Amnesty International Press Release
26 October 2010
The Pakistani government must investigate the torture and killings of more than 40 Baloch leaders and political activists over the past four months, Amnesty International said today.
Activists, politicians and student leaders are among those who have been targeted in enforced disappearances, abductions, arbitrary arrests and cases of torture and other ill-treatment. The violence takes place against a backdrop of increasing political unrest and Pakistan army operations in Balochistan, south western Pakistan.
A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission
The two prominent Baloch political leaders have been assassinated within three days by unknown assailants riding on motorbikes. It is alleged by the political and nationalist groups of the province that they were killed by law enforcement agencies to take revenge from the people of Balochistan for demanding greater autonomy.
Balochistan province is still in the strong grip of military and Para-Military forces. It is believed that they are responsible for the continuous disappearances of nationalists after their arrest by plain clothed men and the assassinations and extra judicial killings of political and nationalist leaders. Since 2001, during the regime of General Musharraf, there was a military operation for the control of the natural resources of the province including, natural gas deposits, oil fields, mines of copper, cobalt’s, deep sea port and others.