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Relatives Protest Missing Baluchis In Pakistan

Relatives of missing ethnic Baluchis in Pakistan have been protesting for the past 18 months in the south-central city of Quetta about the authorities' failure to locate or release hundreds of their loved ones.
Relatives of missing ethnic Baluchis in Pakistan have been protesting for the past 18 months in the south-central city of Quetta about the authorities' failure to locate or release hundreds of their loved ones.
QUETTA, Pakistan -- Relatives of missing ethnic Baluchis in Pakistan say the bodies of more than 200 of their loved ones have been recovered in the past 15 months, RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal reports.

The claims were made by relatives who have been protesting for the past 18 months in the south-central Pakistani city of Quetta about the authorities' failure to locate or release hundreds of their loved ones,

The wives and daughters of the missing persons are encamped outside the Press Club Quetta with such signs as "Rescue the abducted Baluchis" and "Stop killing them." Some protesters accuse Pakistani intelligence agencies of abducting their relatives, whose bullet-ridden bodies have often been found.

The protesters said the bodies of more than 230 vanished Baluchis have been recovered in the past 15 months in remote districts. They say the victims' bodies show signs of having been tortured.

"My brother was abducted by the intelligence agencies on October 9, 2009, and we found his mutilated body two years later on July 2, 2011," a protester named Rukhsana told Radio Mashaal. "His body was so mutilated that one could barely recognize him."

The protesters said they don't trust government institutions and rely only on human rights organizations for help.

Tahir Hussain, chairman of the Baluchistan chapter of Pakistan's Human Rights Commission, told Radio Mashaal that "we passed on the message of the relatives of Baluchi missing persons, but neither the provincial nor the central government took serious notice of it. So far, the mutilated bodies of 230 missing Baluchis have been recovered."

Baluchistani Interior Minister Mir Zafarullah Zehri told Radio Mashaal that the government is working to resolve the missing-persons issue.

The protesters say state intelligence agencies have abducted thousands of Baluchi politicians, lawyers, doctors, and activists, both men and women.

On August 1, Pakistani military chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said the army and its intelligence agencies are not involved in so-called "kill-and-dump" operations in Baluchistan.

Kayani was speaking in Quetta, where Human Rights Watch said in a recent report that Islamabad "should immediately end widespread disappearances of suspected militants and activists by the military, intelligence agencies, and the paramilitary Frontier Corps."

While Baluchistan makes up nearly half of Pakistan's territory, its population accounts for less than 5 percent of the country's 180 million people.

Baluchi separatist factions headed by mostly young leaders are involved in their fifth rebellion against the Pakistani government in the country's 64-year history -- Islamabad crushed earlier insurgencies in 1948, 1958, 1962, and 1973-77.
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by: Wendy Johnson from: USA
November 02, 2011 03:29
I would like to thank you for bringing this subject to the attention of your readers. The Baloch have long pleaded with journalists and human rights groups to visit Balochistan to investigate the extra-judicial killings and disappearances. One of the missing Baloch is a Norwegian citizen, but even the government of Norway hasn't been able to provide any answers to the family of Ehsan Arjemandi, who disappearance in 2009. We hope that more coverage and awareness will ultimately help lawyers like Advokat Randi Hagen Spydevold in their efforts to investigate and solve these cases.
Thank you,

by: Omar Chakarzai from: Africa
November 03, 2011 04:06
Thank you very much for highliting the issue of Balochistan, where hundreds of icconect people abducted and killed by the Pakostani agencies, while thousands of them suffering in the torture cells. A real human tragedy in the 21st century.

by: mn bugti from: occupied balochistan
November 03, 2011 04:39
we baloch are thanks full to u that u bring this topic we are expecting that your team will do more research about occupied balochistan we are being suppressed by pakistan and iran . yesterday there has been massive military operation in balohistan with fighter jet and gunship helicopter.

by: Salma from: Islamabad
November 04, 2011 09:00
This issue is going seems no one in the ruling party of Pakistan is concerned...which is shackled under the pressure of it's military and agencies. So what can the Baloch do...get international support, because regionally India won't give that as it does the same in Kashmir and is afraid Pakistan will enliven the Kashmir issue/atrocities of Indian army to the world again, Iran is happy on what's happening and Afghanistan has too many of its own problems. Therefore it is important the Americans and Europeons pay heed to this issue and take a stance in UN. The Baloch themselves have lost it to UN after kidnapping of JS (UNHCR). Here Baloch also need to strategize and need to work out their differences as the nation is quite fragmented.

by: Baloch from: Balochistan
November 04, 2011 14:41
Thank you for bringing up one the most serious issues prevailing in South Asia. The issue of Human rights violation in Balochistan (Iran and Pakistan) was always been ignored. Recently 11 missing persons were killed within 48 hours which had tortured marks. on 4th/11/11 a women in Dera Bugti was tortured and killed in army raid in a house.
We urge International organizations to stand against injustice and help the Baloch ethnic minority. Thanks!

by: M.sarjov from: UK
November 19, 2011 22:13
The Baluch basic right to dignified life has been violated for so long by the state agencies. The Baluch have been killed by the state agencies in isolation. There is no justice for Baluch in Pakistan; the state judicial system has ignored Baluch completely. There is no hope of justice for the Baluch in Pakistan. Thank you very much for highlighting the Baluch suffering. The journalists like you are the only hope.

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