Human rights groups have expressed concern over the disappearance of a social worker who highlighted recent clashes between security forces and militants in Balochistan's Panjgur and Noshki districts on social media.
Malik Miran Baloch, a social media activist, has been missing since February 7. Human rights groups have expressed concern that the incident could lead to a series of enforced disappearances in the province.
Talking to VOA, Miran Baloch's brother Muhammad Sharif Baloch said that he has been visiting government offices for three days but no one is saying anything about his brother in his words.
According to Muhammad Sharif Baloch, at four o'clock in the morning of February 7, when everyone in the house was asleep, some people in uniform and plain clothes came.
Sharif Baloch alleged that the men allegedly forcibly entered the house after knocking on the door and took away Miran Baloch while torturing him.
According to Sharif Baloch, they also took my other younger brother with them along with Miran but later released the younger brother but still no information is available about Miran.
He said the gunmen also took away mobile phones, televisions and a car from the house.
Who is Malik Miran?
Malik Miran Baloch belongs to Issa area of Panjgur district of Balochistan. He has studied till matriculation. Miran has been active on social media for the past four years.
He has been criticizing state institutions on social media after various incidents with issues in his area.
When the Frontier Corps camp in Panjgur was attacked on February 2, mobile phone and internet services were shut down throughout the city, but Malik Miran used PTCL internet from his home via social media posts. Keep up to date.
Human Rights Commission responds to Miran Baloch's disappearance
Chairman Human Rights Commission Balochistan Chapter Habib Tahir Advocate said that the human rights organization strongly condemns the loss of human lives in Noshki and Panjgur incidents.
Talking to VOA, he said, “We have information that curfew was allegedly imposed in both the cities after these incidents, which caused severe hardship to the locals.” The city of Panjgur in particular was closed for three to four days, leaving the citizens in a state of panic.
According to Tahir Advocate, Miran Baloch, a social worker in Panjgur, has been reported missing, while another youth Hafeez Baloch has also been reported missing from Khuzdar.
“We feel that the state's response to these incidents against social workers and civilians is also reprehensible,” he said.
Tahir Advocate says that if there is any complaint against these people then action should be taken according to law and they should be produced in court.
When the Panjgur City Police Station was contacted, Naseebullah, head of the police station, told VOA that he had received reports of two to three missing persons from Panjgur. No FIR has been registered.
On the other hand, regarding the alleged enforced disappearance of Malik Miran, repeated attempts were made to contact Deputy Commissioner Panjgur Razzaq Sasoli but no reply has been received so far.
In the past, state agencies and the government have denied allegations of enforced disappearances.
Miran Baloch's brother Muhammad Sharif has demanded that if his brothers are involved in any anti-state activities, a case should be registered against them but they should not be alienated from them.