Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Asma Jahangir has expressed alarm at the rising number of people being gunned down in Balochistan.
According to a press release issued on Monday, the SCBA president said: “In hardly any case have the culprits been arrested and no one has been convicted for these serious human rights violations.”
She said the assassination of Professor Saba Dashtiari, senior faculty member at the University of Balochistan, was a tragic incident that should be condemned in all possible ways. She said Saba was an intellectual who had contributed towards Baloch poetry and authored a number of books.
“He was no militant but a victim of violence. Targeted killings in Balochistan are being carried out along ethnic lines – Punjabi, Baloch and Pakhtuns,” Asma said. In addition Hazarawals, who were mostly Shias, were assassinated in at least three incidents, she pointed out.
She said despite the increased presence of security forces and checkposts, violence continued in the province and no one felt safe. She said the obligation fell to the state to investigate these incidents effectively and bring the perpetrators to justice.
She said widespread allegations against state agents themselves persisted, who were accused of torture and the killings of suspected nationalists and militants.
“These reports appear to be credible. Parliament must debate the issue and find solutions to bring some stability to Balochistan,” said the SCBA president.
PAL condemns Saba’s murder: Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) Chairman Fakhar Zaman strongly condemned Saba’s murder.
He said Saba was a man of principle and was a liberal nationalist and his contribution to Baloch literature was commendable.
The government of Pakistan had conferred on him the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz in recognition of his literary achievements. He was also awarded the “Mast Tawakkali Award” by the PAL for his book. Fakhar said Saba’s murder was a great loss to literature, humanity, freedom of speech and thought.