HRCP flays killing of missing persons -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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HRCP flays killing of missing persons

LAHORE: THE Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has termed the killing of six missing persons whose bodies were found from different parts of Balochistan during Eid days appalling.

A statement issued by the commission on Monday said: “The killing of six missing persons from Balochistan, whose bullet-riddled bodies were found in Turbat, Mastung, Khuzdar and Qalat during the three days of Eidul Azha, is appalling and unreservedly condemnable.î

The statement further said the timing of the recovery of bodies made it difficult to argue with the Baloch voice that described the foul deed as Eid gift to people of Balochistan, adding that this was not a proper way to resolve the issue of enforced disappearances.

The recovery of the bodies had not only been devastating for the families of the victims but had also heightened anxieties of families of other missing persons who were pursuing the matter in courts in the hope of reuniting with their loved ones, the HRCP maintained.

The situation in the province was already volatile and people felt abandoned and disempowered largely because of their treatment at the hands of security agencies, it said, adding that there was an urgent need to rethink the attitude of the state towards Balochistan.
Source: The News
Date:11/23/2010