April 11, 2009

Balochistan : Statement of Asian Human Rights Commission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AHRC-STM-087-2009

April 11, 2009

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission

PAKISTAN: Fingers point at state intelligence agencies in the killings of three Baloch nationalist leaders.

Three Baloch nationalist leaders were killed after their abduction by plain clothes persons in mysterious vehicles that bore no registration plates. They were taken from the chambers of a prominent lawyer and their deaths have raised several questions on the role of state spy agencies, particularly about military intelligence (MI). All three murdered persons, Ghulam Mohammad Baloch, Sher Mohammad Baloch and Lala Muneer Jan Baloch, were earlier kidnapped by the military
intelligence agencies during 2006 and 2007 and each of them were
disappeared for several months. After their release it was found that
they were kept in the different military torture cells and severely
tortured. They all were interrogated by the military officers about
the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and funding for nationalist
movements in the province against military operations.

The killings are tantamount as witness killings as they all were
previously disappeared by the army and kept in different military
torture cells before being released. Therefore they might have proved
dangerous in the probe about disappearances after arrests of political
and nationalist activists.

The Asian Human Rights Commission issued an urgent appeal on the
abduction and disappearance of two of the leaders, Mr. Ghulam
Mohammad Baloch and Sher Mohammad Baloch. They were abducted when
they were holding a meeting for the preparations for a protest
demonstration against the murder of Sardar Akbar Khan Bugti, the
former chief minister of Balochistan by army personnel at his hide
out. The details of their abduction in 2006 can be found on this link
http://www.ahrchk.net/ua/mainfile.php/2006/2119/

The third one, Mr. Lala Muneer Jan Baloch, was also abducted in the
month of February 2007 from Balochistan province by plain clothed
persons and was kept in different military torture cells for almost
eight months. These men were all released after the restoration of
Mr. Iftekhar Choudhry, the Chief Justice of Pakistan by the Supreme
Court on July 20, 2007, as their cases of disappearance were before
the High Court of Sindh.

The military authorities could not find any evidence of their
involvement in the so called secessionist movement in Balochistan
province. They all were dumped at different places along the road
sides bearing severe torture marks on their bodies. They were told
before their release by their military captors that if they revealed
anything about their captivity in the military torture cells then
they will be killed or persons from their families will face the same
fate.

Mr. Salim Baloch, vice president of Jamhoori Watan Party of
Balochistan, was abducted by plain clothed persons on March 10, 2006,
from Karachi, Sindh province, and was kept in military torture cells
in the different cities of Pakistan particularly, in the Punjab
province, and severely tortured. He was released in the month of
December 2006 with the warning that he should not tell about his
detention in the military cells. But he was again abducted within 36
hours after he gave his statement about his ordeal of 9 months of
torture and illegal detention. In his statement made before the Sindh
High Court, Mr. Salim Baloch believed that he would be rearrested by
the secret military agencies as he was threatened by the military
officers that it would happen if he told about his arrest and
torture. Mr. Baloch requested the High Court to provide protection
but it paid no attention to his plea. Please see link for the urgent
appeal which documents his ordeals,
http://www.ahrchk.net/ua/mainfile.php/2007/2151/

An other case is that of Syed Abid Raza Zaidi, who was abducted by
plain clothed persons from Karachi on April 26 and kept in military
torture cells to get information on the Nishter Park incident of
April 11. He was released in September but again abducted by plain
clothed persons for not following the warning of the military
authorities. After giving his statement before a panel discussion of
Amnesty International and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan at
Islamabad he was again abducted from another city of Lahore, Punjab
province. Please see the details of the case through this link,

http://www.ahrchk.net/ua/mainfile.php/2006/2012/

The brutal murder of the Baloch leaders is ample proof of the
involvement of state agencies in their abduction from the office of
the lawyer. In that they all were abducted in the same fashion as
others abducted by plain clothed persons in broad daylight in
vehicles without registration numbers. According to the Human Rights
Commission of Pakistan the Baloch leaders were forcibly picked up,
blindfolded and taken in cars, closely followed by vehicles belonging
to the Frontier Corps. The medical investigations by the doctors at
Civil hospital Turbat, Balochistan, suggests that all the three were
shot dead at close range with Kalashnikov AK47s and their bodies were
badly mutilated. The medical report suggests that they were killed one
week before the bodies were recovered.

