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There is little doubt that the operations and disappearances carried out by the security agencies are fanning the fire in Balochistan
It makes strategic sense to speak about missing persons in Balochistan as a human rights issue. The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) representatives, who are about to complete their long march from Quetta to Islamabad, know they cannot link the missing persons issue with the ongoing ethno-nationalist uprising. Doing so would put them in far more danger than they are already in.
MULTAN: Activists of Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) held a demonstration outside the Multan Press Club on Thursday against the discovery of mutilated bodies from mass graves in Tootak, military operation, forced disappearance and extra-judicial killing of Baloch people.
Protesters, led by VBMP Chairman Mama Abdul Qadeer, chanted slogans against the United Nations and international media over their ‘silence’ at the discovery of mass graves.
IT constitutes a picture that any society would find unbearably moving — if that society still had it in itself to care: a group of some two dozen people, mainly women and children, resolutely traversing on foot the long and arduous terrain from Quetta to Karachi. Led by Mama Qadeer Baloch, they clutch pictures of loved ones who have ‘gone missing’, a euphemism for men thought to have been illegally apprehended and detained by the shadowy intelligence and security apparatus. The march has been undertaken by the advocacy group Voice for Baloch Missing Persons. Why? Because despite the ‘missing persons’ having been an issue for several years now, despite sporadic initiatives by various parties and the mouthing of good intentions, despite the Supreme Court’s instructions, there has been no meaningful progress. Mutilated bodies of men continue to be found dumped across the province, and even in Karachi; calls for the security establishment to disclose the facts go ignored — as does the plight of the families of the missing by both state and citizenry that seem to have washed their hands of Balochistan and its many legitimate grievances.
American Friends of Balochistan
Liberation is a fundamental right of every nation
July 27, 2010
ATTN. Mr T. Kumar
Amnesty International &
other honorable officials and volunteers;
Dear Mr.T. Kumar,
Please see herewith a news item related to the extra judicial killing of two enforced and involuntarily disappeared persons Ashfaq Mullahzai, 25, and Farooq Mengal, 30, in Occupied Balochistan.
The two were in the custody of Pakistan’s secret service for more than two months.
There are more than 1,000 involuntarily disappeared persons in Occupied Balochistan, where the Baloch people are engaged in a struggle for freedom from Pakistan.