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World news | Pakistan enforces baton charges against protesters demanding release of missing Baloch student

Screenshot of video posted by Fazila Baloch on X (Image Credit: X/@IFazilaBaloch)

Pasni (Balochistan) (Pakistan), June 27 (ANI): Pakistani security personnel were baton-charged on Thursday over the protest organised by the family members of missing student Bahadur Bashir at Pasni Zero Point in Pakistan’s Balochistan, The Balochistan Post reported. Several protesters, including women and children, were injured in the action of the security personnel during the protest.

Bahadur Bashir, a student at Karachi University, was detained by security forces in Pasni while he was visiting his family for Eid. The family has been protesting against his release for days. However, the protest was recently called off as authorities promised to release the victim.

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However, authorities did not keep their word to release Bashir and the protest resumed at Pasni Zero Point, blocking the Makran Coastal Highway and causing traffic jams. According to The Balochistan Post’s report, security forces reportedly tried to clear the highway blocked by protesters by forcibly removing them.

They attacked the protesters with batons and tried to confiscate their phones. Several women were injured during the act, The Balochistan Post reported, citing local sources. Protesters alleged that security personnel used an excuse to disperse the demonstrators.

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According to protesters, security forces claimed they had to open the highway to allow an ambulance carrying a critically ill patient to pass, The Balochistan Post reported. However, when the protesters asked to see the patient and the ambulance, the troops responded with batons and tried to confiscate their phones. According to the demonstrators, there was no ambulance or patient on the road.

Bahadur Bashir’s family has vowed to continue the protest until he is released. A prominent social activist Fazila Baloch also raised the issue on social media platform X.

In a post on

https://x.com/IFazilaBaloch/status/1806219832246820986

Earlier this month, the families of forcibly disappeared persons held a protest rally on the first day of Eid in the central town of Kech, Turbat. The demonstration saw a large turnout, with participants demanding the recovery of their missing loved ones. The families, joined by supporters, also staged a sit-in at Shaheed Fida Chowk, determined to draw attention to their plight.

The Baloch Yakheti Committee, a prominent advocacy group, has taken to social media to speak out on the issue. Citing a United Nations report, the committee stressed the broader impact of enforced disappearances.

“Enforced disappearance has often been used as a strategy to spread terror within society. The sense of insecurity generated by this practice is not limited to the immediate family members of the disappeared, but also affects their communities and society as a whole It is a crime against humanity,” the committee said in a message on X.

The committee further criticized the state of Pakistan, accusing it of dehumanizing the Baloch people through systematic enforced disappearances and alleged genocide.

“However, the State of Pakistan continually reminds us – by committing this crime and our genocide – that Baloch do not qualify to be human. The international community and human rights activists, proud of their humanity, seem to agree with the state. by remaining silent about the crimes against the Baloch people,” the statement said. (ANI)

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