In the year 2022, Pakistan army killed 195 and forcibly disappeared 629 people in Balochistan – Paank

sangar publication

 - 12 Jan, 2023 at 9:31 am

In the annual report released by Paank, the human rights organization of the Baloch National Movement, it is said that in the year 2022, Pakistani forces in Balochistan forcibly disappeared 629, extrajudicially killed 195 and tortured 187 people.

According to Paank, 187 forcibly disappeared people were released from the torture cells of the Pakistani army last year.

The report highlights the human rights situation throughout the year with infographics. According to this, in January 2022, 92 forced disappearances, 15 murders and one person was tortured by the Pakistan army. 95 enforced disappearances, 42 murders and 5 tortures cases were reported in February. In March, 62 people went into forced disappearance, 19 were killed and 6 people were tortured.50 enforced disappearances, 39 murders and 18 tortures were reported in April.61 enforced disappearances, 5 murders and 22 tortures were reported in May. In June, 26 people forcibly disappeared, and 11 people were murdered. In July, 46 people forcibly disappeared, 16 were killed, and 28 were tortured.55 forced disappearances, 5 murders and 37 tortures were reported in August. In September, 30 forced disappearances, 02 murders and 19 people were tortured. In October, 38 people forcibly disappeared, 15 were killed, and 18 were tortured. In November, 36 people forcibly disappeared, 23 were killed, and 14 were tortured.38 enforced disappearances,2 murders and 19 people were tortured in December 2022.

The report said that the year 2022 was full of human tragedy in Balochistan with mass punishment, forced disappearances, murders, massacres and violence. CTD under Pakistan Army, FC and Pakistan Army subjected hundreds of Baloch including women and children to enforced disappearance, collective punishment, killing in fake encounters and torture in various areas in Balochistan and Sindh.

The report states that a complete ban has been imposed on Baloch nationalist parties in Balochistan, and only the Pakistan army and pro-military groups have political freedom. Due to bans on nationalist parties, a vacuum has been created in Balochistan, which the Pakistani army tries to fill with its supporters.

According to Paank, the families of the victims of forced disappearance by the army are suffering from political isolation to compete with the military force in Balochistan. Baloch families have been protesting for the recovery of their loved ones for many years. There have been several negotiations between the government and the families, but the powerless government of Pakistan has failed to fulfil its promises and enforce the law. Even the Prime Minister of Pakistan Shehbaz Sharif said, ‘I will talk to the powerful circles about the enforced disappearances. ‘This makes it clear that the so-called democratic governments of Pakistan do not have the power, but the center of power is the Pakistani army. Because of this, the negotiations between the government and the families became fruitless and the humanitarian crisis in Balochistan deepened.