Friday, 17 September 2010

Stop abduction and extrajudicial killing of Baloch. Ahmar Mustikhan

Washington DC: September 16, 2010. The body of Ali Marri, a cousin of lawyer Zaman Khan Marri, who was abducted by the Pakistani agencies was found Monday in Balochistan, the Texas-sized territory in the throes of an independence movement in southwest of Pakistan. 

Zaman Khan Marri, a lawyer of the Balochistan High Court, was made a victim of enforced disappearance on August 18, 2010 by Pakistan's Military Intelligence and his tortured body with a bullet hole to the head was recovered from the nearby town of Mastung on September 5.

Further more, two tortured bodies of victims of enforced disappearances arrived Monday at the Bolan Medical College Hospital mortuary in Quetta.

The latest recovery of three bodies of victims of enforced disappearances raised the number of extra judicial slayings to 18 in less than a month in Balochistan.

Pakistani state also continued with its illegal, extra judicial abductions and arbitrary arrests of Baloch activists.

Asif Baloch, press secretary of the Baloch Students Organization Azad in Tootak zone, Khuzdar district, and his relative Zaffar Baloch were abducted Monday by the Frontier Corps and Pakistan intelligence agencies.

here were at least four known victims of enforced disappearances in less than a week. On September 7 at 11.30 p.m. Imran Khan, 24, a resident of Tootak, Khuzdar, was abducted by Frontier Corps and intelligence agents in front of the main gate of the Civil Hospital on Prince Road in Quetta, while on the morning of September 9, Zakir Bangulzai, who is 22, was abducted from the Zafran Medical Store in Mastung.

There are more than 1,100 documented cases of enforced disappearances, including women and children, who are still missing, while upwards of 8,000 were forcibly disappeared at some point during the last five years in the Baloch intifada against Pakistani military occupation.

These victims are in the illegal custody of Pakistan's secret service agencies, including the Military Intelligence and Inter Services Intelligence, and are being brutally tortured.

Pakistan interior minister Rahman Malik during a visit to Quetta on Wednesday promised "targeted action" against the Baloch and gave policing powers to the paramilitary Frontier Corps, a step which is deemed by Baloch constitutional experts and independent jurists as extra law, extra judicial and supra constitutional. Pakistani statute does not confer any such powers to the Frontier Corps.

In the backdrop of these massive, inhuman, horrific and racist atrocities on the Baloch people, a team of I.V.B.M.P., including myself, plan to be at the Palace of Nations during the 15th session of the Human Rights Council. The team will include Mehran Baluch, who is the youngest son of Baloch national icon and legendary leader Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri.

The extra judicial killings, enforced disappearances bordering on genocide, that the Baloch are faced with demands urgent international action, especially the leadership of three powers that matter the most U.S., U.K. and India will have to show sound statesmanship and support the Baloch freedom movement in their own national interests.

Meanwhile, a protest is most likely to be staged in Geneva against Pakistan's crime against humanity in Balochistan in the last week of September. 

Ahmar Mustikhan,

Leader of American Friends of Balochistan AFB

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