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Demonstrations held in Quetta, Khuzdar, Pasni, Gwadar and Turbat cities of Balochistan against extrajudicial killing of the Baloch student.

Protests have entered the 4th day in Balochistan as hundreds carried out rallies and protests in several big cities of Balochistan to demand justice for Baloch student Hayat Baloch, who was killed by Pakistani security forces in Turbat.

A candlelight walk was organized in Khuzdar city by the Bramsh Solidarity Committee Khuzdar against the killing of Hayat Baloch in Turbat Absar by forces, on 13 August.

Candlelight walk in Khuzdar

A big number of people including children took part in the candle walk, participants were holding placards with slogans against the assassination of the Baloch youth.

Meanwhile, according to reports from Pasni, Civil Society Pasni protested against the killing of Hayat by Pakistani security forces.

A silent rally was carried out from Pasni Press Club to Mashaallah Junction by numerous people, while a large number of women also took part in the rally.

Addressing a protest rally in Pasni, the speakers termed the assassination of Hayat Baloch as Baloch genocide.

Civil society lit candles at Mashaallah Chowk and expressed solidarity with deceased’s family.

Speaking on the occasion, the speakers said that a judicial inquiry should be held into the murder of Hayat Mirza and those involved in the crime should be brought to justice.

Meanwhile, a large number of students gathered in front of the Press Club in capital city, Quetta and lit candles in the memory of Hayat Baloch.

On the occasion, the student leaders condemned the killing of Hayat Baloch and said that the FC official involved in the murder should be punished immediately and the demands of justice should be met.

It is to mention that a day earlier, hundreds of people took to the roads in Quetta and staged sit-ins in front of Quetta and Karachi press clubs.

Quetta

Similarly, hundreds rallied in Gwadar city of Balochistan, today to demand justice for the Baloch student.

Gwadar rally

Meanwhile, the ‘Baloch Students Educational Organization’ has announced a nationwide protest on August 22.

Whereas, a day earlier a demonstration was held by the Baloch Solidarity Committee in Turbat, a large number of people including women and children participated in the protest, and demanded for Justice.

Speaking on the occasion, a female addressed, that the state has forced us to ask for justice on the streets with our infants in this scorching heat. “If we remain silent, these bloodthirsty beasts will eat our descendants,” she added.

Rashida Saleh, a female participant in the protest, told The Balochistan Post, that the FC official involved in Hayat Baloch’s murder has been taken into temporary custody to avoid public backlash. If we remain silent, our generations will have to pay the price, which will be terrible.

Turbat protest

While the spokesperson for the Balochistan Government, Liaquet Shahwani told a news agency, “the security forces have been deployed for peace, and wherever they are attacked or any bad incident occurs, they take action against those involved, in accordance with the constitution and the law.

“As far as the killing of Hayat Baloch is concerned, the Frontier Corps personnel has been arrested and he is on remand, any action would be taken against him as per law,” Shahwani said.

It may be recalled that, Hayat Baloch was 25-year-old final-year BSC (Physiology) student in Karachi University, was killed by Pakistani security forces on 13 August after a bomb blast in Turbat city.

According to the victims’ parents; after the blast the personnel of Frontier Corps stormed into orchard, and started beating our son then they tied up his hands and feet and dragged him to the nearby road, where they shot him eight times, due to which he died on the spot.

Hayat Baloch’s parents on the spot

It should be noted that extrajudicial killings and disappearances of Baloch youth by the “security forces” in Balochistan is a serious issue, which has been the subject of protests for a long time. The protests have intensified since the assassination of Hayat Baloch last week.

SourceTBP

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