Balochistan: an upsurge in the cases of extrajudicial killings and the discovery of mutilated bodies during June 2022

London: July 2, 2022

According to the monthly newsletter of Baloch Human Rights Council (BHRC), released to the media today, there has been a reported increase in the number of extrajudicial killings in Balochistan during June 2022. In addition, the report mentioned that while 21 persons were abducted by the security forces or proxy death squad from various districts of Balochistan, an alarming number of confirmed and unconfirmed mutilated bodies were recovered from Balochistan and Lahore. These are believed to be the missing persons. Details are as follows:

Number of enforced disappearances                                  21

Confirmed number of mutilated bodies                             4

Unconfirmed number of mutilated bodies                         55 

June 4, 2022

The names of the missing students abducted by the security forces on June 4, 2022, from Moosa Colony Quetta have been revealed as Shahzad, son of Khuda Bakhsh, Atiq, son of Beebagr, and Ahmad, son of Bahadur. They belonged to Balochistan’s Kalat, Kharan and Khuzdar districts.

Members of a death squad affiliated with security forces picked up a levy’s sepoy Babjan near his police station in Washboad, Panjgur district. 

June 7, 2022

Security forces picked up Kalimullah Noor, a postgraduate student in the sociology department of Karachi University, from the Joharabad area of Karachi. Kalimullah belongs to the Tump town of Kech district.

On the same day, security forces picked up two Baloch students at Karachi University by the security forces in Karachi. Their names are Doda Ilahi and Ghamshad Ghani. They were kept incommunicado for a week, tortured and released on June 13, after widespread protests.

June 9, 2022

Noor Bakhsh, son of Habib Baloch of Raees Gout, Karachi, was picked up by the security forces from his home.

A local death squad abducted Gous Muhammad, son of Gusher, Wali, son of Alam Jan and Kamisa, son of Sowali, from the Mashkey area of Awaran district.

June 10, 2022

Arif Abdul Qadir, a Quetta resident detained by the security forces in 2019, was tortured to death in the Karachi Central Jail. He was accused of involvement in the attack on the Chinese Consulate in 2018.

Security forces picked up Hafiz, son of Bashir Ahmad, from his home in Absar, Kech district. His whereabouts are still unknown,

June 11, 2022

The mutilated dead body of Yasin Bugti was found in the eastern bypass area of Quetta. The security forces picked him up on January 19, 2016, from Nashonas colony, Quetta. He was registered in the list of missing persons presented in the national assembly of Pakistan.

A local death squad picked up two brothers, Irshad and Sharafat, from their home in Issai village of Panjgur. They are still missing.

June 12, 2022

Saqib Zehri, a Khuzdar Engineering University postgraduate student, became the victim of enforced disappearances.

Unidentified members of a death squad abducted Azum, son of Nabi Bakhsh, Nader, son of Rahim Bakhsh and Muslim, son of Hamid, and Amin, son of Ahmad, from the Sibdan area of Kec district.

June 14, 2022

Security forces handed over the tortured and mutilated body of Amin, son of Ahmad. The death squad members abducted him on June 12, 2022, from village Sidbdan, district Kech.

June 21, 2022

The mutilated and tortured dead body of Hassan, son of Hashim, has been discovered near Absar village of Kech district. He was missing for some days.

June 23, 2022

Security forces accompanied by members of the local death squad abducted Khalil, son of Jalil and Jeehand, son of Khalil from Gwadar. The bullet-ridden dead body of Junaid, son of Allah Bakhsh, was recovered on June 25, 2022. The whereabouts of Khalil, a Turbat University student, are still unknown.

June 25, 2022

The relatives of the Baloch missing persons are examining the reports of unidentified dead bodies found in various areas of Lahore. According to reports in Pakistani media, 55 bodies appear to be from outside Punjab. Therefore, there is fear that these bodies might be of the Baloch missing persons. If the reports are confirmed, this will be the second-largest number of mutilated bodies of the Baloch missing persons after discovering mass graves in the Khuzdar district in 2012.

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