The Workers’ Party Pakistan (WPP) has called on the Supreme Court to take definitive action in the Baloch missing persons case and warned that the divide between the Baloch people and the rest of Pakistan will grow even deeper if the issue was not addressed.
In a statement issued here by the WPP President Abid Hasan Minto and Information Secretary Aasim Sajjad on Tuesday, the WPP has also urged progressive forces in Punjab to come together to build a common front against ongoing state repression in the country’s largest province to prove to the Baloch victims of state terror that the working people of Punjab stand in solidarity with them.
The statement said that the unanimous reaction of all political forces, commercial segments and ordinary people on the death anniversary of Nawab Akbar Bugti confirms that a wide cross-section of society is united for the Baloch cause and that the distrust and resentment against the Pakistani state has almost reached the point of no return.
An issue that must be addressed, said a party representative.
Meanwhile, the WPP leaders said that while the SC has warned the civilian government as well as the Frontier Corps, it has not taken any definitive action that would restore the faith of the Baloch and other ethnic communities of the province in the state.
If the state institutions cannot be trusted then it is up to ordinary civilians to demonstrate that they oppose the policy of state repression in the largest province of the country, he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 29th, 2012.
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