Ripples of terror: Balochistan rocked by another dead leader’s body, blasts

Published: February 14, 2012

Families of missing persons protesting. PHOTO: NASEEM JAMES/FILE

QUETTA: 

The inferno in Balochistan intensified on Monday. As the flames leapt higher, more bodies were discovered and explosions continued to claim innocent lives.

The day began with the discovery of a body dumped near Turbat – mutilated and shot 30 times in the head and chest.

The body was of Baloch Republican Party (BRP) leader Sangat Sana – missing since December 8, 2008. Sangat had been whisked away from the Kolpur area in Bolan.

More horrors would follow.

A remote-controlled explosion on a motorcycle ripped through a security checkpoint in Dera Murad Jamali later in the day. Security personnel escaped with their lives, but two children were killed.

Security personnel, however, would not escape another attack – this time near Chattar in Nasirabad district. Two personnel of the Balochistan Constabulary (BC) were killed and two others sustained injuries when a group of armed men ambushed a check post.

Later, almost as if to even things out, yet another ‘missing’ person’s body was found near Mand.

Sana’s body

Official sources said that Sana’s body was found near Murgab by some passers-by, who informed the nearby Levies station. The body was shifted to the Turbat District Headquarters Hospital, where locals identified the deceased.

“The victim received over 30 bullets on his chest and hands,” an official of the Turbat police revealed.

Balochistan Levies said they have launched an investigation into the incident. But clearly Sana’s family don’t buy into it. Sana’s father has joined the hunger strike underway outside the Karachi Press Club.

Meanwhile, another missing person’s body was found near the Mand area by the region’s Levies force on a tip-off. The body was identified as Zardad, son of Akbar Khan, a resident of Kohistan, who was a fund collector for local religious seminaries in Mand.

In the aftermath of Sana’s killing, the BRP, Baloch National Movement (BNM) and Baloch Students Organisation announced a three-day shutterdown strike and a four-day mourning period in protest.

Explosion, check post attack

Official security sources said that unidentified persons fitted explosives on a motorcycle and parked it at the main road near Bakra Mandi in Dera Murad Jamali. The device was detonated when a police patrol van passed by the area.

As a result, two children walking in the area, reportedly aged between 10 to 12 years, died on the spot. The police vehicle was also destroyed in the attack. “It was a remote-controlled blast and police have launched a manhunt in the area,” a senior police official stated.

The Baloch Republican Army, a banned militant outfit, claimed the responsibility for the attack. A spokesperson of the BRA, who identified himself as Sarbaz Baloch, called reporters from an undisclosed location and said that the organisation had planted the remote control device.

DM Jamali police said the target of the attack was the police van that was patrolling the area and investigations have been launched.

In the other incident, near Chattar in Nasirabad district two personnel of the BC were killed and two others sustained injuries when a group of armed men ambushed a check post.

According to officials, a group of men armed with automatic weapons encircled a check post set up by the BC in the Shahenshah Kundi area and opened fire at the personnel manning the check post.

As a result, BC Sub-Inspector Wahid Bhaksh and Constable Baddar Uddin received multiple bullet wounds and died on the spot while two others were critically wounded. There was no report of causalities on the part of the attackers. No group had claimed responsibility for this attack till this report was filed.

(Read: Saving Balochistan)

Published in The Express Tribune, February 14th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (26)

  • random
    Feb 14, 2012 - 6:57AM

    Enough of this silly killing.the state does not have any right what so ever to take into custody peaceful citizens of Pakistan. Instead of focussing on the grievances of bloc we are killing them. ..

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  • Feb 14, 2012 - 7:37AM

    Baloch are living in Sindh and the Punjab, but tragedy is they would not allow others to live in Balochistan !
    Is not there logic illogical on the part of Balochis to resist the development of Gwadar as they fear it will result in migration of people from other provinces?

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  • Harry Stone
    Feb 14, 2012 - 7:40AM

    Just one more act of state sponsor terror that will never be solved.

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  • Farhan Khan
    Feb 14, 2012 - 8:31AM

    Baloch are Not ENEMIES. They are just Angry Brothers who turned violent as they have always been deprived of their rights. Don’t kill them. You don’t need to defeat them. You just need to win Hearts and Trust.

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  • balochibaloch
    Feb 14, 2012 - 9:24AM

    Pakistan should immediately apologise to the people of Balochistan. Also to avoid further loss of lives of punjabi army they should start process of granting freedom to Balochistan.

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  • Pakistani Baloch(ashamed)
    Feb 14, 2012 - 9:58AM

    Balochis don’t hate Pakistan. Its apparent disproportionate representation of Punjab at all levels in Army or government that is driving them towards independence.
    Free Balochistan!

