December 1, 2023
Video by Xari Jalil
Despite the burial of Balach Mola Bakhsh, the sit-in protest in Kech. Turbat continues entering its ninth day, but without much attention from the provincial authorities. The protestors have a list of demands that they want accepted. the acceptance of their demands in Turbat.
First and foremost the protesters have demanded accountability for officials involved in the CTD operation; they say that young people in particular in the province and even outside, are being abducted without reason by security forces while killings by death squads hired by various authorities are rising.
The slain man’s family claim the encounter was fake, and that Balaach had actually been in custody. Protesting has been ongoing since the killings and the slain individual was laid to rest on Wednesday. The protest has affected large parts of Makran, with political parties, civil society activists and traders calling for a judicial inquiry into the incident.
The Balochistan government has constituted a four-member committee to investigate the alleged killing of Balaach Mola Bakhsh in a clash with the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD).
A Turbat sessions judge also directed the local police to register an FIR against the CTD officials responsible for operation in the area, resulting in the death of four individuals but the FIR has not been registered yet.
The family of Balach claim the encounter was fake, and that Balaach had actually been in custody. protest has affected large parts of Makran, with political parties, civil society activists and traders calling for a judicial inquiry into the incident.
‘Retrieve Missing Students’
In a related development, the Islamabad High Court hauled up the state for failing to retrieve missing Baloch students. Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani asked why 28 students remained untraced, and warned that the prime minister and other officials could have cases registered against them if the students were not recovered. The caretaker interior minister promised to “fulfil our responsibility”.