Govt urged to come clean on ‘enforced disappearances’

ISLAMABAD, Dec 9: Human rights activists staged a protest demonstration here on Saturday to press the government to produce in court what they described as victims of “enforced disappearances” belonging mostly to autonomy-seeking nationalist parties of Balochistan.

The demonstration was jointly organised by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Defence of Human Rights and other non-governmental organisations in front of the Parliament House.

Human rights groups say that of 242 people missing since 2000, 110 are from Balochistan, 70 from Sindh, 42 from Punjab and 20 from the NWFP.

“Every week, we are getting something like three new incidents. We have been able to verify, to date, 250 people — from 2002 up till now,” HRCP chief Asma Jahangir told the Reuters news agency at the rally.

Several relatives of missing people joined dozens of rights activists for the protest outside parliament.

Continue reading on: Dawn


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