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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Team ‘believes’ something seriously wrong

By: Bari Baloch | September 17, 2012 |

QUETTA - The UN team visiting Quetta discussed the issue of missing persons with delegations of various nationalist parties and groups here on the second consecutive day, on Sunday.Separate delegations of Balochistan National Party-Mengal, Jamhoori Watan Party, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, Hazara Qumi Jirga and Shia Conference called on the UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances, here at a local hotel.BNP-Mengal acting President Dr Jahanzaib Jamaldini along with secretary information Agha Hassan Baloch, Kurshid Jamaldini and others met the UN mission being headed by Olivier de Frouville.The UN delegation avoided talking to the media, but Agha Hassan Baloch said the UN team told them that they had met with a large number of people and they have the impression that something was seriously wrong because of which the people are so worried and anxious.Talking to The Nation, Agha Hassan Baloch said that they presented a list of 62 leaders of BNP, including party’s former central secretary-general Habib Jalib Baloch, who were targeted killed. He said they told the UN officials that they were killed under a conspiracy.“The number of missing persons in Balochistan is above 14,000, however, the party had prepared a list of 1,000 missing persons and had already dispatched it to UN and other international organisations of human rights. It included 480 decomposed dead bodies found dumped from desolated areas of Balochistan – a fact which the government has also verbally accepted.”The BNP leader said that sheer violation of human rights was underway in Balochistan which had been started in dictatorial regime of Pervez Musharraf and it was continuing without any respite. “The BNP urged UN and other international human rights organisations for playing their due role in ending this violation of human rights, and that through a well-knitted plan political leaders and activists are being eliminated so that nobody could raise voice against the looting and plundering of the resources of the province,” he added.After meeting the UN team, Jahmoori Watan Party’s chief Talal Akbar Bugti told the media that he had apprised the UN officials about the extra judicial arrests, enforced disappearances, violation of human rights and recovery of mutilated dead bodies in Balochistan. “More than 13,000 people are missing in Balochistan. As we have no access to other areas therefore the JWP delegation presented a list of only 650 missing persons with complete details,” Talal Bugti said. However, he said that they had no “big expectations” from the UN because wherever it has interest it deploys its army and where it has no interest it keeps mum and does not show any serious concern.Sources said that a delegation of Hazara Qumi Jirga apprised the UN Working Group about the sectarian targeted killing of Hazara community and that the government was not playing its role in curbing such incidents. They urged upon the UN to exert pressure on government to ensure security to the Hazara community.

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