Appeal from Kulber
Valley for Investigation
Update Aug 22, 2009:
Report at balochwarna.org: Iranian
forces have fired over 50 rockets into the bordering
town of Mashkail...
Update Aug 22, 2009:
Report by Archen Baloch
(Mand, Kulber Valley) The joint Pakistani and Iranian
military operation initiated on August 16 in Kulber
Valley now covers the entire Makuran region and is
expanding to other districts. Iranian forces are
participating with gunship helicopters and rockets.
AAJ TV reports that in the middle of the night, Friday,
August 21, fourteen rockets were fired from the Iranian
side of the border at Mashkeel City. Three women
and children were reported killed and five injured.
The injured ones have been shifted to a civilian
hospital, but these figures do not tally with the
numbers obtained by Radio Gwank of Balochistan from
Mashkeel local media. Apart from the destruction
of homes, shops and wareshouses, the casualties and
injuries recorded by the local media are far more then those of AAJ TV reports.
The total numbers of deaths are 161, in which children and women are included.
The number of injured are 293, some of whom are in critical condition.
According to interviews with the local population in Mashkeel, the 14 rockets
were fired at residential areas by Iranian forces from a Revolutionary Guard
camp in an effort to reinforce Pakistani-initiated operations designed to "retaliate
for successful actions of the Baloch Sarmachars [fighters] against occupying
forces." Just two weeks ago, Lieutenant Colonel Jawad, from Mardan city
of NWFP, was killed in an ambush by Baloch Sarmachars in the Mashkeel Mountains.
Pakistani controlled media, however, reported that he had been killed by smugglers.
Statements from insurgent groups:
Baloch Republican Party spokesperson Mir Sher M. Bugti reported to N
N I that in the early morning of Friday, August 21, "Joint Pakistani and Iranian
forces launched a new wave of operations backed by gunship helicopters in
the Sibi area of Shahi Darbar, Rustom Darbar and Zain Koh. Casualties include
ten children and women." According to Bugti, Mand, Tump, Nasirabad,
Mashkeh and Turbat are still under siege.
Basham Baloch, the spokesperson of the
Baloch Liberation Front, telephoned Radio Gwank from
an undisclosed location to report, "The Pakistani
military is targeting civilians in cities and villages
over its frustration with BLF successes against Pakistani
forces." He added that, "The BLF is determined
to force Pakistani occupying forces out of our country.
The Pakistani military is destined to fail in Balochistan.
In contravention of Geneva Convention rules, Pakistani forces are targeting
our civilian population. They cannot compete with Baloch national forces in
the battle field."
Update Aug 20, 2009: According
to our source, "This map [below]
shows the location of the Pakistani and Iranian
joint military operation. Kulber Valley is situated
at the end tip of the Iranian border, close to Haspikan
village, where the Nehing river passes. The pictures
posted at gwank.org were taken on the
second day of the operation. The people in the
photos are protesting the operation--blocking
the road because to prevent the transport of
military personnel and equipment for the operation..." (additional
photos at balochwarna.org)
|Men and women
block roads to prevent military vehicles and supplies
from passing. In the bottom photo, defiant protestors
have used rocks to spell out the acronym 'BRA'
(Baloch Republican Army). The BRA is one of several
Baloch insurgent groups fighting the Pakistani
military. Photos published at gwank.org;
additional photos at balochwarna.org;
August 19, 2009:
Kulber Valley, Balochistan, state
that for the past three days Iranian
and Pakistani military forces have
conducted a joint operation against
the Baloch located in the border
valley of Kulber, Shahaaf. Baloch
media is providing real-time updates
regarding this operation in which
gunship helicoptors, jet air fighters
and heavy guns are deployed. In Kulber
Valley there are reports of civilian
deaths, as well as the destruction
of livestock and crops. Civilians
are unable to secure food supplies.
Sagaar.org notes that there have
been attacks on the town of Tump
and shutter down strikes in the adjacent
areas of Awaman, Turbat and Mand.
Photos in reports depict civilian
report, gwank.org, Aug 18, 2009;
and from sagaar.org,
Aug 20, 2009 reports
Map detail compiled from: http://www.traveljournals.net/explore/pakistan/map/m3843187/mand.html