VBMP Long March reaches Larkana after 27 days, journey towards Islamabad despite rain and cold weather


Pakistani intelligence agencies have been threatening marcher since he started the march but now PPP and government of Punjab also seem to be annoyed by his historic and peaceful long march. ~ Mama Qadeer Baloch said

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LARKANA: A long march of Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), arranged for the recovery of missing persons, reached Larkana, Sindh on Wednesday after 27 days.

The 1500-km-long march, led by VBMP Chairman Mama Abdul Qadeer Baloch, Farzana Majeed (sister of Zakir Majeed) and the relatives of other missing persons, left Karachi for Islamabad on December 13, 2013.

The long march is aimed at drawing the attention of the authorities and international human rights organisations towards the ‘human rights violations’ in Balochistan.

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Hundreds of Sindhi and Baloch activists joined the march to express their solidarity with the families of abducted Baloch activists. The marchers continued chanting slogans for the release of abducted Baloch and against state atrocities in Balochistan and Sindh.

Baloch marchers turned down the lunch offer of Bilawal Bhutto-Zadari which angered the PPP activists and they misbehaved with Baloch female participants of the march. The PPP activists also threatened the marchers and said, “Let’s see how you are going to cross Larkana?”

Qadeer Baloch told media that he did not accept Bilawal’s lunch because he considers Pakistan People’s Party as the killer of hundreds of Baloch activists. He said during PPP era the ex-interior minister Rehman Malik ordered kill and dump policy in Balochistan. “My son Jaleel Reki and hundreds of others were abducted, tortured and killed during the PPP government. How can you expect me to dine with them?” he added.

Qadeer Baloch said the Pakistani intelligence agencies have been threatening him since he started the march but now PPP and government of Punjab also seem to be annoyed by his historic and peaceful long march.

The Baloch marcher will organise of public awareness gathering on Thursday (Jan 09, 2013) at 02pm near Larkana Press Club. They will talk about continuous human rights violations and extra-judicial killings in Balochistan. They’ve requested Sindh, Baloch and other human rights activists to join their gathering.

Qadeer Baloch and Farzana Majeed Baloch thanked people of Sindh and Sindhi, Baloch nationalist parties for their support and encouragement.

The marcher vowed to continue their journey towards Islamabad despite rain and cold weather.

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