Jul 07, 2014

Balochistan: ‘Kill-And-Dump’ Practice Continues

Over 800 bodies have been found in many different parts of the Balochistan region over the past three and half years. The Balochistan Home and Tribal Affairs Department has stated that approximately 466 victims were ethnic Baloch, 123 Pashtuns, and 107 from other ethnicities. 

Below is an article published by The Asian Age:

More than 800 bodies have been found in different parts of the troubled Balochistan province of south-western Pakistan in the last three and half years, a media report said. According to a report in Dawn newspaper, the bodies were found mainly in Quetta, Khuzdar and Makran belt.

The report quoting sources in the Balochistan Home and tribal affairs department said that 466 victims were identified as ethnic Baloch, 123 as Pashtuns, and 107 from other ethnicities and 107 bodies remained unidentified.

The report said that of the 466 Baloch killed in the province, most were political workers while the remaining were killed in incidents of targeted killings, tribal disputes, domestic violence etc.

“This is an alarming situation,” Hayee Baloch, a Baloch leader, said. He insisted that Baloch political workers were still being picked up from various parts of the province to suppress their voice. The mineral rich province has been hit hard by insurgency by separatists and militants in the last few years while sectarian violence has also claimed many lives mostly of ethnic Hazara Shia muslims.

Thousands are estimated to have been killed in bomb attacks, targeted killings and other violence in different parts of the province.

Meanwhile, over 5,72,000 people have been displaced in Pakistan military’s offensive against Taliban in the restive North Waziristan province, an official said on Friday [July 4th 2014].