Describing the situation in Balochistan as “volatile and worsening with each day passing,” Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan’s president Yasin Khan Azad announced on Saturday that they were organising a conference at Islamabad in April this year.
He claimed at a press conference that the number of missing Baloch is 935. Finding these people and turning them over to their families was primarily a responsibility of the government, he said.
If there are charges of treason against these civilians, they should be put to trial by ordinary courts of law and not before military courts. The government has rejected the stand taken by the families of these missing persons and has claimed that they are working in Dubai or elsewhere. To this, Azad said that the government needs to find them and tell their families with proof that their claims are incorrect and that these men are working elsewhere if this is the case.
Concrete and result-oriented actions are needed like arresting the killers of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti if the government wants to win back the confidence of the Baloch people, said Azad.
Azad announced that a 200-member delegation of lawyers would visit India from March 19. The visit will last for a week during which they will attend an international law conference in Delhi.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 11th, 2012.
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