Pakistan unleashes fresh wave of terror in Balochistan: report

10 September 2016

Pakistan, which last year created an army division with more than 10,000 troops to fight Baloch separatists, is reported to have launched a fresh wave of military operations across the restive region.

Reports quoting Baloch Republican Party representative Abdul Nawaz Bugti's statement at the United Nations Human Rights Council said that Pakistani forces have unleashed a fresh wave of attacks on civilians in Balochistan.

Exposing Pakistan's brutality, Bugti said 19 Baloch civilians, including women and children, all belonging to the same family, were recently abducted.

He further said that the civilians in Dera Bugti, Baloch have also been attacked.

The Baloch Republican Party leader further claimed that Pakistani forces have attacked Baloch civilians in many parts of Nasirabad district.

Bugti also said an innocent Baloch man was killed during an operation in Dera Bugti while in the Turbat area, a political worker's house is under siege for the past four days.

Bugti appealed to the international media to raises their voice and help save Balochistan from inhuman atrocities of Pakistan.

Recently, Balochistan's representative at UNHRC Mehran Mari had accused Pakistan of committing war crimes against Baloch people and urged the international community to penalise Islamabad for its alleged human rights violations in the Baloch and Sindh regions.

PM Nawaz Sharif, Army Chief Raheel Sharif, ISI DG and others are war criminals and they must be arrested whenever they leave Pakistan, Mari had said.

Activists say Pakistani atrocities against the locals in Balochistan have increased, ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for action against Islamabad for atrocities against Balochs.

In his address from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of 70th Independence Day, PM Modi hit out at Pakistan for "glorifying" terrorists.

PM Modi in his I-Day speech came out openly in support of "freedom" for Balochistan and "PoK."

Balochs are opposed to Chinese construction of an ''economic corridor'' linking China with Pakistan's coast, which is of no use to them. On the other hand, construction in the region destabilises its ecology and caused the death of at least 44 workers since 2014.

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a $46 billion network of roads, railways and energy pipelines linking western China to a deep-water port on Pakistan's Arabian Sea coast, which passes through Pakistan's resource-rich Baluchistan province.

Pakistani officials say they have taken tough measures to quell local opposition where ethnic Baluch separatists have battled the government for years.

In fact, Pakistan last year created an army division, believed to number more than 10,000 troops, to focus specifically on protecting CPEC projects.

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