Baloch National Movement spokesman said in a statement, the mutilated body of Hafizullah son of Rahim Mohammad Hassani, who went missing from Dalbanden four years ago, was found at Pul-e-Choto in Chaghi. After his assassination, he was buried without a shroud, and the corpse was exposed after recent rains and floods. Hafizullah, who was a farmer by profession, was forcibly disappeared on August 30, 2016.
The spokesman said that Hafizullah’s younger brother Naimatullah had testified in a press conference that his brother had been abducted by security forces from his house in Kili Qasim Khan. Hafeezullah’s mother, speaking to BBC Urdu at Voice for Baloch Missing Persons camp in front of the Quetta Press Club, revealed that a Pakistani army major, Major Naveed, demanded Rs 6.8 million in exchange for her son. Despite the payment, Hafizullah was never recovered.
The BNM spokesman said that many such incidents have been taking place in Balochistan for many years but the victims do not come forward due to fear. Although after the revelation by Hafizullsh’s mother, it was claimed that Major Naveed would be court-martialled, but not only the Baloch nation but also many Pakistani non-Baloch journalists have objected to the claims and statements of the Pakistan Army. The Army’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) claimed in August 2019 that Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa had upheld Major Naveed’s Field General Court Martial sentence. But despite the confession and the claimed punishment of Major Naveed for the crime of enforced disappearance, Hafizullah, the abductee, was never released, instead killed by the army. With the assassination of Hafizullah, the Pakistani military is sending a clear message to the Baloch nation that if anyone tried to expose military barbarism, that would be the end of him.
The spokesman said the claimed punishment announced by the ISPR was a hoax. Because Baloch genocide is not the act of single personnel or an officer but the state army and other institutions are lining up against the Baloch nation. If the revelations of the Pakistani army regarding the punishment of its personnel were true, then Hafizullah would have come back alive. Despite accepting the abduction of Hafizullah Mohammad Hassani, he became the victim of the Pakistan military’s “Kill and Dump” policy. Such steps make it clear that the Pakistani military is convinced that despite such horrific barbarism, no one can question them.
The BNM spokesman said that among other war crimes in the Baloch national movement, the Pakistani army was involved in large-scale kidnappings for ransom. Pakistan is not satisfied with the plunderage of Baloch resources and has started a series of kidnappings for ransom. With this act, the Pakistani army is carrying out the Baloch genocide in a systematic manner while also profiting financially from this genocide. Hafeezullah is just one case that the Pakistani military itself has admitted. If one Major, Major Naveed has been convicted, who is responsible for the lives of thousands of other missing persons? In this regard, it is the duty of the world powers and human rights organizations to hold Pakistan accountable by reacting to such tragic events.
He said that the assassination of Shahina Baloch in Turbat and the silence of the state institutions was also a continuation of the Baloch genocide and policy to radicalize the tolerant Baloch society into a hard-line one where space for women would be limited. The Baloch nation is a secular nation where women are respected and held in high esteem. In bloody wars, when a woman comes between the parties, the fights are stopped and the blood is forgiven. Pakistan’s colonization and state-led religious extremism have also affected Baloch society. Last month, Hayat Mirza Baloch’s mother in Turbat Apsar cried out in the same hope that an innocent young man would be spared in honor of a woman, but she may not have known that the killers were deprived of human values.