Baloch National Court awards death sentence to Pak Army Colonel for war crimes in Balochistan

Lt. Colonel Laeeq Baig Mirza (Photo: News Intervention)

The Baloch National Court awarded death sentence to Lt. Colonel Laeeq Baig Mirza of the Pakistan Army after indicting him for grave war crimes committed against the innocent Baloch people in Pakistan-occupied Balochistan. Pak Army’s Lt Col. Laeeq Baig was found to be directly involved in the ongoing Baloch genocide, enforced disappearance of women and children and other grave human rights violation.

“He (Lt. Col. Laeeq Mirza) was given full opportunity to prove his innocence in the Baloch National Court. During the proceedings he (Lt. Col. Laeeq) confessed to all his crimes and was awarded death sentence,” Baloch Liberation Movement (BLA) said in its media statement.

On 12 July 2022, Baloch Liberation Army’s (BLA) special force, Special Tactical Operations Squad (STOS) carried out an intelligence based operation near Ziarat in occupied Balochistan, when Lt. Col. Laeeq Baig Mirza was arrested. Lt. Col. Laeeq of 96 L/C belonged to 12 Azad Kashmir Regiment of Pakistan Army. He previously held commanding positions in Pakistan Rangers. At present he was the commanding officer of Pakistan’s Military Intelligence (MI). He was working in DHA (Defence Housing Authority) Quetta as a cover for his secretive role for the Pakistan Army.

Lt. Colonel Laeeq Baig Mirza was a primary target and he was being tracked for days by BLA’s intelligence units. On 12 July his movements were followed throughout the day and he was finally arrested in an area where risk to members of public was at minimum.

“Colonel Laeeq was travelling with his family on the day, however, the family members were treated with utmost respect and they were not harmed in any way as they were not involved in any crime,” said BLA spokesperson Jeeyand Baloch.

BLA has compiled a list of all Pakistani military officers that are directly involved in Baloch genocide. The BLA warned that strict action will be taken against all such officers.

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