Baloch youth disappear after Pak Army camp summons; missing over a year

Awaran Resident Vanishes After Summons to Military Camp
Disappearance of Awaran Man (Photo - X)

In a concerning incident of enforced disappearance, a young man from Awaran district in Pak-occupied-Balochistan has gone missing after being summoned to a Pak Army camp last year.

The missing individual has been identified as Zarif, son of Gumshad, a resident of the Malar area in Awaran. According to Zarif’s family, he was called to the military camp in Gishkaur on April 13, 2023 and was subsequently arrested and taken to an unknown location.

Since then, Zarif’s whereabouts have remained unknown, with his family and the local community desperately seeking information about his fate.

Enforced disappearances have been a persistent and alarming issue in the Pak-occupied-Balochistan province, with numerous cases reported on a daily basis. Baloch nationalist groups have been protesting against these disappearances for years, as the Pak security forces are the ones behind these abductions.

Furthermore, reports from the neighboring areas suggest the same pattern of abuse, where residents are often summoned to military camps and forced to report there every two days. They are also required to seek prior permission from the authorities even for routine travel.

The case of Zarif’s disappearance is the latest in a series of such troubling incidents that is continuing to instil fear and insecurity among the Baloch population.

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