June 15, 2013

BALOCHISTAN: Peace linked to missing persons’ recovery: Dr. Malik

 June 15, 2013 Bari Baloch

QUETTA - Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Maalik said that efforts are being made to persuade civil and military leadership to resolve issues being faced by the province.

He expressed these views while talking to media Friday after visiting missing person’s hunger strike camp set up by the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons outside the Press Club. The hunger strike camp has been established for the last 1,177 days and the CM has visited it for the first time after taking oath.

Maalik accompanied by other NP leaders assured the VBMP vice president that his government is serious in resolving missing person issue, adding that he had also taken up the matter with Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif.

“Enforced disappearances and recovery of decomposed bodies of missing persons are the serious issues of the province,” he said adding, “We have made it clear to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that recovery of missing persons is vital to restore peace in Balochistan.”

To a query, he said that every sector including health and education has been ruined. The government, he said, is facing several challenges. He called upon all sections of the society to come forward in dealing with the challenges facing Balochistan government. He stated that efforts are being made to introduce good governance in Balochistan.

On the occasion, VBMS leader Mama Abdul Qadir thanked the chief minister and his delegation for visiting the missing persons’ camp and apprised them about the issue. “We have been observing hunger strike camp for the last three years and none of the government official ever bothered to visit our camp, expressing solidarity with the missing persons’ relatives,” he added.

It may be mentioned here that more than 15 bodies of missing person were recovered since May 11, 2013 and five decomposed bodies were recovered on the day when Dr Abdul Malik was taking oath.


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