Missing Baloch journalist found dead in Karachi

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Published: August 22, 2013
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Baloch had gone missing in a restive part of the city of Karachi five months ago. PHOTO: FILE

Baloch had gone missing in a restive part of the city of Karachi five months ago. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: A body found dumped on the outskirts of Karachi was on Thursday identified as that of a journalist who had gone missing from Lyari five months ago.

Two bodies were found on Tuesday in the west of the city, and a piece of paper found on one suggested that he was missing journalist Haji Abdul Razzaq Baloch, who was associated with the Baloch Urdu-language daily Tawar.

The body, however, bore so many torture marks that his relatives needed several trips to the mortuary before they could confirm its identity.

“His face was not recognisable but his arms and feet made us recognise his body,” said Saeeda Sarbazi, Razzaq’s sister.

Razzaq, 42, was an ethnic Baloch and worked as a subeditor at the Daily Tawar (Voice). He had gone missing in late March after finishing his day’s duties.

Sindh provincial information minister Sharjeel Memon said that authorities were “trying to collect information” on the case.

Human rights groups say hundreds have been detained, killed or gone missing as government forces try to crush the uprising by Baloch groups.

Earlier this year, the media campaign group Reporters Without Borders wrote to the Pakistani government urging it to end “abuses” by state intelligence agencies accused of abducting and killing journalists.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Jat
    Aug 22, 2013 - 8:55PM

    Genocide and merciless killing of Baloch people continues. The result will be the same as in 1970-71.

    Just as with Bengalis, the educated and intellectuals are being specifically picked, tortured and killed.

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  • amir
    Aug 22, 2013 - 9:39PM

    @Jat:
    More balochs are living outside Balochistan than inside. Even president Zardari is Baloch.
    This baloch journalist who is killed was resident of Karachi. Don’t mix it with balochistan situation.

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  • muttahida
    Aug 23, 2013 - 2:45AM

    agree with amir

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  • Arzoo
    Sep 20, 2013 - 6:33PM

    @Amir & @Muttahida: Question still remains who killed Haji Abdul Razzaq Baloch and why??? He was not a politician and he was not a gangster; he was a journalist. What was he writing that displeased someone enough to murder him? We are constantly hearing about State Agencies behind these disappearances and murders. Someone needs to investigate and inform the public as to what is happening. May he rest in peace and may his family have strength to bear this loss. Even words are not enough in situations like these to express our sorrow.

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