10 Baloch men ‘abducted’ by Pak security forces in Quetta

New Delhi (NVI): Pakistani security forces have detained 10 persons from a family in Kahan area of Quetta city, in what seems to be yet another instance of enforced disappearances of Baloch people in the country.

According to The Balochistan Post, these 10 men were arrested by Pakistan security forces in Kahan area of Quetta city last night who raided their house and harassed women and children.

The family members, in a statement, have said that they were sleeping at 1:30 am when suddenly a heavy contingent of Pakistani security forces raided their house. “They called the 10 people in the house by names and whisked them away,” they said.

They have appealed to the authorities including Chief Minister of Balochistan, Interior Minister, Pakistan High Court and Supreme Court to order their release.

“We have nothing to do with any political organization. After the abduction of all the men in our house, women and children have become helpless. We appeal to the Chief Minister of Balochistan, the Interior Minister of Balochistan, the Supreme Court and the High Court to recover our loved ones and provide us justice”, a family member was quoted in the statement as saying by the Balochistan Post.

Enforced disappearances of Baloch people are quite common in Pakistan and the family members of such persons are waiting for years for their loved ones.

Many Human Rights experts have noted that Pakistan doesn’t follow its constitution and laws while dealing with the Baloch people and rather detain them at undisclosed places in inhuman conditions. Extra-judicial killing, mysterious disappearance is the fate of those who oppose the Pakistan military there.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has appealed to the Pakistan government to stop these transgressions. But Pakistan has done nothing to address the situation and rather treated Baloch people as separatists.

It is pertinent to mention here that Balochistan’s struggle for freedom has continued for almost seven decades now as it regards itself as a separate territory that has been forcibly occupied by Pakistan.

-ARK