Baloch missing persons’ family appeals for protection amid threats

Saira Baloch, a resident of Khuzdar district of Balochistan
Saira Baloch, a resident of Khuzdar district of Balochistan (Photo: Social Media)

Saira Baloch, a family member of the missing individuals Asif and Rashid Baloch, has come forward to shed light on a distressing situation. She reports that her sisters and other family members are currently facing harassment from unidentified individuals, compelling some to abandon their studies. Saira Baloch has called upon the district administration to step in and provide the necessary security.

Saira Baloch, hailing from the Khuzdar district of Balochistan, has tirelessly fought for the recovery of her forcibly disappeared brother Asif and cousin Rashid Baloch over the course of five years. Engaging in protests across cities such as Quetta and Islamabad, Saira Baloch has exhibited unwavering commitment, even participating in court proceedings and commissions dedicated to missing persons.

In a recent statement, Saira Baloch disclosed the distressing situation her family is enduring. She revealed that unidentified individuals have embarked on a campaign of harassment, targeting her sisters and other family members residing in Khuzdar city. These tactics range from leaving menacing notes to issuing threats, culminating in the coerced abandonment of educational pursuits by her sisters.

Furthermore, Saira Baloch unveiled the broader extent of the intimidation campaign, asserting that both herself and others within her network have received threatening phone calls from unfamiliar numbers.

Lamenting the ordeal, Saira Baloch underscored the irony of her predicament. Rather than witnessing the safe return of her brother and cousin, their prolonged and unlawful disappearance has only exacerbated the vulnerabilities of her family. She emphasized that, instead of addressing their pleas for justice, the authorities’ lack of action has left them even more vulnerable.

Expressing her frustration, Saira Baloch called upon the Khuzdar district administration, Deputy Commissioner, Police officials, and other relevant authorities to swiftly intervene and offer the necessary protection. She implored these entities to take decisive action against those responsible for terrorizing girls attending local schools and tuition centers.

Saira Baloch’s plea extended beyond governmental bodies. She implored the political and social spheres to raise their collective voice against the ongoing oppression faced by her family.

Following the illegal occupation of Balochistan in March 1948, Balochistan has been fighting the war of its existence. Be it the peaceful way of protests or the armed resistance, against the inhumane authoritarian quasi state of Pakistan, Balochs are fighting an all-front war.

As the human right abuses and exploitation of the Baloch resources are increasing with each passing day, there is also an inceasing voice from inside Balochistan demanding the forceful resistance against these atrocities. Unfortunately, one of the various reasons for such a voice is also the ignorance of international and multilateral human rights organizations. Inspired by their sinister interests, almost every organization has turned a blind eye towards the complete devastation of Balochistan.

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