In order to investigate the discovery of three bodies riddled with bullet wounds in a well at the Haji Kot area of Barkhan district in Balochistan, the provincial Home Department on Tuesday established a joint investigation team (JIT) under the direction of DIG Loralai Division.

“A press release issued by the police said the bodies, which were in sacks, were found on February 20 at around 8pm. The station house officer (SHO) of Barkhan Police Station was informed about the corpses in the well,” Dawn has reported.

Police identified the victims as Giran Naz, the wife of Khan Muhammad Marri, who was 40–45 years old, and her two sons, Mohammad Nawaz, 20–25 years old, and Abdul Qadir, 15–17 years old.


What is the back story?

Sardar Abdur Rehman Khethran, 64, head of the Khethran tribe in Balochistan’s Barkhan, allegedly runs a private jail in the province, and the three bodies recovered in Haji Koat were imprisoned in the same private jail. Khethran wanted Mohammad Marri, who worked as a guard for him, to testify against his son Inaam Shah in a fake police case about a property clash. Marri refused to testify against Inaam after which Khethran imprisoned eight members of his family in his private jail including his wife Giran Naz Bibi, six sons Mohamad Nawaz, Abdul Majid, Abdul Qadir, Abdul Sattar, Abdul Ghaffar, Mohammad Imran and a teenage daughter Farzana.
Khethran also had Marri arrested, however, he was released after spending three and a half years in jail. After getting released, he started to look for ways to release his family from the private jail.


Marri, with the help of Inaam Shah, smuggled a cellphone inside the private jail where his wife and kids were being detained.
A video of Giran Naz Bibi was recorded while she was carrying a Holy Quran. She claims in the video that Sardar Khethran is holding them captive.

Senator Mushtaq Khan of the Jamaat-e-Islami brought up the subject in the Senate in January. The chief secretary of Balochistan was required to produce a report, and the senator urged that Minister Khethran be called before the Senate