Nasrullah Baloch, Chairman of the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), has strongly criticized the government’s decision to reinstate Mama Qadeer Baloch’s name on the Exit Control List (ECL). Despite court orders removing it on two separate occasions, the name was added back, highlighting a concerning pattern.
Mr. Baloch argues that this move is not just a violation of the court’s ruling but also a breach of national laws. He expressed concerns that such actions aim to stifle peaceful voices advocating for the constitutional rights of the disappeared in Balochistan.
Mr. Baloch emphasized that Mama Qadeer, also a Vice Chairman of the organization, has long championed the cause of missing persons in Balochistan through peaceful and constitutional means. Leading a protest camp for the last 14 years, Mama Qadeer’s commitment to the cause underscores the organization’s mission to address the enforced disappearances issue under national legal frameworks.
Central to the VBMP’s demands are the presentation of the accused in court, the release of innocent individuals, and timely updates to families about the status of their missing loved ones, particularly those who may no longer be alive.
However, Nasrullah Baloch lamented the lack of substantial action to resolve the enforced disappearances issue despite their continued peaceful endeavors. He highlighted the alarming trend of suppressing peaceful voices speaking out on the topic. Such actions, he warned, exacerbate feelings of insecurity and deprivation among Balochistan’s residents, potentially destabilizing the country further.
He called upon the state and its institutions to abandon their policy of stifling peaceful dissent and urged them to take actionable steps, as per national laws, to address the issue of missing persons in Balochistan.