Enforced Disappearances in 2nd half of July 2023

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Balochistan, a region marred by the haunting specter of enforced disappearances, continues to grapple with this distressing reality that has plagued its people for the past two decades. Baloch nationalists, activists, and human rights organizations have consistently pointed fingers at Pakistani intelligence agencies and security forces, alleging their involvement in abductions and extrajudicial killings. Despite the vehement denial of any complicity by the Pakistani government, mounting evidence presented by these groups paints a different picture.

An investigation conducted The Balochistan Post (TBP) delved into the state of enforced disappearances during the latter two weeks of July, uncovering the following:

Revealing the Truth

During this critical period, TBP meticulously documented a series of cases of enforced disappearances that were reported from various regions across Balochistan. The gathered accounts shed light on the severity of the situation, with a troubling total of 34 individuals vanishing under suspicious circumstances, allegedly at the hand of Pakistani security forces. However, amidst this disheartening backdrop, there were glimmers of hope as eight of the disappeared individuals miraculously found their way back to the safety of their homes, leaving behind a ray of relief in their wake.

Tragic Discoveries

Unfortunately, the search for the missing persons did not culminate in joyful reunions for everyone. Within these harrowing two weeks, four lifeless bodies were discovered, further deepening the anguish and despair in Balochistan.

These revelations serve as a continuation of our earlier report, which encompassed the preceding two weeks of July 2023. The persistence of enforced disappearances, combined with the consistent denial of involvement by the Pakistani government, demands heightened attention from international bodies. The urgent need for a comprehensive resolution to address this ongoing human rights crisis cannot be overstated.

As the people of Balochistan endure the anguish and uncertainty brought about by these disappearances, the world watches with bated breath, hoping for a brighter and more just future for the region.

Enforced disappearances were reported in the following areas:

  • Dera Bugti: 11
  • Kech: 7
  • Awaran: 6
  • Gwadar: 4
  • Quetta: 2
  • Islamabad: 2
  • Karachi: 2

Additionally, four dead bodies were discovered from the following areas:

  • Gwadar: 1
  • Mashkel: 1
  • Kech: 1
  • Panjgur: 1

Details of the victims of enforced disappearaces

The Balochistan Post documented the details of the following individuals who were allegedly picked up by the Pakistani security forces from different areas of Balochistan and beyond:

  • Munshi: Forcibly disappeared Dera Bugti on July 17. Still missing
  • Hussano: Forcibly disappeared from Dera Bugti on July 18. Still missing
  • Dad Baloch: Forcibly disappeared from Dera Bugti on July 18. Still missing
  • Sawagal: Forcibly disappeared from Dera Bugti on July 18. Still missing
  • Zahid: Forcibly disappeared from Awaran on July 18. Still missing
  • Wahid: Forcibly disappeared from Awaran on July 18. Still missing
  • Farooq: Forcibly disappeared from Kech on July 18. Still missing
  • Peer Baksh: Forcibly disappeared from Kech on July 18. Still missing
  • Muhammad Shoaib: Forcibly disappeared from Quetta on July 18. Still missing
  • Sageer Baloch: Forcibly disappeared from Kech on July 18. Still missing
  • Dad Raheem: Forcibly disappeared from Kech on July 18. Still missing
  • Shahid: Forcibly disappeared form Turbat on July 19. Still missing
  • Hasso Bugti: Forcibly disappeared from Dera Bugti on July 19. Still missing
  • Marri Bugti: Forcibly disappeared from Dera Bugti on July 19. Still missing
  • Khera Bugti: Forcibly disappeared from Dera Bugti on July 19. Still missing
  • Tharo Bugti: Forcibly disappeared from Dera Bugti on July 19. Still missing
  • Ahmed Ali: Forcibly disappeared from Dera Bugti on July 19. Still missing
  • Inayat Ullah: Forcibly disappeared from Dera Bugti on July 19. Still missing
  • Osman: Forcibly disappeared from Dera Bugti on July 19. Still missing
  • Rashid: Forcibly disappeared from Kech on July 22. Still missing
  • Deenar: Forcibly disappeared from Karachi on July 23. Still missing
  • Tufail: Forcibly disappeared from Karachi on July 23. Still missing
  • Aurangzaib: Forcibly disappeared from Quetta on July 19 and reported missing on July 23. Still missing

  • Naseer Ahmed: Forcibly disappeared Turbat, reported missing on July 24. Still missing
  • Zaid Baloch: Forcibly disappeared from Islamabad on July 25. Later released
  • Javed Baloch: Forcibly disappeared from Islamabad on July 25. Later released
  • Muhammad Azeem: Forcibly disappeared from Awaran on July 26. Still missing
  • Wahid: Forcibly disappeared from Awaran on July 17. Later released
  • Imdad: Forcibly disappeared from Awaran on July 17. Later released
  • Jabar: Forcibly disappeared from Gwadar on July 28. Still missing
  • Farooq: Forcibly disappeared from Gwadar on July 28. Later released
  • Iltaf: Forcibly disappeared from Gwadar on July 28. Still missing
  • Qambar Baloch: Forcibly disappeared from Gwadar on July 28. Still missing

Additionally, four dead bodies were also discovered in Gwadar, Mashkel, Kech, and Panjgur. Their identities could not be confirmed.

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