Balochistan: teenager among 12 whisked away by military

(Sangar News)

Twelve persons have been reportedly abducted by the military in Kech, Gwadar and Panjgur districts of Balochistan in the last few days.

On 13 February, 2018, security forces raided Cheri Gaddagi area of Balgetar, district Kech of Balochistan, and abducted Abdul Haq Mohammad Hussain and Yasin Murad.

On 12 February, security forces abducted Asif GM, Imran Faqir Jan, Wasim Jalal, Nadim Saleem and Yasir during a military operation in Alandur area of Buleda district, Kech.

On the same day, security forces abducted Idrees Siddique from Parom district Panjgur and Nawab Ghulam Hussain from his house during a raid in Kulshaan area of Parom district Panjgur, Balochistan.

Forces abducted 12 years old Bilal Qadir Bakhsh from Resh Pish area of Parom district Panjgur on 10 February.

On 5 February, forces abducted Siddiq Washshi, a cook at a labor’s camp at a construction site in Shadi Kaor Dam, Pasni district Gwadar, Balochistan.

On 28 January, security forces abducted Naguman Kamalan, resident of Hirronk, district Kech from Sami area of district Kech Balochistan.

The disabled Rauf Nabi Bakhsh of Buleda district Kech, who was abducted on 7 February, was released on 13th of February, after disappearing for a week.

Neither the local judicial system of Pakistan has been able to help in locating the abductees nor the international human rights mechanisms been able to force Pakistan to stop its military’s human rights violations.

The Pakistan military adopted a policy of enforced disappearances to stifle the Baloch struggle for their political and economic rights. Since 2005, thousands of Baloch activists, poets, students, rights activists and others have been forcibly disappeared. They military keeps their whereabouts unknown and subjects them to torture for months.

In 2009, the situation got worse. The Pakistan military abducted three key Baloch leaders, including Ghulam Mohammad Baloch who was the President of the Baloch National Movement (BNM), from the Turbat city of Balochistan on April 3, 2009. In a week, on April 9, their tortured and bullet-riddled bodies were found dumped near the Turbat city. It was the beginning of the military’s now infamous kill-and-dump operations, in which they abduct political activists, journalists, educationists, student activists and human rights defenders, and later dump their bodies in desolate areas.