WASHINGTON: US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher has asked the US State Department to provide his office with information on the disappearance of Zakir Majeed, the vice chairman of the Baloch Student Organisation, who was reportedly abducted in June 2009.
According to the letter sent by Rep. Rohrabacher’s office to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Republican Congressman said, “on June 8, 2009 an ethnic Baloch named Zakir Majeed was abducted, likely by agents of Pakistani intelligence. I ask that the State Department provide my office with all information about the kidnapping and kidnappers of Majeed.”
The press release sent by Rep. Rohrabacher’s office says that. “Human rights groups have recorded hundreds of cases of ethnic Baloch men disappearing or allegedly being killed by Pakistan’s security forces.”
The release further alleged that the Pakistani government uses kidnapping and murder as a tool to repress Baloch who express a desire for autonomy.
Rep. Rohrabacher is the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. In 2012, he introduced legislation asking for the citizens of Balochistan to be given the right of self-determination. He has also introduced a bill asking for Dr Shakil Afridi to be given the Congressional Gold Medal and US citizenship. In February 2012, he held a Congressional hearing on the state of human rights in Balochistan.