Protestors gather outside Boris Johnson’s residence against enforced disappearances in Balochistan
On the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the Free Balochistan Movement held a protest against Pakistan outside the official residence of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The protest witnessed several Baloch and other human rights activists from different cities of the UK gathering outside the UK PM’s residence to express their support for the families of those who have been forcefully disappeared.
Carrying banners and chanting slogans against Pakistan military’s atrocities, the protestors demanded the immediate release of previously abducted Baloch people and stopping of more enforced disappearances.
They also urged the international community, including the UK, to stop supporting Pakistan as their support is allowing Pakistan to commit more crimes against humanity.
The activists stated that thousands of innocent Baloch people have been arrested and later disappeared. Many of them have been killed in custody.
They also strongly condemned the recent murder of Hayat Baloch, who was shot dead by Frontier Corps in front of his parents, in Turbat, Balochistan.
“On International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, we are staging a protest outside Boris Johnson’s residence. Pakistani forces are committing human rights abuses against Baloch people. We appeal to the international community to take note of what is happening in Balochistan,” said an activist.
“We saw how a woman named Malik Naz was killed in front of her four-year-old daughter Bramsh by the Pakistani military. A 12-year-old girl was also killed by the establishment. These things were not coming to light earlier due to blackout (in Pakistan). But now, the news on atrocities committed by Pakistani military is there on social media and people are coming to know about it,” she added.
The activist appealed that there should be a fact-finding mission in this regard and said the UK Prime Minister should take cognisance of the human rights abuses in Balochistan.