Najma, a school teacher and daughter of Dilsard, ended her life after being unable to tolerate the blackmailing by a police officer working for the Pakistan army. Najma was a village resident named Zeak in the Geeshkaur area of the Awaran district.
Najma committed suicide due to the continuous blackmail and coercion by police officer Noor Bakhsh, who was pressuring her to become an informant for secret agencies linked to the Pakistani army.
This extremely distressing incident highlights the severe human rights infringements occurring in Balochistan. BNM denounces this event and urges human rights organizations to investigate and hold Pakistan accountable promptly.
The alarming incident of suicide in Balochistan highlights the ongoing human rights abuses committed by the Pakistan army. This is not an isolated event as, just last year, the Pakistani army’s systematic torture, enforced disappearance, and harassment coerced at least four individuals to take their own lives.
Chakar Majeed, a ninth-grade student, tragically ended his life on March 10, 2022. Before his suicide, he had been subjected to enforced disappearance by the Pakistan Army; they pressured him to work as a spy for the Pakistan Army.
Moheem, the son of Asumi, took his own life on August 30, 2022. He had been subjected to torture by the Pakistan army during his enforced disappearance. Although he was eventually released, the ordeal left him with severe psychological trauma, ultimately leading to his suicide.
Amirzadi, a resident of Kharan, took her own life on November 10, 2022, due to the ongoing army raids at her home. Her husband, Lutfullah Yelanzahi, also committed suicide in the grief of his wife.
The Pakistan army’s brutal tactics have left a lasting impact on the mental well-being of citizens in Balochistan. The army has a significant presence through various forces, such as the FC, and is using its power to interfere in educational institutions, Health centres and even citizens’ private lives. This egregious behavior has instilled an atmosphere of upheaval throughout Baloch society. The Pakistan government’s cabinet has endorsed the army’s deployment in Balochistan, paving the way for even more violations against human rights. If this continues, it will only further restrict freedoms for the Baloch people.
Baloch National Movement