Paank, The Human Rights Department of BNM Baloch National Movement, stands in solidarity with Zahid Baloch’s family and friends as we mark the 9th year since his enforced disappearance. It is a tragic reminder of the inhumane treatment that Balochistan’s leaders face at the hands of the Pakistani state.
Zahid Baloch was a political activist and student leader who was abducted by Pakistan’s security forces from Quetta, the capital city of Balochistan, in front of witnesses on March 18, 2014. Despite numerous calls from human rights organizations and international campaigns, he has not been produced in any court yet. His prolonged detention without a trial is a blatant violation of his fundamental human rights, including his right to a fair trial and due process, as enshrined in the international humanitarian laws and the UN’s Charter of Human Rights.
His illegal detention is not only a gross violation of his rights but is also affecting the lives of his wife, children, and the entire family. His wife and children are left in a state of constant uncertainty, not knowing whether he is alive or dead. This is an unconscionable act by the Pakistani state, and the international community must hold them accountable.
Paank demands the immediate and unconditional release of Zahid Baloch and all other political prisoners in Balochistan. We call on the international community to put pressure on Pakistan to respect international law and uphold the rights of the Baloch people. It is time for the Pakistani state to stop exploiting the rights of the Baloch people and to allow them to live in peace, dignity, and freedom.