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  • asad
    Feb 14, 2012 - 10:25AM

    @ navid, balochis are as much the indigenous people of indus as sindhis therefore patronising them and saying they are allowed to live in sindh is pathetic. the state is responsible for spilling blood. if PTI can justify suicide bombings as a ramification of drone attacks than clearly same logic can be applied to tit for tat between the liberation army and the pakistan army.

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  • Baloch
    Feb 14, 2012 - 10:35AM

    30 bullets – Has the army gone crazy in rage for Americans having a congressional meeting on Human Rights abuse in Balochistan?

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  • Zeta
    Feb 14, 2012 - 11:42AM

    I laugh at the above comments supposedly from Balochis ( We know very well who these people are – ofcourse none other than insecure trolling indians).

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  • Baloch
    Feb 14, 2012 - 11:49AM

    We won’t forget your brutal killing Sangat Sana. Azaad Balochistan

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  • ahmed baloch
    Feb 14, 2012 - 12:04PM

    We want free baloochistan… Pls don’t kill us.. we are not fool.. we know what we want…

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  • logic
    Feb 14, 2012 - 12:11PM

    30 bullets on his chest and hands

    2 bullets make man dead ,its foreign hand

    somebody trying to prove hard army behind when whole world is seeing balochistan why will army shoot him

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  • Askani
    Feb 14, 2012 - 12:49PM

    May i know, on which Pakistani news channel can i watch the detailed report of this incident that a Baloch leader’s dead body was recovered with 30 bullets in the chest?????

    Whatever happens in Balochistan, the news remains limited only till a few English newspapers of Pakistan…………. And later they say the BALOCHIS are our Brothers.
    Did U.S, Israil or India shoot the 30 bullets or A PROTECTOR OF ISLAM AND PAKISTAN???

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  • YagiBaloch
    Feb 14, 2012 - 2:33PM

    Pakistan govt. lost there mind after only one meeting in U.S about independence Balochistan.
    a man who disappear in 8th December 2008 and shot died with 30 bullets. can anyone imagine what they did with him in those 3 years??

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  • Baloch Student
    Feb 14, 2012 - 2:40PM

    Pakistan born from Muslims blood and living on it!! The Baloch are aware that their country is occupaied and divided, they will not stop their fight for freedom. Keep killing us, we are awake more and more!

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  • Feb 14, 2012 - 7:06PM

    see logic comment how true
    why anybody shoot 30 bullets are pakistanis mad that they dont know 1 bullet has killed him

    foreign hand wanted to show how 30 bullets killed him

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  • Rehan
    Feb 14, 2012 - 7:54PM

    What I do not understand is that if dead bodies are giving a bad name to ‘agencies’, why are they dumping the bodies and not surreptitiously burying them? Anyone has an answer?

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  • pakistanibaloch
    Feb 14, 2012 - 8:01PM

    @Pakistani Baloch(ashamed):
    balochistan will be free when khalistan,kasmire,assam and manipur will free ….

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  • Sami Baloch
    Feb 14, 2012 - 10:38PM

    Bullets never change the ideas. A man shot with 30 bullets, a good gift from this country to Baloch. And still this state says ” no violation of human rights.

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  • Harry Stone
    Feb 15, 2012 - 4:20AM

    @Sami Baloch:
    It is about PAK national integrity.

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  • Fakhir
    Feb 15, 2012 - 7:15AM

    Hello all,

    Its not the Pak army, its not the Baloch, Its no one else but CIA.

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  • free balochistan
    Feb 15, 2012 - 7:51AM

    @pakistanibaloch(shameless):
    haha, you are really a funny guy. really enjoyed.
    first stop killing balochistanis.

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  • kala_bacha
    Feb 15, 2012 - 8:56AM

    I felt bad for the person who brutally murdered by someone who are truly inhumane and don’t carry the courage to face the reality on the other end how many my Indians brother are portraying with baloch name and writing comments in this sections. Soon ET about to IP locatioc in the comments sections then I will count how many are true baloch!

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  • Rajendra Rana
    Feb 15, 2012 - 1:28PM

    @pakistanibaloch:
    If Bangladesh has got freedom then Baluchistan will also get freedom.It only matter of time

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  • Jamshed
    Feb 16, 2012 - 6:46AM

    In Pakistan poor people don’t have rights.It’s not just baloch.It’s true with all under privilaged sections across all ethnicities. Unfortunately, in balochistan, the government had dealt with these sardars and nawabs just like the british in order to maintain control over the land. We should have eliminated the sardars/nawabs, and brought the ordinary baloch under the flag of pakistan, as a free citizen ,unlike the slave that he is right now.

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  • ET Reader
    Feb 16, 2012 - 10:57AM

    Only Pakistan Zindabad

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