BALOCHISTAN: Personnel of paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) have set on fire the houses of Ghulam Mohammed Baloch and his relatives which were located in the same compound at Mand, Balochistan.
Late Sunday evening (15 Nov 2015), hundreds of FC soldiers surrounded the compound and torched 14 mud houses belonging to Ghulam Mohammed Baloch and his relatives in his native Mand town, a region bordering Iran.
“You’re a family of traitors. Next time, we’ll burn you all,” the FC soldiers threatened the women present in the compound.
Ghulam Mohammed Baloch was a major Baloch leader, founder of Baloch National Movement (BNM), now the largest Baloch nationalist party in Balochistan. He was abducted by FC personnel from his lawyer Kachkol Ali Advocate’s chamber in Turbat on April 3, 2009 and then his bullet-riddled mutilated body was found dumped in a desolated area near the Turbat city on April 9 2009. He had been previously jailed and tortured.
Now the military establishment has resorted to harassing the families of martyred Baloch leaders.
“Hundreds of houses have been burnt all around Balochistan. Some have been razed to ground.
The Pakistani military has killed Chairman Ghulam Mohammed Baloch in 2009, but still their hatred for him hasn’t faded away. “They think he was the leader of this movement, so let’s teach a lesson to the Baloch people by destroying everything that is somehow related to Ghulam Mohammed Baloch.”
Ghulam Mohammed Baloch was the key political leader who helped United Nations securing the save release of American head of UNHCR, John Solecki, who was abducted by Baloch militants in 2009. After Ghulam Mohammed Baloch’s assassination at the hands of Pakistan military, UN and US embassy in Pakistan issued statements to condemn his killing and appreciated his efforts for John Solecki’s release.