IANS | Sep 28, 2016 | Balochistan : Rattled by growing resistance across its restive Balochistan province, the Pakistan Army has intensified its crackdown in recent weeks, especially targeting women and children, and leaving several dead and many missing, say Baloch activists.
According to well informed local sources, the death toll and abduction cases are over 43 and 185, respectively, as of September 27. About 30 of the dead are women and children, activists in Balochistan told IANS in phone conversations, email exchanges and via video conferencing.
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The tragic incident of the Syrian boy Alan Kurdi has raised several eye brows and heart around the world. All hail to the little kid, that saved several other lives of children around the world. However, in another part of the world, the rights of children continue to be violated brazenly with the army indulging in deliberate killings. How many of those who shared the tragic picture of Alan Kurdi know about the fate of a 10 year old child Chakhar Baluch. In January 2014, the tortured and bullet-riddled body of a 10-year-old was been found in Turbat district of Baluchistan. He was missing from one week, according to the local police. The story of Chokhar Baluch is indeed as tragic and horrifying as that of Alan Kurdi. However, the sordid plight of such children and crimes committed on them by the Pakistani army does not arouse enough international condemnation.
BALOCHISTAN: The central spokesperson of Baloch National Front (BNF) in a statement said that; today (August 13th, 2013) Frontier Corps (FC) and other Pakistani law enforcing agencies with the help of Chief Minister of Balochistan Dr. Malik Baloch thugs attacked the demonstrators in Turbat to sabotage BNF’s peaceful protest rally.
By: Sajid Hussain
“I ran out of my house when I heard children and women crying. I saw four military trucks approaching,” recalled 22-year old Bibi Gul. Then a jeep stopped at the front gate and soldiers laid siege to the house of Mohammed Hussain, a schoolteacher and Bibi Gul’s father. “It was around 11am.”
Bibi Gul had been expecting them since early morning when FC personnel besieged their village on May 24 for a door-to-door search operation. Her house stood at the other edge of Gomazi, a small village, some 70 kilometers from Turbat city. It took soldiers four hours to reach this last abode after they searched rest of the houses in the village. Bibi Gul had seen smoke billowing out from several houses since the morning.
Peter Tatchell, a London-based human rights activist slammed Pakistan army and the spy agencies for gross human rights abuses in Balochistan. Tatchell supports Baloch right to self-determination and has been protesting against enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings and torture of Baloch political and nationalist activists, students, journalists, women and children. He, along with other major human rights organizations, has condemned violations of human rights in Balochistan.
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تحریر: ملک سراج اکبر
Shame to the UN(HCR)