Grisly find: Suspected mass grave discovered in Khuzdar

Published: January 26, 2014
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Law enforcement personnel cordon off the area, begin exhuming the bodies. PHOTO: FILE

Law enforcement personnel cordon off the area, begin exhuming the bodies. PHOTO: FILE

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Provincial authorities on Saturday discovered a suspected mass grave containing an unspecified number of bodies in Khuzdar district of Balochistan. Most of the bodies — which appear to be a month old — are decomposed beyond recognition.

“The Balochistan Levies received information about the presence of human remains in the Tutak area of Khuzdar,” Assistant Commissioner Afzal Sarpara told The Express Tribune. “A levies unit was sent to the area which found human remains.”

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The Levies personnel searched the area and discovered a suspected mass grave. “There could be eight to nine bodies in the grave,” said Khuzdar Deputy Commissioner Waheed Shah, adding that the law enforcement personnel had cordoned off the area and had begun exhuming the bodies.

Balochistan Levies official Gulam Nabi said two bodies were shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ).

“The bodies are decomposed beyond recognition. DNA tests can help identify them,” he told The Express Tribune. Medics at the DHQ said the bodies were a month old and have been partly mauled by wild animals.Deputy Commissioner Shah said that they would dig around for more human remains at the mass grave site on Sunday.

“We do not know who they are and who killed them,” he said of the bodies. “It’s inhuman. We have started investigations.”

Relatives of the missing persons speculated that the bodies could be of their loved ones.

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“We fear these bodies are of the missing persons. The superior judiciary and rights activists should press the government to carry out a transparent investigation,” said Nasrullah Baloch, the chairman of the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons.

Khuzdar is one of the worst militancy-wracked districts of Balochistan where a deteriorating security situation has forced several families to migrate to safer areas.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 26th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Billoo Bhaya
    Jan 26, 2014 - 10:29AM

    In Land of the Pure the sun doesn’t shine on such macabre deeds. People die without being mourned or missed. Is there a register of deaths in Land of the Pure? In UK a burial without a death certificate is impossible. I guess that’s why no macabre graves are discovered in the UK.

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  • Mirza
    Jan 26, 2014 - 12:20PM

    It is disgusting and shameful but the missing people are finally found. If one can recall a few years ago whenever SC asked to produce the missing people their bodies used to be found. The killings of Bloch men continues without any let up. I am not naming names but if the shoe fits wear it.

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  • Neo
    Jan 26, 2014 - 1:34PM

    They must be BALOVC FREE FIGHTRTS RIP

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  • Not in my name
    Jan 26, 2014 - 2:35PM

    The Establishment should immediately stop extra judicial killings. This is what happens when no one pays the price for massacres in East Pakistan …. the offence is repeated again and again with impunity, with no fear of Rule of Law, and no fear of God.

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  • Baloch southhall UK
    Jan 26, 2014 - 3:02PM

    Balochistan is the next big investment of India. They are dreaming to interfere in the province same way they did in bangladesh in 1971. BLA is no different than Mukti Bahni. Then they have the nerve to come on our website and say about “land of pure” and all that rubbish.
    It would be better if you just mind your own business and don’t show any sympathy to balochis. Wait and see as another one of them will pretend to be a baloch or shia and answer me trying to justify activities of BLA..

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  • laiq
    Jan 26, 2014 - 3:30PM

    @Billoo Bhaya: would you like to comment on below Amnesty Internal report?

    “Hundreds of unidentified graves – believed to contain victims of unlawful killings, enforced disappearances, torture and other abuses – have been found in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir”.

    http://www.amnesty.org/fr/node/4619

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  • Lahoria
    Jan 26, 2014 - 4:00PM

    @billoo bhaya
    Murder is murder no matter where. In UK people does the same when they murder someone and they dump the body where ever its easy for them. Here a death certificate is also a must have for further official proceedings. But murderers dont need to follow these policies ;)Recommend

  • Jan 26, 2014 - 10:23PM

    Allah knows what will happen to Pakistan :(

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  • Jan 26, 2014 - 11:31PM

    @Baloch southhall UK:

    Balochistan is the next big investment of India
    Wait and see as another one of them will pretend to be a baloch or shia

    Yup…no disconnect, delusion and prejudice here..


    @laiq:
    Great find from Amnesty International. So while we put pressure on India’s govt to cease their abusive activities, and out others’ hypocrisies, let’s be more active to do something about Balochistan as well, which is in our direct control, before it becomes the next Kashmir, if it already hasn’t…
    http://www.amnestyusa.org/news/press-releases/amnesty-international-says-balochistan-atrocities-continue-to-rise-in-pakistan

    The Pakistan government must immediately provide accountability for the alarming number of killings and abductions in Balochistan attributed to government forces in recent months, Amnesty International said today.

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  • punjabi from balochistan
    Jan 27, 2014 - 11:50PM

    I was born in Balochistan and lived my whole life there. From the very childhood i found Balochistan a very peaceful place to live. But in 2001 when US attacked afghanistan, India took full advantage of the situation and started to build close ties with Afghan govt. India built 17 ambassies in Afghanistan and started a proxy war against Pakistan by creating BLA, BLF, and many other such organizations. These organisations are completely funded by India to kill innocent citizens and fight army for independency. India is completely successful in exploiting the baloch youth who have killed hundreds of non baloch innocent citizens of the province. Hence they are forced to leave there homes and have migrated to other safe places with the dead bodies of their loved ones. Such atrocities are being. Performed by these BLA insurgents on the behest of India. Hence when these insurgents are caught by security forces, they are dealt with the same severity with which they had killed innocent people. Indian provides dollars which attracts youth, but these poor souls dont realise that they will meet their destinations and end up in a mass grave, mauled by animals. Back out BLA.Recommend

  • punjabi from balochistan
    Jan 27, 2014 - 11:57PM

    At the end i would just ask BLA to give this Indian agenda and feel petty for the Baloch youth. They are misguided and are killing innocents. Finally they are caught and killed. Please dnt spoil the youth, have merci on Baloch mothers.

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  • jalal
    Jan 28, 2014 - 9:26AM

    “It is believed that the genocide of Baloch people is one of the biggest mass killings of the 21st century.” AHRC

    http://www.humanrights.asia/news/ahrc-news/AHRC-STM-023-2014

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  • Jan 28, 2014 - 1:21PM

    Exprise

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