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Families of missing persons protested against enforced disappearances while, Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan was visiting Karachi for the first time on Sunday.

Imran Khan is on a one day visit in Karachi, the capital city of Sindh province.

PM arrived in Karachi earlier today, was greeted at the airport by Governor and Chief minister Sindh at the airport.

Families of the missing persons were protesting outside M A Jinah’s mausoleum, when PM arrived at the mausoleum.

The protest was led by ‘Voice for Missing Persons of Sindh’ a group campaigning to secure release of missing Sindhi activists.

Protesters were carrying posters and chanting slogans for the recovery of their loved ones.

Voice for Missing Persons of Sindh, claims that hundreds of people including many prominent Sindhi nationalist leaders and workers have been abducted by Law Enforcement Agencies from different areas of Sindh in the last few years. Many of those missing have later been found as dead bodies dumped on roadsides.

The term ‘missing persons’ is also widely used in Balochistan to connote arrests made by security forces as the arrested are not presented before court of the law but are instead kept in military camps.

According to Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), a campaign group formed by families of victims, more than 20,000 Baloch men, women and children are under Pakistani custody.

SourceTBP

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