Bullet-riddled bodies of 5 `missing persons` found in Pak

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 23:13

Islamabad: The bullet-riddled bodies of
five "missing persons" or men believed to have been detained
without charge by security agencies have been found in
Balochistan province of southwest Pakistan, according to media
reports on Tuesday.

The bodies were found in Ketch and Khuzdar areas
yesterday morning, police said.

Two bodies were found in Banartok Chatri area near
Turbat. The dead men were identified as Zarif Baloch and
Shameem Baloch.

Zarif was travelling in a bus from Karachi to Turbat
when a group of armed men intercepted the vehicle and took him
away on April 20.

Shameem was reported missing from the port city of
Gwadar six days ago.

The bodies of three activists of the Baloch Republican
Party, a nationalist party headed by Brahamdagh Bugti, were
found in Sorgaz Zeddi area of Khuzdar district.
Their identities were ascertained from slips of papers
found in their clothes.

They were identified as Muhammad Ayub Muhammad Hasni,
a barber from Khuzdar city, Muhammad Hafeez and Ghulam
Murtaza.

The barber was taken away by some men nine days ago.

According to a complaint registered with police, the
two other men were kidnapped on March 10.

All the men were killed in an identical fashion by
being shot in the head and chest.

Their hands were tied behind their back and they were
blindfolded.
The Baloch Republican Party called for a three-day
strike in Khuzdar to condemn the killings.

According to the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons, an
organisation working to trace the "missing persons", the names
of all five dead men were on its list of those thought to be
detained by authorities.

"As many as 140 bullet-riddled bodies were recovered
over the past eight months. The family members blamed security
personnel for the killing and dumping of bodies," said VBMP
chairperson Nasrullah Baloch.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 23:13

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