Friday, January 20, 2012

Families of missing Baloch stage protest

Several women and children staged a sit-in outside the Karachi Press Club (KPC) on Friday to protest against the kidnapping of Baloch youths and the dumping of their bodies in different parts of the province. The protesters demanded the recovery of all missing persons. This issue has garnered international attention, and numerous global human rights groups and statesmen have expressed concern for the missing persons of Balochistan. In a statement, Vice Chairman VBMP Abdul Qadeer Baloch said, “We have been receiving bodies of the missing persons [on a regular basis].” He said eight mutilated bodies have been found since the beginning of this year and as many as 360 mutilated bodies have been found so far in Balochistan. He said that the law of the jungle prevailed in Balochistan and that the Baloch were being kidnapped by security agencies from their homes, schools, colleges and universities and were being kept in private jails. The captives were then brutally tortured and their mutilated bodies thrown in deserted areas.

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