The tale of two missing Baloch

* Marri’s brother says no police station willing to register case of his brother’s disappearance due to intelligence agencies’ involvement
* Dr Din’s brother says court keeps on giving new dates

By Malik Siraj Akbar

QUETTA: Chakar Marri, a 23-year-old zoology student at Balochistan University, has “gone missing” after the Frontier Corps (FC) took him into custody on September 3.

On condition of anonymity, a friend told Daily Times some students had gathered outside the university’s arts gallery to meet the vice-chancellor to request him to reopen the institute. The VC told them to wait for some time. All of a sudden several FC officials approached them, roughed them up and took along with them. Marri’s family said the FC officials later handed over Marri and his colleagues to intelligence agencies near the railway station. Some of the students were freed, but the others are still missing, they said.

Marri’s brother, Changez Marri, said the family had never indulged in anti-state activities. He also said no family member had ever been arrested in a criminal case or sentenced by any court of law. “I am not defending my brother or any of the missing persons. If they are guilty of breaking the law of the land they should be produced before a court, held in a ‘regular jail’ and provided a fair trail.”

Involvement: Changez said no police station in Quetta was willing to register a case for his brother’s disappearance because intelligence agencies were involved. He said the restored judiciary had not taken up the issue of the missing persons, and human rights organisations had not agreed to take up the matter. “Today, the chief justice of Pakistan looks very different from the one who once who took a stance for the recovery of the missing persons. He is silent over the plight of the Baloch missing persons,” he said.

Changez said his mother kept asking him about the whereabouts of her missing son. “I feel very guilty over not having ‘good news’ for my mother every time I am inquired at home,” he added. Professor Mohammad Siddiq Baloch, the principal of Government College Mashky in Awaran district, echoes Changiz’s sentiments. Siddiq’s younger brother, Dr Din Muhammad, 32, a medical officer at a healthcare centre in Ornach sub-tehsil of Khuzdar district, was also whisked away by the intelligence agencies on June 28. According to Mohammad Ramzan, Din’s peon, around seven plainclothesmen wearing masks beat him up, tied his hands and took him away. When Siddiq approached officials of Ornach police station, which is located a few hundred yards from the health centre, the officials expressed their “inability” to register a case that directly nominated the intelligence agencies.

Unwilling: “However, police agreed to register a case against “unknown people”. The police did nothing to recover my brother until I submitted a petition at the Balochistan High Court on July 5,” Siddiq added. “Despite several hearings, the court continues to give new dates for the proceedings as the agencies officials are not willing to appear before the court.”

Siddiq said his brother’s wife had fallen victim to depression and their mother’s eyes were always filled with tears, adding that three of Din’s sons looked forward to receive their father. “Balochistan needs a healing touch but the disappearances of our family members is increasing the hatred against the state in the hearts and minds of our schoolchildren,” he concluded.

Source: Daily Times

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  1. Ali Raisi

    Unfortunately this is the case of our suppressed, oppressed and victimized nation with the consent of all western , democratic and allied nations, as my self experience the same in my brother Ehsan Arjemandi`s abbduction by Pakistan`s innteligence agencies 7th August this year. Ehsan even is not and have never been a Pakistani citizen, he is a Norwegian citizen. And we, the family, have had a 100% confidence in our Norwegian government, which always has asked the family to hold a law profile and not to go to media, they self will work with the Pakistani government and will recover my brother`s disappearance, until today, after an incident where where a white Norwegian journalist went missing in Afghanistan some 10 days ago. The journalist had been warned do not enter the area he went missing, but neglected the warning and went to the area, and was kidnapped!! Then the Norwegian government immediately established two crisis teams, one 85 strong men in Oslo, some was consisted of all types of professjonals, and the other 35 strong men in her Embassy in Kabul. And self the Norwegian foreign minister take a plane and travels to Kabul, with the possibility of paying of half million American dollars!!! And immediately after one week, he was sat free!!! But even after 3 months and 7 days, Norway, have not found whereabouts of my brother!!! The difference of these two cases is that my brother is not a white Norwegian and the other is that he is a Baloch of western Balochistan`s origin!! So for Norway and all other western governments point of view, violating of Baloch basic human rights by either Pakistan and Iran is ok!!!
    So my experience to my people is that, do not expect anything from the so called free world!!! All these atrocities against Baloch is being committed by Pakistan and Iran, with their consent!!!
    So, how can we defend ourselves? Yes, our most effective defense weapon is just and solely, the unity of the nation. By our union, we will achieve our freedom, even if the ((ASTAGFEROLLAH-E-RABBI))the GOD does not agree!!! United we stand, divieded fall we.
    Long live BALOCHISTAN

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