Military Operation in Tump; Baloch musician’s house burned down, two killed
“First they opened fired, then they broke into the houses looting away valuables. Women and children kept crying watching forces burn down their houses”: Eyewitnesses
HORRIFIED locals of Koshkalat, a small village located a few miles from Tump, dragged their children inside their homes, locked their windows and closed the doors when Pakistani forces besieged the entire area a day after burning down houses in nearby Gomazi village. This time too, Army had the same plan. To kill and burn.
25 armored vehicles and around 200-300 personnel took part in the bloody operation that killed two and left several others homeless. They were everywhere.
According to eyewitnesses, army officials stormed every other residence in the corner looting away valuables and setting the houses on fire. Army fired live ammunition and used teargas canisters throughout the operation.
Famous Baloch singer and musician, Minhaj Mukhtar’s house was among the first targets to be turned into ashes, an eyewitness said on phone speaking on the condition of anonymity.
Two, including a 70yr old elder Ghulam Mustafa, were shot and killed by the army during the op. The other victim was named as Allah Baksh Dad, a local farmer. Locals had to wait for the army to leave before they could come out and grab the dead bodies.
Soon after, struggling with the emotional trauma, women and children moved to help themselves building huts out of the wreckage of their burned houses. There was barely anything left.
It wasn’t over yet: Army headed towards the nearby village of Malkabad where it broke into Mulla Saif’s house and burned down a few others’. The entire village was besieged for few hours cutting off all road connections. Mobile networks were reportedly jammed during the operation.
Bullet-riddled body found: Meanwhile, another bullet-riddled body of a Baloch Missing Person was found in the suburbs of Mand. Body was identified as Babu Baloch r/o Soru, Levies officials confirmed. Babu Baloch was abducted by Pakistani forces sometime ago.