Pak army bombards Baloch civilians using helicopter gunships, mortars

at 5:54 pm
Pic courtesy: The Balochistan Post

New Delhi (NVI): Pakistani army is using helicopter gunships, firing mortar shells and torching houses of civilians in Balochistan, in continued human rights violations.

The military operation by the Pakistan army, which started in several areas of Bolan on December 27, has been intensified, reports The Balochistan Post. Baloch National Movement (BNM) has condemned the “severe Pakistani brutalities” that are being faced by a vast area in Balochistan.

The Pakistani troops are indiscriminately firing mortar rounds into the civilian areas in Bolan. TBP has reported that the indiscriminate offensive is targeting villages and hamlets of local farmers and livestock farmers.

According to the Baloch news portal, the operation by Pakistan army is underway in Buzgar, Garang, Yakho, Uch Kamaan, Chesan, Porh and Mian Kaor areas of Bolan. Apart from that, ground forces of Pakistani military have also been seen advancing in Jhalawan, Panki, Luni, Mezdaari and other areas of Harnai, as per the news report.

Multiple houses were torched by Pakistani military personnel in Bolan yesterday.

Not only this, but several areas in Bolan are under complete siege of Pakistani army. Some civilians have also been taken away by the Pakistani security forces and their whereabouts remain unknown, TBP reported. At least 15 of these detainees have been identified by the new portal, who are either local farmers or livestock owners.

As per Baloch National Movement (BNM), that has been fighting for the liberation of the Baloch nation, civilians of Mach and Bolan are under severe siege, with complete stoppage of communication and transportation systems.

BNM spokesperson Dil Murad Baloch told TBP said that 15 persons have gone missing just from Shahrag area.

Meanwhile, the Baloch body has also expressed concern on the silence of environmental organisations as Pakistani military set ablaze vast swathes of forests in Gharbugh and Sajwal areas of Bolan.

“This is immensely detrimental for the wildlife and nature, with long-lasting harmful impacts on the ecosystem. However, similar to the inactions of human rights groups, the environmental organisations have also kept their silence on the issue, which is a matter of great concern,” Dil Murad Baloch was quoted as saying by the Balochistan Post.

-ARK