Baloch students 'arrested by intelligence personnel'
QUETTA, Aug 13: Two more Baloch
students were allegedly arrested by intelligence personnel dressed in police
uniforms and civilian dress in Mustung on Saturday when they were travelling
from Quetta to Khuzdar.
The arrested boys were identified as Amirul Mul
and Imran Baloch. Baloch, 22, is a BA student at Quetta's Degree College and a
member of the Baloch Student Organisation's Cental Committee, while Mul, 20, is
an FSc student from Khuzdar.
"The lives of both boys are in danger.
Twenty hours have passed and we are still clueless about their whereabouts,"
Manzoor Baloch, Mul's younger brother, said. He said the driver of
the Kurdish Bus Service, on which both boys were travelling, had confirmed that
plainclothes law enforcement officials had stopped the bus at Lake Pass around
11pm on Saturday night.
He said both boys were members of the Baloch
Student's Organisation. They had been travelling for one hour when they were
arrested, he added. "Neither of them has ever been wanted in any criminal
charges. They are innocent students. They had never even received any threats.
Therefore, we don't understand why they have been picked up," he
Meanwhile, women from the Baloch Panel continued their hunger
strike in front of the Quetta Press Club for a 14th consecutive day. The women
are protesting against the alleged disappearance of around 4,000 Baloch
political workers and citizens at the hands of secret state agencies.
Carrying enlarged photographs of several missing persons, the women said
they would continue their strike unless the government ensures the recovery of
all the missing Baloch.
Earlier, the women had prevented a female
provincial minister from entering their hunger camp, terming her an agent of the
government. "The purpose of our strike is to gain the attention of national and
international media and human rights organisations. The Balochistan government
cannot meet our demands of recovering our people from the intelligence agencies
as it is unable to do anything in this regard," Mehar Baloch, a camp organiser,
said. She said government agencies had been constantly threatening
the women by phone to shut down their camp, as it was tarnishing the image of
the government and bringing shame to the country. Daily times