Pakistan army kills, dumps uncle of activist named in BBC’s 100 women 2016 list

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The two leading Baloch activists, whose lives were on the line, miraculously escaped the certain jaws of death to arrive safely in the freedoms of the West but their loved and dear ones continue to fall victims to Pakistan’s kill and dump policy in France-sized Balochistan, simply because of their political views.

Pakistan army yesterday dumped the body of Master Noor Ahmed, 45, an uncle of Karima Baluch, chairperson of the Baloch Students Organization Azad and friend of Lateef Johar Baloch, both of who now live in exile in Toronto. The deceased was a school teacher and father of six children.

“My uncle Master Noor Ahmed a primary school teacher by profession who was abducted by Pakistani army on July 28, 2016, today killed and dumped. Fair well LaLa (Uncle) the gentle soul. Its my promise to you we will never submit to oppression,” Karima Baloch, who was named in “BBC’s 100 Women 2016” list, tweeted Wednesday.

Aziz Baloch, a senior Baloch activist who is associated with the International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons in Vancouver, giving details of the case on Facebook said, “The Baloch teacher Noor Ahmed at a Pakistani security forces check post in Gehna region of Tump in district Kech Balochistan. He remained in the illegal custody of Pakistani forces until Tuesday (January 2, 2018) when his dead body was found in Mirabad area of Tump.

According to Tarek Fatah, a leading Canadian intellectual and defender of Baloch human rights, Karima, who arrived in Toronto November 27, 2015  “could have ended up as the Joan of Arc of Balochistan, a territory larger than Poland that sits at the mouth of the strategic Strait of Hormuz, leading to the Persian Gulf…. Karima Baloch, 32, said she escaped a Pakistani military attack on the town of Tump in Balochistan, getting away in the darkness of night as mortar shells rained on her home.”

Tarek Fatah and other Baloch activists in Canada, with the help of former immigration minister Chris Alexander, had helped Karima Baloch and her comrade Lateef Johar, who had gone on a record 45 days of hunger strike for the freedom of Baloch victims of enforced disappearances, to escape Pakistan.

Lateef Johar Baloch  was devastated over his friend’s death. “I strongly condemn the extrajudicial killing of Baloch teacher and my friend, ’s uncle, Lala Noor Ahmed, by Pakistani security forces. He was great human being and considerate person.”

Both Karima Baloch and Lateef Johar Baloch belong to the Baloch Students Organization (Azad). The BSO is called the “mother organization” of the Baloch struggle by writer Aziz Sanghur. Karima Baloch was elected chairperson of the organization just three weeks before she landed in Canada, a history of BSO  its official web site shows. Even this writer was actively involved with the organization for two years in 1979-81.

Karima Baloch & Lateef Johar Baloch-- Picture courtesy Lateef Johar Baloch
From left: Lateef Johar Baloch, former Canadian imigration minister Chris Alexander, Karima Baloch and leading Baloch intellectual from Bahrain, Mureed Baloch

According to a very well written story in The Balochistan Times,  when Karima Baloch was packed and ready to fly to Canada, her uncle gave her a short lecture. “They will blackmail you by harassing your family back here. They’ll say if you continue your politics in Canada, we’ll punish your family. Don’t be weak. Do not give up on your stance even if they take me away or any other family member.”

The Human Rights Council of Balochistan (BHRCB) said Noor Ahmed was travelling with a dozen other passengers in a vehicle on the date of his abduction. When their vehicle reached at Ghena check post, around 25 miles away from Turbat city while going back home from Turbat, the vehicle was stopped by security forces and everyone was asked about their NICs (National Identity Cards). He was dragged out and taken away after the confirmation of his identity.

The HRCB said abduction of Noor Ahmed was reported by the human rights organizations and an FIR was registered against the perpetrators. However, the judicial system of Pakistan could not hold any one responsible for the daylight forcible disappearance of the school teacher until his dead body was found Wednesday.

A slow motion genocide in Balochistan has claimed the lives of 35,000 Baloch people, 6,000 of whom were buried in mass graves while 21,000 are Victims of enforced Disappearances, according to the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons. More than 2,000 activists have been killed in Pakistan army’s kill and dump policy since 2010.


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