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Report by Carol Anne Grayson: Khuda Bakhsh, another alleged victim of “kidnap, dump and kill” Balochistan

“Kidnap, torture, kill” shows no signs of abating in Pakistan. Those living in Balochistan live in fear and have to face the horror of dead bodies on a daily basis. As activists explain, this only increases calls for “independence” as the state is failing to protect many ordinary civilians.

Khuda Bakhsh was allegedly abducted by the Pakistan army in February and his dead body was discovered yesterday (4th March) showing signs of torture. Police were informed to take one dead body from Khuzdar Army Cantonment, the body was that of Khuda Bakhsh. Talaar Baloch who informed me of the killing said,

“he was a notable school teacher, Pakistan is killing the Baloch intellectuals, he is not the first and may not be the last. It is a process and stage of Genocide which Pakistan aims to. Bangladeshi history is being repeated here.We are against torture and terrorism. Peaceful Baloch are abducted, killed and dumped by Pakistan. The silence of human rights organizations and UN (United Nations) has given free hand to Pakistan. Lets find an end to injustices. Lets liberate ourselves from Pakistan. The only solution is to reinstate the free status of Balochistan.”

Baloch leaders are involved in a long campaign to gain independence from what they view as Pakistan’s “tyrannical rule” and want the immediate withdrawal of Pakistani troops from the country’s largest province. Business Standard highlighted an appeal which was made on August 11th, 2024 (Balochistan Indepencence Day). Activists aimed to draw attention to the “oppressive policies” which locals have experienced since Pakistan annexed Balochistan following partition of India in 1947. The following extracts state,

“the Pakistani armed forces have launched ethnic cleansing and genocide in Balochistan and are systematically kidnapping, imprisoning and murdering Baloch political activists, students, lawyers, intellectuals and nationalist leaders”

“Pakistan’s security forces are engaging in an abusive free-for-all in Balochistan as Baloch nationalists ‘disappear’ and in many cases are extra-judicially executed”
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