“Tell me the name of the agency that has detained Zahid Baloch. When those who have him admit he is in their custody, I will end my strike.” Lateef Johar
KARACHI: In the scorching heat outside Karachi Press Club, the Balochistan chief minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, sat next to a pale Lateef Johar and asked him to give up the hunger strike. “I have come to meet you and appeal to you to end your hunger strike,” he said to Johar. The chief minister had come to Karachi to especially meet Johar on Wednesday.
KARACHI: The Baloch Students Organisation (Azad) has warned the authorities to immediately release its chairman Zahid Baloch or it will seek help of the United Nations and other international human rights bodies to get him recovered.
BSO-A acting chairperson Karima Baloch said at a press conference at the press club here on Sunday that over a month and a half had passed since their leader was picked up reportedly by security forces. They had neither released him nor admitted to having him in custody, she said.
It is clear that both are part of a larger move: The systematic elimination of the BSO-Azaad, through a brutal and targeted campaign of its membership and leadership.
By Mahvish Ahmad
Twenty-four year old Latif Johar is wasting away outside the Karachi Press Club. Three weeks ago, he declared a hunger strike unto death, in protest against the disappearance of Zahid Baloch, the chairman of the Baloch Student Organisation-Azaad, or BSO-Azaad.
In history many well-known personalities stood up for hunger strike against Human Rights violations, occupations, killings and corruption,causing several influential individuals to lose their lives.
Sacrificing one’s own life is the height of struggle and death from hunger needs a cause leading one to glory.
Eyes yellowing but sparkling with determination, Lateef Johar vows to carry on his month-long hunger strike until his missing leader is recovered – or he dies and another young Baloch takes his place.
A month ago the 23-year-old chose to sit outside Karachi Press Club and refuse food, to demand the return of Zahid Baloch, the chairperson of the Azad group of the Baloch Students Organisation (BSO).
Toronto Progressive Students, Baloch, Sindhis Protest against Enforced Disappearance of Zahid Baloch, Chairman BSO-Azad – Express Solidarity with Lateef Johar and Balochistan Struggle.
Toronto, May 18, 2014 – A large number of progressive students, Baloch and Sindhi activists gathered at Nathan Philips Square to protest the enforced disappearance of Zahid Baloch, Chairman of Baloch Students Organization-Azad (BSO-Azad), on March 18th, 2014 by the Pakistani Frontier Corps from Quetta, Balochistan. This is yet another case of enforced disappearances of the Baloch people, who are resisting domination and exploitation of their resources by the Pakistani military and intelligence establishments.