Imran Khan to meet families of missing people in March
ISLAMABAD: The demonstration in severe cold by the grieved families of missing and kidnapped people of Balochistan in D-Chowk, in Islamabad continued on Saturday and the Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari disclosed that Prime Minister Imran Khan would meet a three-member representative committee of the families of missing persons — who have been protesting in the capital for more than a week — in March.
Atleast, after one week, the prime minister agreed to meet the representatives of the protestors and to listen their grievances.
In a tweet, Mazari said she met the protesting families of the missing persons at Express Chowk, Islamabad, today (Saturday) and conveyed the prime minister’s message to them.
She also assured the families of the government’s “commitment to ensure an end to this practice of enforced disappearances through legislation”, adding that the “process is now moving forward”.
In an accompanying press release, the human rights minister shared that she met the protesters on the premier’s instructions and conveyed his message that had three points:
The protesters should end their dharna. The prime minister would meet a three-member representative committee from among the protesters in March in a meeting arranged by Mazari. The protesters would hand over a list of the missing persons so their status could be ascertained and communicated to the prime minister before the meeting.
The families she met requested that priority should be given to the missing persons of the 13 families who are present at the dharna, Mazari added.
Maryam shows solidarity
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz on Wednesday has met with the relatives of missing persons in Islamabad and expressed solidarity with them. Talking to grieved families while meeting with them their protest at D-Chowk here on Wednesday, she said that the present government is a sadist government and the selected prime minister Imran Khan who is inefficient, did not bother to come to express few words of sympathy to the demonstrators.
“It is primary duty of government to look after the missing issue and recover them from their hideouts”, she said while assuring them that PML-N government will recover all missing and abducted people not only in Balochistan but in whole country. “The missing and kidnapping of the innocent people is a curse for the country”, she commented.
Maryam Nawaz urged Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to speak to the relatives of the Baloch missing persons who had staged a protest at D-Chowk, reports Geo News.
“You are placed in the corridors of power,” Maryam said. “It is your duty to listen to these people.”
Talking to media on the occasion, the PML-N leader said that recovery of missing people was the responsibility of the state. Everyone is carrying out protest due to ineffective policies of the incumbent government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), she added.
Maryam Nawaz said that the people of Balochistan are rightly registering their complaints as they are facing problems and no one from the government is listening to them. Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan is accountable to Allah Almighty and the people of Pakistan for his deeds, she stated.
The PML-N vice president said that bereaved families of missing persons are protesting under the open sky and the premier is saying that he will not get blackmailed over dead bodies.
“I don’t have words to explain the sufferings of these people”, she went on to say.
According to details, in a bid to highlight the plight of minority communities in Pakistan, a rights group — Baloch Voice of Missing Persons (BVMP) has been holding demonstrations in Islamabad over the issue of forced abduction, torture, and harassment of the people of Balochistan by the Pakistani agencies.
Scores of protesters were seen shouting slogans on Tuesday against the Pakistani establishment and demanding the recovery of their loved ones who have illegally abducted by the army.
Speaking at the protest in Islamabad, one of the Baloch victims said: “I am a Baloch daughter. I don’t have any affiliation with political or social organisation. I have not come here from Balochistan to deliver a speech. I can’t afford to come to the capital of the country for no reason. Unfortunately, I belong to a generation which has witnessed not but atrocities but also troubled times. You must have heard about Bosnia and Palestine but I have seen Balochistan.”
“I have not come here to serve any agenda; I have come here as a victim. My brother and cousin have been missing for one year. Since 2001 ethnic cleansing is taking place in Balochistan. They have not even spared Sindhis and Pashtuns.”