Daily Archives: September 18, 2012

Balochistan situation is worse than East Timor and Sudan, UN should intervene: BNV

A delegation of the Baloch National Voice has called on the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances in Quetta, and hand them evidence of Pakistan’s atrocities in Balochistan.

A spokesperson of the BNV said that activists from his Organisation has informed the UN about 14,000 enforced disappeared Baloch and the recovery of around 500 mutilated bodies including those of women and children. The BNV also gave a video CD to the WGEID delegation which contained a detailed list of extra-judicially killed Baloch activists, pictures the victims killed by Pakistan military in custody and images of Baloch women and children killed during indiscriminate bombardments in military operations in Balochistan. The CD also contained video clips of the brutally tortured bodies of Baloch victims and pictures showing signs of extreme torture including broken bones, eyes plucked out and other signs of painful treatments they were subjected to in custody.

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Sept 18: Murad Sahir

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UN panel spotlights disappearances in Balochistan

 UN team examines alleged abuses – Hundreds of bodies dumped in Balochistan 

QUETTA: For years, human rights groups had hoped that Western governments might lead an international outcry over a little-known epidemic of abductions, torture and murder in the Pakistani province of Balochistan. They were disappointed.

Instead, relatives of the missing are placing their faith in a visiting UN team to highlight allegations that security forces are waging a campaign of mass disappearances aimed at silencing calls for the Baloch independence. “How many will they kill?” said Yousuf Baloch, who found the mutilated body of his son, Asif, last year, several months after he was taken away in Karachi, Pakistan’s commercial capital. “I’m not going to accept Pakistan as my country. I’ll keep longing for an independent Balochistan.”

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