Saturday, March 23, 2013

UN urged to resolve missing persons issue in Balochistan

Quetta: The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons has urged international organizations, including the United Nations, to conduct an inquiry into the issue of enforced disappearances as the people no longer trust the government agencies operating in Balochistan. Families of missing persons on Saturday sought intervention of the United Nations in resolving missing person’s issue on immediate basis, saying Supreme Court of Pakistan has failed to settle it. “The United Nations has a moral and legal obligation to help settle the issue of missing persons in Balochistan in accordance with the wishes and will of the people. Now more than ever, the UN must intervene in the issue to produce all the missing persons in Balochistan” said the family members of missing persons’ Family members of missing persons said issue of missing persons cannot be left on Supreme Court of Pakistan as efforts made by Supreme Court of Pakistan in the past have failed. The family members of missing persons said that they want a peaceful and lasting solution of missing persons issue with the participation of united nation and other humanist groups. Family members said that that Pakistani Army is using the most advanced military tactics against Baloch people for raising voice for their human rights. They said the involvement of state agencies in the disappearances was clear from the fact that many missing people, about whom the government had earlier been claiming ignorance, had been brought to court. They said they had no confidence in any commission set up by the government and would not accept their findings. It is worth mentioning here that since the start of latest military operation in March 2005, thousands of innocent Baloch women and children have been killed in these operations and over 150,000 Baloch have been forced to flee their hometowns and are living in different IDP camps in Punjab, Sindh and neighboring Afghanistan while more than 15,000 people are reportedly missing in different parts of Balochistan. Speaking about the rise in death of Baloch political activists, chairman voice for Baloch missing persons said that in the last one month alone, about 28 bullet-riddled bodies of Baloch missing persons have been found in different areas of Balochistan; even nine bullet-riddled bodies were found in various parts of Karachi.

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