Balochistan: Pak Army’s ruthless atrocities persist in Dera Bugti, showing no signs of abating

Ongoing Military offensive in Dera Bugti
Enforced disappearance in Pakistan-occupied-Balochistan (Photo - News Intervention)

The Pak Army’s offensive in Pakistan-occupied-Balochistan’s Dera Bugti has entered its fourth day, leaving the residents of the region in turmoil. The situation escalated following the visit and orders of Corps Commander Asif Ghafoor, that has resulted in an intensified operation. On 13 Sept, a convoy of 20 vehicles from Sibi made its way to the Sherani area of Uch, where the operation kicked off by encircling the entry points. Furthermore, two additional helicopters arrived in Sui from Kishmore, further escalating the situation on the ground.

The Pakistan Army has effectively surrounded Dera Bugti, sealing off all entry and exit points, leaving residents stranded without access to essential supplies, including rations and medical assistance. Disturbing reports are emerging from the Sherani area, where the Pakistan Army has taken a father and his son, Ali Bakhsh and Shah Mir, into custody, their whereabouts unknown. Tragically, four houses in the same area have been set ablaze, adding to the growing crisis.

Additionally, the Baloch Republican Party (BRP) said that 12 trucks of the Pakistan Army returned to Sui Army cantonment, loaded with cattle looted from shepherds in the Rustam Darbar area of Dera Bugti.

In a heart-wrenching development, the BRP Media cell reported that the Pakistan Army has forcibly displaced twenty families of the Bakhlani clan, a part of the Bugti tribe, from their homes in the Asreli area of Dera Bugti. These impoverished families were forced to abandon their crops, which were their sole means of livelihood.

Over the past four days of the ongoing offensive, Pakistan Army have abducted more than twenty people, including a local councilor. The Paki establishment contends that the Pak Army launched a rescue operation to recover six footballers who were abducted over the weekend while traveling from Sui Dera Bugti to Sibi. However, their plan is far more sinister. Pak Army is using force and violence on the innocent Baloch civilians to suppress their voice of dissent.

In just two days, 17 people have been forcibly disappeared in Pakistan-occupied-Balochistan. This traumatic human tragedy raises numerous questions, highlighting the disturbing silence of the media, human rights organizations, and the international community. It seems like these institutions are allowing Pakistan Army to act fearlessly without any punishment. The situation in Dera Bugti is nothing short of barbaric, with dozens of people forcibly disappeared following illegal arrests. Pakistan’s actions is in the literal sense Baloch Genocide.

For the past four days, the brutal attack by the Pakistan Army has continued unabated in Dera Bugti, with numerous trucks laden with heavy weapons and hundreds of personnel deployed to expand the operation. Enforced disappearances persist in Pakistan-occupied-Balochistan, mainly in Dera Bugti and Mastung, where individuals have been forcibly disappeared by Pakistan Army.

The Pakistan Army has deployed an arsenal of forces in Dera Bugti, including gunships, SSG commandos, and heavy artillery, resulting in the abduction of innocent civilians, including teenagers, poets, and teachers. The silence from the media, civil society, and human rights organizations is deeply concerning. It is very important that we raise our voices against this injustice. Pakistan-occupied-Balochistan deserves justice, they deserve freedom from the brutal regime of Paki ‘establishment’.

The Pakistan Army has committed numerous atrocities, including daily home raids, disappearances, staged encounters, target killings, torture, humiliation at checkpoints, and kidnappings for ransom. Following the illegal occupation of Balochistan in March 1948, Balochistan has been fighting the war of its existence.

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