The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed serious alarm at the disappearance of Baloch Student Organisation-Azad (BSO-Azad) chairperson Zahid Baloch, who was picked up in Quetta on March 18 by plainclothesmen believed to be from security agencies.
The Commission in a statement on Tuesday demanded his safe and immediate release.
“BSO-Azad has been holding a hunger strike outside the Karachi Press Club for the last ten days to press for Mr. Zahid’s release,” the statement said.
HRCP is extremely worried about risks to Mr. Zahid’s life and wellbeing in custody and urges the authorities that his detention must be immediately acknowledged and his release ordered. HRCP also demands that he must not be mistreated or tortured in custody.
“We have long advocated that anyone accused of contravening of any law must be tried in a court of law with due process rights and must not be made to disappear. HRCP also thinks it is of vital importance that those who indulge in making people disappear should be tried without delay, again with all due process. HRCP also wants to suggest to anyone who wishes to strike at impunity for the perpetrators that it might be useful to record the testimony of several witnesses who were present when Mr. Zahid was picked up,” the statement added.