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Issue:June' 2019


Enforced disappearances
on the rise

RC Ganjoo

An old couple seeking justice for their missing son A campaign against the enforced disappearances in Pakistan is gaining momentum . On January 28,2019 the campaign was jointly launched by human rights organizations, including The Voice for Baluch Missing Persons, Pashtun Tahafuz Movement – PTM, Voice for Sindhi Missing Persons, Committee for Release of Shia Missing-Persons and others.
As a result of vigorous campaign, social media activists from all over the world got activated, recorded protest against enforced disappearances and demanded for release of all persons missing in Pakistan.
According to The Voice of Baloch Missing Person (VBMP), since 2002, 6428 persons have gone missing.

In Sindh 313 persons are missing. The Voice of Missing Person of Sindh claims that missing persons are in the private detention centres of Rangers and other law enforcement agencies.

The Imran Khan government has failed to solve this issue. Even Pakistan’s apex court could not provide justice to victim families. Pashtuns, Baluch, Sindhis, Sarakis and Urdu-speaking living in Karachi (Mohajirs), and Shias are targeted.

Ahmad Mustafa Kanjoo Saraiki nationalist Ahmed Mustafa Kanjoo, spokesperson of National Saraiki Party from Rahyeemyar Khan on January 1, 2019 was picked up by the Pakistan army in dead of night. Tilldate his whereabouts are not known Kanjoo is nephew of Abdul Majeed Kanjoo, head of National Saraiki Party.
Human rights o r g a n i z a t i o n s working in Pakistan allege that raising voice against enforced disappearances in Pakistan has become a dangerous job. Many social media activists, bloggers, political workers, student leaders and writers have been picked up by force and gone missing.

Human rights organizations working in Pakistan allege that raising voice against the enforced disappearances in Pakistan has become a dangerous job.

According to the International Human Rights Council in HongKong (IHRCHK), suggested that total 12,941 persons are missing from Pakistan and disappearances are continuous. The Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) has a list of 4500 persons missing.

The movement, which is working against the enforced disappearances and extra judicial killings, claims that since 2001, more than 8500 persons are missing after their arrest. More than 3000 persons from Khyber Pakhtunkha province and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) were killed during their captivity by the military.

According to Abdul Majeed Kanjoo, president of Seraikis National Party(SNP) , "The distorted ideology of Islam has turned Pakistan into a jail for the oppressed.”