Day: December 3, 2011

Polish Euro MP slams Pak’s kill, dump policy of journalists, other civilians in Balochistan

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Brussels, Dec.3 (ANI): A Polish Euro MP has condemned Pakistan’s kill and dump policy of journalists and other civilians in Balochistan.Ryszard Czarnecki, Member of the European Parliament and the Chairman of the Friends of Balochistan in the European Parliament said the Pakistani Government claims that the number of missing persons in Balochistan has declined; it is only because many of them have lately been found dead.

Since June 2010, more than 230 bodies of the previously missing persons have been dumped at abandoned places in the largest but the least populated province. According to the Balochistan Union of Journalists (BUJ), 10 journalists have been killed so far this year.

The missing persons’ issue and the policy of Pakistani Government’s kill-and-dump spree in the province are as disturbing as the fact that Balochistan’s problem is almost altogether missing from the mainstream discourse.

Czarnecki, mentioned one special case of Javed Naseer Rind, whose name was added to the list of more than 10 journalists whose bodies have been found tortured and dumped in Balochistan.

Said to be in his mid-twenties, Rind’s bullet-riddled body was found dumped in Khuzdar, about 300 kilometers south of Quetta, on Saturday morning. He was a senior sub-editor at a local daily Tawar, a pro-nationalist newspaper.

Czarnecki asked the government to carry out investigations regarding these killings and urged the European Parliament to have a fact finding mission delegated for an EU investigation into large scale disappearances of civilians by government agencies in Balochistan. (ANI)