Friday, April 18, 2014

Army Helicopters Bombard Several Regions in Balochistan this week

In Protest of the Grave Human Rights violations occurring in Balochistan, the Baloch National Movement conducted demonstrations on April 15th in front of the Amnesty Intl. Office in London, UK.

20 Heavily Armed Pakistan Army Helicopters converged on Kohistan Marri last night to conduct a ruthless assault upon the region.  Occupational State Forces proceeded to heavily bombard the rural town killing several local inhabitants.  Countless Kohistan homes were reduced to smoldering ruins and the residents’ livestock was killed during the siege.

Pakistan Security Forces have abducted four Baloch residents from the Kulanch Belar region of Gwadar during an ongoing military operation in the area.  The Gokdan, Turbat, home of Martyr Gajain s/o haji Subzal was invaded by Pakistan Armed Forces today.  Soon after the remains of recently abducted & extra judicially executed Gajain s/o Haji Subzal was returned to his family, Security Forces stormed their home looting valuables & livestock.

An unidentified body was found in the Hub River of Balochistan today.  Local officials have sent the body to the local hospital for identification.  Meanwhile in New Kahan, Quetta, Pakistan Security Forces abducted Sher Mohmmad Marri r/o Yousuf Goth, Karachi.  Yesterday in Quetta unidentified gunmen killed Habib-ur-Raheman on Qambrani road.  Elsewhere, in Danbooli, Sibbi, Two truck drivers were abducted by unidentified gunmen.

Pakistan Intelligence Agents raided the houses of Bugti family IDPs (Internally Displaced People) living in the Saeedabad town of Nawabshah, Sindh yesterday.  Pakistani Agents abducted Four Family Members; Dur Mohammad s/o Jeyand Bugti, Ramzan s/o Yehand Bugti, Rozi s/o Ramza Bugti & Wazir Khan s/o Pathan Bugti, during the home invasions.
In 2006 renowned Baloch leader Shaheed Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti was Martyred during a heavy handed military operation conducted by the Pakistani Army.  Since then hundreds of thousands of Bugti tribesmen have been internally displaced as a direct result of the ongoing relentless military operations in the Dera Bugti regions of Balochistan.  
Bugti IDPs have been habitually targetted by Pakistani Death Squads.  Since 2009 the Bugti Refugee Camp in Spin Boldek Afghanistan was attacked on 5 seperate occassions by ISI sponsored Death Squads. Bugti IDPs living in Punjab & Sindh have also been attacked & murdered by these Death Squads on numerous occassions.

Occupational State Forces and their Death Squads continued their Relentless Military Aggression throughout Balochistan this week.  In the Patfeedar, Mohan Pat, RD238 and other adjoining areas of the Sui, Dera Bugti, Pakistan Armed Forces carried out several Intense Military Operations. On April 16th Occupational State Forces Bombarded houses in Civilian Neighborhoods throughout Dera Bugti.  Dozens of houses were destroyed during the assault and many residents were abducted, among them was RD238 resident Haji Nawab Din Habibani bugti.  State Forces also conducted home invasions in the region, looting valuables & livestock and performing Acts of Torture upon the inhabitants (incl. Women & Children).  The same rural communities were recently assaulted by Heavy Mortar Shelling and Intense Gunfire only six days earlier; on April 10th. Since then Countless homes have been destroyed and the surviving residents are left injured and destitute.

On April 14th Panjgur residents were Terrorized by unidentified armed militants. The home of Faisal Naseer was fired upon; fortunately no casualties have been reported. Meanwhile, in the Sande-Sar district of Panjgur, Moheem s/o Haji Bahar was abducted by unidentified gunmen. On April 13th Pakistan Armed Forces invaded a number of homes in the Panjgur region Detaining and Abducting the residents. As well as subjecting Civilian Families to acts of Torture, including the Women and Children, State Forces also looted their homes of valuables and livestock.
Since the Pakistani Army launched a full scale invasion of the region on January 23rd, Panjgur has been under near total Military Occupation. Occupational State Forces commenced a series of regular military operations in the rural Panjgur towns, ransacking homes and abducting the residents. Gunship Helicopters, Mortars, RPGs, and many other forms of Heavy Artillery are often employed to indiscriminately bombard the villages.

Pakistani Gunship Helicopters bombarded the Sarona & Garu districts of Johan Kalat on April 8th resulting in the deaths of five local women. Two days after the attack, the Fearless Baloch Freedom Fighters stormed the Pakistani Forces Camp near Kharan inflicting heavy casualties. The next day Pakistani Forces retaliated against civilians in Kharan. Hikmat Jbari’s shop was raided, two people were abducted, and 3 motorcycles were also seized by State Forces from Gowash rd. In response to Pakistan’s continuous military presence in Kharan, residents conducted a peaceful demonstration and workers strike yesterday. Local demonstrators protested the Pakistan Army’s violent campaign in the region.

Violence continues unabated in Balochistan’s capital city of Quetta this week. On April 15th an unidentified body was found in Hazar Gnaji. On Monday Two people, one male and one female, were injured when unidentified gunmen opened fire on a local bus en route from Khjdar to Karachi. Fareed s/o Mahmood was killed and two others injured when Target Killers opened fire on Saryab road. Meanwhile in the Kuchlaak district, another unidentified body was recovered Monday. In the nearby Mastung region, unidentified gunmen abducted Attaullah Shawani & Abdul Sattar Shahwani. Three Quetta residents were also killed in the Saryab rd. area in two separate incidents during the weekend. On Saturday Najee-ul-Allah & Jumma were killed, and on Friday Gull Shah was killed by unidentified gunmen.

On April 16th in the RD238 area of Sui, Dera Bugti, locals discovered the bullet riddled remains of Baloch Activist Khaleef s/o Balaach Bugti.  Khaleef was recently abducted by Pakistan’s ISI agents in Shubat pur.  Abdul Rasheed was assassinated in Sharag by unidentified Target Killers, Meanwhile in Gwadar, the tortured remains of Yousuf Baloch were recovered.  April 15th in Sohren Koh Mand, Shareef s/o Ghulam was assassinated by unidentified target killers. Tuesday in Bolan Sibi, gunmen killed two unidentified people. On April 12th in Hoshab a group of unidentified gunmen abducted a local resident. Locals reported the gunmen pulled up to the victim & took him in a car. In Naal Khuzdar, Ghulam Nabi was injured when unidentified gunmen opened fire yesterday. On April 11th Sher Ali Kungrani Marri was killed in Sibi by unidentified gunmen.

April Military Operations in Balochistan have resulted in over 100 Civilian Deaths. The deployment of Gunship Helicopters and Indiscriminate Shelling of civilian towns & villages has resulted in the wholesale slaughter of innocent civilians in Balochistan. Despite cries from Baloch Activist Groups, International Human Rights Activists & other humanitarian organizations for intervention in Balochistan, The Pakistan Army blatantly continues to engage in severe human rights abuses with absolute impunity. Every moment the international community spends debating & discussing, the suffering in Balochistan is compounded exponentially.

In a recent letter to the Coordinator of the International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird expressed his concerns about the ongoing human rights violations in Balochistan.“The promotion and protection of human rights is an integral part of Canada’s foreign policy and I have noted with concern the reports of forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings in Pakistan’s Balochistan province.”
Mr John Baird further said, “The Government of Canada strongly condemns acts of persecution on the basis of ethnicity or religion and shares international concerns about the treatment of Pakistani minorities, including the Baloch. Canada takes every appropriate opportunity to express its views to the Government of Pakistan regarding its international human rights obligations and the need to ensure the safety and well-being of all its citizens, regardless of ethnicity or religion."

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