victims of state policies.

In the month of January, during different operations 455 people were abducted from all over Balochistan, in which 250 people were abducted from District Dera Bugti and Naseerabad only. According to sources a large number of women and children are among the abductees. Other than these 38 people were killed who were shot dead by forces during different military operations. A body of a woman and an infant were also found among the killed ones, 15 people including a journalist who belonged to district Qalat, were killed by unknown people. In the month of January 43 abductees were released. All the released people were abducted in the same month of January while Waseem who is a resident of district Panjgur was also released. He was abducted by forces in 2015.

Abduction and arresting of people without any law suit and subject them to torture is violation of basic human rights which is taking place in Balochistan on daily basis by the state forces. The overall situation of Balochistan is very serious and if government of Pakistan doesn’t stop their policy of using indiscriminate force than the number of missing persons will rise to a greater number.

Baloch Human Rights Organization appeals to the governments to play their role in the safe recovery of missing persons and stop extra judicial raids and detention of people of Balochistan.

Human Rights Council of Balochistan (Hakkpaan) is a non-profit and non-partisan human rights group bases in Balochistan, Sweden, UK and France. 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.