On 9 November, the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) in Khuzdar district of Pak-occupied-Balochistan reported that three individuals were killed in an operation. The CTD claims that the individuals were engaged in militant activities and that weapons were recovered from the scene. However, the Pakistan Army’s stated reason for these killings is a lie and a misleading attempt to cover up their brutal oppression of the innocent Baloch population.
To state the truth, Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) and media reports have identified two of the deceased as previously reported missing persons. The VBMP said that one of the deceased, Aftab Sumalani, was forcibly disappeared on August 11 from Hazar Ganji Quetta. In addition, the media’s independent investigation confirms that another deceased, Abdullah, son of Arz Muhammad from Lutani Zehri, had also been missing after being reportedly detained by the Pakistan Army two years ago.
This is not the first time the CTD has been involved in controversial encounters in Pak-occupied Balochistan. There have been previous instances where such encounters have later appeared to be staged. Balochistan is reeling under the brutal oppression of the Pakistan Army, with innocent people disappearing every day. This horrific situation has become routine.
For far too long, Pakistan-occupied Balochistan has witnessed enforced disappearances, targeting political activists, students, and civilians by the Pak Army. They are subjected to torture, and their lifeless bodies are discarded in isolated areas. Following the illegal occupation of Balochistan in March 1948, Balochistan has been fighting the war for its existence and freedom from Pakistan.