Balochistan: Military brings back abducted man in a coffin

A man who had been abducted by unknown gunmen was brought back dead, locked in a coffin, by the military in Balochistan’s Awaran region.

Moosa Lal Muhammad was abducted by  unknown gunmen on October 17 in the Awaran region of Balochistan. He was abducted along with two of his cousins, Asadulla Rasool Bakhsh and Aziz Fazal, from their houses in Awaran. 

Moosa’s body was brought back to village by the military. 

“He was locked in a coffin. No one was allowed to open the coffin but the body was still bleeding at the time of burial. Soldiers remained present during the whole burial process, so no one asked any question,” said a local source. 

The fate of the other two abducted with Moosa is still unknown. 

“He was abducted by the gunmen of Ali Haidar, a tribal chief-cum-politician whose militia is being used as military’s proxy in the region. His castle is also used as a detention center, where military keeps women and children, family members of nationalist political workers,” says a France-based political worker, Dr. Nasim Ahmad Baloch, who belongs to the same region of Balochistan. Dr. Baloch was abducted twice in Balochistan and is currently serving as the organizer of the Baloch National Movement’s Diaspora Committee.

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.