Federal Police Release Baloch Protesters, Sparking Public Outcry
In a show of protest, numerous Baloch human rights activists marched to the capital, seeking the release of their detained family members and supporters. Subsequently, they were arrested, prompting widespread outrage. However, due to the public uproar, authorities were compelled to release the detained individuals.
The Islamabad police acknowledged that the bail for the detained Baloch protesters had been approved, leading to their release. The activists had arrived in the country to stage protests against the detention, enforced disappearances, and extra-judicial killings of Baloch individuals.
During the protests, the capital’s law enforcement detained over 200 demonstrators from various areas. This heavy-handed approach triggered a strong reaction from politicians, activists, and human rights organizations. Both the Islamabad High Court (IHC) and President Dr. Arif Alvi, along with caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar, condemned the incident.
In an official statement issued on Sunday, the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) police announced that the bail for the detained Baloch protesters had been sanctioned, and the individuals were in the process of being released. The sequence of events highlights the tension between the government’s actions and the rights of individuals to peacefully voice their concerns, prompting a swift response from various quarters to address the situation and ensure the release of those detained during the protests.