UN Should Investigate the Murder of Baloch Leaders Apparently by Pakistani Intelliegence Agencies sign now

PAKISTAN: Three political activists are found murdered after daylight abduction

Name of victims:

1. Mr. Ghulam Mohammad, 45, Chairman of the Baloch National Movement
2. Mr. Sher Mohammad Baloch, 35, Vice President of Balochistan Republican Party
3. Mr. Lala Munir Baloch, 50, General Secretary of the Baloch National Front

Date of Incident: 3 April, 2009

I am shocked and disturbed to hear of the abduction and murder of three political activists in Balochistan, allegedly by military or paramilitary forces. I am also concerned at the way the efforts of the mens lawyers and friends were hampered by police and the judiciary, and by the lack of effort made to rescue of the men. I hear that the local police force is currently illegally pressuring Baloch civilians not to protest the murders in public.

According to those dealing with the case, Mr. Ghulam Mohammad, 45, Chairman of the Baloch National Movement, Mr. Sher Mohammad Baloch, 35, Vice President of Balochistan Republican Party and Mr. Lala Munir Baloch, 50, General Secretary of Baloch National Front, had attended a Session Court in Turbat district, Balochistan province on 3 April to arrange interim bail, relating to charges in shooting and bomblast cases last year. After being granted bail the men were accompanied by their lawyer, Mr. Kachkol Ali to his chamber at around noon. Mr. Kachkol Ali is a former opposition leader in the Balochistan assembly. According to the lawyer, more than a dozen persons in civilian dress then entered the office, ransacked it and abducted the men, driving away in four vehicles which bore no registration numbers. The attackers refused to identify themselves, or to tell Mr. Kachkol Ali where his clients were being taken.

Mr. Kachkol Ali immediately filed an application at the Turbat Police Station accusing military intelligence (M.I.) and Inter services Intelligence (I.S.I) persons of the abduction. The application mentioned his fear that the men would be tortured and killed by the military. However police refused to file a first information report (FIR), the basic document for police investigation; they said that they would consult their superiors in the police force.

Mr. Kachkol Ali then filed an application of Habeas Corpus for the three activists under section 491 CRPC. However the Judge of the Turbat session court, Mr. Pazeer Ahmed Baloch, refused to accept it, claiming it did not come under his jurisdiction, and told them to file in the Balochistan High Court. The lawyers, which included Mr. Fida Hussain, the president of Turbat Bar Association, then sent an application for Sou Moto to Mr Iftekhar Choudhry, the chief justice of Pakistans Supreme Court.

According to the lawyers, the three mens bodies were found five days later on 8 April in Pidrak, 35 km from the place of arrest. They were almost unrecognizable due to the chemically-aided decomposition, but medical officers have concluded that the men were killed on the day of their arrest, and possibly thrown from a high place, such as a helicopter.

Baloch Nation Does not have faith in the Investigations to be conducted by Pakistani Athorities therefore I call on you to support this motion by launching an immediate investigation into the murder of these three men, and the violation of their rights to life, to arbitrary detention and to free speech. The failure of the mens lawyers and friends to solicit help from the police or the legal system shows a malfunction in the complaint-receiving mechanism in Pakistan, which must be immediately addressed. The difficulties experienced by the lawyers, and the political activism of the victims also points to a government-sponsored abduction and murder, which must be given serious attention. In order to safeguard the political freedom and right to safety of those in Balochistan, the collusion between the police and illegal operations by military agencies in Balochistan warrants very close and public scrutiny.

It is therefore Requested that a UN Investigation Team should be sent to conduct Independent investigations of the Brutal murder and illegal abduction of Baloch Political workers and human rights activists.

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