Balochistan: Two Baloch students “abducted” from Quetta, rights groups call for immediate release

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Two Baloch students have been “abducted” from Quetta, the capital city of Balochistan. Social media activists and human rights groups have demanded immediate release of both “abducted” students.

According to sources, Pakistani forces have allegedly abducted two Baloch students outside of Bolan Medical College. The abducted students were identified as Qasim s/o Ghani and Bilal s/o Mohammad Bux.

As per reports, Qasim’s family have confirmed that Qasim and his friend Bilal were abducted by the security forces personnel on Tuesday evening from Quetta, while they were returning back to their hostel after joining the protest rally of Baloch missing persons.

Qasim Baloch, studying Chemistry at Balochistan University, hails from Gomazai area of Kech district. Similarly Bilal is a student of economics in Balochistan University, and belongs to tehsil Mand of Kech district.

It is to be remembered that 08th June is observed in Balochistan as Baloch Missing Persons day. A massive protest rally was held in Quetta on Tuesday for the safe recovery of Baloch Missing Persons. The protesters demanded from government and security forces to release their loved ones on immediate basis.

Social media activists have condemned the abduction of Baloch students saying that tactics are being enforced to prevent Baloch students from joining peaceful protests.

Central General Secretary of Baloch Students Action committee in a tweet said “On the eve of Baloch missing persons day two Baloch students Qasum Baloch and Bilal Baloch has been forcefully disappeared from Quetta, Balochistan. For years students have became the prime target of enforced disappearance and it is quite concerning.”

Sister of Missing Shabir Baloch in a video message confirmed the abduction of Bilal and Qasim and said “Yesterday when we decided to continue our protest as a sit-in, we were threatened by the officials and told if we don’t end our protest they will abduct the students.” She further added “We ended our protest and still two of the attendees were abducted within ten to fifteen minutes of our protest. What kind of message do the forces want to convey?” she asked

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