The gory list of Baloch journalists being brutally killed presumably by the Pakistani intelligence agencies continues to increase with the latest brutal murder of Javed Naseer Rind. A former deputy editor of Urdu-language newspaper, Daily Tawar, and an articulate columnist, Rind was indeed a smart and professional journalist whose services and bold columns will be missed by his readers.
QUETTA: Scores of women and children rallied in Quetta on Eidul Azha to protest against the practice of enforced disappearances in Balochistan and appealed to the world community, particularly the United Nations and International Humanitarian Organisations, to play their role in ending the man-made humanitarian disaster in the province.
Beneath Karachi’s dazzling lights and bustling commerce is a dark underworld of kidnappings, murder and torture.
As the Baloch National Movement for liberation gains momentum, atrocities by Pakistan army against Baloch political leaders, students and intellectuals are on the rise.
"The attack on Baluchistan's cultural landscape is serious. On June the 1st, Professor Saba Dashtiyari was killed by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency in Quetta. The victim was a cultural icon of Baluchistan and an institution by himself...He was also called the Noam Chomsky of Baluchistan because of his liberal outlook on life and society...."
The situation of Balochistan is no different to that of the former East Pakistan (Bangladesh) when the military carried out operations and killed more than 300,000 people in the guise of protecting ideological boundaries.
The Baloch can't wait for the world's human rights organizations to achieve some kind of critical mass of support, or for Pakistan and its institutions to reform itself. The Baloch are dying.
The open secret of disappearances illustrates the grip the military establishment retains over Pakistani society, including its dysfunctional justice system and feeble civilian government, which has repeatedly vowed to stop the problem.
Four Baloch youth, including a Levis officer, have been abducted by Pakistan security agencies from Pasni town of Balochistan.
Yesterday, Baloch politician Abdul Salam was assassinated in the city of Khuzdar by unknown assailants. Abdul Salam was a human rights defender who worked on behalf of hundreds of victims of enforced disappearance in Balochistan.