VBMP Long March participant in imminent danger in Punjab

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BALOCHISTAN – Feb 17: Mama Qadeer Baloch, Vice President of Voice of Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) has informed media and human rights groups that he has been constantly receiving seriously threatening phone calls from various unknown sources on regular basis. The person(s) on the other end of the line state categorically that “a decision has been taken that the VBMP long marcher will not be allowed to enter Rawalpindi.”

The person(s) state that preparations are under way to ensure that the march is stopped before Rawalpindi.

The last mystery caller told Mama Qadeer Baloch that the long march should turn back rather than continue. The caller stated that “they will not allow VBMP long marchers to present their demands in front of the United Nation’s office in Islamabad at any cost.”

Day 67 – VBMP Long March has arrived at Wazirabad where they will be spending the night.

There has been a dramatic increase in the number of unidentified mysterious personnel patrol around the VBMP long marchers and for the first time a contingent of female police is now also present.  It should be noted that female police personnel is brought only when women protestors have to be arrested or controlled.

The presence of female police contingent is also causing great anxiety amongst the marchers as it seems that there may be an attempt to thwart the long march with force.

Mama Qadeer Baloch appealed to the civil society and progressive organizations for support and solidarity. “We need human rights groups and political parties to make an immediate press statement to allow the march to proceed peacefully to Islamabad.” he said.

“We also appeal to members of the press and media that the long march is peaceful and non-violent and is raising a just demand to release/recover missing persons.  The print and electronic media should take notice of the imminent danger to the participants of the VBMP long march,” Mama Qadeer Baloch added.

If something were to happen to Mama Qadeer Baloch and his companions, the situation in Balochistan will definitely take a more disturbing turn. Judges and lawyers should take note that these are unarmed civilians in a peaceful long march for the rule of law.

Hence, it is vital that the march is not only protected but that it is allowed to exercise its democratic right of reaching its destination and presenting its demands to the United Nations for the recovery and whereabouts of the missing persons.

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