In a development marking the 28th day of the movement against the Baloch Genocide, the Islamabad Police have released the female activists who were detained for approximately 26 hours. The release follows claims of humiliation, harassment, and torture endured by the women protesters.
The Baloch Yakjahti Committee, a prominent advocate for Baloch rights, took to social media to shed light on the distressing experiences faced by the detained women. The committee called upon the Baloch nation to persevere in their protests against the treatment of activists in the capital.
Despite the release of the female demonstrators, concerns persist as more than 200 male associates remain in custody. Notably, 162 of them have reportedly been transferred to Adiala Jail, while over 50 others are being held in various police stations across Islamabad.
The Baloch Yakjahti Committee expressed unwavering determination to continue the movement against Baloch Genocide and extra-judicial abductions. In a social media post, the committee declared, “We shall continue our movement against Baloch Genocide and the extra-judicial abductions. The next step would be announced tomorrow through social media, stay tuned.”
The ongoing Long March, organised by the Baloch Yakjahti Committee, initially began as a protest against the Baloch genocide, triggered by the extrajudicial murder of four young Baloch individuals in district Kech. The march traversed various districts of Balochistan and Punjab, encountering severe brutality upon reaching Islamabad.
Expressing deep concern over the “inhuman and brutal response” of the Islamabad police and the interim government, the Baloch Human Rights Council condemned the actions, accusing the police of beating and arresting Baloch activists. The council highlighted that the victims included elderly men, women, and children participating in the march.
“These individuals seek justice for their loved ones who have been forcibly disappeared from different parts of Pakistan,” stated the Baloch Human Rights Council in a social media post. The council called for the condemnation of the use of brute force and urged Pakistani authorities to uphold their pledge to respect human rights instruments.
“Instead of resorting to the use of brute force, the authorities in Pakistan should uphold their pledge to respect the human rights instruments they are signatories to, thereby ensuring justice for the victims and holding accountable those responsible for crimes against the Baloch,” added the council.
Readers should know that, massive crowds gathered at Dera Gazi Khan in Balochistan as the March against Baloch genocide staged a sit-in against the arrest of several Baloch cadres as well as against the disappearance of Baloch people.
Thousands of people were seen participating in the ongoing rally by the Baloch Unity Committee in Dera Ghazi Khan. Ghayur Baloch of Makran, Jhalawan, Sarawan, Kohistan, Koh-e-Sulaiman, and Dera Ghazi Khan are raising their voices against state terrorism. The protestors held placards and banners with slogans like ‘Stop your terrorism in the state of Balochistan’. The protestors said the Baloch nation will no longer accept the process of kidnapping, killing, and killing people in fake encounters.
Earlier, in Turbat, Balochistan, the Long March faced resistance as at least 20 participants, including women, were detained as the Baloch Yakjehti Council’s (BYC) long march reached Dera Ghazi Khan, Dawn reported.
The Baloch Long March is being organised by the Baloch people, who have called for an end to state terrorism and massacres in Balochistan.