Shocking number of Baloch women under Pakistani military’s custody

As many as 40 women and children, belonging to the same family, are under custody of Pakistani military and its local death squads in Mashkay, a local media outlet has claimed.

Online news portal, Daily Sangar, which reports on Balochistan, has published a report detailing the names of the women and children under detention.

Mashkay, the hometown of medical doctor turned armed leader of Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF), Dr. Allah Nazar has been target of continuous military operations in last few  years. The town is considered one of the most volatile regions in Balochistan, where skirmishes between Baloch armed groups and Pakistani military are routine.

According to the report, the aforementioned women and children were arrested during a military operation on 1st December, 2017. They have since been kept in a detention center run by Pakistani military and a local death squad headed by a local notorious tribal head known as Sardar Ali Haidar.

One of the women named Naz Gul wife of Iqbal was ‘murdered’ under detention only few days ago. She was 28 years of age. Her husband Iqbal is still under custody. Their two daughters, who are 3 and 1 years of age were also arrested in the military operation.

The names and details of women and children are as follows:

  1. Mir Ali Mohammad, 70 years old. Mr. Mohammad is paralyzed.
  2. Abdul Malik s/o Mir Ali Mohammad, 38 years old.
  3. Mariam w/o Abdul Malik and daughter in law of Mir Ali Mohammad, 35 years old.
  4. Haji Raheem s/o Mir Ali Mohammad, 36 years old.
  5. Gul Pari w/o Haji Raheem and daughter in law of Mir Ali Mohammad, 30 years old.
  6. Ali Ahmed s/o Haji Raheem, 9 years old.
  7. Yar Jan s/o Haji Raheem, 6 years old.
  8. Bibi Aziza w/o Ismaeel and daughter in law of Mir Ali Mohammad.
  9. Moheem Khan s/o Bibi Aziza, 15 years old.
  10. Kareem Khan s/o Bibi Aziza, 13 years old.
  11. Waheed Khan s/o Bibi Aziza, 11 years old.
  12. Nusrat d/o Bibi Aziza, 9 years old.
  13. Fareeda Bibi (second) w/o Ismaeel and daughter in law of Mir Ali Mohammad.
  14. Mujeeb ur Rehman s/o Fareeda Bibi, 8 years old.
  15. Khaleel s/o Fareeda Bibi, 6 years old.
  16. Abdullah s/o Fareeda Bibi, 4 years old.
  17. Haseeda d/o Fareeda Bibi, 2 years old.
  18. Hameeda d/o Fareeda Bibi, 9 months old.
  19. Iqbal s/o Mir Ali Mohammad, 34 years old.

6 children of Abdul Malik are also held at the same detention center. The eldest child is 12 years old, whereas, the youngest is only one year old.

4 other children of Haji Raheem, including two daughters, are also held along with their father and mother.

A local activists from Balochistan, while talking with The Balochistan Post, accused Pakistani security forces of arresting innocent civilians in reaction to attacks by Baloch armed groups.

“Now even women and children are not safe. Rape is also being used as a weapon against Baloch movement,” he claimed.

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