Saturday, July 28, 2012

Pakistan occupying Balochistan's natural resources

Talking to Daily Times, VBMP Vice Chairman Qadeer Baloch said their organisation had collected complete data of as many as 1,300 missing persons. He said that there were several families in remote areas of Balochistan whose beloved had gone missing, adding that these families were not able to contact them. He claimed that around 13,400 Baloch had gone missing so far. He said further teens as young as 12 years old were among the missing persons. He also said around 147 women had also gone missing. He blamed the FC and intelligence agencies for forced disappearances. When asked why was the FC abducting civilians, he said, “Security forces are openly disappearing, torturing and killing common people because of their alleged ties to the Baloch nationalist movement. It is terrorism and it needs to end now.”  When asked about the Supreme Court investigation about forced disappearances, Baloch said the SC had failed in recovering the missing persons. He said the judicial commission was helpless, adding that during the commission’s hearing four people were whisked away by security agencies and three bullet-riddled bodies were recovered from different areas of Balochistan. 
He also said the FC started offensive in Mastung where children and women were harassed and nationalist leader Abdul Nabi Bangulzai’s house was set on fire. Security forces also shifted several people to undisclosed location.  He also said the family members of the missing persons were on a hunger strike for the last two-and-half-years, but to no avail. He said they had set up camps in Karachi, Islamabad and Quetta. Baloch said he believed that all institutions, including parliament and judiciary, were helpless before intelligence agencies. He said law of jungle prevailed in the province, adding that currently thousands of Baloch youths were detained in torture cells of security forces.  While dismissing claims of killing and abductions, FC IG Obaidullah Khattak said foreign agencies and separatists were behind this propaganda. He also said stern action would be taken against FC personnel if found guilty of forced disappearances and custodial killings

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