Pakistan Terror Campaign In Balochistan Asian Human Rights Commission Documents Abuses
War on doctors: 32 missing, 28 murdered, Abductions, disappearances, assassinations & torture
“Pakistan is waging a war of terror against the people of Balochistan, according to new evidence documented by the Voice of Baloch Missing Persons and the Asian Human Rights Commission,” said Peter Tatchell, Director of the human rights organisation, the Peter Tatchell Foundation.
“The first four months of this year have been particularly bloody and brutal.
“Terror tactics include ‘kill and dump’ abductions, mutilation, assassination, torture and imprisonment without trial of suspected Baloch nationalist sympathisers.
“Islamabad is colluding with the Taliban and encouraging the imposition of Islamist fundamentalism and sectarianism on the Baloch people. It is looting Balochistan’s vast natural resources, while leaving the people there impoverished.
“The UN must permanently station human rights investigators in Balochistan and supervise a binding referendum on self-determination.
“Pakistan should halt military operations and begin all-party talks to negotiate a peaceful settlement to the 65-year-long conflict, which began when Pakistan invaded, annexed and occupied Balochistan in 1948.
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“We are proud to republish the report below by the Asian Human Rights Commission,” said Mr Tatchell.
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The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes:
During the first four months of the year 2013 no restraint was observed on the part of the (Pakistan) military in their actions. Abductions by unknown persons, disappearances and extrajudicial killings continue unabated in the war-torn zone of Balochistan province.
During the months from January to April, according to the Voice of Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), an organisation that compiles records of missing persons and extra-judicial killings, 244 persons were abducted, 11 recovered, 34 extra-judicially killed and 26 died during military operations in different parts of the province.
According to the Pakistan Medical Association, Balochistan Chapter, 32 doctors are missing and 28 doctors have so far been killed. In addition, dozens of lawyers are missing and many have been extra-judicially killed after abduction. Besides this, generally there is no rule of law and any person can be picked up and killed for any reason.
However, a new situation has arisen in the policies of the law enforcement agencies in that they have extended their jurisdictions to other provinces. Today Baloch citizens are being abducted from Karachi, the capital of Sindh province, where they go for higher education.
The Baloch Students Organisation-Azad (BSO-A) is the target of supra constitutional forces. Students between the ages of 16 to 24 are kidnapped by persons in plain clothes and members of the Frontier Corps (FC). Two of them were extra-judicially killed, two were recovered with disabilities after continuous torture and two of them remain missing since January 2013.