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Govt urged to solve missing persons issue

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By Our Correspondent

Published: September 11, 2017

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QUETTAVoice for the Baloch Missing Persons (VFBMP) Chairman Nasrullah Baloch has asked the government to ensure implementation of the recommendations given by the working group of the United Nations regarding the issue of the missing persons.

Speaking at a press conference here on Sunday along with VFBMP Vice Chairman Mama Abdul Qadeer Baloch at the missing people’s camp, he urged human rights organisations to establish a joint force on the issue of missing persons.

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He said that Voice for the Baloch Missing Persons is a non-political organisation, which was making peaceful and constitutional struggle for the recovery of missing persons. “We staged a historical long march from Quetta to Karachi and Islamabad on the issue of missing persons,” Nasrullah Baloch said, adding that the hunger strike camp was also a part of their peaceful struggle.

He said that despite of all their efforts and struggles, the issue of missing persons has not been resolved.

“Information about the whereabouts of political activists who were arrested has not been provided and both the federal and provincial governments have completely ignored the issue,” Baloch lamented.

VFBMP chairman said that with the consent of the family members of the missing persons, 41 cases have been sent to the Senate’s committee on human rights and the copies of these cases were also sent to the National Commission for Human Rights and Senator Dr Jahanzeb Jamaldini, member of the senate committee on human rights

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He said that despite assurances given by authorities concerned and human rights organisations, no progress was made so far to resolve the issue.

Nasrullah Baloch appealed the federal and provincial government to pay heed to the issue of missing persons. He was of the view that the Supreme Court of Pakistan should hear the cases of missing persons at least once in a month

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