CrisisBalochistan | July 18, 2015 Pakistan Army conducts scorched earth operations in Balochistan
Translated from Sangar Urdu news reports.
Pakistan army units backed by helicopter gunships and warplanes are executing a scorched earth operation in the towns of Awaran, Gishkor, Malaar and Kolowah located in the South of the country.
Awaran, Occupied Balochistan: Pakistan army units backed by helicopter gunships and warplanes are executing a scorched earth operation in the towns of Awaran, Gishkor, Malaar and Kolowah located in the south of the country. The attacks by Pakistani forces were reported, via Twitter, at 1103 hours Balochistan time (0503 hours GMT).
Pakistani ground and air forces are indiscriminately targeting the towns, scores of civilians are feared dead or wounded and many houses are confirmed destroyed in Kolowah. The towns' populations have fled for open spaces to avoid being targeted by Pakistani forces. The Eid day operation is relying on intensive aerial raids and Pakistani ground forces are being provided with air cover by three warplanes and at least seven helicopter gunships. All routes, including the Jaou-Awaran and Hoshap-Kolowah route, connecting the towns with the rest of Balochistan have been cordoned off by Pakistani forces and there is limited telecommunications connectivity with the towns making it difficult to get an accurate number of casualties. The number of Pakistani troops involved in the operations are reported to be in the thousands.
The onslaught was ongoing at the time the last reports were received. Pakistani forces have been noted to carry out military, in particular, scorched earth operations during the month of Ramadan, on Eid celebrations and on Pakistan Day. This latest operation follows the bloody battle of Mahie, which lasted three days and resulted in the death of four Baloch rebels and seven civilians and over 50 Pakistani troops and increased military exchanges at the Pakistan-India borders. Pakistan views the Baloch as Indian agents even though the Baloch, unlike the Kashmiri mujahideen who are fighting to secede from India in favor of Pakistan, are fighting for their Independence.