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Saturday, July 20th, 2024

Pakistan: Balochs hold protest on Eid to highlight issue of enforced disappearances

In a poignant display of their enduring grief and frustration, victims of enforced disappearances in Balochistan have decided to forgo traditional Eid celebrations and instead hold protests to express their anger against state agencies accused of committing atrocities against the Baloch people.

Mama Qadir Baloch, a prominent figure with the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), announced the protest in a video statement.

he/she said, “The Baloch people are boycotting Eid celebrations due to the atrocities committed by Pakistan army and intelligence agencies for the last 15 years. Muslims across the world celebrate the occasion while the Baloch are mourning.”

Mama Qadir, himself a victim of enforced disappearance, announced that the protest would take place in front of the Quetta Press Club on 17 July at 4 pm.

Families of the victims and members of civil society are expected to participate in this protest.

In a related incident, families of missing persons staged a sit-in protest at Shaheed Fida Chowk on Eid day.

The demonstration comes after a similar protest took place in front of the DC office a few days ago, which ended after the district administration gave assurances to the families.

The decision to protest on Eid underlines the deep impact of enforced disappearances on the Baloch community.

For years they have been demanding justice and information about their loved ones who have reportedly been abducted by state forces.

These protests highlight ongoing human rights issues in Balochistan and demand international attention and intervention.

The boycott of Eid celebrations by the Baloch community is a stark reminder of their unresolved plight and their ongoing struggle for basic human rights.

The protest in Quetta aims to highlight these issues in order to mobilise support and urgent action against enforced disappearances in the region.

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