Missing persons relatives take to streets in Quetta

QUETTA - A large number of relatives of the Baloch missing persons including women and children staged a sit-in outside the office of Quetta commissioner on Thursday for four hours after they were stopped to go to the Governors House for holding a demonstration. The rally was organised by the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons. Relatives of around 40 missing persons participated in the rally. Carrying portraits of their beloved ones and placards inscribed with various demands and slogans, the relatives of missing persons took out a rally from outside the Quetta press club to protest the brutal killing of missing persons. As the rally reached outside the office of Quetta commissioner, police and personnel of other law enforcement agencies stopped them and did not allow them to go towards the Governors House. The protestors staged a sit-in outside the commissioners office for four hours in the scorching heat. Meanwhile, massive traffic jam was witnessed on main roads of the city. While addressing on the occasion, Voice for Baloch Missing Persons President Nasrullah Baloch, father of missing Jalil Reki, Qadeer Baloch, sisters of Dr Din Muhammad and Hafiz Saeed, late Ghaffar Langov and others strongly criticised administration for not letting them to go towards the Governors House. They condemned the killing of missing persons at the alleged hands of intelligence agencies during illegal detention, saying so far 170 mutilated dead bodies of Baloch youths including teachers, journalists, doctors, engineers, poets, writers and lawyers had been recovered during the past one year. He said children and women had been protesting and organising rallies for the recovery of their beloved ones for a long time but neither govt nor judiciary was taking notice of these protests. Nasrullah Baloch said the govt had repeatedly promised to recover all missing persons but instead of honouring its commitment more people were being whisked away by the law enforcement agencies. He demanded of the govt that if missing persons were involved in any unlawful activity then they should be produced before the court of law instead of putting them in different torture cells. He also demanded of the UN and humanitarian organisations to take immediate notice of the matter and exert pressure on govt so that missing persons could be recovered. He feared if international human rights organisation did not exert pressure on the Pakistani government to stop the killing of missing persons, the lives of the rest of the missing persons would be at risk.

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