18,000 people of Balochistan are missing: moot told

KARACHI: Vice Chairman, Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), Qadeer Baloch, on Tuesday claimed that around 18,000 people of Balochistan had gone missing from different areas of province.

He expressed these views while addressing a seminar on the theme of “International Human Rights Day and enforced disappearance of people in Balochistan”, which was organized by VBMP at Karachi Press Club.

Qadeer said under a pre-planned conspiracy mutilated bodies of missing Baloch political workers were being dumped in different areas of province. He said scores of Baloch political workers had been picked up during present government.

He said genocide of innocent Baloch people was being continued since last 66 years, but number of kidnapping cases had increased in last 18 years in Balochistan province. He said bodies of Baloch missing youths bearing torture marks were being found from different areas of province.

He vowed that the long march of Baloch missing persons’ families would be continued until the recovery of last missing person. He said: “If Baloch youths are involved in any anti-state activities, the agencies should produce them in court for trial.”

He appealed the United Nations (UN) to put pressure on Pakistani institutions to implement UN charter of human rights and take action against its violation. Journalist Nasir Karim said Balochistan movement is the movement of common people and Baloch people are struggling for their rights. He said Baloch people wanted the restoration of their respect and dignity.

Senior member of KPC Saeed Sarbazi said democratic governments had failed to control the violation of human rights during their tenure. He applauded the efforts of Qadeer Baloch for highlighting missing persons issue.

President KPC Imtiaz Khan Farhan said journalists of Karachi had credit that they challenged the former dictator Zia and now they were with families of Baloch missing persons.

Muhammad Ali Talpur said caravan of Baloch missing persons families would continue till the success. He said violation of human rights in Balochistan was highly condemnable.

Qadeer also read the message of senior anchor Hamid Mir quoted that he will raise and share the name of Baloch missing youths with Chief Justice of Pakistan.

The speakers demanded of the United Nation (UN), European Union (EU) countries and other human right organizations to play their due roles to stop the kidnapping of innocent Baloch people in Balochistan.

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