Baloch missing persons: Long march participants arrive in Rawalpindi

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

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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  • Mahmood
    Feb 27, 2014 - 1:38PM

    Please read Haroon-ur-Rasid column today about this missing person stigma.

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  • roadkashehzada
    Feb 27, 2014 - 2:30PM

    killing non baloch labourers and settlers living there for generations, burning quaid’s residency, joining pakistan’s clear enemies and inviting foreign forces to invade pakistan are the precise reasons why they are not getting support from masses in punjab. Masses of punjab listened to ZA bhutto and BB of Sindh, always respected Mr. and Mrs Wali khan of KPKRecommend

  • laiq
    Feb 27, 2014 - 2:48PM

    @Mahood
    You are right on target.
    Here is the link for said column: http://www.columnpk.com/tilism-e-hoshruba-ka-bab-e-awwal-by-haroon-ur-rasheed/#more-111933

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  • Ahmad
    Feb 27, 2014 - 3:07PM

    30 People? How is that march? LOL

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  • Feb 27, 2014 - 3:22PM

    Common Rawalpindians lets participate in The long march.

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  • PeaceMonger
    Feb 27, 2014 - 3:47PM

    @Ahmad:
    Please respect the cause for which they are marching. Rather than making fun of them you should be supporting the people who have lost their loved ones.

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  • Baloch
    Feb 27, 2014 - 3:51PM

    @ Mr Mahmood! Just try and walk a few kilometers. You will soon realize no money or motive (as Mr Haroon Rashid childishly claims in his column) except the love of your loved ones can make you walk 2000 km. These are women, children and a 70 year old. @Mr Ahmed! If 2000 km doesn’t qualify as march to you then walking to moon might.Yes small number just shows how all of us have become numb (or afraid) to all injustices happening around us.

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  • Ali Raja
    Feb 27, 2014 - 3:56PM

    @Ahmad,

    30 People….Don’t go on numbers.

    Realise the pain behind their long travel to capital.

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  • Anwaar
    Feb 27, 2014 - 4:25PM

    @roadkashahzada
    punishment to the population of millions for the evils of some miscreants cant be justified in any civilized state….its people like you and me who are responsible for the dismal state of this country because we are the ones who vote for these feudals and treat them as our leaders ..(oh and majority of feudal belong to Punjab) ..

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  • Factual
    Feb 27, 2014 - 4:35PM

    Punjabi people are mostly humble, kind, likeable people. Basically just like every other ethnic/racial group in the world. I don’t understand all the hatred for Punjabis in the country.

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  • Pindiwal
    Feb 27, 2014 - 4:37PM

    These people are highly unwelcomed in Rawalpindi.I have friends from Quetta and other areas of Balochistan who love Pakistan and hate these stooges who are acting to appease their handlers.We love the true Balochs not some imposters who want to disintegrate Pakistan just for the sake of few grand dollars.Recommend

  • Pindiwal
    Feb 27, 2014 - 4:38PM

    These people are highly unwelcomed in Rawalpindi.I have friends from Quetta and other areas of Balochistan who love Pakistan and hate these stooges who are acting to appease their handlers.We love the true Balochs not some imposters who want to disintegrate Pakistan just for the sake of few grand dollars.

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  • Humayun
    Feb 27, 2014 - 5:29PM

    Respect the courage and conviction. GoP and Tax Payers pay in millions the hospital and security bills of a 70 year old retired general while another subject of the welfare states walks 2000 + KM with women and children carrying their plea, girevances and message.

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  • Ahmad
    Feb 27, 2014 - 5:48PM

    These ppl are puppets of foreign agencies and don;t deserve our respect or any kind of support. No wonder only 30 ppl showed up because True Balochs are Pakistani patriots. This so called “March” is a fraud. 30 ppl what a joke.

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  • concerned
    Feb 27, 2014 - 6:15PM

    “demand UN to send NATO troops”

    This is a new one.

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  • Humayun
    Feb 27, 2014 - 6:34PM

    I am from Quetta and I am not an ethnic Baloch but I respect courage, persevarence, conviction and appreciate their grievance and pleas..Some have taken the arms but generally the people across Balochistan are living in poverty with out access to basic facilities and amenities, helath care and education.

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  • rafia
    Feb 27, 2014 - 7:32PM

    @PeaceMonger:
    ii appreciate ur thinking toward us as a baloch we feel proud owing to this long march ,but illiterate people r unaware of this fact ………..30 people can change the status quo of pakistan…………

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  • Amira
    Feb 27, 2014 - 8:06PM

    @Factual:
    That’s YOUR opinion!

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  • Amira
    Feb 27, 2014 - 8:17PM

    @Pindiwal and Ahmad:
    You wouldn’t know a “true Baloch” if you stumbled over one, as most people in Punjab don’t know anything about Balochistan. Be happy that you live in the peace and comfort of your homes, but don’t judge other people whose lives are much harder than you can ever imagine. And after commenting as you do, please also do not complain that other ethnicities don’t really like you much.

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  • Pakistan Khan
    Feb 28, 2014 - 2:28AM

    @Pindiwal:

    Oh yeah, you don’t like Baloch!!! If you hate them that much then stop using their natural gas from now on!!! The problem with the Punjabis is they don’t want to give rights to other ethnicities (including poor Saraikis) and always use “patriotism card” whenever others complain about their colonial mindset.

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  • Feb 28, 2014 - 3:16AM

    @Amira:
    I’m living in Balochistan since my birth,, its all exaggeration whats been shown in Media. No innocent person has been killed,, its all BLA or BRA militants, with open foreign funding

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  • khan
    Feb 28, 2014 - 10:29AM

    look at mama qadeer………….he is inviting NATO to come and recover their relativesss………. the missing persons also belong to CIA and RAW………Our agencies dunt have personal grudges with them.but if a person is spreading the agenda of foreigner,so he has to face all these consequences….. Pakistan ZindaAbad

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  • Feb 28, 2014 - 9:36PM

    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.Recommend

  • Sher Ahmad Satti
    Mar 2, 2014 - 2:58AM

    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.

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