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Forced disappearances in Balochistan: ‘Released people went missing in this government’

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Khan Sasoli, a young man from Nowski, Balochistan, was released last year after ten years. He was forcibly disappeared in July 2009 and now after released he has taken his silence. In the current government those missing persons were released, from them he is the one who has missed for the longest time.

Missing Persons Returning is Political Need

Voice of Baloch Missing Persons, an organization active in the recovery of missing persons in Balochistan, claims that only about 275 people have returned so far according to the available list which they have.

Sardar Aktar Mengal, the head of Balochistan National Party presented the list of 5128 missing persons in his first address to National assembly. And one of the six points offered for the conditional support of Imran Khan’s government was that to return of the missing persons.

In the present government, the return of the missing has begun, but this process is also seen as political necessity.

Sardar Akhtar Mengal was told the BBC that from this time 500 people had returned to their homes but sporadic only one of them had returned from the list which they submitted.

He says, “It is the tradition of this country that when one misses a job then it is needed. After the budget session of this financial year, 450 people have returned and after that 52 peoples have been released.”

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The majority of the survivors disappeared in this government

A review of a list of 275 persons available to the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons reveals that the majority of them – 101 people – went missing in the current government period, half of 2018 and 2019, and a few months later. Released. However, the majority of the missing persons have not yet been recovered.

Asghar Baloch is also counted among the missing persons who were allegedly missed in the first phase, in the year 2000. His nephew Nasrullah Baloch protested against the uncle’s disappearance. With the other victims, the Voice for Missing Persons was set up. Neither is his uncle includ with them.

Human Rights Commission Balochistan coordinator Farid Shahwani says the return of missing persons is a positive development but it is accelerating and sometimes slowing down. Only 53 people have recovered in this year but those who are returning The majority is the ones who were raised in 2018 and 2019.

Unhappy with the Survivor Commission Allegations of forced disappearances started in Pakistan Since 2000, almost 10 years after the commission was set up to detect forced disappearances in 2011, the commission has heard requests in several cities in four provinces and claims on its website It has been reported that 1977 missing persons have returned to their homes.

According to the commission’s data, as of December 2019, more than 6500 people were reported missing, out of which 4365 were disposed of, 872 were removed from the list, 3500 were tracked, 501 were in prisons and 810 in concentration camps. Are detained.

About the disappearance of the Commission, the body claims that 205 of the missing persons have been found, while human rights organizations say the number is several times higher. According to the HRSP 2017 report 90 missing bodies were found in one year

Voice of Baloch Missing Persons says that the present government of Balochistan offered them during their negotiations that they make a committee on the list presented or handed over to the commission, but the relatives of the missing persons opposed it because of the commission. Performance is in front of everyone. It has not made any support.

Balochistan government is also trying

When Balochistan National Party chief Akhtar Mengal raised the issue of disappearances in the National Assembly, his move was praised at the political level in the province, resulting in political pressure on his political opponent, Jamal Kamal.

According to Nasrullah Baloch, Jamal told him that he would take the list provided to the heads of the Prime Minister and other entities, including the Army Chief, after a meeting with him after a long meeting.

He says, ‘Jamal Kamal informed that the Army Chief has said that to get a certified list will be implemented, we have given him a list of 450 people, of which close to half have been recovered. Earlier, when Dr Abdul Malik spoke to Baloch and Aslam Raisani, his reply was that it was not in our bus. ‘

Provincial Home Minister Zia Lango was also present at the meeting between the Balochistan government and the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons, speaking to the BBC, who said the organization initially presented a list of 290 people when it made progress. People’s confidence grew up and this list increased. Even the number has reached 350 of which close to 300 people have returned and the government is trying to get the rest back.

He says’ Great game was going on in Balochistan. Agencies from three countries are active and our agencies are working, so the question arises as to where did they go on parole of an external agency; If they are passing through, they will be left behind.

Forced disappearance of 1216 people in PTI government.
In the 17 months of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s rule in the country, there have been 1216 cases of forced disappearance, according to the commission’s data on forced disappearance from August to December of 2018, 416 during 2018 and 800 more in 2019. Complaints of forced disappearance have been filed.

Human Rights Commission Balochistan coordinator Farid Shahwani says forced disappearances are not ongoing but reports of these incidents are diminishing now.

Farid says, “Those who are returning are not ready to talk. They take the shore. In Panjgur and Turbat, there have been instances where those who were missed were released and later raised again.”

Pakistan’s human rights chief Shereen Mazari has said that an FIR will be filed forcibly disappeared, the government is also making legislation, but BNP chief Sardar Akhtar Mengal says so far. There is no one case in which an FIR of forced disappearance has been filed.

They have gone to the mountains, not missing Federal Interior Minister Ejaz Shah claims that there is no problem of Missing Persons at present. Balochistan has a tradition that when they fight they go to the mountains, they are not missing persons.

Ijaz Shah says, ‘There is a great deal of confusion in the figures. How many people are forcibly lost, I don’t even have their exact numbers. Agencies have different numbers, police, civil administration and political leadership have separate numbers, we are listening to any complaint, but this is no longer an issue. All efforts are being made to resolve the old cases, some have been detected in Sindh and some in Balochistan.

The Human Rights Commission in its review report on Balochistan in October last year also mentioned the disappearance of women and children from Dera Bugti and Awaran, the report recommended that the federal and provincial governments ensure the recovery of all missing persons. Legislation should be made to punish forcible disappearance and punish those involved.

The report has been published in BBC urdu on Sunday and has been translated from Urdu to English by the team of Current Balochistan.

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