Protests erupt against Pakistan Army’s atrocities in Dera Bugti

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Ongoing Human Rights Abuses Against the Baloch People
Protests held by the Baloch Youth Council (BYC) in Lahore (Photo - News Intervention)

On 24 Sept, demonstrations by Baloch Youth Council (BYC) Lahore were held in Liberty Chowk in order to shed light on the grave injustices being carried out in Dera Bugti and Karachi by the Pak Army. This has ignited a flame for change that echoes across borders.

Karachi’s grief

The streets of Karachi, particularly Lyari, is bearing the scars of extrajudicial killings, individuals Yaseen and Tahir were the victims of the Pakistan Army’s atrocities. Pak Army commits Baloch genocide under the guise of “Gang Wars” and fake encounters. Their lives were tragically cut short for just being a Baloch. For belonging to a particular ethnicity. No other reason.

The Paki establishment and its ruthless control is life-threatening to everyone they that they have forcefully occupied and Pakistan-occupied-Balochistan is one of them.

Dera Bugti’s struggle

On the night of 24 sept, Dr. Jamak, son of Washo Bugti, was forcibly taken from his clinic in Sui. Liaqat, son of Paroo Bugti, met a similar fate during a Pakistan Army raid in Zafar Colony. These abductions are not isolated incidents; they are part of a larger pattern of repression that continues to grip Dera Bugti in fear.

The Pak Army operation in Dera Bugti, now entering its 15th day, paints a grim picture of suffering and violence. Dera Bugti has been under siege by the Pak Army. Baloch homes are set on fire, innocent citizens are unabatedly abducted from Sui, Uch, Zain kho, and Daranjen is a chilling reminder of the Pak Army’s brutality in this region.

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, families are torn apart, communities are shattered, and lives turned to dust. These are the consequences of this unchecked brutality of Paki establishment. The internet services and communication have been cut off in the region of Dera Bugti, making it impossible to measure the depth of ongoing oppression and violence.

Global cry for justice

On 23 sept, in London, Baloch Republican Party (BRP) of UK Zone raised its voice against the genocide in Dera Bugti, Pakistan-occupied-Balochistan. The protesters demanded that the international community must intervene to stop the violence. This international solidarity reminds us that the struggle for justice knows no boundaries.

Free Balochistan Movement also organized protests outside the Iranian embassy in Helsinki, Finland. They highlighted the widespread atrocities committed against Baloch in Pakistan-occupied-Balochistan.

The Butcher of Balochistan

Asif Ghafoor, infamously known as the ‘Butcher of Balochistan,’ continues to perpetrate heinous acts against innocent Baloch in Dera Bugti. His actions have drawn additional criminals from the Pakistan Army to oppress the people of this region. More than 26 people have been abducted so far, a chilling indicator of the relentless Pak Army operation.

In a world where voices are often choked, where the cries of the oppressed too frequently go unheard, it is heartening to see the youth of Balochistan rise in passionate protest. In the face of such adversity, the Baloch youth and their supporters refuse to be silenced. These protests, both at home and abroad, serve as a stark reminder to the world that the Baloch people demand their rights, dignity, and an end to the atrocities.

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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