Balochistan: Armed men breach house, steal valuables in Kech, bank manager robbed in Panjgur

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In tehsil Tump, district Kech, armed men breached a house in the middle of the night and thieved expensive jewellery, cash and a few other possessions of the householders. 

According to the details, two armed men entered a house in Tump in the middle of the night and pickpocketed a woman who was sleeping in the courtyard. They stole her gold earrings, some cash and two mobile phones. The woman woke up and started screaming, prompting the thieves to run away. 

A similar incident occurred in another area of Tump where armed men breached into a house for robbery. The householders woke up to the noise and started screaming, and the thieves ran away, abandoning the robbery. 

Similar incidents are all too common in many rural and urban areas of Balochistan. Last year, robbers killed a woman when she gave up a fight and tried to foil their robbery. 

The incident created a massive outcry on social media. Rights activists, journalists, members of the civil society, politicians and the public alike to the social media, saying that the state-backed armed militias – locally known as “death squads” –are behind such incidents. They said that these groups do Pakistan’s bidding: they spy on anyone who attempts to highlight the plight of the “oppressed” people of Balochistan. Furthermore, these groups are allegedly involved in the rampant “enforced disappearances” and kill-and-dumps in Balochistan. 

Commentators argue that in exchange for their services, the Pakistani security forces have given them a free hand in Balochistan. They can do drug trafficking, ransom kidnapping and robberies unrestrained. Last year’s robbery that resulted in a woman’s death is one of numerous such incidents that continue to occur in Balochistan.

In a separate incident on Friday, assailants opened fire on a man in the Chitkan area of district Panjgur. The victim, identified as Noor Muhammad s/o Munnawar, was injured in the attack and moved to civil hospital for treatment. 

In another incident in Panjgur, the manager of the Askari Bank was robbed at gunpoint. The thieves took 40,000 in cash and two mobile phones from the victim.


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