Baloch missing persons: Relatives receive threats to end strike

Published: October 17, 2011

Relatives of missing persons have been on hunger strike for past 522 days in camp outside Quetta Press Club.

QUETTA: The relatives of Baloch missing persons have been threatened to end their hunger strike camp set up outside the Quetta Press Club, confirmed Qadir Baloch, father of missing Baloch Republican Party (BRP) leader Jaleel Raiki.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Qadir accused the government functionaries and a pro-government organisation of sending him threats through cell phone and by visiting his residence and hunger strike camps.

“We had set up this camp about one and half year ago which is the sole platform for the relatives of missing persons to raise their voice. Families from far-flung areas come to register their protest,” he said.

He said that two men had visited the camp and asked to him to end the strike. “He told me if I want my son alive then I must end the strike. I argued that if you people release all the missing persons then we will end our strike.”

Qadir said he had a list of those missing persons whose relatives are on strike.

“We have been on token hunger strike for the past 522 days and are demanding immediate release of our missing relatives. Our voice has been heard by international humanitarian organisations like Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and others; and now some elements are threatening us to end the strike,” he added.

Qadir, who was sitting alone at the camp, said he realises the pain that a family feels after losing a loved one. “I informed the HRCP and other organizations about these threats.”

The relatives of the missing persons said they observed hunger strike outside Supreme Court, National Press Club and in Karachi but to no avail.

According to Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VFBM), an organisation striving for the recovery of missing persons, over 8,000 people are missing from Balochistan and they have complete information or data about 1,300 missing persons. They said the mutilated and bullet riddled bodies of over 200 Baloch missing persons were found dumped.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Jameel
    Oct 18, 2011 - 1:11AM

    He told me if I want my son alive then
    I must end the strike.

    So the big brother accepts it is responsible for missing persons…what happened to foreign hand?

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  • Danish
    Oct 18, 2011 - 1:39AM

    Mr. Zardari / Mr. Kyani!!! Can u please put a finger on our map and tell me where Balochistan is?

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  • MarkH
    Oct 18, 2011 - 2:10AM

    That’s how peace works in the area. If threats don’t work to shut people up, make more threats until they’re silent or dead and then blame some outsiders for doing it to the point of trying to get a movement going that was always intended to die out after the big talk. If a person dies and gets a big reaction, just kill one somewhere else that will get a bigger reaction. The law of distraction.

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  • tasawar malik
    Oct 18, 2011 - 4:07AM

    The commentors should switch of their AC and visit balochistan to know the truth

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  • Ishrat Salim
    Oct 18, 2011 - 4:17PM

    Mr tasawar malik….can you be more specific….?? you mean…it is nothing like it is said to be…?? Baluchistan is all right & peaceful….??Recommend

  • kamal baloch
    Oct 22, 2011 - 8:37AM

    there are more than 14000 disappeared people baloches in balochistan and also in sind especially in karachi where living 4 million baloches.this survey in internet for balochistan is very difficult.because in balochistan there is no electricity,no internet,may be less than 1
    using internet, where is no electricity.they cant use internet and also media.but in balochistan also in eastern,and western being genocide baloch nation,who have a a greate history,cultureand land,but in 21 th century in time of progress, civilisation,and progress,everydayday in pakistan abducting baloch youths,journalists,advocates,and simple peoples,and in iran fascist regime of iran is hanging them.there is no difference between them fasicism and genocidism of pakistan and iran in balochistan

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