New Delhi: A brutal crackdown seems to have taken place in Pakistan’s disturbed border province of Balochistan after Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the human rights violations there in his August 15 Independence Day address. The toll of dead and missing people has witnessed a sharp surge, with at least 67 dead and over 150 reported missing in August alone, local activists and multiple well-informed sources with access to inside information have averred. According to these sources, the latest death was of 10-year-old Sudees of Khuzdar tehsil on August 30. Earlier, a youth named Amaan from the Mand area of Kech district, was shot on August 28 in a Pakistan Army offensive. Fifteen bodies, some “mutilated beyond recognition”, were recovered over the August 27-28 weekend from different areas of Dera Bugti.
“We had documented total 66 extra judicial killings as of Sunday (August 28) evening. Forces buried bodies of three civilians in Sui region on Sunday night. Twelve more bodies were buried without any last rites by Pakistani forces in Anayat Shah Darbar area of Dera Bugti a night before. The bodies were later recovered by locals,” Zamuran Baloch, a journalist-activist working underground and a member of the banned Balochistan Journalist Forum (BJF), said. Adding that none of the deaths or abductions were reported by a “widely censored” Pakistani media, he said dozens, including Aslam Majeed, a student from Atta Shad College in Turbat city of Kech district, were taken away by Frontier Corps (FC) of the Pakistan Army on Saturday. “Frontier Corps generally abducts people while the Death Squad, a religious militia that has the army’s support, often kills people in full public view,” said Hafsa Baloch.IANS
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