Four missing Baloch persons return home

Published: February 26, 2012
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Campaigner alleges they were abducted by govt functionaries. DESIGN: SIDRAH MOIZ KHAN

Campaigner alleges they were abducted by govt functionaries. DESIGN: SIDRAH MOIZ KHAN

QUETTA: 

It may be too early to call it a trend, or to equate it with the effort to pull back a troubled province from the brink, but four Baloch missing persons have returned home to different parts of Balochistan in the past three days.

While reports quoting security officials have placed the number of those returned at nine over the past five days, the chairman of the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VFBMP) Nasrullah Baloch said that only four missing persons were released, and that hundreds were still missing.

“We had information that nine Baloch persons were released, but we have been able to confirm the release of four,” he said.

Family sources confirmed the recovery of Mohammad, son of Gul Jan Baloch, Mohammad Hanif, resident of Mand in Kech district, Majid Baloch, resident of Buleilda, Kech district, and Bohair Ali Baba Johair, resident of coastal town Pasni.

Bohair was kidnapped in September 2011, while the other three were abducted in January, 2012.

“They were abducted by government functionaries recently from their hometowns,” Nasrullah alleged.  The chief of the VFBMP, an organisation striving for the safe recovery of missing persons, further said that it will not be satisfied “until and unless all missing persons are released.”

“The government and judiciary should release all missing persons. We, the relatives of missing persons, demand from the government and concerned authorities to take action against security officials who are involved in extrajudicial killings.”

According to the VFBMP, over 8,000 Baloch political dissidents have been listed as missing during the past couple of years and the organisation has complete details of 1,500 missing persons.

The VFBMP also called upon international humanitarian organisations to take notice of enforced disappearances and the recovery of mutilated and bullet-riddled bodies in Balochistan.

Observers in Balochistan have welcomed the safe recovery of the four missing persons and suggested that, if continued, the move will improve the situation of the province.

The resurfacing of the Baloch missing persons comes at a time when the security situation in Balochistan has come under heightened scrutiny especially following a resolution on Balochistan, recommended in the US Congress. The resolution supported the ‘right to self-determination of Baloch people’.

Earlier, the prime minister announced to convene an all-parties conference on Balochistan, and, on Thursday, the government announced to drop all cases against angry Baloch leaders in an attempt to initiate negotiations. On Friday, President Asif Ali Zardari said he would like to meet the Baloch leaders and tasked Governor Balohistan Nawaz Zulfiqar Ali Magsi to bring the dissidents to the table.

Several cases related to missing persons are also being heard in courts across the country, including the Supreme Court, which, in its last hearing, ordered the ISI and MI chiefs to submit a detailed report on the security situation in Balochistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 26th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Chilli
    Feb 26, 2012 - 11:57AM

    There is a strong possibility that some of the missing are hiding to protect themselves from being snatched by agencies or otherwise. Media should be balanced about reporting.

    We know that BLA too is not a clean force either as they claim killing of innocent labors and pretending as freedom fighters. Such cowardly acts can only be justified by criminals.

    We need to check both parties as the law and order was the main issue of Baloch backwardness. Gawadar port standstill after decade just because of this situation. Government seems keen now to normalize situation but peace is harmful for BLA cause.

    We should open our eyes to see the reality.

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  • Mansoor
    Feb 26, 2012 - 12:55PM

    this is great news, some missing persons came back home, and wishing others will also come to their homes. and we hope All the Balochs are very good Muslims and Overseas Pakistans also want why we made such a news for the world. we the great Balochis, should not follow the persons who was separatist, and they are getting big money from Big Powers and following their agenda, as now a days the move of such peoples are seen in mostly Muslim worlds, those are agents of others, they are not patrotriate peoples. Balochistan have a huge potencials,
    try to get the way to live peace and prosperity, for each balochy, and Pray “Almight Allah” and dont sold the country for some money, and think about your coming generations, Independent Balochistan will never be alone powerful, it will be a weeker state, and now a days the law of the world if law of Jungle, big powers will take it back, the money they are spending now a days. think as a wise nation. Mansoor Recommend

  • Falcon
    Feb 26, 2012 - 1:27PM

    Good news.

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  • Feb 26, 2012 - 5:17PM

    Good news, indeed!

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  • PakPunjabi
    Feb 26, 2012 - 8:11PM

    Alhumdulillah! Allah bless them with prosperity and a life full of happiness! Ameen!

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  • Farooq
    Feb 27, 2012 - 2:27PM

    I pray that,
    All those Punjabi Settlers who are missing, may also start coming back.

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