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WORLD: Picked up, killed and dumped in Balochistan

An Article by the Asian Human Rights Commission

kill123The long march has clocked a hundred days. The brave marchers have walked continuously from the place of their birth to the places where they have hoped to effect change. They have been searching for their loved ones, who were picked up, by security forces in uniform and armed intelligence agents in civilian clothes. ‘Responsible’ guardians, deployed in the area to control the ‘resistance’ have shown themselves to be devils in disguise. The bodies of some of the disappeared have been found dumped, their lives taken after horrendous and inhuman torture. But others are still hanging on to the iron bars of their cells somewhere, being interrogated by captors protected by draconian laws and impunity. That the military have the power to manipulate personal liberties while cocking a snook at justice and freedom in Balochistan is a fact.

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Activists demand UN inquiry into Balochistan mass graves

Rights organizations have expressed shock over the discovery of mass graves in Pakistan’s insurgency-marred Balochistan province and have called on the UN to send a fact-finding mission for an inquiry.

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On January 25, three mass graves were discovered in the Khuzdar district of Pakistan’s western Balochistan province. The corpses were too decomposed to be identified. As the news spread, the people gathered around the graves and started digging in the nearby area, where they unearthed two more mass graves.

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) says that 169 bodies have so far been recovered from the graves. Pakistani officials, however, deny these claims, arguing that the total number of bodies amounts to only 15.
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PAKISTAN: The lives of the long marchers are in danger

Statement: Asian Human Rights Commission

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The long marchers are threatened by the ISI to stop their march or they would be severely dealt with

The participants of the long march from Karachi to Islamabad for the recovery of Baloch missing persons are facing threats from the notorious intelligence agency, the ISI. The marchers have been threatened not to enter Punjab province otherwise they would face serious consequences.
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Second phase of Long March for Baloch missing persons covered 600kms – the government withdraws security

Civil society groups must resist the evil designs of the Punjab government to stop the marchers from entering the province

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The second phase of the Long March for the recovery of hundreds of disappeared persons after their arrest by the security forces has now covered 600 kilometers on its way to Islamabad, the final destiny. The second phase started on December 14, from Karachi Press Club after completion of the first phase of 756 kilometers from Quetta, capital of Balochistan province, and token hunger strike at Karachi. The Voice of Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) has organized the 20 members of the Long March which consists of women, children and men and has mobilized thousands of people to join their march. Mr. Mama Qadeer (70) is leading the Long March which has now reached the city of Gambat, Khairpur district.
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The Long Marchers have completed 700 km and entered Karachi after travelling 27 days on foot

Statement: Asian Human Rights Commission

Before reaching Karachi a car tried to ram the walkers on three occasions and the marchers are receiving death threat messages on their cell phones

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The Long March for the Baloch missing persons has entered its 27th day after completing 690 KMs. It will reach its intended destination at the Karachi Press Club, Karachi, the capital of Sindh province tomorrow, November 22. Today the marchers will reach the suburbs of Karachi where the local people will welcome them and make arrangements for their accommodations.
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PAKISTAN: A video exposes the fake encounter in which a student leader was extrajudicially killed

Statement: Asian Human Rights Commission

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On August 22 the Asian Human Rights Commission issued an urgent appeal, PAKISTAN: A student leader was extrajudicial killed in a fake encounter conducted the intelligence agencies. We have now come into possession of a video produced by the police which was leaked to the AHRC which attempts to prove that Mr. Afzal Panhwar was killed in a legitimate police encounter. However, if anything, the video proves conclusively that the encounter was in fact, a fake and set up by the police.
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The Long March for the recovery of missing persons enters its 20th day after 600 kilometres

Statement by: Asian Human Rights Commission

Many participants have suffered bruised and blistered feet but have not been provided with any medical treatment…..their bleeding wounds have been wrapped with nothing more than pieces of cloth

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Farzana Majeed’s blistered feet

The 730-kilometers Long March of the family members of the disappeared persons from Balochistan has covered more than 600 kilometers and entered its 20th day. The Long March starts each day at 6 am and ends at 6 pm, covering an average of more than 20 kilometers each day. Many participants have suffered bruised and blistered feet but have not been provided with any medical treatment even though some of them can only walk with the aid of sticks. Their bleeding wounds have wrapped with nothing more than pieces of cloth. No philanthropist organizations or individuals have provided ambulances despite several requests from the protesters.
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Pakistan: 126 extrajudicial killings, 400 disappearances in Balochistan

killing-in-balochistanCounting up to August 2013, as many as 126 extrajudicial deaths and over 400 disappearances have taken place in the Balochistan province of Pakistan. Violent killings and disappearance after arrest by authorities continues without relent. Most bodies, of those murdered extra judicially, have been found in the Balochi speaking districts of the province, particularly Quetta, Khuzdar, Kalat, and Mekran.
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PAKISTAN: For the arrest of one guerilla leader, military units kill more than fifty innocent citizens, including women and children

AHRCDear friends,

Mashkay-operatonThe Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that military units have bombarded more than a dozen villages in three districts of Balochistan based on information about the presence of a guerilla fighter fighting for the independence of Balochistan. Independent sources claim that more than 50 persons, including women and children, were killed. In just one district, more than 32 villagers were killed and many persons were displaced as their houses were completely destroyed.

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AHRC: PAKISTAN: A 75-year-old farmer was abducted by the Pakistani security forces and the High Court of Balochistan turns a blind eye to his recovery

PAKISTAN: A 75-year-old farmer was abducted by the Pakistani security forces and the High Court of Balochistan turns a blind eye to his recovery

ISSUES: Disappearance; illegal and arbitrary detention; torture; no rule of law

Dear friends,

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the lukewarm attitude of the high court of Balochistan that ignored the petition on the abduction of a 75 year-old farmer by persons from the Frontier Corps (FC). The abducted person was an old political worker who left politics in 1975 but, being an old man, people from the neighbourhood use to come to his place in the evening. The FC is afraid of any kind of gathering where people chat on different issues and it is acting like the Gestapo in the province. As is usual, the courts are afraid of going into detail in cases involving the FC because of their insecurity. The family members of the abducted person are afraid that he would be held in a FC torture cell and would be extrajudicially killed.

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