Pakistan Military butchering Balochistan civilians: Human Rights Activist

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Pakistani forces have intensified military operations across the restive #Balochistan province and killed dozens of civilians in the ongoing operations with many more abducted. Pakistan is using tanks, mortars and US-made F-16 state of the art combat aircrafts to attack Balochistan towns.

On the other hand, US lawmakers have expressed frustration in Pakistan’s selective nature in taking actions against terrorist networks, saying that there exists “duplicity” in America’s relations with Pakistan.

“The Government of Pakistan knows where the leaders of the Haqqani network live…The Pakistan Army knows exactly where these Haqqani networks and their families are,” Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Senator Bob Corker said during a Congressional hearing on Thursday.

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In his remarks, Corker alleged that the Pakistan Army is not willing to take out terrorist networks the Haqqani network in particular, who have now moved to the suburban areas.

However, Pakistan is using its massive military force to crush rebellion in Balochistan. “In many parts of Nasirabad District (of Balochistan province), Pak forces have carried out attacks. Baloch civilians have been harassed and many have been abducted,” said Abdul Nawaz Bugti, Baloch Republican Party’s representative at the United Nations Human Rights Council. He has called on the international community to take steps to stop Islamabad’s human rights abuses in Balochistan.

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“In different parts of Dera Bugti, Baloch civil populace have been attacked and more than 19 Baloch civilians, including women and children, all belonging to same family have been abducted,” Bugti told media in a video message.

He also said Pakistani security personnel were practically laying siege to the house of a political worker in the Turbat area for four days. “His family, mostly women and children, is starving and Pakistani forces have denied access to them,” Bugti said.

He had earlier tweeted that Pakistani forces use such tactics to compel Baloch political activists who have gone underground to resurface. They are then abducted, tortured or killed, he alleged.

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Abdul Nawaz Bugti’s Twitter timeline is filled with tweets that are updates of the actions of Pakistani security personnel in Balochistan.

Also on his timeline are discussions on whether the fresh wave of military operations against Baloch people is a result of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mention of Pakistan’s human rights abuses in Balochistan.