Baloch activist Naela Qadri’s tale of Pakistan army torture


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Stories of secret torture cells run by the Pakistan army, its kill-and-dump policy and mass graves where Balochis have allegedly been buried alive are now tumbling out.

By : Maha Siddiqui

Stories of secret torture cells run by the Pakistan army, its kill-and-dump policy and mass graves where Balochis have allegedly been buried alive are now tumbling out. These chilling revelations are being made by a Baloch activist. Fighting for what she terms ‘nothing short of independence for Balochistan’, 47-yearold Naela Qadri Baloch has gone through a harrowing time herself.

She alleges that the Pakistani administration harassed and raided her house repeatedly. They picked up her husband, filmmaker Mustafa Raisani. He was kept in a secret torture cell for two long years, that’s before what she terms the kill-and-dump policy came into being.

She says her husband was never the same even after his release, having suffered both psychologically and physically.

But she looked thankful that he came back alive, nonetheless.

Naela, her husband and three sons were forced out of their home in 2010. They sought refuge in Afghanistan. But repeated attempts on their lives were made in Kandahar and then Kabul. Since 2014, she is in political asylum in Canada.

But more startling is Naela’s account of what is going on inside Balochistan in Pakistan. She says, over 25,000 Balochis are missing. They have allegedly been abducted by the Pakistani Army. Very recently she says, some 40 bodies were found at the Chashma Barrage, some with their limbs chopped off. These, Naela believes could be some of those kidnapped and missing. But no one really knows their exact identity.

A former associate professor at the University of Balochistan, Naela does not mince words when she blames Beijing’s ‘interference’ for the increased violence in Balochistan. She says ever since China started developing a naval base at Gwadar, killings of innocent Balochis and rapes of women have shot up.

She suggests that unlike Pakistan and Iran, Afghanistan is more inclusive and treats Balochis well, but a few months ago about 10 Balochi activists were kidnapped by the Taliban and sold off to the Pakistani Army. She compares the suffering of Balochis to what the Jews went through at the hands of the Nazis or the pain of Bangladesh. She calls it a warlike situation, genocide to eliminate the entire tribe.

The Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi was asked about the allegations but they did not respond at the time of going to press.

 

 

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