BHRO holds press conference at Karachi Press Club against abduction of 13 Baloch women by Pakistani forces from Mashkay

Baloch Human Rights Organization (BHRO) Chairperson Ms. Bibi Gul Baloch held a press conference in Karachi Press Club against abduction of 13 women by Pakistani forces from Mashkay, Balochistan province of Pakistan. She said said that “abduction of women and children is the most tragic incident. Civil society, journalists & lawyers should raise their voice.”

In the last monthly report released by BHRO, mentioned that “200 people were abducted, 42 killed and 15 injured in Pakistan military operations in Balochistan province. 15 people were released who had been abducted during military operations from different parts of Balochistan. Incidents like enforced disappearance of people are continued for many years. One of its examples is the government’s claim in which it says that in last 2 years; more than 23,000 people were arrested on the basis of suspicion.”

“In the month of February 15 mutilated bodies were recovered including bodies of women, whereas 10 people were targeted and shot dead by forces during different military operations. A body of a woman was also recovered from the mass grave, discovered in Dera Bugti. According to local people, before few days of the discovery of mass grave, 4 people were abducted by security forces including a woman during a military operation. All four were killed and buried in that mass grave. 8 people were shot dead by unknown people and 3 unidentified mutilated bodies were also found. 6 people were killed in personal enmity, too.

The abduction of women is continued from last many years but from last year mutilated bodies of women have started to appear, too. In the first two months of the year 2017, forces have killed and injured 5 women and 3 children from Kohistan Marri, Dera Bugti and Makran. Such incidents have become the cause of serious human rights violation in Balochistan

BHRO declares the situation of Balochistan stressful and says that bias of media and civil society has made Balochistan “A Silent War Zone”. It is necessary for civil society to play its role in order to change this situation and for the safe recovery of missing persons; otherwise such incidents will cause the loss of hundreds of other precious lives and abduction of thousands more.”

Balochistan has been in a constant state of war since 2000s and thousands of Baloch have been abducted (enforced disappearances) by Pakistani army, paramilitary Frontier Corps and allied Jihadist death squads. People from political activists (of both separatist parties like BNM, BRP and parties pro-Pakistani federation like BNP-Mengal), teachers to writers and intellectuals have been targeted.