Sunday, 26 December 2010

Missing students: Protesters demand foreign intervention

Occupied Balochistan: The Baloch Students Organisation (BSO) – Azad on Saturday held a demonstration to protest the kidnapping of its activists and demanded that international humanitarian organisations intervene in the matter.

The demonstration was held at the Quetta press club. Protesters chanted slogans against the government and security forces accusing them of killing political opponents while in custody.

Addressing the protesters, BSO leader Banuk Andalaib criticised the judiciary for being a mere “spectator” in dealing with the issue of missing persons and the extra-judicial arrest of young Baloch people and political opponents.

“The chief justice took notice of missing prisoners but completely ignored the long-standing issue of missing Balochs and the worsening human rights situation in Balochistan in which the security agencies are directly involved,” she said. Andalaib added that attitude towards Baloch people can be gauged by how they received decomposed bodies of their loved ones during the holy month of Ramazan and even on the eve of Eid.

The protesters urged the United Nations and other international humanitarian organisations to intervene and take notice of the “inhumane treatment” of Baloch political opponents.

According to BSO, as many as four bullet-riddled bodies of its activists have been recovered from different parts of Balochistan while 16 of its activists are still missing. (Courtesy: Tribune Express)

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