Murders in Balochistan: I blame the government

With kidnappings and subsequent killings on the rise, how can anyone feel safe in this province?

Shezad Baloch March 16, 2011

A friend of mine left Quetta for his hometown in Turbat recently without informing anyone.

After reaching home, he re-established contact with the lot of us. Upon being asked as to why he would just get up and leave without telling any of us, he simply said it was for security purposes.

According to him, many of his friends in the past had been whisked away from their homes in Turbat, Gwadar and Panjgur and are currently listed as ‘missing persons’. He clearly did not want a similar fate. And rightly so, I might add.

Given the volatile situation in the province, with kidnappings on the rise and subsequent killings, how can anyone be expected to feel anything other than completely insecure?

The same friend cited an incident about one of his friends who was kidnapped on December 28 last year while he was on his way home. His body was later found along with that of the Baloch Students Organisation leader Qambar Chakar’s, near a seasonal river in Kech district. The deceased was a sub-editor at a monthly Baloch magazine Darwanth.

Today, a deep-rooted sense of uncertainty prevails within every individual in Balochistan, regardless of their profession or political affiliation.

As of last July, as many as 100 bullet-riddled bodies of missing persons have been uncovered in desolate areas throughout the province. The whereabouts of a number of missing are still unknown.

Federal as well as provincial governments, along with the judiciary, have yet to resolve the lingering issue.

Whatever the reasons may be for the kidnappings or the killings, the responsibility of it all lies with the government, the law enforcers and the judiciary. We are counting on them to restore peace in the severely unstable region.

Shezad Baloch A research journalist and former Express Tribune correspondent. He tweets as @shezadbaloch (
The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necassarily reflect the views and policies of the Express Tribune.


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Liberty | 13 years ago | Reply @Deen / Tuqi; Please stop your occupying & suppressing tactics - Balochs / Balochistan have thousands year of history as a nation and independent country which was occupied by dominated Punjabis PORKISTAN whereas PORKISTAN an illusionary state just emerged on the world map by their MATSERS(British) and this illusionary state INSHA'ALLAH will never become a nation since the dominant panjabis treating the rest of the nations as their slaves following the trend of their MASTERS, for that the creation of BANGLADESH as a real nation on the world map just after two decades of this ruthless illusionary state creation can be referred as a live example. And soon INSHA’ALLAH the rest of the suppressed nations will be free from you tyrant occupiers – the Punjabis ; Its really disgusting as you Panjabi’s since the creation of this ruthless state using religion as a tool to keep the rest of the nations as your colonies & slaves and you proved to the world in 70’s that how religious or good Muslims you are BY RAPING MORE THAN TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND (2 LACS) BENGALI WOMEN and KILLING 1.24 MILLION (MORE THAN 12 LACS) BENGALIS that’s what your Panjabi army did with Bengalis because they raised their voices for their rights and the Bengalis were one of the founder & stake holder in the creation of PORKISTAN joined PORKISTAN by their will but then the result came in 70’s in terms of the Panjabi army brutalities they did with Bengalis more than what Hitler did and Israel doing in Palestine, still you call PORKISTAN a nation and still you portray yourselves the best in Muslims or leader of Muslims – SHAME ON YOU. Now you cannot hide your face in the cover of “ISLAM” and “PORKISTAN NATION” because you panjabis are only the OCCUPIERS and the OCCUPIERS don’t have any religion, they just use the name of religion as a justification to keep the rest of the nations as their colonies but the time is now over soon this illusionary state will be eliminated from the world map and the oppressed nations will gain their liberty and will emerge as an Independent nations on the world map, practically PORKISTAN has already been fallen down and soon will be wiped out from the world map as its only a days matter since only now its surviving after his death because of the temporary oxygen being provided by US as AIDS to this tyrant state of panjabis. Keep the PORKISTAN with you, we don’t need it and STOP your shameful colonizing & occupying tactics as LIBERTY is every human being and all nations’ right, and soon INSHA’ALLAH we the oppressed nations will be liberated from Panjabis like Bengalis after 25 years of your illusionary creation. Therefor; the Baloch’s please don’t expect any kind of act of humanity from these tyrant panjabis after knowing what they did with Bengal and then later how they have destroyed Afghanistan.
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