Wednesday, 2 December 2009

None of the missing persons have reached home: Baloch parties

Open in new windowBalochistan: Most of the Baloch political parties have said that none of the missing person that government claims have been released as part of the package has reached home.

The Pakistani government has claimed that they’ve released 20 missing Baloch as part of the so called “Aghaz-e-haqooq-e-Balochistan”. However only four names of the released person have been revealed so far those include Dr Dost Mohammad, and Shaukat langou of NP ‘a government associated party’, two members of BSO-azaad Saleem and Aurangzeb Baloch and Mir Ahmad Bugti. Independent sources said that these people have been released on bail, but the victims of months of illegal detention are avoiding talking about their ordeals at the moment.

The central spokesman of BRP Mr Sher Mohammad Bugti has said that none of his party members have been released, in fact three hundred members of his party were still missing, whose names they’ve provided to Human Right Commission. He further said that his party was not struggling for anyone’s release or bringing anyone to surface but they were struggling for Independence of Balochistan.

The president of Baloch Bar Association Mr Sadiq Raisani has said that bringing only 20 people to surface or releasing them is “just a pinch” as compared to 8000 missing Baloch. He said Jalil Reki, Iqbal Baloch, Ali Asghar Bangulzai, Zakir Majeed, Kareem Baloch, Hassan marri, Jalat Khan Marri, Safar Khan Marri, Dr Deen Mohammad Baloch, Fazal Baloch, Nako Faiz Baloch and thousands of other Baloch are still missing and none of their family members have been informed about their whereabouts and government has NOT taken any steps to insure their recovery and release.

According to DawnNews, Mr Habib jalib The Central Secretary-General of the Balochistan National Party Mengal has also claimed that none of the missing persons the government released as part of the Balochistan package have reached home. Addressing a protest demonstration outside the Quetta Press Club, Habib Jalib said that the family members of the missing persons are still waiting for their loved ones to return.

It is worth noting that the Pakistan's federal interior minister Rehman Malik most of time has taken side of the intelligence agencies saying that the missing Baloch were not under their custody. The Baloch national parties and families of forced-disappeared persons have always blamed the ISI and MI for abducting the Baloch activists. Some of the forced-disappeared persons released from Pakistani intelligence agency’s custody have revealed that they have seen many Baloch in MI’s secret lock ups.

After the announcement of so called package for Balochistan the government of Pakistan ‘the Prime Minister Mr Gilani’ is now claiming credit for releasing the abducted Baloch, which is in contradiction with the statements of Rehman Malik.

Whether anybody has been released or not the question is; why these people have been arrested at first place. What was their crime? Who is responsible for their illegal abduction and putting them in secret dungeon without and due process of law for several months and years?

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