Missing persons relatives hold demo in Quetta

QUETTA - A large number of relatives of Baloch missing persons on Sunday staged a demo in front of Quetta Press Club to protest against discovery of bullet-riddled bodies of missing persons and undue delay in recovery of other missing persons. They feared that if immediate steps were not taken for recovery of missing persons who, they alleged, have been whisked away by State intelligence agencies, they would be killed in the same manner. The protest was organised by Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) led by its Chairman Nasrullah Baloch. Relatives of around 30 missing persons attended the demonstration. The participants of the demo were carrying placards, portraits of their dear ones and banners inscribed with various demands. They were also raising slogans in support of their demands asking humanitarian organisations and world community to play their due role in stopping alleged genocide of Baloch nation. Addressing the protestors, VBMP President Nasrullah Baloch, sister of abducted Dr.Din Muhammad, sister of Zakir Majeed and others, strongly criticised the govt and alleged that violation of human rights was touching its peak in Balochistan as recovery of bullet-riddled bodies of Baloch youth and political workers had become routine. 'Relatives of missing persons have been protesting and organising rallies for the recovery of their relatives for a long time but neither government nor judiciary is taking notice of these protests, they regretted. 'More than 220 bodies of Baloch missing persons have been recovered in the past 15 months who were severely tortured and their bodies were thrown away in desolate areas, they alleged, adding, that incidents of forced disappearances and discovery of bullet-riddled bodies had increased during last 10 days. They demanded of the govt that if missing persons were involved in any unlawful activity then they should be produced before court of law instead of putting them in different torture cells. They appealed UN and humanitarian organisations for taking immediate notice of the matter and exerting pressure on govt to stop kill and dump incidents and recover missing persons.

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