The Balochistan crisis

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While the Syrian Civil War and other human rights violations are getting the world’s attention, there is a much less known tragedy in Pakistan: the Balochistan crisis.

Balochistan is one of Pakistani provinces that has historically had a tense relationship with the Pakistani government, due to issues of provincial autonomy and control of mineral resources.

Pakistan’s security forces have been engaging in an abusive free-for-all in Balochistan as Baloch nationalists and suspected militants disappear, and in many cases are extrajudicially executed. So many corpses, often with scars of torture, of missing people have been found and the Pakistani government does not provide any explanation for it. Those acts are referred to as “kill and dump”operations and are criticized by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.

The certain number of victims of the enforced disappearance is not available because the government exercises strict censorship by blocking, for example, the first online English newspaper in Balochistan, The Baloch Hal and killing many journalists.

Baloch armed groups, on the other hand, attack and endanger government workers and non-Baloch residents in the province. Hundreds of teachers have fled as a result, which is bringing the education system to the breaking point.

Although Balochistan is rich in terms of natural resources, it remains one of the poorest communities in Pakistan with some of the lowest literacy and employment rates, and life expectancies.

The Pakistani government must stop the use of censorship and enforced disappearances, and provide explanation for the killings and abduction in Balochistan.


Pakistan: Security Forces ‘Disappear’ Opponents in Balochistan, Human Rights Watch, July 28, 2011,, accessed on March 25, 2018

Akbar Siraj Malik, Why Pakistan Is Embarrassed To Talk About Balochistan, HUFFPOST,, accessed on March 25, 2018


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