“A few days ago, dozens of armed Taliban fighters entered our house,” Abdul Ghani Bangalzai, a Baloch refugee living in the heart of Kandahar City after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, told TBP about the plight of Baloch refugees in Afghanistan. And ordered the house to be vacated. Maulvi Naseeb Kamran, a Taliban leader, seized a vehicle from our house and took it with him, and even now, after evicting us, our house has been turned into a hideout by dozens of Taliban. ”
One serious issue that has so far been overlooked by the international media and international human rights organizations is the issue of Baloch refugees in Afghanistan. For the past two decades, large numbers of Baloch have been migrating to Afghanistan as refugees due to the war between the liberal armed groups and the Pakistani military and intense military operations. According to a report by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, in the 2006 military operation alone, more than 50,000 people were forced to migrate from the districts of Dera Bugti and Kohlu in Balochistan alone.
There is no mechanism to register Baloch refugees in Afghanistan, but a conservative estimate is that at least more than 7,000 families are currently seeking refuge in different parts of Afghanistan due to military operations, at least in different parts of Balochistan.
When operations intensified in Balochistan in the 1970s, about 80,000 Baloch migrated to Afghanistan and were forced to live as refugees. But after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in the 1990s, attacks on these Baloch refugees began on a daily basis. Due to which he had to return at the risk of his life. Now, given the historical background and the alleged close ties between the Taliban and the Pakistani military, Baloch refugees in Afghanistan are once again concerned about their safety.
The Taliban have launched a series of raids on the homes of Baloch refugees in the southern province of Kandahar after their occupation of Afghanistan. So far, the Taliban have reportedly forcibly evicted women and children from at least two homes Are occupied. In addition, after raids and searches on five other houses, 4 vehicles have been taken away.
Speaking to TBP, Abdul Wali Murree, who lives as a refugee in Takht-e-Pul district of Kandahar, said: Asked who sent you, the militants identified themselves as Maulvi Khalil’s friends and also gave us a WhatsApp number for contact, which is the number of Pakistan’s Ufone company, and said that you guys are Maulvi Khalil. Contact us and get out of Kandahar province as soon as possible. ”
The TBP spoke to another Baloch refugee, Haji Muhammad Jan Baloch, about the situation. He said: He took it with him. ”
In this regard, we contacted the chairman of the Baloch National Movement, Khalil Baloch, and tried to find out his position. He said, “Currently, the largest number of Baloch refugees are living in Afghanistan. Where they are already facing a number of difficulties, including the lack of assistance from international organizations and the Afghan state, the lack of basic services and security. Now the arrival of the Taliban has added to their difficulties and uncertainty. ”
He added: “Armed men in Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second-largest city, introducing themselves as the Afghan Taliban, have launched a planned crackdown on regular Baloch refugees. “Armed Taliban are evicting women and children from their homes, harassing people and looting property. These armed men have seized at least four vehicles, among other things.”
Khalil Baloch described the situation as “serious” and said: “This is very worrying and unexpected news because Baloch refugees are the guests of the Afghan nation, whose protection is Afghanistan’s national responsibility. Much can be changed in the world.” Neighbors cannot be changed, the Baloch and Afghan people have had fraternal ties for centuries, which some forces have tried to damage, but these ties have stood the test of time. ”
The BNM chairman called on the Taliban leadership to resolve the issue, saying, “I urge the Afghan Taliban leadership to investigate the incidents in Kandahar and the lives and property of the Baloch refugees in Afghanistan.” Ensure the safety of. ”
It should be noted that even before the Taliban took over Afghanistan, there have been several attacks on Baloch refugees there, as a result of which dozens of Baloch refugees have been killed. Baloch political parties and refugees have blamed the attacks on Pakistani intelligence agencies and their alleged proxy groups. Observers of the situation in the region are now expressing fears that taking advantage of the current situation could lead to an increase in deadly attacks on Baloch refugees.
Speaking to TBP on the current situation in Afghanistan, Bahoot Baloch, a journalist from Balochistan, said: An extreme name