HRCP issues plea for non-Muslims’ security in Balochistan
LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) asked the Balochistan government to address concerns of members of non-Muslim communities residing in Balochistan regarding growing incidents of abduction of non-Muslims in the province.
According to a press statement issued on Wednesday, the HRCP has conveyed to Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani the concern among non-Muslim communities in the province over the recent increase in abductions of non-Muslims there. The latest incidents include the abduction of Maharaj Lakhmigar of Kalat on December 21 and of Rajeev Kumar from Noshki on January 10. The HRCP said that several other incidents of abduction of non-Muslim citizens in Balochistan had also been reported in the media in the last few months.
The HRCP said that while those holding Lakhmigar had asked for his community to raise funds for his release, without mentioning any amount, the abductors of Kumar had not contacted the family so far. “The families of the abducted individuals are obviously in great mental agony and fear for their safety. This spate of abductions has also increased a sense of insecurity and vulnerability across the non-Muslim population in the province,” HRCP said.
“Balochistan has long enjoyed a reputation as an area where non-Muslims have lived in relative peace and safety. No effort should be spared to ensure that its reputation remains untarnished,” HRCP said.
Source: Daily Times