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Two Baloch youths reportedly went missing from Hub Chowki, industrial city of Balochistan. One of the abductee’s father has been missing for eleven years.

The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), a rights group working for the safe recovery of missing persons has confirmed that, on March 28, armed men in a Vigo car without number plates abducted a young man named Asad Bugti. According to Bugti’s family, he was receiving threats for pursuing his father’s enforced disappearance case.

It should be noted that Asad Bugti’s father was reportedly disappeared after his arrest by Pakistani forces eleven years ago.

Whereas, there are reports that on March 4, the personnel of Pakistani intelligence services forcefully disappeared a person named Fateh s/o Zabad. The said person is a labourer by profession, his kidnappers are demanding for five hundred thousand PKR for his release, sources said.

It is pertinent to mention that such incidents are a common occurrence in Balochistan. Whereas, the Pakistani secret services have been accused for ransom kidnapping in similar cases. Baloch nationalist and rights groups also hold Pakistan Army and intelligence agencies responsible for enforced disappearance of activists in the region.

A Pakistani army Major and senior officer of Frontier Corps named Omar is accused of being directly involved in the recent incident in Kech District, occurred few days ago—where armed men forcibly detained a person from Turbat and two days later calling the family demanding for 200 thousand PKR.

According to a senior police official, the voice records for demanding money from victim’s family are available with police and Major Omar is directly involved in this ransom kidnapping.

Similarly, an incident occurred in 2016, where a Military Major abusing his powers abducted a Baloch youth from Dalbadndain and demanded a ransom of 68 hundred thousand PKR from his parents.

The youths’s parents arranged the money and paid it to the major for their son’s recovery, but later they found the dead body of their son in Dalbandain. As per reports, the body was buried in wilderness, which was unearthed due to heavy rain.

Regarding the aforementioned incident, Pakistan Army’s Chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa also confirmed that a serving military Major is sentenced for life in prison for misusing his powers.


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