Marchers demand political solution to Balochistan issue

Arshad Ali
ISLAMABAD: The protesters, under the guidance of the Voice of Missing Baloch Persons (VMBP), hope to raise awareness about human rights violations in Balochistan and demand the recovery of their missing relatives.
The long march participants, who left Quetta over four months ago, participated in a seminar jointly organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and Insani Huqooq Itehad (IHI) here on Wednesday.
Speaking to audience, Mama Qadeer Baloch, Head, Voice of Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) said that the marchers were disappointed with the actions of government and courts. Qadeer has been leading the protest of the Voice of Baloch Missing Persons. While sharing the hurdles of their march, he revealed that they are being threatened to end their march. However, they have decided to keep on going this journey.
On this occasion, Farzana Baloch, Marcher, Voice of Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) talked about her brother Zakir Majeed, who has been missing since June 2009. She said that there are many remote areas where people are unable to report about their missing members. In this regard, she suggested that civil society should organize a survey about missing persons and media should expose all such cases.
Salma Jafer, Social Activist said that the human rights organizations and civil society in Pakistan need to wake up for protests, to seek justice and to raise voice. Unfortunately 19,500 people are missing and there is no proper action taken by our government. While speaking about the history of Baloch women, she said that Baloch females has always been strong, determined and warrior of the time. Farzana Baloch should be a hero for not only Pakistan but for international community as well.
Haris Khalique, Human Right Activist demanded a political solution for Balochistan.
The march also included people from Karachi and Hyderabad in search of their missing relatives. They have repeatedly called upon the government and UN agencies for rapid action for recovery of missing persons of Balouchistan.


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