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The Information Secretary of the Balochistan National Movement, Dilmurad Baloch, issued the monthly report on Balochistan for June on Saturday. The report details the human rights abuses – murder, enforced disappearances, theft, forced location, arson – committed in the previous month by the “Pakistani state” in different areas of Balochistan.

The report gives a detailed day by day account of the human rights abuses in Balochistan and concludes that 42 persons were detained in 70 military raids and operations throughout Balochistan and relocated to unknown locations; 8 persons were killed, including 2 by the Gwadar coast guards; a woman was shot down in her attempts to resist the dacoits in a burglary in Daazan; the “depression” of her missing brother prompted a woman to commit suicide in Gokdaan; attempts were made to demolish the grave of Nawab Khair Baksh Marri and the gravestones of the “martyrs of Balochistan” were removed and thrown away in Quetta. 7 other people have died in other incidents, including the 4 who were invited and subsequently killed by Sanaullah Zehri in his house. Outside of Balochistan, 4 persons were killed in Karachi. The report clarified that it did not include the persons who were temporarily detained by the forces and later released.

The report said that aerial and land operations were executed in other areas of Balochistan, like Buleda, Awaran and Mashkay. As a result, hundreds of cattle had died and almost 50 houses were arsoned. The security forces allegedly pillaged various areas of Mashkay and Jhaoo and arrogated roughly 300 animals. The interspersed tribal population of Balochistan were deracinated from their domiciles and forcefully relocated in the vicinity of military cantonments.

“Balochistan is under unannounced martial law; state jurisdiction is under military control. Political dissent is paid with confinement, death and barbarism”, the report said. It said that the baton charge and detainment of the students in a peaceful protest in Quetta is a travesty of political freedom. The students had only demanded internet facilities to participate in online classes, as the educational institutions were shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The report further said that the “war crimes” of Pakistan have always resulted in “human tragedies.” The families of missing persons have been protesting on the roads for years but the state has turned a blind eye to their pleas and screams. It said that the mental anguish of a brother’s disappearance compelled his sister to commit suicide in Gokdaan.


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