The Baloch Solidarity Committee Islamabad has issued a statement expressing deep concern over the surging incidents of enforced disappearances and state-sponsored crimes across Balochistan. The committee emphasized that the state crime market is flourishing throughout the province, with Baloch students, political activists, and ordinary citizens being forcibly disappeared on a daily basis. Even children, elderly individuals, and women are not exempt from the clutches of this state-sponsored evil.
According to the statement, the rise in cases of abduction of Baloch people by state forces is indicative of a deliberate policy aimed at Baloch genocide. Balochistan is presently ensnared in a web of state terrorism, where daily military operations, active death squads, state-sanctioned religious extremism, and various forms of repression against the Baloch have become the norm.
“Pakistani forces aim to sustain their dominance over the Baloch people through violence and illegal coercion. Baloch genocide is being carried out on the basis of Baloch national identity, subjecting the entire Baloch nation from Dera Ghazi Khan to Gwadar to the inhumane treatment by Pakistani forces,” the statement conveyed.
The statement further elucidated that enforced disappearances continue unabated in Balochistan, with incidents taking place in cities including Quetta, Khuzdar, Kech, Panjgur, Awaran, Tamp, and Nushki. Individuals like Yahya Baloch and Kimber Baloch went missing from Quetta. Similarly, Kamran son of Soomro Khan and Saeed Baloch from the Mullah area of Khuzdar, Atif son of Master Adil from Nushki, and numerous others, including five women, were forcibly disappeared and apprehended during operations in Gwadar. The statement highlighted that around 50 individuals were forcefully disappeared from various regions of Balochistan in the past three weeks.
Military operations, raids, abductions of Baloch youth from their homes, and violence against their families have been identified as stark manifestations of state terrorism. The state’s policy of enforced disappearances is giving rise to a climate of insecurity within the Baloch nation. Given these circumstances, the perceptive members of the Baloch community should recognize that the state’s current policies in Balochistan, if left unchecked, could render Balochistan unlivable for its people. While state oppression escalates, international powers and human rights organizations have largely turned a blind eye, allowing state-sponsored terrorism to continue in Balochistan. The onus lies on the Baloch people to resist such heinous acts.
Following the illegal occupation of Balochistan in March 1948, Balochistan has been fighting the war of its existence. Be it the peaceful way of protests or the armed resistance, against the inhumane authoritarian quasi state of Pakistan, Balochs are fighting an all-front war.
As the human right abuses and exploitation of the Baloch resources are increasing with each passing day, there is also an inceasing voice from inside Balochistan demanding the forceful resistance against these atrocities. Unfortunately, one of the various reasons for such a voice is also the ignorance of international and multilateral human rights organizations. Inspired by their sinister interests, almost every organization has turned a blind eye towards the complete devastation of Balochistan.