Staggering violence: With 621 deaths in 2011, violence in Balochistan continues to rise

Published: February 20, 2012

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

ISLAMABAD: A total of 231 bullet-riddled bodies were found by roadsides in Balochistan in 2011, said a report launched here on Sunday.

Of these, according to Balochistan government’s Home Department estimation, the bodies of 196 missing persons were recovered mostly from Baloch-dominated districts of the province including Quetta, Sibi, Kalat, Mekran, Nasirabad and Zhob, said the report.

Titled “Balochistan’s Maze of Violence” and compiled by the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS), the report states that 621 people died during the course of the year in a show of staggering violence in the province.

According to the report, 281 people were shot in different incidents of target killings and firings, 68 fell prey to two deadly suicide attacks while bomb blasts and landmine explosions obliterated 120 others.

The military, in a statement, said that foreign hands were involved in the volatile region’s brewing violence.

“But we do not have evidence to support this claim. In light of the history of insurgency exploitation in the region, it is quite possible but is still just an assumption,” said CRSS Chief Executive Imtiaz Gul. He added that the security situation in Balochistan continues to aggravate with the passage of time, despite the government’s efforts to curtail the spiral.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan estimates that 6,000 people are still missing. The Balochistan government estimates that 117 people lost their lives in 20 incidents of sectarian violence, 92 of them Shias from Hazara community, who mostly live in and around Quetta city, according to the report.

During 2011, the militants’ relentless skirmishes with security forces resulted in the killing of 218 men belonging to the Frontier Corps, police and Levies. The Baloch Republican Army and Balochistan Liberation front claimed responsibility for most attacks.

The violence continued into 2012 too, with 60 people losing their lives in different incidents of violence in January, said the report.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 20th, 2012.

Reader Comments (8)

  • H
    Feb 20, 2012 - 10:53AM

    dear if bullet riddled body found there may be 3 ,2 bullet to kill a man

    any many many cases bullet ridlled body found with 30 bullets

    dont you thing its foriegn hand.

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  • I
    Feb 20, 2012 - 12:21PM

    @H:
    30 bullets mean foreign hand?

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  • AJ
    Feb 20, 2012 - 3:55PM

    It pains me to see how the rampant sectarianism that has plagued the province since early 2000s has now become part of wider missing persons case and struggle for free Balochistan.

    Express Tribune, why put a big Baloch missing persons image on a report that is about general violence in the province?

    Thousands that have been targeted by the LeJ and thier associated terrorists are just ignored. SHAME!!!

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  • Cautious
    Feb 20, 2012 - 4:37PM

    621 deaths are bad — over 6,000 missing (and probably dead) is staggering. One can only hope that at some point in the future the people responsible for this will be held accountable — there is no statue of limitation on genocide and being part of “the establishment” doesn’t get you a free pass anywhere outside of Pakistan. The Americans’ should have brought up this issue earlier.

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  • Ali Mardan
    Feb 20, 2012 - 5:15PM

    Balochistan issue has never taken seriously be it Provincial Government or its Federal. All government machinery from bottom to top is engaged in corruption. CM Balochistan who instead of taking responsibility of law and order situation, offers truck load of tissue paper to the victims of target killings. Innocent people are getting killed every day like stray dogs and there is no government apparatus to protect the civilians. Recommend

  • Baloch
    Feb 20, 2012 - 10:29PM

    The sacrifices won’t go in vain. Azaad Balochistan

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  • Azhar
    Feb 20, 2012 - 10:41PM

    we will make every death count..

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  • sherlock holmes baloch
    Feb 21, 2012 - 6:33PM

    I

    pakistan army is dieing at hand of taliban,why they waste 30 bullets on anyone

    its foreign hand.

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