New York: Pakistan's military and intelligence agencies are indulging in "enforced disappearances" of individuals in the restive Balochistan, which the civilian government has not been able to stop, Human Rights Watch has said in a scathing attack. (Agencies)
The 132-page report, "'We Can Torture, Kill, or Keep You for Years': Enforced Disappearances by Pakistan Security Forces in Balochistan", documents dozens of enforced disappearances, in which the authorities take people into custody and then deny all responsibility or knowledge of their fate or whereabouts.
The report details 45 alleged cases of enforced disappearances, the majority in 2009 and 2010.
While hundreds of people have been forcibly disappeared in Balochistan since 2005, dozens of new enforced disappearances have occurred since Pakistan returned to civilian rule in 2008.
"Pakistan's government should immediately end widespread disappearances of suspected militants and activists by the military, intelligence agencies, and the paramilitary Frontier Corps in the southwestern province of Balochistan," Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in the report released on Thursday.
"Pakistan's security forces are engaging in an abusive free-for-all in Balochistan as Baloch nationalists and suspected militants 'disappear,' and in many cases are executed," Brad Adams, Asia director at HRW said. "The national government has done little to end the carnage in Balochistan, calling into question its willingness or ability to control the military and intelligence agencies,' he was quoted as saying in a release.
Those targeted for enforced disappearance were primarily Baloch nationalist activists or suspected Baloch militants.
In several cases, people appeared to have been targeted because of their tribal affiliation, especially when a particular tribe, such as the Bugti or Mengal, was involved in fighting Pakistan's armed forces, the report said.
Little information is available about what happens to people who are forcibly disappeared.
Some have been held in unacknowledged detention in facilities run by the Frontier Corps and the intelligence agencies, such as at the Kuli camp, a military base in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, it said.
New York: Pakistan's military and intelligence agencies are indulging in "enforced disappearances" of individuals in the restive Balochistan, which the civilian government has not been able to stop, Human Rights Watch has said in a scathing attack.