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Baloch Protesters Finish Islamabad Sit-In For Missing Persons’ Recovery

Baloch Protesters Finish Islamabad Sit-In For Missing Persons' Recovery

The Baloch Yakjehti Committee (BYC) concluded its 30-day sit-in outside Islamabad’s National Press Club (NPC) on Tuesday, protesting against “enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings.” Dr. Mahrang Baloch, one of the protest organizers, announced the decision, stating that they would return to Balochistan for a rally on January 27.

The move followed a letter from the press club administration to Islamabad police requesting the removal of the protesters’ camp, a request later withdrawn amid substantial criticism. Dr. Baloch shared the letter on social media, expressing disappointment and highlighting the discomfort faced by the protesters.

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She emphasized the obligation of journalists and media outlets to stand with those whose voices are neglected. Dr. Baloch acknowledged the pressure and harassment faced by the protesters, including false information circulated by the police, restrictions on journalist visits, and alleged threats around the press club area.

During a press conference, Dr. Baloch clarified that their stance is not against the state but rather that the state is against them. She lamented the challenges in reaching out to authorities to address the issue of missing persons, noting the absence of discourse on this critical matter during election campaigns by political parties.

The BYC’s sit-in aimed to draw attention to enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings, seeking resolution and accountability. The withdrawal of the camp removal request signaled a degree of support for the protesters, although challenges and disappointments persist in their efforts to address the plight of missing persons in Balochistan.