Baloch Rights Group Claims Nearly 400 Killed in Past Year

baloch-hunger-strikeQUETTA, Pakistan — Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) Chairman Nasarullah Baloch has claimed that as many as 373 mutilated dead bodies of missing persons were recovered during one year rule of the incumbent government.

Addressing a press conference here at Quetta Press Club on Monday, he said that the said number of dead bodies excludes the number of dead recovered from the mass graves from Totak area of Khuzdar.

He said that only 25 bodies could not be recovered out of the said number, adding that this proves the fact that the enforced disappearances and throwing of the mutilated dead bodies has not abated as least bit.

Baloch said that the appearance of the case of the missing persons could not be held on May 6 this year for unknown reasons at the Supreme Court. After 2 weeks have lapsed, there is no hearing of the missing persons held in the apex court which is causing anxiety among the family members of the missing persons.

Baloch added that Lateef Johar has been on hunger strike over the last 41 days and vows to continue until death for the release of Zahid Baloch. He said that his life is under severe threat. Baloch noted that under such grave circumstances, the security forces wanted to give a protective shield to the unconstitutional and inhuman acts.

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“We want government to take back its decision and make practical efforts against the Pakistan Protection Bill.” Baloch demanded of the provincial government to adopt a condemnation resolution against PPO like the Sindh Assembly did.

“If it doesn’t go for it, we would consider provincial government a party to the crimes against innocent people,” he said. He added that the whereabouts of three persons arrested on the charges of being terrorist, Innayatulalh, Abdul Fetah and Basham, on May 23 are still unknown which is making their families all the more apprehensive

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Mir Behram Baloch is a journalist covering government and social issues in Balochistan. Read other articles by Mir.