Protest camp for Baloch missing persons set ablaze
16 August, 2013
QUETTA: The hunger strike camp set up outside Quetta Press Club by Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) for recovery of missing persons was set on fire by unidentified people on night between Wednesday and Thursday.
VBMP, a local organisation formed by relatives of missing persons, is striving hard for the recovery of their beloved ones for over last three years in Quetta, Karachi and Islamabad.
Unidentified people set the camp on fire and soon it was reduced to ashes.
When Vice Chairman of VBMP Mama Abdul Qadir was contacted, he regretted that the right of peaceful protest from relatives of missing persons was also being snatched. "I don't know who have actually burnt the camp but we have been constantly receiving threats and warnings from government functionaries to dismantle the camp or face consequences," he added.
It may be mentioned here that a son of Mama Abdul Qadir Baloch named Jalil Reki, who was leader of Baloch Republican Party, was abducted in 2009 allegedly by government functionaries from his Sariab Road residence and later his tortured and bullet-riddled body was found in Kech district in 2011.
"I and my fellow protesters have received death threats but we will never end our peaceful protest for the recovery of our beloved ones who are being assaulted in torture cells," Qadir Baloch said, adding that chief justice of Supreme Court who is hearing a case in Quetta had taken notice of burning of strike camp. "We have hopes that CJ would do something for recovery of missing persons but so far his efforts are not yielding results," he said
He appealed chief jJustice and other humanitarian organisations to take notice of brutalities allegedly committed by government functionaries against innocent Balochs in the province.