The three murdered people were members of the governments committee
which was looking into the cases of disappeared persons since 2001 in
the province. Mr. Ghulam Mohammad had already given a statement that
he saw some persons in the Rawalpindi, Punjab, military centre who
had been missing for several years. Their own experiences of
disappearances and detention at military torture cells was a problem
for the state intelligence agencies. Mr. Ghulam Mohammad was also
involved in a dialogue with the persons who abducted Mr. John
Solecki, the head of UNHCR mission at Quetta, the capital of
Balochistan. He was one of the Baloch nationalist by whose efforts
Mr. Solecki was released.

Killing of witnesses threatens the possibility of any justice
regarding the large numbers of persons who have disappeared in
Pakistan. These recent killings seem to indicate the mobilisation of
secret units in order to eliminate those who have knowledge about the
maintenance of secret prisons and torture chambers in the country.
Particularly those who have taken a keen interest in pursuing justice
relating to these matters have been made targets of these killings. It
is likely that these killings will be followed by similar actions to
others. The knowledge about these murders will also discourage
victims and witnesses who want to narrate the human rights abuses
they have suffered and to seek justice. The deadening silence imposed
in such circumstances will obstruct all attempts to return to a normal
situation of rule of law. Now with the intervention of the Supreme
Court under the Chief Justice, Iftekhar Choudhry who has been
reinstated by popular intervention. On the other hand the terror
tactics adopted in this way will act to the advantage of the
extremist elements who resort to terrorism

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non-governmental organisation monitoring and lobbying human rights
issues in Asia. The Hong Kong-based group was founded in 1984.



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2 comments:

Victor Chauhdary said...

One must appreciate the timings and the fashion in which these brutal murders were carried out. Only an insane person would believe that at a critical juncture when Pakistan is having too many problems (through the kind courtesy of its neighbour India and war ally USA) she would create more troubles for itself.

This report by the Asian Human Rights Commission sounds all bullshit and concocted story just a part of a Script written internationally and suggesting the dismemberment of the world’s 8th nuclear state. I would like to ask the idiots sitting at the Asian Human Rights Commission’s offices to answer these questions:
1. Why should Pakistan create more troubles for itself when it is already suffering and surrounded by a pile of problems?
2. This is the time when Pakistani government and the establishment would look for the healing measures and not the harming tactics. Any good reason for provoking the already trodden Balochs?
3. If the agencies could pick them openly in the past and after interrogation could release them, then why should have they picked them in the broad day light and killed them this time when they were much needed to calm down the situation of Balochistan, as renowned Baloch nationalists?
4. By any way, is there any chance of a role played by much talked and more than required Indian consulates in Afghanistan situated all along the border and involved in sabotage activities, training disillusioned Baloch youth as the terrorists, printing and disbursing fake Pak currency?
5. Any possibility that the state’s enemies staged this drama exactly in the fashion in which these poor Baloch leaders were arrested in past but released, to create doubts in the minds that the agencies repeated the action?
6. Can’t it be just one puppeteer moving the strings of all the characters?
The Asian Human Rights Commission should grow up and must play the part of an impartial and unbiased observer, only if its not a Indian sponsored organisation. The worth of this Asian Human Rights Commission statement is quite evident when no one has bothered to have a look at it even what to talk of making some comments. And I am also not commenting rather advising the goofs sitting at the Asian Human Rights Commission’s office to stop behaving immaturely and adding fuel to the fire wittingly or unwittingly. The sooner they learn the better it is.

Anonymous said...

thanks human rights action, however it is one of the thousands of brutal and genocidal events executed by islamo-fascist state of pakistan on occupied balochistan