Day: March 23, 2012

Quetta: Marri Baloch trader abducted for the third time, Fazal Baloch abducted from Turbat

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Occupied Balochistan: The plain clothed officers of Pakistan intelligence agencies have abducted a Marri Baloch trader from his shop in Saryab area of Quetta, Balochistan here on Wednesday.

According to details the concerned family of Mazar Marri son of Faqeer Sher Mohammad Marri has said that personnel of Pakistani security agencies have abducted him while he was sitting in his shop, Sadaa Bahaar General Store. Marri owns the shop and has been in business from past 18 years. The 55 year old trader is a resident of Kill Gohar Abad Quetta and is a member of Traders’ Union, said family sources.

The eye-witnesses reported that when the plain clothed officer of ISI came to arrest Mazar Khan Marri, the nearby shopkeeper tried to resist the arrest thinking that the men were robbers. However, the personnel of intelligence agencies showed, the angry mob, their official cards and assured that they were not robbers – they were members of Pakistani security agencies. Ironically, the arrest took place only a few yards from New Saryab Police station and the policemen at the station also witnessed the arrest but they were powerless to say anything against the ISI.

The family sources said that when they went to the police station to register an FIR about Mazar Khan’s abduction, the police refused to register the case saying that they have no power to file cases against intelligence agencies. The police also admitted that they saw Mr Marri being arrested but they are not authorised to stop the ISI from abducting anyone. “The ISI, MI and other security agencies can even shot us dead on spot and we can do nothing”, said one officer on conditions of anonymity.

Mr Marri had been abducted twice during dictator Musharraf’s era but was released after months of physical and psychological torture. In November 2006 Mr Marri ordeal was recorded which has later been posted on Youtube.

The family of Mazar Khan Marri has appealed to the Supreme Court and Human Rights Organisations for his immediate release. They feared that if he was not released at the earliest, he might be killed and dumped like hundreds of other Baloch activists.

Meanwhile Baloch activists on twitter reported that another Baloch man named Fazal Baloch son of Mohammad Bux has been abducted from a friend’s house in Trubat town of Balochistan. More details about Fazal Baloch’s abduction will be updated later.