Baloch Human Rights Council (BHRC) demanded an investigation by the United Nations into the massacre of the peaceful protesters in Zahedan (Duzzap) on September 30, 2022.
In a letter addressed to António Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, BHRC executive president Dr Naseer Dashti urged the organization to take the cognizance of systematic killings of the Baloch political, social and human rights activists by the fascist regime of Ayatollahs in Iran.
Iranian authorities have sealed a key crossing point with eastern Balochistan due to unrest in Zahedan and crackdown on protesters.
According to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), the border crossing at Taftan, about 90 km from Zahedan, has been sealed by the Iranian authorities and no one is being allowed to go from Pakistan to Iran, while on the other side, all types of movement have been stopped.
A Levies Force officer told that the Iranian authorities late Friday night verbally informed the local administration about closure of the border, but no time frame was given in this regard.
DUZZAP: A well-known Baloch religious scholar from Iranian Occupied Balochistan, Maulvi Abdul Hameed, has issued a message regarding the incident that happened in Zahedan after Friday prayers on September 30, and termed the incident as a tragedy and called for legal action against those who killed people.
“The bullets have been fired into the heads and hearts of most of the worshipers, and it is clear that it was the work of snipers,” said the Friday prayer Imam.
Explaining the Zahedan massacre, Maulvi Abdul Hameed said: “A few minutes after the Friday prayer, gunshots were heard. Later it was found that some youths gathered in front of the nearby police station after offering prayers and shouting slogans and some of them pelted stones at the police station”.
Zahedan, in Sistan and Baluchistan province, suffered a bloody Friday on September 30. For several days, the province has been the scene of protests over the rape of a 15-year-old girl by a police chief in Chabahar.
Despite widespread protests, Iranian government officials have resisted yielding to any of the protesters’ demands. On the contrary, it is clear from the videos published on social networks that on September 30, when people gathered for Friday prayers in Zahedan mosque and demanded the punishment of the offender, they were targeted by the full might of the security and military forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The videos show local people gathering in front of the police station, where their protest was met by security forces shooting at them from inside the station house and from a circling helicopter.
Yousuf Masti Khan, veteran Baloch political leader and president of Awami Workers Party passed away today, after protracted illness. He is survived by his three sons.
Musti Khan, was born in Karachi, Pakistan, on July 16, 1948. He completed his BA degree in 1968 from Government National College, Karachi.
Mustikhan started his political career as a student in the 1960s when he joined Baloch Students Organization while studying in Sindh Arts College. He joined National Awami Party (NAP) after completing his education. He remained a staunch activist of NAP till Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto banned it in 1975.
Many Baloch families have sought refuge in Afghanistan, in order to escape from persecution and extrajudicial murders by Pakistan Army.
There have been frequent attacks on Baloch refugees in Afghanistan, as a result of which many were killed. Baloch and Pashtun circles blame Pakistan Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for these attacks.
According to the latest information, the Taliban government has arrested two suspicious persons from the southern province of Kandahar in Afghanistan, they were pretending to be Taliban and going through the homes of Baloch refugees collecting information.
KARACHI: Describing those involved in “enforced disappearances” of political workers, human rights activists and other individuals as violators of the Constitution, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah on Tuesday claimed to have taken up the matter in line with the premier’s directives, which included a comprehensive plan to address the issue that, he said, was “more painful than death”.
However, talking to reporters after meeting coalition partner Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) at the party’s temporary headquarters in Bahadurabad, the interior minister apparently conceded the government had limited writ in this regard.
The transgressions of the civil-military elite in this unfortunate country have made it an even sorrier place because they have no redeeming characteristics that could alleviate the suffering or soothe the pain they generate.
They as a class are socially, politically and temperamentally programmed, geared and fine-tuned for unrestrained loot and plunder.
The Intelligence Department of the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Intelligence Ministry have tortured Maziar Shahbakhsh, a Baloch juvenile detainee, and threatened to execute him.
Maziar Shahbakhsh was transferred from the Correctional and Rehabilitation Center of Zahedan to the detention center of the IRGC Intelligence on August 30, 2022. He was tortured under interrogation to extract false confessions from him.