Missing persons’ relatives to boycott investigation team

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Occupied Balochistan: Relatives of the missing persons have decided to boycott a hearing of the joint investigation team (JIT), which is scheduled for June 4.

Addressing a press conference at a hunger strike camp outside the Quetta Press Club, Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VFBMP) Vice Chairman Mama Qadir Baloch said, “We do not trust in investigation teams and commissions anymore.” He said that Justice Javed Iqbal had promised him on March 17, 2011, saying, “You stop the hunger strike camp in Islamabad and your missing persons will reach homes before you get home. But we started recovering bullet-riddled bodies of missing persons instead.”

Answering a question, Baloch said there was no improvement in law and order despite Chief Justice Ifthikar Muhammad Chaudhry taking up the matter in Quetta twice.

He alleged that many commissions and committees were made during the last four years, but their result was still zero.

Baloch said that he was continuously receiving threats to end the hunger strike camp. “The relatives of missing persons are also being threatened by secret agencies not to appear in Supreme Court hearing,” he alleged.