Four new enforced disappearances reported in Kech

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Four persons have been allegedly detained by the security forces in the Tump Sarinkan area near Kech.

According to the details received by The Balochistan Post; four persons have been allegedly detained by the Pakistani security forces during a raid near Kech today. These persons have been shifted to unknown locations and have been kept incommunicado since.

The detained persons have been identified as Beroz s/o Master Samad, Ali Haidar s/o Dil Jan, Muslim s/o Ghulam Khan and Shah Dost s/o Raheem Baksh.

According to the anonymous local sources, the security forces exercised aggression on the family members and the acquaintances of the detainees during the raid. The women, children and the elderly were allegedly harassed and their mobile phones were forfeited.

The sources furthered stated that the detainees were associated with the oil business. Due to the lockdown, the border crossings were blocked and their businesses were shut. Therefore, the would-be detainees had returned to their homes – from where they were later arrested.

District authorities have not released any official announcement on the incident.

It is pertinent to mention that four persons were also detained in the Balingor area of Dasht yesterday and are since unheard of. Furthermore, Sana Baloch, an M. Phil student in Allama Iqbal Open University, was also allegedly detained in Kharan a few days ago.

After Sana Baloch’s disappearance, the government received a barrage of criticism from the social and political bodies. The Student Organizations, the general public and his colleagues also chastised government’s “inadequate response” to the incident. An online resistive campaign was also launched on the social media website Twitter in this regard.

The spokesperson for the Baloch Student Organization Azad (BSO-Azad) condemned the “extrajudicial arrests” and declared “the state” culpable. He also mentioned that the students of Balochistan are allegedly being targeted in various ways, including forced disappearances, torture and homicide. He further stated that among the COVID-19 pandemic, the “extrajudicial arrests” of the students has engendered an atmosphere of “mental anguish” and “fear” in Balochistan.

The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) also launched a campaign to commemorate the year-long disappearance of Naseem Baloch from Karachi on 14 April. Moreover, the enforced disappearance of Hizbullah Qambrani and Hassan Qambrani from the Killi Qambrani area of Quetta has also completed its fourth month.

VBMP appealed to form the retrieval of the above-mentioned disappearance. Furthermore, their protest for the recovery of missing persons is persisting in front of the Quetta press club. The said organisation will also complete its 4000th day of unabated protest in a few days.


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