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04 December, 2012

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ISLAMABAD: Families of Baloch missing persons, while speaking about the Supreme Court hearing on missing persons' case, said that Baloch families are losing hope in Supreme Court as it has failed to curb human rights violations, target killings and kidnappings of political activists in the province.

They said that the kill and dump policy of the forces and secret agencies continues in the province and forced disappearances and target killings of political activists have intensified. They told our sources that in less than a year more than 100 persons have been abducted and 60 mutilated bodies of the disappeared people were dumped on busy streets and known places, and in some cases chits were put in the pockets of the victims who were tortured beyond recognition, which helped identify them.

The victims' families voiced disappointment with the Supreme Court hearing on Baloch missing persons' cases, saying "We reminded the Supreme Court about Frontier Corps' involvement in abduction of Baloch people every time, but every time the SC disappointed us." They regretted the court was just wasting their time by summoning them again and again. While noting that the recovery of missing persons was a challenge for the Supreme Court, the families noted that the chief justice of Pakistan, who took up the case of the missing persons, was the last hope for the relatives of their families, but they were losing their hope gradually.

The families said that they do not expect anything positive from the Supreme Court's hearing of the case regarding law and order situation in Balochistan, adding that they had submitted their cases with proofs in the courts, the court summoned the Frontier Constabulary IG, but the result was nothing more than of a human tragedy.

Voice for Baloch Missing Persons Chairman Qadeer Baloch said that it was astonishing for him that not even a havaldar of the FC or security forces was suspended, let alone a brigadier or a colonel. "We would have appreciated if any action was taken against perpetrators by the court," he said, adding, "The Supreme Court is well aware of 'death squads' of Frontier Corps in the province but has still kept silent."

He said even though the Supreme Court in its interim order of October 12, 2012, on Balochistan issue had clearly said there was enough evidence of government agencies' involvement in unconstitutional activities in Balochistan, but the court has failed to take any practical action against them. Qadeer Baloch said that the extra-judicial killings and abductions of Baloch youth have intensified because of impracticality of the Supreme Court.

Admiring the courage, conviction and determination of the court, nationalists said that judiciary could only be effective if the state has the capacity and willingness to implement court's judgements. The nationalists said that only the recovery of all missing Baloch persons and a free, fair and transparent election in the province could help resolve the problems facing Balochistan.


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