Balochistan: Military abduct 48 including a teenager and women

Pakistani security forces and personnel of intelligence agencies have abducted 48 persons including a teenager. The abductions took place in the districts of Kech, Awaran, Hub and Panjgur of Balochistan.

On the evening of June 26, Pakistani security forces surrounded the village of Lal Bazar in Jhao, district Awaran. The operation intensified after a candidate in the coming Pakistani elections was attacked by militants. During the operation forces abducted several men and women and shifted to the army camp in Kohdu, 40 kilometers away from Lal Bazar. Later, all the abductees were released except three women, Gul Banu d/o Ghulam Hussain, her daughter Bibi Ganjal and Bibi Saima, wife of Mohammad Anis along with her 70 years old father Nodu. Bibi Saima and Nodu were abducted from Kohdu itself. Their relatives were left in grave concern when the military personnel denied giving any information regarding the victims. The women were later released on 27 June 2018.

On 25 June, two days before the enforced disappearances of the women, the whole population of Chanal Gazi village in Awaran district including women and children were forcefully relocated to Bagadi Zillag village in District Awaran. The village consisted of 55 persons. The reasons of this forced relocation were not disclosed by the army.

June 25, Pakistani security forces conducted a military operation in Shapuk and its surrounding villages. During the operation forces abducted Essa Karar resident of Dandul, Tariq Pir Mohammad resident of Sari Shapuk, Noor Mohammad Miskan resident of Sari Shapuk, Samir Bashir and Miskan residents of Shapuk, district Kech.

On the same day forces abducted Majid Rahamdil from Kaur-Ju area of Tump district Kech.

June 23, forces raided Dazin area of Tump district Kech and abducted Sana Baloch, Mirjan Kamalan, his brother Saleh, resident of Dazin and their cousin Omer, resident of Gubard, Mand district Kech.

June 22, forces conducted operation in Alingi area of Mashkay and abducted Khuda Bakhsh Lashari, Zafir Khuda Bakhsh, Sayed Mohammad Allah Bakhsh, Rahmatullah Khair Jan, Ghulam Mohammad Eid Mohammad, Shakor Ghulam Mohammad, Najib Sayed Mohammad, Jalal Allah Bakhsh, Rahmatullah Din Mohammad, Hamid Rahmatullah, Ubaid Rahmatullah, Mohammad Sharif Eido, Dad Mohammad Naib, Karim Dad Sher Mohammad, Hussain Ahmed Suwali, Sher mohammad, Jan Mohammad, Ali Ahmed, Sharif and Amin.

Nadim Shah Dad Photo: Ashoob

June 21, forces abducted Nadim Shah Dad, from Tal check-post in Hushab district Kech.

June 20, a 60 years old Mohammad Hussain Mahmod, resident of Shulig, Dasht district Kech was abducted by personnel of intelligence agencies and forces from a house in Wandar district Hub. Hussain recently came from Muscat to Karachi for treatment and was temporarily residing in Wandar.

June 19, forces raided a house in Tijaban area of Singabad district Kech and abducted Hassan Ragam. On the same day forces conducted a search operation in Heronk district Kech and abducted Hussain and Sabir.

June 18, forces raided the houses in Mand district Kech and abducted Ghulam Hussain Shugrallah and his brother Fida, both are the relatives of Ghulam Mohammad, a slain leader of Baloch National Movement (BNM). On the same day forces raided Shulig-Jamani Bazar and abducted Dad Mohammad Hussain, Abdullah Din Mohammad, Arif Dad Mohammad, Yasin Dad Mohammad and Javid Atta Mohammad.

June 15, forces raided a house in Jan Mohammad Bazar and abducted Imam Bakhsh Dost Mohammad.

June 10, forces and personnel of intelligence agencies abducted 14 years old Liaqat Basham resident of Kolwa from Koh-Murad district Kech, Balochistan. On the same day forces abducted Saghir Bashir, resident of Menaz, Buleda district Kech.

June 07, security forces abducted Halim Jumma from Rek-Bazar, Mand district Kech. On the same day forces abducted Khan Mohammad from Malant, Tump. Khan is resident of Gumazi, district Kech who was visiting his relatives in Malant when abducted.

June 06, local death squads raided a house of Qaiser Sanjarani in Chakul district Panjgur and abducted Hanif Sanjarani.

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

The Pakistan military adopted a policy of enforced disappearances to stifle the Baloch peoples struggle for their political and economic rights. Since 2004, thousands of Baloch activists, poets, students, rights activists and others have been forcibly disappeared. The military keeps their whereabouts unknown and subjects them to torture for months.

In 2009, the situation got worse. The Pakistan military abducted three key Baloch leaders, including Ghulam Mohammad Baloch who was the President of the Baloch National Movement (BNM), from the Turbat city of Balochistan on April 3, 2009. In a week, on April 9, their tortured and bullet-riddled bodies were found dumped near the Turbat city. It was the beginning of the military’s now infamous kill-and-dump operations, in which they abduct political activists, journalists, educationists, student activists and human rights defenders, and later dump their bodies in desolated areas.

Note: Report is edited for the pictures of abductees

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.