Friday, October 4, 2013

Pakistani state Crimes:126 extrajudicial killings, 400 disappearances in Balochistan

PhotoCounting up to August 2013, as many as 126 extrajudicial deaths and over 400 disappearances have taken place in the Balochistan province of Pakistan. Violent killings and disappearance after arrest by authorities continues without relent. Most bodies, of those murdered extra judicially, have been found in the Balochi speaking districts of the province, particularly Quetta, Khuzdar, Kalat, and Mekran. Balochistan has remained under the control of the military and other allied security agencies since the Musharraf regime began military operations in 2000. A constant stream of disappearances of activists and youth at large was thereby introduced, rare occurrences in the country until then. During the civilian rule that followed, extrajudicial killings increased further. And, from July 2010 to end of the 2012, more than 400 dead bodies of those disappeared and killed by the authorities have been found dumped across Balochistan
The disappearances and extrajudicial killings have not stopped even after the formation of the government of Dr. Abdul Malik, who also heads the Baloch ethnic political party. He was made chief minister of the province on June 7, 2013, and since then 56 extrajudicial killings and 64 disappearances have occurred in Balochistan.

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