QUETTA - The Pakistani government must investigate the torture and killings of more than 40 Baloch leaders and political activists during last four months, demanded Amnesty International (AI) in a press release issued here on Tuesday. Activists, politicians and student leaders were among those who were targeted in forced disappearances, abductions, arbitrary arrests and cases of torture and ill-treatment. It said, the violence takes place against a backdrop of increasing political unrest and alleged army drive in Balochistan. 'The Pakistani government must act immediately to provide justice for the growing list of atrocities in Balochistan, said Sam Zarifi, AIs Asia-Pacific Director. 'Baloch political leaders and activists are clearly being targeted and the government must do much more to end this alarming trend, he said. AI report stated that among the latest victims of the ongoing violence were Faqir Muhammad Baloch and Zahoor Baloch, whose bodies were discovered in Mastung district on October 21, 2010. Faqir Muhammad Baloch, a poet and member of the Voice of Missing Baloch Missing Persons, was abducted on September 23. Zahoor Baloch, a member of the Baloch Student Organisation-Azad was abducted on August 23. According to media reports, both received a single bullet wound to the head at point blank range and showed signs of being tortured. The discovery of the two mens bodies was alleged part of a growing trend of 'kill and dump operations. Bullet-ridden bodies of those who were abducted, many showing signs of torture, were increasingly being found across Balochistan. Previously, the bodies of missing persons were rarely recovered. The report further said that other recent victims of the violence include Mir Nooruddin Mengal, a member of the Balochistan National Partys (BNP-M) Central Executive Committee who was shot dead by unidentified men near his home in Gharebabad, near Kalat Bazar on October 13. Yasin Baloch, a member of Voice for Baloch Missing Persons and brother of Mujeeb Baloch, senior member of BSO-Azad, who had also been abducted, was shot by unidentified gunmen near Roshare Kalat on October 10. Amnesty International warned that the rise in enforced disappearances and kill and dump incidents would aggravate political tensions in Balochistan and led to reprisal killings by Baloch armed groups. It said that that on August 14, 2010, 17 people from Punjab province were killed in Quetta. The Balochistan Liberation Army claimed responsibility, saying that the killings were in response to the killings of Baloch missing persons. Amnesty International urges all sides in the conflict to respect human rights and stop all torture, enforced disappearances, abductions, targeted killings and indiscriminate attacks.