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Published Date: Mar 6, 2014

Marchers disappointed with govt. action: Mama Qadeer

Demanding
recovery of missing persons, Mama Qadeer Baloch, who led a caravan that
travelled from Quetta to the Federal Metropolis via Karachi on foot in
the last four months under the banner ‘Voice of Missing Baloch Persons
(VoMBP)’ has said that the marchers were disappointed with the actions
of the government as well as courts.

Mama Qadeer was
speaking at a seminar jointly organised by Insani Huqooq Itehad and
Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) here on Wednesday.

Mama
Qadeer revealed that they were threatened to end their march but they
decided to keep on this journey for the release of their loved ones.

Farzana
Baloch, a marcher, discussed her brother Zakir Majeed, missing since
June 2009. She said that there are many remote areas where people are
unable to report about their missing members. In this regard, she
suggested that civil society should organise a survey about missing
persons and media should expose and highlight all such cases.

Salma
Jafer, a social activist said that the human rights organisations and
civil society in Pakistan need to wake up for protest, to seek justice
and to raise voice. Unfortunately 19,500 people are missing and there is
no proper action taken by our government, she said. While speaking
about the history of Baloch women, she said that Baloch women had always
been strong, determined and warrior of the time.

Haris Khalique, columnist, poet and human right activist, demanded a political solution of the problems Balochistan was facing.

The
marchers also included people from Karachi and Hyderabad in search of
their own missing relatives and asked the government and UN agencies
rapid action for recovery of missing persons of Balochistan.