In a passionate display of solidarity and unwavering determination, members of the Baloch Republican Party (BRP) gathered in front of the British Parliament on 17 Sept, raising their voices against the heinous atrocities committed by the Pakistan Army in Dera Bugti, Pakistan-occupied-Balochistan. For eight painful days, the people of Dera Bugti have endured pain and suffering, with nearly two dozen innocent individuals subjected to enforced disappearances.
As the world watches in silence, the Baloch Republican Party has taken a stand, demanding an end to the ruthless military operations and enforced disappearances that plague the region. In their quest for justice, they are not alone. The Baloch Yakjehti Committee, too, held a protest rally in Quetta, condemning the military aggression and enforced disappearances that have become synonymous with life in Pakistan-occupied-Balochistan.
The plight of the Baloch people has reached a critical juncture. Among the protesters were prominent figures such as senior leader Mansour Baloch and BRP Central spokesman Sher Mohammad Bugti, who stood shoulder to shoulder with their fellow activists, determined to make their voices heard on behalf of those who have been silenced.
On the night of 17 Sept, the Pakistan Army struck again, abducting at least five more individuals during the ongoing military operation in Dera Bugti. Among the abductees were 60-year-old Pir Baksh Bugti and 16-year-old Naseer Bugti. The anguish of the Baloch people knows no bounds as they watch their loved ones disappear into the abyss of enforced disappearances.
The brutality displayed by Pakistan in Pakistan-occupied-Balochistan has shattered all records, and the world must take note. Ijaz Baloch, abducted on the 24th of August 2023, was held in detention without trials. On the night of 17th Sept, his mutilated body was discovered, a stark reminder of the Paki estbalishment’s brutal attempt to ethnically cleanse the Baloch nation.
This military operation in Dera Bugti has been ongoing for eight consecutive days, reflecting the constant nightmare the local population is going through. 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, under this lie, the people of Dera Bugti live in fear and distress as the Pakistan Army’s military operation continues unabated. Recent reports describe mortar shells raining down on civilian areas in Darenjan, Asreli, Shari Darbar, and Gandoi, courtesy of Pakistan Army. Gunship helicopters hover ominously across Dera Bugti, a grim reminder of the looming threat.
The protesters outside the British Parliament today bear witness to a struggle for justice, human rights, and an end to the suffering endured by the Baloch people. Their message is clear: the world must not remain silent in the face of such unspeakable brutality. The cry for justice in Pakistan-occupied-Balochistan echoes not only in the hearts of the protesters but also in the collective conscience of humanity. It is a cry that demands a response—not only of justice, freedom, but the sanctity of human life.
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.