November 28, 2011

BALOCHISTAN: The setting up of 'human right task force' by Pakistan



Paris, November 28: The deteriorating law and order situation, rising cases of target killings, torture and abductions reflect a massive human rights crisis in Balochistan. The crisis in the resource-rich and Pakistan's largest province has been created by the law enforcement agencies and the administration. Recently the Pakistan government has decided to form a Human Rights Task Force under the Ministry of Human Rights that will probe human rights violations in Balochistan.
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The deteriorating law and order situation, rising cases of target killings, torture and abductions reflect a massive human rights crisis in Balochistan.

The crisis in the resource-rich and Pakistan’s largest province has been created by the law enforcement agencies and the administration,

Recently the Pakistan government has decided to form a Human Rights Task Force under the Ministry of Human Rights that will probe human rights violations in Balochistan.

The Task Force is being formed following the surfacing of thousands of deaths and abduction cases in the province, where political workers and students are routinely found missing and then dead.

However, the Baloch leaders call it a ploy by Pakistan to dodge criticism by the international community and rights groups.


“This is just a game plan. They have planned it and they are trying to make Baloch people fool. They are also trying to put cover on the eyes of the international community that they are intended and they are willing to probe this issue. Unfortunately, this is not intended to probe it; they are not intended to deal with this issue. In reality, they are intended to do more abuses of human rights, especially the killings, tortures and abductions and they are doing this.” said MUNIR MENGAL PRESIDENT, BALOCH VOICE FOUNDATION, PARIS


Since 1947, Pakistan has been exploiting Balochistan’s mineral reserves without paying royalty.

However, the people of Balochistan have been agitating for a sovereign nation and want complete control of their natural resources.

In response the Pakistan army and spy agencies have been abducting, torturing and killing Baloch political activists, students, professionals and anyone who demands basic rights.

The issue of violation of human rights in Balochistan has been raised by several international rights groups and the United Nations, but Pakistan has always downplayed the issue.

“As far as Balochistan is concerned, whatever Task Force they (Pakistan) form will be a publicity stunt. The situation in Balochistan was really bad during the rule of the military dictator (General Pervez Musharraf). Now Pakistan has had a democratic government for the last 3 years but there is no improvement. The Pakistan government may have announced various relief packages for Balochistan, but in reality they continue killing innocent Baloch people whose bullet-riddled bodies are found dumped all across the region. “KHAN OF KALAT MIR SULEMAN DAWOOD, BALOCH LEADER

To put an end to rising violence in Balochistan, Pakistan had earlier formed Crisis Management Cell (CMC) under the interior ministry.

The CMC spent about 10 million USD by deploying 17 regular units and paramilitary troops in the region.

However, the situation turned more volatile and the incidents of forced disappearances, tortures and killings shot up.

It is clear, therefore, that the formation of Human Rights Task force by the Ministry of Human Rights is just another publicity stunt by the Pakistan government.

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