Islamabad, November 20: People of Balochistan on Monday protested against atrocities committed by the Pakistan Army. Protesters demand the immediate release of hundreds of Baloch political activists and students who have been illegally abducted by Inter-Services Intelligence and the Pakistan Army in the past few months. The raised slogans against the Pakistan government. According to reports, a large number of women and children joined massive rallies against enforced disappearances in the Pakistani province.
The protesters also demanded that enforced disappearances should be criminalised. There are many such families who have been silently fighting for injustice. In Quetta, a large number of missing persons' families were joined by civil rights and human rights activists to work for the safe recovery of Baloch missing persons. Nasurallah Baloch, Chairman of Voice of Baloch Missing Persons said in his address, "We want to tell those powerful officials and politicians as how the revolution will take birth in Balochistan". Baloch Activists to Hold Protests Against Pakistan's Nuclear Testing
Anti Pakistan protest held across Balochistan:
#WATCH Protesters in Balochistan demand the immediate release of hundreds of Baloch political activists and students who have been illegally abducted by ISI and #Pakistan Army in the past few months pic.twitter.com/APIC3g8DB9
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Nasrullah also announced an indefinite protest for enforced disappeared persons. Baloch human rights activist Mama Qadeer Baloch also joined the protest rally in Quetta and demand justice for innocent Baloch people who have been languishing in illegal detention centres. The number of enforced disappearances and target killings has increased in Balochistan since China launched its multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in the region. Balochistan is a resource-rich province of Pakistan, which the indigenous people claim to be forcefully occupied. The Baloch, who have been fighting for independence from Pakistan, are being targeted by secret agencies like the ISI and Military Intelligence.
In June this year, Pashtun, Baloch and Sindhi activists protested in front of the United Nations (UN) during the 38th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Switzerland's Geneva. Pashtun activists shouted anti-Pakistan slogans and blamed Pakistani Army for allegedly carrying out atrocities on Pashtun people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and parts of neighbouring Afghanistan. Baloch and Sindh activists also joined the protest against Pakistan.
(With inputs from ANI)