682 Pak Army operations, 200 killed, 705 missing, 1100 homes burned across Balochistan in 2020

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An illustration depicting Baloch people being thrown down form Pakistan Army helicopters in occupied Balochistan.
An illustration depicting Baloch people being thrown down form Pakistan Army helicopters in occupied Balochistan.

The year 2020 proved to be a difficult year in Baloch national history, where Pakistani ground and air military operations continued even till the last sunset of year 2020. This year, as every year, Sangar Media Group compiled statistics on serious human rights violations and war crimes across Balochistan by the Pakistan Army. These statistics are obtained from Balochistan’s official print media, social media and local sources, and are verified.

According to data obtained by Sangar, the Pakistani military conducted 682 operations across occupied Balochistan during the year 2020 and 705 Baloch went kidnapped by the security forces and are now missing. Two hundred (200) dead bodies were recovered.

One hundred twenty two (122) Baloch were martyred by the Pakistani military, intelligence agencies and state backed death squads. According to statistics, the motive for killing 60 dead bodies could not be ascertained and 18 bodies could not be identified.

Pakistani forces set fire to the forests in Kech, occupied Balochistan. (Photo: News Intervention)
Pakistani forces set fire to the forests in Kech, occupied Balochistan. (Photo: News Intervention)

During the year 2020, Pakistan Army looted more than 2,200 Baloch homes, looted the valuables and set more than 1,100 homes on fire. Available data also reveals that the Pakistani forces set up 60 new outposts in Balochistan. During their operations, more than 4,000 cattle were killed and more than 2,000 were taken away as spoils of war.

In the same year, Pakistan Army unleashed a new rein of terror through the burning of natural forests throughout Balochistan that included forests in Dasht, Buleda, Parom, Zamuran, Mand, Jhao Gichk, Mashkay and Bolan.

Pakistani state forces also burnt three schools in Buleda Tehsil in Kech district.

In the year 2020, 106 missing persons were recovered from the Pakistani torture cells; most of which had gone missing in different months of the same year.

Mother and Father of Hayat Baloch crying over the body of their son. Hayat Baloch was murdered in cold blood by the Pakistani security forces in occupied Balochistan.
Mother and Father of Hayat Baloch crying over the body of their son. Hayat Baloch was murdered in cold blood by the Pakistani security forces in occupied Balochistan.

The year 2020 was devastating for the Baloch nation from its beginning till the end such that the year began with state bombings and military operations, the assassination of journalist Sajid Baloch at Sweden in April and the martyrdom of Karima Baloch in December, adding another bloody year to the Baloch national history.

After the disappearance and assassination of Sajid Baloch in Sweden, the assassination of pro-independence leader Karima Baloch in Canada shook the Baloch nation. Social and human rights activists, including oppressed nations around the world, continue to protest. Since Karima Baloch was an effective voice for Balochistan, she was martyred under a special and organized strategy. However, there was hardly any area of ​​occupied Balochistan that did not was no protest against the brutal murder of Karima Baloch by Pakistan.

The ongoing atrocities in Balochistan over the past two decades have been increasing with each passing month and year. There is no area left that has not been set on fire, people have not been evacuated, houses have not been set on fire. In fact, no area in Balochistan is safe from this fire.

On a daily basis, the Pakistani military and intelligence agencies pick up people and ‘disappear’ them. Homes and cattle are being looted. The parallel terrorist death squads of state forces, intelligence agencies and the army have made life a hell for the Baloch nation on their own soil.

It has become crystal clear that Pakistani barbarism has given birth to a human tragedy in Balochistan. The affected families are in an indescribable situation. This situation is getting worse day by day.

Baloch women march to protest against unlawful abductions by Pakistani regime.
Baloch women march to protest against unlawful abductions by Pakistani regime.

Disappearing innocent people is a serious crime. No law in the world allows a person to go ‘missing’ but this inhumane act is on the rise in Balochistan. This is a clear war crime. Pakistan should have been brought to book for this crime, and yet at the cost of people’s emotions, compulsions and human tragedy, Pakistan continues to be acquitted of this crime.

Pakistan, on the one hand, is in a state of disarray due to lack of foreign investment, economic and diplomatic policies and on the other hand the independence movements of subjugated nations have devastated the country even further. The people in Sindh including Muhajirs are demanding complete independence. The Pashtun nation has not given any slogan about freedom, but seeing the barbarism of Pakistan, in the days to come there is no way for them except the struggle for freedom.

The subjugated nations of the region, especially the Baloch and the Sindhis, have reached a point in the struggle of their occupied countries which will lead them towards freedom.

During 2020, where dozens of Baloch including Malik Naz were martyred, the Baloch nation also challenged the enemy against its atrocities. Similarly, Major Noora and other Sarmachar martyrs also inflicted a humiliating defeat on the occupying forces of Pakistan Army.

Major Noora's body being dragged by Pakistani vehicle in occupied Balochistan. A soldier of the Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF), Major Noora was martyred while fighting with Pakistan Army.
Major Noora’s body being dragged by Pakistani vehicle in occupied Balochistan. A soldier of the Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF), Major Noora was martyred while fighting with Pakistan Army.

The bloodshed of Shaheed Malik Naz and wounds of four year old girl Bramsh in Dannuk Kech had once again made Balochistan the center of global attention. Similarly, the young student Hayat Baloch was dragged in front of his parents by the occupying army and shot 8 times in a row.

Hayat Baloch’s martyrdom and the Dannuk incident sparked a wave of protests across Balochistan, which clearly shows that Baloch society is fed up with these state actors.

The targeted attacks by Baloch self-sacrificing squad have breathed new life into the struggle for Baloch national liberation. Certainly the sacrifices of the Baloch youth dedicated to the spirit of nationalism and national liberation are the guarantor of a bright future for the Baloch nation.

Pakistan’s economy is based on 72 years of exploitation and genocide of the Baloch nation. The of Karachi Stock Exchange is a foundation and symbol of this exploitative economy. The self-sacrificing squad of the Majeed Brigade attacked the backbone of Pakistan’s economy and conveyed a message that an economy which is being built at the cost of looting and killing of Baloch people will be targeted by the Baloch Sarmachars at all places.

Baloch freedom fighters who attacked the Karachi Stock Exchange on June 29.
Baloch freedom fighters who attacked the Karachi Stock Exchange on June 29, 2020.

Pakistan has become a nightmare not only for its neighbors, and the subcontinent but also for the world because of its war crimes. The bodies of Baloch Sarmachaars (freedom fighters) martyred while fighting valiantly against Pakistani forces are desecrated by the frustrated Pakistani armed personnel.

During military operations across Balochistan, humiliation of women, abduction of youth, sexual abuse with them, looting of houses, detention, massacre, open use of gunship helicopters, bombing etc. are common practice by Pakistan.

And yet, the neighboring countries and the world are silent on the Pakistani military’s war crimes. In occupied Balochistan, the reach of international media is completely banned. Pakistani media itself is not allowed to report, therefore the ongoing state war crimes are not exposed to the world.

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