Senior Baloch leader missing after arrest by Pakistani Frontier Corps, hunger strike protests since 132 days


OCCUPIED BALOCHISTAN – Sept 22: Zakir Majeed Baloch the senior vice chairman of BSO-Azaad is missing after being unlawfully detained by dreaded Pakistan Para-military force Frontier Corps (FC) and the Intelligence agencies since June 8, 2009. The family of the Baloch student say that they are not aware of his whereabouts and his condition in which he is being held. Most such cases in the past have turned up dead after torture. The family says that it “gravely concerned about his well-being especially after more than 20 Baloch political activists have been brutally tortured to death by Pakistan Military and the Intelligence agencies.” BSO-Azaad activists say that they have no access to legal representations and they have never been presented to any court or charged with any crimes.

The distraught family and local residents have been on hunger strike protest since 132 consecutive days for justice. Zakir Majeed Baloch’s sister says, “My brother is a student political activist and abducting and torturing him in torture cells for years is against the Islamic principles and is the ultimate violation of his basic Human Rights. If he is involved in any sort of illegal activities and if committed any crime then he should be presented to the courts and if he is not involved in as such activities (which in fact he isn’t involved in) then must be released”.

Zakir Majeed’s mother has appealed to the International Human Rights organizations, that they must take notice of the protests against the abduction of her son and must play their vital and practical role for the release of Zakir Majeed.

There are other similar protests in the region. Protest camps have been set up by the families of Wadood Raisani, Mir Jalil Rekhi, Dr Deen Mohammad, Mir Ghafaar Langov, Sangath Sana Baloch, Ali Asghar Bangluzai and Maqbool Zafar Baloch has entered in its 55th day. They too have been illegally detained by the Pakistani Paramilitary.

The families of missing Baloch activist say “That they have tried every method of protest for recovery of our loved ones. But we have no knowledge of any progress about our loved ones. We (the families) have serious concerns about safety of our loved ones”. They too have appealed to the UN, European Union and all other peace loving people to press Pakistani Intelligence Agencies and make sure the safe and early recovery of Baluch forced-disappeared activists.

Similarly, the uninterrupted token hunger strike for the recovery of Chakar Marri, Mujeed Baloch, Sami Baloch, Abdul Nasir Baloch, Najeeb Qambarani and Altaf Bugti has entered its 49th day.

The sister of Safeer Baluch said “That her brother has been suffering from a kidney pain for a long time. He along with his friend Abid Shah had gone to Panjgur hospital for his treatment where they became victims of Pakistani security forces.” She said that her brother was beaten on the spot, his hands and legs were tied before they crammed him in a security forced vehicle. “My brother has not committed any crimes; his only crime is that he is a Baluch and has sympathies for Baluch Nationalists political parties” she added.

In the case of Mahboob Wadhela Baloch, was abducted from a Karachi-Gwader bound passenger van on April 02, 2010. According to avaliable in Mahboob Baloch alongside several other passengers were about to leave for Gwader from Karachi when several plain-clothed officials of intelligence agencies stopped the passenger van at Yousaf Goath in Karachi. The eye witnesses have reported that plain-clothed men abducted Mr Wadhela at gun point, almost dragged him to their vehicle and drove off towards an unknown location. The witnesses noted that the perpetrators were driving an official car.

The brother of Mahboob Wadhela is on 4th consecutive day of hunger strike till death for the recovery of his abducted brother. Hussain Wadhela while talking to the local media said “it’s a heartless country that would separate loved ones. Judiciary of this country is failed to recover the missing persons. The lives of Baloch missing persons are in danger. We will continue to record our protest in front of the world until last breaths.”

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