Shoaib Mir Baluchzehi Rigi is an 18-year-old Baluch citizen from Zahedan. He was arrested during the nationwide protests, on October 5, 2022, and since the Iranian Judiciary sentenced him to Moharebeh (War on God) he is at risk of execution.
Shoaib Mir Baluchzehi Rigi, son of Sharif, was born on February 7, 2004, and is a third-year high school student. He left his home on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, to purchase medicine. He was ill and had gone to the pharmacy to have his doctor’s prescription provided. The pharmacy is located on Madani Street near the Makki Mosque of Zahedan. Intelligence forces who were situated in the area arrested him outside the pharmacy. He was taken to an undisclosed location in a private car.
Major Gwahram Baloch, spokesman of Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF), while paying tribute to the martyrs of Gwarkop, said that four Sarmachars (freedom Fighters) were martyred in the clash with the Pakistani army. They fought the enemy very bravely even though the occupying Pakistan army received air support during the clash with Baloch freedom fighters.
Major Gwahram Baloch said that on January 16, 2023, Pakistan Army’s spy and drone aircrafts began an aerial surveillance of the eastern hills of Gwarkop in Kech district. Absorbing the situation, Sarmachar immediately moved away from their location which was being watched by the spy aircrafts. A drone fired three missiles there before sunset the same day, but before that the Sarmachars had left the site.
Iranian courts have handed down death sentences against at least four ethnic Baluch men over the past few days, activists say, as the Islamic republic tries to suppress an anti-government protest movement that has swept the country for nearly four months.
According to the latest information available, the authorities have executed 151 Baluch citizens in 2022, compared to 70 the previous year. At least 81 were hanged over the last four months of 2022, amid a brutal state crackdown on the nationwide protests demanding more freedoms and women’s rights.
The leaders of Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), an organization active against enforced disappearances in Balochistan, met with the German Ambassador in Pakistan Mr. Alfred Grannasn, and provided him detailed information on enforced disappearances in Balochistan.
According to the chairman of the organization, Nasrullah Baloch, they discussed in detail about forced disappearances and human rights violations in Balochistan.
Relatives of the missing persons were also present in the meeting.
Thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets of the southeastern Iranian city of Zahedan on January 20, as the country’s leading Sunni cleric again criticized the Islamic Republic’s bloody response to four months of nationwide demonstrations.
Molavi Abdolhamid, the Sunni Friday prayer leader of Zahedan, urged Iran’s Shia clerical leaders to listen to “the demands of the youth and women,” instead of repressing them.
Molavi, a member of Sistan and Baluchistan province’s beleaguered Sunni Baluch community, has been a key dissenting voice inside the country since the anti-establishment protests erupted in September.
World Sindhi Congress (Canada) hosted the 119th birth anniversary of Saen G.M. Syed, in which Pashtuns, Baloch, Sindhis, and political activists took part to remember the life and struggle of Saen G.M. Syed, the founder of modern Sindhi nationalism. Saen G.M. Syed was born on January 17, 1904, in Sann, Sindh. He grew up in Sindh, a dominion under the colonial rule of the British Empire.
G.M. Syed’s first love was Sufi poetry and the teachings of Shah Latif Bhittai, the mystic philosopher poet of 17th-century Sindh. His vision of Sindh and the world was deeply inspired and molded by Sufism and the political atmosphere of the Indian Subcontinent.
To review the situation in the coastal city of Gwadar, Quetta Corps Commander Asif Ghafoor visited Gwadar after the arrests and crackdown on the sit-in of Haq Do Tehreek.
During his visit, Asif Ghafoor met with dignitaries of the area and local administration.
Wajah Sulaiman Baloch, a local senior leader of Gwadar said that the corps commander called us to a meeting and said that if ever in the future the roads to the Gwadar port and airport are closed by the protesters, he will put everyone in jail.
Gwadar police on Friday arrested Haq Do Tehreek (HDT) leader Maulana Hidayatur Rehman after he showed up at a local court — four days after he announced that he was heading to Gwadar to surrender.
A heavy police contingent was present at the court today to arrest Rehman over charges stemming from the killing of a policeman by unidentified assailants on Dec 27, 2022 during the recent protests held by HDT supporters.
According to police spokesperson Aslam Khan, constable Yasir was shot in the neck after violence erupted during the protest at Hashmi Chowk. “He passed away on the spot.”
The “crown jewel” of CPEC saw protests turn violent, followed by a security crackdown and internet shutdown.
By Somaiyah Hafeez
In a video that has been widely circulated on Twitter, a child, dressed in red shirt and black jeans, is seen throwing a stone at a group of security personnel, who are carrying sticks and shields. The troops retaliate by throwing stones toward the child, who runs away. In another video, dozens of security forces personnel are seen standing by as someone, reportedly the child of a fisherman, is beaten and dragged on the road by other troops.
These are only two violent incidents that have emerged since the internet shutdown in Gwadar, a port city in Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest and most impoverished province, ended after more than a week.
Iranian armed forces have imposed drastic security measures in the eastern city of Zahedan, where activists say plainclothes officers are traveling in vans, buses, and private cars to arrest people standing on the streets.
The Iranian authorities have cracked down hard on the nationwide protests triggered by the September 16 death of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, Mahsa Jina Amini, who was being held by police for allegedly wearing a headscarf improperly.
The demonstrations and state clampdown have been particularly intense in the country’s western Kurdish areas and the long-restive Sistan and Baluchistan Province, which Zahedan is the capital of.