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As many as 121 bullet-riddled bodies have been recovered from different parts of Balochistan in the past eight months, chairman Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VFBMP) said on Thursday.
Addressing a news conference at a hunger strike camp set up by relatives of Baloch missing persons, Nasurallah Baloch, calling off the strike said that the protesters will launch a ‘train march’ from Quetta to Islamabad on April 2.
“We set up hunger strike camps in Karachi, Islamabad and Quetta in order to highlight the deteriorating human rights conditions in Balochistan where people are being picked up by security forces and kept in safe houses illegally,” he told reporters. He said that now the demonstrators will head towards Islamabad and stage a sit-in in front of the Supreme Court to force Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhary to take suo motu notice of the issue.
The VFBMP chairman rejected the report of the judicial commission on missing persons and said it was an attempt to suppress the issue. “We have rejected the report, but now the Supreme Court has constituted another commission. Relatives of Baloch missing persons will reject it too,” he added. “The officials of secret agencies ask ridiculous questions to complicate the issue,” he alleged.
He said that the relatives have eyewitnesses and concrete evidence of the involvement of security forces in whisking away their loved ones from public places and residences.
“My brother, Sameer Rind, was kidnapped by security forces. They were in uniform and carried out a raid and took him away,” the sister of a missing person said.
Baloch said his organisation has complete data of 1,300 Baloch missing persons but no measure has been taken to release a single person.