With a rise in the cases of enforced disappearance and extra-judicial killing in Balochistan by the state security forces, at least 33 persons went missing, seven persons were killed and mutilated bodies of 7 persons were recovered from different areas of Balochistan in April 2022, according to a report published by Baloch Human Rights Council (BHRC).
BHRC report entitled, “Human rights violations in Balochistan: Enforced disappearances and mutilated bodies” provides a list of the persons who fell victim to enforced disappearance, and mutilated bodies of some of the forcibly disappeared persons also dubbed missing persons were recovered from various areas in Balochistan in April 2022.
According to a chronology provided by the BHRC report;
April 1, 2022
Two persons named Wasim Ahmad, son of Salim and Muhammad, son of Ghaffar, went missing from the Gobord area of Mand, Kech district.
Kamalan, son of Muhim Jan of Tagran, Kech district, kidnapped by the security forces and missing from August 26 2021, is now claimed by the counter-terrorism department as being held on terrorism charges in the Mach area of Bolan district. In the same manner, two persons, Ahmad, son of Delwash and Hafiz, son of Delwash residents of Aapsar, Kech district, were picked up by unknown persons believed to be members of a death squad on December 24, 2021, and became missing since then were formally declared arrested by the counter-terrorism department in the Naseerabad district of Balochistan.
April 2, 2022
Security forces kidnapped Lal Muhammad of Bagbana, Zehri area of Khuzdar. His whereabouts remain unknown to his family members.
April 3, 2022
Security forces killed three persons in the Nag area of Washuk district of Balochistan on Saturday. The deceased were named Awaz, son of Imam Bakhsh, Ilyas, son of Bashir and Akber, son of Dosta.
Security forces killed Sekindar, son of Chairman Dost Muhammad, a Gomazi, Kech district resident, on the same day.
April 5, 2022
An unidentified mutilated body was recovered from the Hazar Ganji area of Quetta district. Unidentified mutilated bodies are generally believed to be the missing persons abducted by the death squads.
April 6, 2022
The death squad members picked up three persons named Nabi Bakhsh, son of Bahram; Rostum, son of Karim; Raziq, son of Barkat; and Shahdad, son of Murad Ali. Their whereabouts are unknown.
Dr Jameel Baloch, an MPhil scholar at the FPV university Malaysia, became the latest victim of enforced disappearances when he was picked up by the security forces from the Barkhan district of Balochistan.
April 8, 2022
An unidentified dead body was recovered from the Parom area of the Panjgur district. Such bodies are believed to be missing persons.
A father was killed along with his son by the security forces during a raid on his house in the Kandari area of the Awaran district named Answer alias Haibethan.
April 9, 2022
Iqbal and Azeem belonging to the Kilkoar area of Kech district, went missing when the security agencies picked them up during a raid. Their whereabouts remain unknown.
Gulzar, son of Abdul Gafoor, was abducted from his home in the Khuzdar district by the death squad members operating in the area.
April 13, 2022
Lala Arshad, son of Muhammad Hussain of Lyari Karachi, became the victim of enforced disappearances. He is believed to be affiliated with the Baloch national struggle.
Six persons from the Gomazi village of Kech district abducted by the death squad affiliated with security forces were named Mahboob, son of Sheran, Shoab, son of Muhammad, Wajo, son of Wahid, Farid, son of Yunus, Mubarak, son of Dilmurad and Akber.
In a gruesome act, the security forces put sands in the radiators of nearly two hundred vehicles carrying fuel from a frontier region. The drivers and passengers walked without water a long distance in the desert and desolate area before reaching the Nokundi town. As a result, many suffered from thirst, hunger and heat strokes.
April 14, 2022
Security forces opened fire in Chagai on demonstrators protesting against the security forces’ action when they disabled nearly 200 vehicles in a desolate area of the Chagai district. As a result, one person, Hamidullah, was killed, and several others received bullet injuries.
April 15, 2022
Three dead bodies of the drivers forced to walk in the desert on April 13 in the Chagai district were recovered. They died of thirst and heat strokes.
April 18, 2022
Salem, son of Karim Bakhsh, a resident of Gaddagi (Balgatar) of Panjgur district, was picked up by the security forces from a Quetta bound bus. However, his family has not been informed of his whereabouts.
April 20, 2022
After a Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) raid on a house in Hub Chowki, the missing person was named Safi, son of Master Abdul Razzaq, resident of Vashbud, Panjgur district of Balochistan.
April 21, 2022
Unidentified shooters gunned down a footballer, Dad Jan, son of Inayat, in Panjgur district. His relatives blame the security forces affiliated death squad for his murder.
April 22, 2022
The mutilated and bullet-ridden dead body of Zubair s/o Ismail, resident of Sirinkan, Kech district, has been recovered from the Turbat area of the community. He is believed to be abducted by the army affiliated death squad operating in the area.
Security forces raided the house of the missing person Rashid Hussain and picked up his father, brother-in-law and his teenage nephew. They are being kept incommunicado.
April 23, 2022
An unidentified dead body has been recovered in a desolate area of Kalat district. Such bodies are believed to be of the missing persons.
A farmer, Sona Khan Bremani of Dhadar district, went missing along with his brother. He is believed to be picked up by the security forces.
April 24, 2022
Three persons from Kech district, namely Naseem, son of Lal Bakhsh, Majid, son of Lal Bakhsh and Doulat, son of Muhammad Ali, went missing after security forces accompanied by the death squad personnel picked them up from Askani Bazar Turbat.
Reports of harassment of pilgrims going to the holy place of Noor ay Pak in Turbat, Kech district, have been reported by local people. In one such incident, security forces stopped a Caravan of pilgrims near the Dandar area of the district. Men were humiliated in front of their women and children. They were detained for hours before letting them continue their journey.
April 26, 2022
Waseem, son of Baba Shoukat from the Gobord (Mand) area of Kech district, went missing after security forces picked him up at the Dokoap checkpoint.
April 27, 2022
The security forces from Karachi picked up Dr Dildar Baloch, a consultant medical doctor belonging to the Kech district (Balochistan). However, his family members are not being informed about his whereabouts. Dr Dildar is the organizer of the Baloch Doctor’s Forum. Dr Dildar was later released after strong protests from the doctor’s community and political parties.
Unknown armed men in civilian clothes picked up a Baloch student named Beebagr, son of Imdad of Kech district, from the premises of Punjab University at Lahore.
April 28, 2022
Security forces raided a meeting of female students from Balochistan at the Ghazi University (Southern Punjab). The students were beaten up, and the meeting was dispersed. Later eight students from Balochistan were rusticated by the university authorities.
The Islamabad High Court ordered the provincial authorities in Punjab to stop ethnic profiling of the Baloch students studying in various universities in Punjab.
April 29, 2022
Security forces abducted Saeed, son of Muhammad Omar, a resident of Dasht, Kech district of Balochistan, from Malir (Karachi). His whereabouts are still unknown.
April 30, 2022
Najeeb, son of Rasheed, a resident of the Buleda area of district Kech (Balochistan), became the victim of enforced disappearances when security forces picked him up in the Gulshan Iqbal area of Karachi. He is an M.Phil. scholar and a teacher at the University of Karachi. Security forces also picked up another student belonging to the Nal area of Balochistan in a Karachi raid. The student was named Shoaib, son of Azum.
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