BALOCHISTAN: Pakistan Army has become the largest party to benefit from drug trafficking business in Balochistan, Abid Zamurani The Balochistan Post’s correspondent, reports from Panjgur.
Makuran region of Balochistan has recently become one of the main international drug trafficking routes in the region. Drugs are trafficked through this route to various parts of the world in large quantities. Along with smugglers the Pakistan Army has also played a major role to make this happen. Other than giving impunity to drug dealers like Imam Bheel, senior officers of Pakistan Army have also made riches out of the drug business. These officers have become millionaires by reselling the drugs caught in “anti-narcotics” raids.
No state, which is part of the UN, should be allowed to abduct and kill its own citizens with such impunity as Pakistan, especially its army, has been doing in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and, now Sindh
Sindh is now fast becoming the new killing field for Pakistan Army. Scores of Sindhis, mostly those who have been raising their voice against injustice and human rights violations, are disappearing into secret prisons, detained illegally, tortured and many of them then brutally killed and their bodies dumped unceremoniously. What is happening in Sindh today is what has been happening in Balochistan for decades.
Punhal Sario’s abduction, followed by more disappearances, has raised questions about Sindh’s missing persons
By: Fehmida Riaz
Followed by protests and a long march by the families of Baloch missing persons, of late it is the missing persons of Sindh that are making headlines. The abduction of Punhal Sario on August 3, a renowned human rights activist, head of Sindh Hari Porhyat Council and convener of the recently established Voice for Missing Persons (VMP) Sindh, has shaken many human rights activists and organisations.
A few days after Sario went missing, on the evening of August 7, three more well-known social activists were picked up from their homes in Mithi city of Tharparkar. According to their families, teacher and educationist Partab Shivani, teacher and writer Naseer Kumbhar, and a leader of Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) Mohammad Umer, were ‘abducted’ by plainclothes officials along with Tharparkar police personnel. Tharparkar SSP Ameer Saud Magsi told local journalists that he has no information regarding their ‘abduction’.