Balochistan ties 'some' missing persons to terror, rejects claims of thousands of cases

Balochistan government has put resolution of missing persons’ issues among top priorities, says spokesperson

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Protest for missing persons can be seen in this image. — X/@MahrangBaloch
Protest for missing persons can be seen in this image. — X/@MahrangBaloch
  • "Some individuals in missing persons' list involved in terror incidents"
  • Peoples Party proposed resolving issue via parliamentary committee.
  • Affected families could directly contact relevant commission: govt.

Responding to the allegations of enforced disappearances of citizens, the Balochistan government, in a clarification, categorically rejected claims that there were “thousands of missing persons’ cases".

The number of missing persons’ cases with the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances was not in ‘thousands’, the provincial government said, adding that the commission was functional and had detected some fake cases as well.

The spokesperson said that the government put the resolution of the missing persons’ issues among its top priorities. “If a family thinks that a member is missing, then it can directly contact the commission,” it said.

It further stated that some individuals named in the missing persons list were found involved in a few terror incidents. Moreover, the ruling party in Balochistan — Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) — had already recommended resolving the issue of enforced disappearances through a parliamentary committee.

Missing persons or terrorists?

In January, the then-caretaker Balochistan information minister Jan Achakzai claimed that those who were being labelled by Baloch protesters as "missing persons" were in fact "terrorists" and got killed in Pakistan's counterstrike inside Iran.

Pakistan had launched strikes on terrorists’ hideouts inside Iran, in a retaliatory attack two days after Tehran violated the country’s sovereignty by launching a strike in Balochistan that left two children dead and injured three girls.

He alleged that Mahrang Baloch, who was leading the protest in Islamabad against enforced disappearances of citizens, had been staging "drama" and defaming Pakistan under the guise of missing persons issue.

'Armed struggle in Balochistan'

Later in February, then caretaker prime minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar claimed that the government was facing an armed struggle in Balochistan, asserting that the armed individuals were fighting to “create a new state”.

The prime minister’s statement came during his appearance before the high court in the missing Baloch students case.

In separate statements, ex-premier Kakar also alleged that terrorists in Balochistan had been receiving funding from the Indian spy agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), and killing people in Balochistan.