Amid growing atrocities against Pakistan’s minority community, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz has asked Prime Minister Imran Khan to talk to relatives of missing persons Baloch, who are protesting in Islamabad against various human rights abuses, including the issue. about enforced disappearances.
“You are placed in the corridors of power,” Maryam said on Wednesday, in a message to the Pakistani prime minister as she visited the protest site in the D-Chowk area, Geo News reported.
“It’s your job to listen to these people,” added Maryam. This came at a time when protests were held in Islamabad against forced kidnapping, torture and harassment by Pakistani bodies.
The protests were held in an effort to highlight the plight of minority communities in different parts of Pakistan. There is a long history of enforced disappearances in Balochistan. While thousands of Balochs have been kidnapped and disappeared since its illegal occupation, hundreds have been eliminated in line with Pakistan’s ‘kill and throw away’ policy. Thousands of people are still missing. Enforced disappearances have been used as a tool by the Pakistani state to silence the oppressed people of Balochistan from the first day of its occupation.
While countless abductees have been killed, many of them still face inhuman torture in secret army cells. Enforced disappearances have been a longstanding stain on Pakistan’s human rights record.
Despite successive government pledges to criminalize the practice, there has been a very slow movement in the law, which means nothing, while people continue to be forcibly disappeared with impunity.