Balochistan: Eight innocent people killed in Kohistan Marri and Dera Bugti offensives

Sunday, August 6th, 2017 01:25 pm


QUETTA:  Pakistani FC and army have been carrying out joint military offensives in Dera Bugti and Kohistan Marri region of Balochistan from past three consecutive days. At least eight people including two children and two women have been killed and several others wounded.

The Baloch Liberation Army spokesperson, Azad Baloch, informed media sources on Friday that Pakistani forces have started fresh military offensives in different areas of Kohistan Marri in Balochistan on Thursday.

The Pakistani army and para military have laid a siege around different areas including Jannatali Lop, Sekhain, Galo, Padkae, Soren Kaor and Seyahkoh, and started a search operation in the besieged areas.

According to the BLA statement, at least 25 military vehicles backed by gunship helicopters took part in the offensives.

The ground forces opened indiscriminate firing at unarmed civilians whereas the helicopters continued shelling on villages killing at least six people including two children, two women and two men. Several other people have been wounded.

The Pakistani forces have also abducted at least five innocent persons during their offensives. The identity of the killed abducted people could not be ascertained immediately.

The BLA spokesperson said that Pakistan forces have laid a blockade around affected areas and people are not being allowed to take their wounded loved ones for treatment. “We fear that the number of casualties may rise by the passage of time.”

He said the Pakistani forces set several houses and huts of nomads on fire.

Dera Bugti: The tortured dead body of a man was found in a graveyard near Nawab Akbar Bugti fort in Dera Bugti Balochistan on Tuesday (1st August 2017).

The dead body was later recognised as that of Majid Bugti, a school teacher, who was abducted by Pakistani security forces on Monday (31 July 2017) from Dera Bugti.

Majid Bugti belonged to the Rahija branch of Bugti tribe and was the brother of a tribal elder Mr Mubarek Bugti. He was also a close aid of Nawab Akbar Bugti.

Also, on Tuesday the dead a previously abducted 18-year-old student, Kamal Khan son of Gull Hassan Bugti, was found in Mastung Balochistan.

According to details, Kamal Khan was abducted by Pakistani forces with the help of their local agents from Quetta.

On July 31, a dead body was found in Mastung which was later identified as Kamal Khan Bugti with the help of his student ID card. He was a resident of Dera Bugti and Pakistani forces have already abducted and killed another three members of his family.

Meanwhile on Saturday 5 August 2017, Pakistani forces killed another two persons during the third consecutive day of military offensives in Dera Bugti.

The victims belong to Saidani Bugti tribe but their identity could not be confirmed immediately.

Earlier, the Pakistani military forces launched a grand-scale military operation in different areas of Dera Bugti including Wago, Doe and Chabdar.

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