Families of missing
Baloch stage protest.
Several women and children staged a sit-in outside
the Karachi Press Club (KPC) on Friday to protest
against the kidnapping of Baloch youths and the
dumping of their bodies in different parts of the
The protesters demanded the recovery of all missing
persons. This issue has garnered international
attention, and numerous global human rights groups
and statesmen have expressed concern for the missing
persons of Balochistan.
The protest was organised by the Voice for Baloch
Missing Persons (VBMP), a group campaigning against
‘forced’ disappearances. Senior Baloch activists
were also present at the protest. The protesters
displayed placards and banners condemning ‘forced’
disappearances of Baloch youths.
In a statement, Vice Chairman VBMP Abdul Qadeer
Baloch said, “We have been receiving bodies of the
missing persons [on a regular basis].” He said eight
mutilated bodies have been found since the beginning
of this year and as many as 360 mutilated bodies
have been found so far in Balochistan.
He said that the law of the jungle prevailed in
Balochistan and that the Baloch were being kidnapped
by security agencies from their homes, schools,
colleges and universities and were being kept in
private jails. The captives were then brutally
tortured and their mutilated bodies thrown in
Baloch said that the government’s commission to
probe this issue was a “cruel joke”, and that it
defied the international charter of human rights. He
said the “contradictory statements” of rulers being
published in newspapers were a testimony to the fact
that the state wanted to extend its “kill and throw
away” policy, which would eventually create a
massive human crisis in the region. He regretted
that the electronic media was not giving proper
coverage to the rallies of the Voice for Baloch
Missing Persons. He said the protesters were being
harassed by different means: sometimes they were
threatened that the missing persons would be
tortured if protests did not stop.
Baloch stated that though the family members of
missing people were also under threat they were
determined to continuing their protest. He also
appealed to European Union, United Nations to pay
heed to the violation of human rights in Balochistan.