London: The Sindhi Baloch Forum (SBF) has announced to hold a protest demonstration outside the House of Parliament in London on Sunday, August 30, 2020 to mark the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances.
The announcement comes at a time when Sindh and Balochistan are witnessing a rapid increase in the forcible disappearances of Sindhi and Baloch residents from all spectrum of life by the Pakistani military and its paramilitaries to quell the national struggles of two brotherly nations for their socio-economic and political rights.
In its statement, the SBF (Sindhi Baloch Forum) denounced the reparation mechanism of the state military establishment who attempted to abduct Hani Gul Baloch and Shazia Chandio in Karachi to disrupt the peaceful protest of families of Sindhis and Baloch who have been subjected to “enforced disappearances”.
“More than 50 political activists from different areas of Sindh were subjected to enforced disappearance whose whereabouts are not known, whereas, according to the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), the cases of enforced disappearances in Balochistan are above 40 thousand, the mutilated dead bodies of many have been recovered in the last many years”, read the SBF statement.
The international community and the United Nations have so far failed to push the Pakistani state authorities to address the issue of enforced disappearances. The families of victims have lost faith in the Pakistani government and its state institutions. Parents of several victims have perished during these series of protests and the long wait for justice lasting for years that in many cases went on for decades. The Sindhi Baloch Forum (SBF) is compelled to convince the international community to resolve this prevalent humanitarian crisis in Sindh and Balochistan through its protest on the occasion of International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances.
SBF (Sindhi Baloch Forum) has appealed everyone who champions the cause of human rights to participate in their protest to echo the demands of the families of the victims of enforced disappearances for justice and the right to the truth of the victim.