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Balochistan: Land of enforced disappearances

ANI 3 March 2021, 2:43 pm Representative Image Islamabad [Pakistan], March 3 (ANI): There are many heartbreaking stories of enforced disappearances in Pakistan's Balochistan province. According to an article that appeared in The Economist on July 24, 2017, "...In 2016 alone, 728 people across Pakistan suffered 'enforced disappearance', as counted by the commission of inquiry that investigates them. Some reappear alive and well, others as roadside corpses. The state flatly denies any unpleasantness," reported The News International. A large number of political activists, intellectuals and students have gone missing in the Balochistan province of Pakistan in the past few decades. The families allege Pakistan's spy agencies behind enforced disappearances, tortures and killings of these missing persons. There are even reports of protesting family members being harassed by the spy agencies and security forces. Fareeha (not her real name) recounts the ordeal of forc