Commission on enforced disappearance not functional, families must resort to UN – NDP

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The National Democratic Party has said in a recent media statement that Pakistan’s Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances (COIOED) is not functional. Human rights violations, including enforced disappearances, are rampant in Balochistan, but the commission has failed to take notice. The families of the victims must now resort to the United Nations for help, it said.

The spokesperson for the NDP said that the commission on enforced disappearance has only led to disappointment – it is mentally “torturing” the “dejected” families of the missing persons. The commission also employs “inappropriate” words for addressing the missing persons during the hearings. It is time for the United Nations to step in and play its role in resolving the issue.

The spokesperson said that the ongoing situation is akin to a “master-slave relationship” where on one hand thousands of sons of the Baloch nation are missing but the judiciary, instead of solving the issue, is busy lauding the very institutions that are behind these “enforced disappearances.” Considering the ongoing situation, the spokesperson said, it can only be concluded that the judiciary does not want the missing persons to be recovered.

The statement further read that the issue of enforced disappearance is no longer only that of the Baloch – the Pashtun and Sindhis are also being affected by it. In the face of the circumstances, all three of these nations must now ask the United Nations to play a role in the recovery of the missing person. It is clear that the Islamabad is only complicating the problem, not sorting it out, it said.

The spokesperson concluded by saying that the “state-sponsored enforced disappearances” are increasingly gaining momentum and it can have severe consequences for the coming generations. The Baloch nationalist parties, he advised, must come together and struggle on a united front to put an end to the human rights violations in Balochistan.

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