Pakistan: Barbarianism against Baloch People Continue

Voice for Baloch Missing Persons

The latest brief Report over the Enforced Disappearances, Extra-judicial killings and human rights violation in Balochistan issued by the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP ) 

(February 12, 2016, Karachi, Sri Lanka Guardian) 1: Security forces are behind the forcibly abduction of civilians under the cover of Pakistan Protection Ordinance (PPO). Since, it has employed as a federal law, civilians are being arrested from all over Pakistan, but as far Balochistan is concerned, the provincial government of Balochistan has officially confessed more than 9000 civilians have been taken into custody through National Action Plan (NAP) so far.

On 17th September 2015 Former Chief Minister of Balochistan Dr. Abdul Malik while talking to newsmen said that those civilians were taken into custody by NAP, and will be trailed under same federal law.

In fact, the federal institutions are bound to inform relatives of the interments, who were arrested for any suspect by NAP can be kept in custody for 90 days in order to carry out inquiries but on ground the situation is opposite, even, the details of arrested people have not been issued and the whereabouts of captives also has not been revealed. The majority of arrested civilians have remained more than 90 days in their captivity, but they have not been produced before any court of law. In fact these civilians are still forcibly disappeared.

We fear that they maynot be killed in fake encounters. Because in 2015, three people who were previously abducted by security forces were brought in front of media, later on they were killed in a bogus encounter by security forces.

We are worried that these forcibly abducted persons’ cases will be trailed in military courts under PPO, where we fear the legal formalities will not be met. The credibility of military court and provision of justice under these devised courts is greatly criticized in country comparatively any other issue since than formation state. These so called military courts mechanism of prosecution and merit do not meet level to provide justice someone.

Moreover, on 8th November 2015, during an operation in Bolan district of Balochistan province, where VBMP approached information about enforced disappearances of women and children by security forces. They had been forcibly disappeared on account of having sympathies with the Baloch secessionists.

The government of Balochistan admitted about recovery of 129 dead bodies in province, those already were enforced disappeared. The organization VBMP has number of received dead bodies in Balochistan during the same year 2015 is greater than government’s mentioned that 157.

During military operations many of the bullet riddled bodies were found from the operation hit areas, and then security forces claimed that they were insurgents and killed in an encounter. But the families of the victims claimed that their loved ones were previously abducted by security forces. Even their names were registered in the list of missing persons of the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons.

During forces raid, the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) has also received information from various sources regarding setting fire to homes and torturing women and children in those affected areas by forces.

Media is not playing its vital role in the operation hit areas and even they did not visit the affected areas, this is why violation of human rights is not coming before the civilized community.

VBMP received reports that the peace full political leaders and political workers are being killed by security forces. Later the security forces claim that they were militants.

2: On 4th November 2015, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court disposed-off the cases of enforced disappeared persons. However, prior to that, on 15th March 2015, bench NO. 2 of the Supreme Court had assured the relatives during a hearing that by Chief Justice of the Supreme Court it had been ordered for establishing a larger bench for hearing collectively missing persons’ cases from all provinces, and the relatives had been told that the larger bench of the Supreme Court would be hearing these cases regularly.

The victim families had made expectations from the Supreme Court because formerly the honorable court had taken some pragmatic initiatives to resurface missing persons. Therefore, the aggrieved families were considering it a last ray of hope but unfortunately the Supreme Court’s decision of disposing off the cases of missing persons left a great psychological impact on the minds of the families of missing persons.

At Supreme Court, a cell regarding human rights is got inactive which is causing great sufferings for common citizen for gain of justice easily.

3: The federal and provincial governments are not serious to resolve the issue of enforced disappearances. Former the Chief Minister Balochistan Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch had acknowledged about his failure in missing persons’ case. The federal government has also undervalued this important human issue. The Supreme Court time and again ordered regarding the produce of missing persons, but government did not comply with court’s orders, hence this caused heavy incurrence in the regard of payment to the senior lawyers along with other officials. Evade of court’s orders implementation by government and administration and other procrastinating tactics converted the case of enforced disappearances very complicated.

Beside this, a committee for the protection of human rights exists in upper house the Senate, but unfortunately no meeting has been conducted of this in entire period of present government.

Senator Farhatullah Baber and other members of Senate were appeared in media and complained; neither government is providing any accommodation to committee for office work nor paying any fund it to function. Further they stated that, because of present government’s apathy this committee is facing difficulties to work on enforced disappearances and other fundamental human rights violations in country.

4: The VBMP has been informed about threats to victim families in various ways by the state institutions in condition of access to anybody or register the case with police or approach any court so will face dire consequences.

The Voice for Baloch Missing Person (VBMP) and other organizations for vibrantly working on the human rights issue are being threatened, too. In Pakistan, human rights organizations and political parties are not sound well to pressurize the state authorities to eradicate gross violations at national level.

The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) appeals the United Nation, international community and other international human rights organizations those should play their pivotal role to prevent the despicable incidents of Enforced Disappearances, extra judicial killings and human rights violations in Pakistan. Further these bodies should get the Government of Pakistan to ensure the safety and security of the human rights defenders who are working against enforced disappearances and other human rights violations.

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