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.


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

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