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Published On:Thursday, February 7, 2013
Posted by Sri Lanka Guardian

Crimes of the Pakistani Para military forces and intelligence agencies go notice

| by Somalan Baloch

( February 7, 2013, Balochistan, Sri Lanka Guardian) The Crimes of the Pakistani Para military forces and intelligence agencies numbering more than 20 thousands, against the people of Balochistan have now reached genocidal proportions, presenting the worst example of state-sponsored terrorism. However, the peaceful movement of the Baloch people for a greater share of rights and the respect for their fundamental human rights has been crushed with brute force.

Detainees who are believed to support or sympathize with the militants and to create a climate of political repression. The practice of torture is facilitated by the fact that detainees are generally held in temporary detention centers, controlled by the various security forces, without access to the courts, relatives or medical care.
Over the past eight years, in particular after military regime in Pakistan, the suffering of the Baloch people has reached an indescribable intensity and magnitude.

Human rights violations have risen dramatically in Balochistan since democratic set up has taken place, at the start of the campaign for a greater share of rights in 2006 many thousands of Baloch were abducted under special laws that lack vital legal safeguards and provide the security forces with sweeping powers to kill and dump.

Around 14,000 political workers, students including common civilian have been abducted since August 2006 and detained in torture cells for months or years without charge or trial.

Torture by frontier corps and intelligence agencies is a daily routine and so brutal that more than 500 have died in custody as a result.

Scores of women from south western part of the province claim to have been abducted by security agencies during raids.

Efforts by relatives who are gathered under the umbrella of “Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) to use legal avenues to obtain redress has been persistently frustrated by security agencies: Supreme Court of Pakistan interim order which Pakistani court gave in 12 October 2012 to bring all missing persons before law is flouted openly and the legal machinery in the province is broken down. Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chahudry said in October 2012 that the rule of law in the Balochistan had ceased to exist.

After Supreme Court of Pakistan hearing on Balochistan law and order case the wave of violence has got momentum and security forces have repeatedly raided houses, hospitals, hostels of Universities and colleges and Baloch populated areas.

During these raids, the security personnel have abducted hundreds of common civilian, students, elderly aged people and young teenage boys; they have also forced and abducted doctors on gun point inside hospitals. The security forces have also discharged their weapons within Universities, college’s grounds and inside hostels, and have entered in class rooms and have abducted students. Journalist community frequently have been threatened, beaten and detained. Several have been shot dead while on duty; while newspapers offices have been ransacked many times.

Detainees who are believed to support or sympathize with the militants and to create a climate of political repression. The practice of torture is facilitated by the fact that detainees are generally held in temporary detention centers, controlled by the various security forces, without access to the courts, relatives or medical care.

An eighteen years old young boy who was abducted by security forces during a raid in his home town on the condition of anonymity informed us that methods of torture include severe beatings, electric shock, and suspension by the feet or hands, stretching the legs apart, burning with heated objects and sexual molestation. One common form of torture involves drilling the body parts with drill machine.

In New Kahan (a town where migrants of Kolhu are residing) security forces routinely detain young men whom they suspect of supporting Baloch guerillas or to have either harbored militants or their arms and ammunition. Relatives of such people are also detained and psychologically tortured.

The army and paramilitary forces continue to torture and kill common civilian in Balochistan with virtual impunity but international community including America, European Union, United Nation Organization and major super powers have turned a deep ear and can’t listen to the voice of this peace loving land.

When United Nation and European Union raise their voice for Syria, they must cry from the rooftops for 15,000 Baloch people killed or the 10,000 locals of Dera Bugti forced out of their homes in Dera Bugti and Kolhu.

All atrocities regardless of the color, caste, creed or religion of the victims must be condemned fair and square and the perpetrators relentlessly pursued till eternity if need be and brought to book.

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