Baloch missing persons: Long march participants arrive in Rawalpindi

Leader Mama Qadeer says protesters intend to ask UN to send Nato troops to Balochistan to recover their loved ones.

Web Desk February 27, 2014
Long march participants place portraits of their missing relatives on a push-cart. PHOTO: REUTERS

RAWALPINDI: The long march participants, who left Quetta on foot over three months ago, arrived in Rawalpindi on Thursday, Express News correspondent Imran Asghar reported.

The participants, led by Mama Qadeer Baloch under the aegis of the Voice of Missing Baloch Persons (VMBP), hope to raise awareness about human rights violations in Balochistan and demand the recovery of their missing relatives.

Speaking to Express News, Mama Qadeer said that the marchers were disappointed in the government and were frustrated with the courts. He stated that they wish to present their demands to the United Nations in Islamabad.

Mama Qadeer added that they intend to ask the UN to send North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) troops to Balochistan to recover their loved ones.

The marchers said that they have faced many problems in their journey.

Around 30 people are participating in the march and plan to continue their journey via Murree Road to Islamabad, which is around 30 kilometers from the UN office.

The march had started from Quetta on October 27, 2013. The first phase, a 730 kilometre walk, ended in Karachi with a demonstration in front of the Press Club on November 23. The second phase began in mid-December.

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Sher Ahmad Satti | 7 years ago | Reply

We welcome our Baloch Brothers to Rawalpindi/Islamabad. Our voices are with them. The Punjabies, Sindhies, Pakhtons and Gulgit Baltistanies are raisng their voices with them. We all Pakistanis are one brotherhood and we force the Government to help our baloch brothers and sisters.

Dr Priyanka | 7 years ago | Reply I feel bad for them. I was planning to visit the nani mandir in Baluchistan-this is the greatest and main shaktipeeth of all the shaktipeeths for us the worshippers of Durga kali or Sati who was the first wife of Shiva. It is even more important than all, including the one in Kashmir. It is in Hinglaj about a few hours from Gwadar or 125 km from Karachi. If this problem continues my pilgrimage will be never be complete. May the mother shower her blessings and gold on one and all and may the region prosper.
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