We strongly condemn the attack on Haza​ra community. BHRO

Baloch Human Rights Organization spokesperson, in a statement, strongly condemn the Quetta bomb blast which ripped through a vegetable market in Hazar Ganji, claimed 20 lives and left 43 injured. We extend our condolences to the families of victims of the Quetta bomb blast. For years, religious minorities in Balochistan have been repeatedly targeted which is appalling. He added.

Hazara community in Balochistan has been targeted by religious extremists for many years and they have been living in a state of perpetual threat. Targeting a vegetable market who is protected by forces is concerning and failure of government and security forces. Similarly, forced conversion of religious minorities in other parts of the country is shocking and condemnable. 

The spokesperson further added that the sequel of military operations across Balochistan is continued with intensity. In the month of March 2019, sixty people were forcibly disappeared and thirteen mutilated unidentified bodies were recovered. 

Earlier this week, forces raided a house in Mehi Mashkay and forcefully disappeared Yaqoob Murad, his brother Dil Jan Murad, his 2 sons Liaquat Yaqoob and Azizullah Yaqoob, and Gul Mohammad Raza. Enforced disappearance of civilians has become the order of the day but the government not only silently witnessing it but also relying on lies to shape the narratives of people which shows non-serious behavior of government. 

The spokesperson appealed to the Federal and Provincial government to take steps to ensure the safety and security of minorities in the country.

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.