Pakistan’s atrocities in occupied Balochistan continue in 2020: Dil Murad Baloch

Dil Murad Baloch, Central Information Secretary of the Baloch National Movement (BNM)
Dil Murad Baloch, Central Information Secretary of the Baloch National Movement (BNM)

Dil Murad Baloch, Central Information Secretary of the Baloch National Movement (BNM) has said that year 2020 has begun with innumerable state atrocities by Pakistan on Balochistan. The security forces of Pakistan carried out more than 30 military operations and raids across Balochistan in the month of January and 67 persons were arrested and were forcibly “disappeared” during these operations. Approximately more than 50 houses were looted and 30 houses were burnt down.

Thirty one persons were killed in the month of January; whereas the cause of 23 persons’ death remained undetermined. The other 8 Baloch were killed by the security forces of Pakistan. Essa Shah Zaman Bugti who was previously abducted by security forces on 14th January was killed in a fake encounter by the military. Similarly another person was killed in a fake encounter by Levies force. One person, a resident of Sodd, Jahoo district Awaran was killed by the state sponsored death squad. And five others laid their lives in fighting against the state security forces.

Forty three persons were released from Pakistan secret cells in the month of January. Among them, two had been forcibly disappeared since 2013, two since 2014, one since 2015, six since 2016, ten since 2017, twelve since 2018 and ten since 2019 by the security forces of Pakistan.

Dil Murad Baloch stated that since the last two decades the atrocities of Pakistan had been increasing with every passing year. This reveals the intentions of Pakistan for carrying out the genocide across Balochistan. Not a single place in Balochistan is spared from the atrocities of Pakistan. From every nook and corner of Balochistan people had not only been abducted but also houses were set on fire. Spy agencies of Pakistan and the Pakistan Army had been abducting people, looting houses and livestock on a daily basis. The proxy terrorist organizations and death squads of Pakistan have turned Balochistan into a hell for Baloch people. Security forces pick up the young children in front of their helpless parents. Some of these relatives could be seen in the protests and hunger strike camps for the recovery of their loved ones for years. But rarely does anyone gets released from the clutches of Pakistan Army.

“…this is crystal clear that the atrocities of Pakistan in Balochistan have taken the shape of a humanitarian crisis. The victims’ families are going through an unbearable situation and the situation is even getting worse. Hence for the last several months, it can be clearly perceived that a parliamentary party has been using the problem of ‘missing persons’ as a political means of securing political benefits from the army and has thus been directly involved in bargaining with the state; though the problem of enforced disappearance of the people by the Pakistan Army and spy agencies are linked with the slavery of the people,” he explained.

Dil Murad Baloch further explained that Pakistani state lacks all human and international values and it dishonours to its own constitution. “That is why for the last two decades thousands of Baloch are illegally and for indefinite periods of time in the torture cells of security forces of Pakistan. But the state lacks obligation to its own constitution and courts and is unable to produce a single person among these thousands of “forcibly disappeared” persons before its own court. This scenario puts thousands of Baloch in a state of decay and death. But they are fully aware of one fact that their children are bearing these illegal detentions for the great cause. There is not a single case where the family members of the missing persons bowed before the state and made a compromise for the release of their loved one. But unfortunately, a parliamentary political party has been exploiting this humanitarian crisis and using it brazenly for its political game. It is already clear that it has secured two to four seats in the parliament by secretly dealing with the Pakistan Army, which became clearer by their supporting the Army Act; and as a result of this only some people were released,” he added.

Dil Murad Baloch added, “We are going through a historical transition; where history on one side will remember the atrocities of the state; on the other side the submission of the so-called political party before the enemy will never be forgotten. The humanitarian crisis of the enforced disappearance and playing with the emotions of the victims’ families through bargaining with the enemy forces is tantamount to being an equal partner of Pakistan in its war crimes. On one hand a few missing persons are being released from torture cells and being handed over to this party in order to cover the war crimes of Pakistan Army; on the other hand a greater number of people are being forcibly disappeared and the number of the missing persons is increasing enormously.”

“A few people among thousands of missing persons are being released from the torture cells of army, and they are being handed over to the central and local level of leaders of this political party; they are equally answerable along with state that where had been these missing person for years? For what crime they were detained? And what sort of ordeals they had to suffer? Those political parties surely know about the fate of thousands of missing persons and what sort of deal they have made or will make with the state regarding the missing persons? Sooner or later the Baloch nation and the history will hold them accountable for this,” Dil Murad Baloch questioned.

He added, “The illegal abduction of the people is a big crime. No law of the world, not even the constitution of Pakistan permits it, but this inhuman act is being fully exercised in Balochistan. This is a clear war crime. And Pakistan would have been held accountable for this war crime, but Pakistan has been exonerated at the expense of the emotions and helplessness of the people. As history will punish Pakistan, characters like those of the parliamentarian groups will also never be free from history’s penalty.”

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