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.
by Irfan Aslam
“As a child, I used to dream of coming to Lahore to study in its universities but look what fate has brought me here for,” remarks Farzana Majeed, a member of Mama Qadeer’s Voice of Baloch Missing People’s (VBMP) long march.
“Only a few people came out to respond to the cries of the Baloch in a Lahore of 20 million people. This city does not seem to feel our pain,” she said while addressing a gathering in front of the Punjab Union of Journalists’ office.
SAHIWAL: Up to 18,500 people of Balochistan have been missing since 2000, and of them data on 14,000 has been documented by the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP).
Mama Abdul Qadeer Baloch, VBMP chairman, said this while talking to reporters in Sahiwal on Thursday. Mr Baloch, the VBMP chairman, is leading a long march from Karachi to Islamabad to highlight the issue of missing Baloch people.
KARACHI: The long march of voice of Baloch missing persons for the recovery of abducted Baloch activists has reached to Okarra city of Punjab on Friday.
Some activists of NFS and other social activists joined the long march but the public support for Baloch march in Punjab remained low as usual.
MULTAN: The Baloch activists, led by Voice for Baloch Missing Persons Chairperson Mama Qadeer Baloch, arrived in Multan on Wednesday on the 76th day of their long march to Islamabad highlighting the issue of Baloch missing people.
Several Seraiki nationalist parties, commoners and Baloch students of educational institutions welcomed the group showering rose petals on the participants.
DERA GHAZI KHAN: On 44th day of their journey to Islamabad from Karachi (71 days from Quetta)
, the participants of VBMP long march for the recovery of Baloch missing persons will reach here on Sunday morning (today).
Pubjab, Pakistan: The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons Long March ended their 39th day of walked on Monday 15 Kilometer away from Rajanpur.
Despite many obstacles the marchers were determined to continue their journey to reached Islamabad.
Four members of ISI stopped the march near Rajanpur and tried to pressurise them to abandon their walk but the leaders of march insisted that they will continue the march to reach Islamabad.
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
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.