The Baloch National Movement (BNM) has leveled accusations against Pakistani forces, claiming they abducted and killed three Baloch youths by placing them in a vehicle and detonating them. The BNM alleges that Pakistan has consistently engaged in such acts of violence, involving killing, abducting, and torturing individuals as a means to instill fear and maintain control over the Baloch system, which advocates for independence from Pakistan.
“Pakistan Army is the primary perpetrator of human rights violations and enforced disappearances in Balochistan," BNM posted on X (formerly Twitter). "I am recording this message to let the world know that Pakistani forces have killed three Baloch youths. They were abducted in August. The complaint was registered and it was requested by the human rights groups to find the abducted youth.”
He stated that the three deceased Baloch individuals would be labeled as militants, purportedly engaged in armed violence against the Pakistani state. "There is a reality that Baloch are resisting. There is an armed struggle going on. There are organisations that are operating, and their demand is clear, a free and sovereign Balochistan," he added.
“But, this does not mean that every Baloch who believes in the independence of Balochistan and Pakistani forces should leave Balochistan. Just on the basis of those ideas, people must not be abducted," Hakeem Baloch further said.
He added, "If the killings, abductions, and torture continue, this means the Pakistani establishment, the security forces, the so-called Balochistan government are involved in the direct genocide in Balochistan".
During a press conference, the Baloch National Movement (BNM) underscored the ongoing atrocities committed by Pakistani security forces to instill fear among the residents.
Qazi Dad Mohammad Rehan, the Information Secretary of BNM said, "Enforced disappearances in Balochistan are a significant concern, orchestrated by the Pakistan Army as a tactic to instill fear and establish control over the judicial system. The Pakistan Army's notorious practice of implementing a Kill-and-dump policy has led to the fatalities of numerous individuals who have been forcibly disappeared."
"This is the bleak reality of Balochistan, where innocent individuals are being arrested from their homes, during travel, in educational institutions, hospitals, and busy markets, Many of them are being buried in anonymous graves, deprived of their names and identification," he added.
Rehan went on to elaborate on a profoundly troubling incident that he deemed as a "shameful affront to humanity," involving the heartless killing of three young children from the same family.
"These innocent souls were placed in a vehicle, still partially alive, and subjected to an explosion that utterly devastated their fragile bodies. It is crucial to note that these children were under the custody of the Pakistan Army," he said.
Rehan reported another incident in August 2023, stating that seven children from the same family were "forcibly disappeared" by Pakistani forces. He highlighted that the Pakistan Army is the main perpetrator of human rights violations and enforced disappearances in Balochistan, noting that the Frontier Corps (FC) is an extension of the army.
He added, "the so-called Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of the police plays a pivotal role in facilitating these grave crimes committed by the Pakistani army". The BNM called on international organizations to urgently address enforced disappearances in Balochistan and urged journalists to spotlight human rights violations in the region. The BNM Information Secretary emphasized the importance of not solely relying on the narrative presented by the Pakistani army and authorities when it comes to Balochistan.
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