Balochistan: VBMP rally for resurfacing missing BSO-Azad chairman


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 BALOCHISTAN: Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), an advocacy group to secure the early and safe recovery of Baloch missing persons, took out a procession in Quetta on Saturday and demanded safe immediate release of the Chairman Baloch Students Organization (BSO-Azad).

VBMP accused Frontier Corps (FC) and security agencies of whisking away Zahid Baloch, Chairman BSO-Azad, during a raid at a house in Satellite Town of Quetta on March 18th, 2014. Dozens of women took part in the procession. They were holding portraits of the Zahid Baloch and banners inscribed with slogan “United Nations and International Humanitarian Organizations must take prompt action against illegal arrest and detention of BSO-Azad’s Chairman Zahid Baloch”

The protesters demanded to lodge an FIR against FC who they say had whisked away Zahid Baloch in presence of other BSO-Azad leaders.

The procession led by Mama Abdul Qadeer Baloch whose son leader of Baloch Republican Party (BRP) Abdul Jaleel Reki’ mutilated body was found dumped a couple of years ago in Kech district.

Procession started in front of the Quetta Press Club and wanted to stage a sit-in protest in front of the Chief Minister Secretariat. However, the protestors were stopped near Hockey Chowk where police erected barricades. The protesting women chanted full throat slogans against security forces for their alleged involvement in kidnapping and throwing the mutilated bodies of Baloch political opponents.

“Our demand is to produce the Chairman of BSO-Azad before the court of law. FC in front of other members of BSO had abducted Zahid Baloch from a house in SatelliteTown,” said Mama Qadeer, adding that the security forces will kill Zahid in illegal detention cell, if immediate action was not taken. “The security forces going to kill Zahid Baloch. The eyewitnesses are willing to testify,” he added.

The traffic on Zarghoon Road remained blocked for hours which caused the traffic jam. Later on Deputy Commissioner Quetta came to pacify the angry protestors. He assured that he will look into the matter and would lodge the FIR about the incident.

Farzana Majeed Baloch whose brother has been missing for years has said there is serious threat to the life of Zahid Baloch and her brother Zakir Majeed, leader of central committee BSO-Azad. “Security forces and state-backed militants are trying to eliminate the leadership of the Baloch Students Organization. Hundreds of activists of BSO-Azad had been abducted and their dead bodies were thrown in Balochistan,” she said.

She said young Baloch leaders are being punished and brutally killed because of their peaceful struggle to attain their rights.

There was no statement from security forces about the arrest of BSO-Azad leader. However, security forces on several occasion denied the allegations

Courtesy: Daily Balochistan Express Quetta report By Haseeb ur Rehman

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