Mama Qadeer Baloch, Vice Chairperson of the Voice of Baloch Missing Persons, virtually attended the Frankfurt Conference to address the pressing issues faced by Pak occupied Balochistan. The conference was organized by the Baloch Voice Association, based in Paris.
In his statement, Mama Qadeer emphasized that Balochistan has been illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1948, resulting in the killings and forced disappearances of thousands of Baloch people. He highlighted the significant rise in enforced disappearances since the year 2000. During the conference, Mama Qadeer’s assistant read his statement. The statement discussed the establishment of the Voice of Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) in 2009 under Mama Qadeer’s leadership. The organization has actively worked to raise awareness about enforced disappearances and the mistreatment of Baloch individuals. VBMP has been holding a strike outside Karachi Press Club for 5,080 days, demanding the safe release of missing Baloch persons.
Unvieling the real face of Pakistan Army
The conference shed light on the barbaric tactics employed by the Pakistan Army under the pretext of counterterrorism. Mama Qadeer’s statement cited an incident from July 16, 2022, when 11 Baloch individuals were brutally killed by CTD. These individuals were later identified as missing persons who had been forcibly disappeared by the Pakistan Army.
Mama Qadeer also emphasized the brutal measures taken by Pakistan against the Baloch people. Alongside torture and abductions, Pakistani regime has also kept silent and ignored the protesting family members of missing persons. This is against the rights of detained and his family of being informed about the grounds of detention.
Highlighting the ruthlessness of the Pakistan Army, Mama Qadeer mentioned the recent case of Najma Baloch. Najma tragically took her own life after being harassed. Najma was coerced into becoming an informant and was forced to fulfill the sexual desires of Pak Army officials.
Mama Qadeer’s statement further revealed that, in addition to harassment, threats, and enforced disappearances, the bodies of forcefully disappeared individuals have been mutilated and used for experimentation. One particularly disturbing case emerged from Nishtar Hospital in Multan in October 2022, where over 500 bodies of missing persons had been used for experimentation.
Mama Qadeer called upon the European Union and other international organizations to raise their voices and play a crucial role in ensuring the safe recovery of forcibly disappeared Baloch individuals.