Educationist, student, teacher abducted; four killed by security forces

Akhtar Ashraf

Pakistani security forces conducted a house-to-house search operation in Kolwahi Bazar of Apsar in Balochistan’s Kech district, the home town of ex-chief minister Dr Malik Baloch, on 12th of August 2016.

Akhtar Ashraf

Seven persons were picked up by the security forces in this operation, locals say. One of the abductees is 25 years old Akhtar Ashraf, who is a fresh graduate, a Masters student for English Literature at the Balochistan University’s Turbat campus.

Meanwhile, the 15-year-old brother of Mr. Akhtar, Director of the Bright Future English Language Center, was also picked from his house, who is a student of ninth grade at a local school. His name is Shahid Ashraf.

Another abductee, 34 years old Hamid Shambay, is a school teacher.

Dilip Pir Muhammad, 37, is a labor in Dubai, UAE and owns a small grocery shop. He was visiting his hometown.

Also, 35 years old Iqbal, a laborer in Dubai, UAE was among the victims. He was spending his vacations with his family at his home.

The other two persons among the seven victims of the recent incident of enforced disappearance are Dad Bakhsh and Khuda Bakhsh.

Another Military operation was reported in the Dera Bugti area of Balochistan, in which gunship helicopters were used. Four persons of the same family were reportedly killed in shelling. Saranag Mari, Abdul Rahman Mari, Zaman Khan Mari and Mubarak Mari are the ones who were killed in the shelling of gunship helicopters.

Mustafa Abdul Wahid, Zahoor Abdul Wahid and Sabzal Baloch were abducted from Mashi area of District Awaran in another house-to-house search operation by security forces.

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.