Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Reports of a fresh military operation in Mand and Dasht region of Balochistan

Occupied Balochistan: According to a report aired on Radio Gwank Balochistan heavy contingents ofPakistan military and intelligence forces have started a fresh houses – to – house search in Mand and Dasht area. “From past three days there has been unprecedented increase in military activities in Dasht and surrounding areas”, reported a Radio Gwank local correspondent.

He further said that backed by helicopters, a convoy of around 25 -30 military armoured vehicles and two Vigo Jeeps of intelligence officials arrived Gogord and Hapsi regions of Balochistan. They have been randomly picking people and interrogating them about a five-page-long list of names which they carry with them. According to the intelligence agencies personal these names are of supposed Sarmachars (Freedom Fighters) who they say are in the remote areas of Dasht and Mand mountains. Helicopters have been seen hovering over nearby mountains earlier on Tuesday morning.

“They are brutally torturing innocent people who refused to cooperate with the military or simply say they have no information about the named person on the security forces' list. There have also been reports of skirmish between the Baloch fighters and Pakistani security forces in the remote mountainous areas”, explained Radio Gwank reporter from an unknown location in Balochistan.

The correspondent said that the security forces have been stopping people at check posts and their mobile phones have been confiscated for unknown reasons. Military is still pouring into the Gawader region and it is feared that they plan to intensify their atrocities in coastal regions of Balochistan. 

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Baloch poet’s life is in danger: VBMP

Occupied Balochistan: The Chairman and vice chairman of the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons in an urgent press statement expressed their fear that Baloch social activist and Poet’s life at risk at risk at the hand of Pakistani intelligence agencies.

Nasruallah Baloch and Qadeer Baloch in their joint statement said that after the abduction of Baloch political activists and student the state agencies are now abducting Baloch social activists, poet and journalists. They said renowned Baloch poet Shakir Shad works for a social organisation in Islamabad and on 22 September he was going to his native town of Pedarak from Karachi when the passenger bus he was travelling by was stopped at Ormara FC check post. The security forces first asked Mr Shakir Shad to alight from the bus for a routine body-search. As soon as the Baloch poet stepped out of the bus he was arrested and driven towards an unknown location.

His organisation has expressed serious concerns about his arrest and disappearance. They said Mr Shad’s life is at real danger. They urged the Human Rights Organisations to take immediate notice of this incident and play their due role for the safe and early release of the Baloch poet and social activist.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Pakistan's dirty war against Baloch people: Four female teachers injured in acid attack

Occupied Balochistan: Four female teachers of a private school were attacked with acid by unknown culprits in Killi Alam area of Saryab here on Saturday.

According to local police officer Malik Arshad, the female teachers were sitting in a van outside their school in Killi Alam on Saryab Road when two men on motorbikes hurled acid and fled from the scene. Three teachers, in early 20s, received burn injuries on their face, hands and legs while clothes of another teacher were burnt. The victims were identified as Robina Mushwani, 21, Fazila Bangulzai, 23, Sajida Bibi, 24 and 21-year-old Surriya Langhov. Sajida Bibi was discharged after being provided first aid.

“We were sitting inside the van outside of our school when two persons on motorbike appeared and the hurled acid. The attackers were wearing masks and disappeared from the scene,” one of the injured Fazila told the doctors at Bolan Medical College Hospital.

The victims were admitted at Plastic Surgery and Burns Wounds Department at BMC that was crowded with their relatives. One of the eye witnesses claimed that the culprits had hurled a bottle containing deadly acid on the four female teachers. Dr Allah Bakhsh told the Express Tribune that the victim Rubina received 8 per cent burn injuries in her face and hands, Surriya 3.4 per cent while Fazila sustained 2 per cent wounds. “All the patients are stable and admitted to the ward. We have discharged Sajida Bibi whose merely clothes were burnt,” said Dr Allah Bakhsh.

Police have taken the driver into custody for interrogation. They have also mounted a manhunt in the area and detained several people for questioning.

According to relatives, they had not received any threat. “The van was parked outside the skillful Grammar School as usually and ready to drop the teachers to their respective areas,” said Saleem, relative of one of the victims.

It was the third incident in Balochistan during the past 15 months as earlier three women were attacked with acid in Kalat while two sisters sustained burn injuries in Dalbandin. Later, ISI / MI created new dummy organizations claimed the responsibility and warned the female not to move out in Bazaars, do not work outside and don’t participate in any protest rally or seminars.

It is generally presumed that religious fanatics supported by the state’s intelligence agencies are involved in the acid attacks because they want to spread panic among the Baloch female teachers and Baloch women who are playing a vital role in Balochistan’s independence movement.

Baloch resistance Organiations and leaders of Baloch Nationalist political parties and student Organisatons had strongly condemned the attack on Baloch sisters in Daalbandin and Kalat. They had termed such attacks a dirty game of the state agencies against the secular Baloch society.