Politicians, human rights organizations condemn the arrest of students in Quetta

Must Read

Genocide is the only option in Balochistan – Pakistani Minister declares

A Pakistani minister in Balochistan, who is de-jure head of security apparatus in the region, has declared that genocide...

Aslam Baloch — The Baloch General – TBP Special report

For seventy years, through ups and downs, successes and failures, with rapid and slow pace, the Balochistan’s...

State’s deadly weapon, Shafiq Mengal – The Balochistan Post report

Strings of suicide bombing in Sindh's Shikarpur city and firing incident on BSO azad's rally in Khuzdar got connected...

Renowned politicians, human rights organizations and political parties have condemned the arrest of students during a peaceful protest against online classes in Quetta on Wednesday.

The Chairman of Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari condemned the arrest of students in Quetta in a tweet that read: “To protest peacefully is a constitutionally protected right. Strongly condemn arrest of students in Quetta! Shutting out voices and high handedness has become a new normal under this regime. #PPP demands #releaseallstudents”

Addressing the arrest of students in Quetta, the south-Asian offshoot of Amnesty International, a non-governmental human rights organization based in the United Kingdom, tweeted that: “Pakistan’s authorities must immediately release all students detained in Quetta who were demanding internet access to continue their studies. Their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly must be respected and protected.”

The Human Rights Council of Balochistan (HRCB) condemned the incident and said that the authorities must ensure the immediate release of the arrested students. It further said that the students are protesting against the inaccessibility of the internet for a month now; the authorities must consider their requests and resolve their predicaments.

The National Party took to the twitter to condemn the arrest of students in Quetta and demand their immediate release. It said that the provincial government proved its “incapability” through this action. “Instead of resolving the problems of the youths, arresting them is shameful”, the tweet concluded.

Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, member of the Pakistani Senate and the former president of the National Party, addressed the incident in a tweet that read: “Extremely shameful act by law enforcements to arrest peaceful students in #Quetta. Their demand is very simple, how can they have online classes when they don’t have internet? Do you arrest them just for raising this question? #ReleaseStudentsofBalochistan.”

Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, member of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) and a member of the Pakistani Senate, addressed the incident and drew CM Balochistan’s attention to the incident in a tweet: “Why use brutal force against students protesting for their right to internet access? These students are the country’s assets; treat them with respect, listen to their genuine concerns instead of beating them black and blue. Requesting @jam_kamal to look into this”

Later after the arrests and condemnations of the act, the Chief Minister of Balochistan, Jam Kamal Khan stated in tweet saying; “No students arrest was ordered by the Government…it was a quarrel among police and students in which police acted and arrested. Immediately police was ordered to release the students.”

Latest News

Panjgur: 4 Reportedly Abducted by Unidentified Armed Men

In the Panjgur district of Balochistan, four individuals have been reportedly abducted by unidentified armed men.

Quetta: Journalists Attacked by Unidentified Assailants

In Quetta, Balochistan, senior journalist Mehboob Nadeem Mehr and his colleague, Javed Langah, the bureau chief of Sindh TV, were reportedly attacked...

BLA Claims Responsibility for Targeting Construction Machinery in Panjgur

In Panjgur, machinery belonging to a road construction company was reportedly sabotaged and burned, with the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) claiming responsibility...

BLF Claims Responsibility for Multiple Attacks, Including Assault on Turbat Navy Camp

The Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) has claimed responsibility for a series of recent attacks, including targeting individuals they allege were state informants...

Including Mama Qadeer in ECL Violates National Laws, Says Nasrullah Baloch

Nasrullah Baloch, Chairman of the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), has strongly criticized the government's decision to reinstate Mama Qadeer Baloch's...