Karachi :Today was day 9 of Voice for Baloch Missing Persons’ long march from Karachi and day 35 from Quetta towards Islamabad. They left from Bhatoro this morning and reached Shahkareem area of Sindh. It is expected they will go few kilometres beyond Shahkareem to stay for night.
Activists and leaders of Baloch Qaumi Movement have been with them from Dahbigi whereas World Sindhi Congress, JSQM Arisar group and Haari Workers (Farmers Association), Senator Dr Abdul Karim Khawaja and residents of Shahkareem warmly greeted the #VBMPLongMarch at different points between Bhatoro and Shahkareem and joined the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons walk for freedom of political prisoners.
The government of Sindh made no security arrangement for the protection of the marchers.
Qadeer Baloch vice chairman of VBMP said the Sindh government was deliberately ignoring the march and not providing security to them.
He reiterated that if any harm is done to participants of long march or any other members of public, the Sindh government will be held accountable, adding that: “despite our repeated demand for security the police commissioner and other authorities are not cooperating with us.”
He thanked the World Sindhi Congress, JSQM (Arisar) and JSQM (Basheer Qureshi) and all other Sindhi nationalist parties for their support and respect. He said hundreds of Sindhi political activists have also been abducted by Pakistani security agencies in the same manner as Baloch activists.
He said: “As we continue our march, people are being abducted and mutilated bodies surfacing from Sindh and Balochistan. It illustrates that the security agencies are not willing to stop their atrocities against the two nations.”
He appealed the UN and other international human rights organisations to take notice of state sponsored human rights violations in Balochistan. He also requested international media to take help the marcher to make their voice heard throughout world.
VBMP started the long march from Quetta, Balochistan on 27 October, 2013 and resumed walking from Karachi after few weeks rest on 13 December, 2013. They are marching toward United Nations office in Islamabad to protest against human rights violations in Balochistan, including enforced-disappearances, extra-judicial killings and military operations.