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Baloch students protesting in the University of Balochistan

Quetta: Students of the Balochistan University have once again started their protest after the authorities failed to find the two missing students who were allegedly kidnapped from the university premises earlier this month.

According to a report by The Friday Times, ten days have elapsed since the university students began their protest for the safe recovery of their fellow students — Faseeh Baloch and Sohail Baloch.

Earlier, the authorities had held discussions with the protesters so that educational activities could resume but the talk failed.

On Nov 9, the students had locked the campus gates and also boycotted classes and exams to protest against the inaction in the matter.

The agitation was halted on Nov 13 after the government assured that the missing students will be recovered by Nov 16.

The Friday Times quoted the Baloch Student Organisation (BSO) as saying that the government has failed to keep its promise, as the students have still not been recovered, and asked for more time.

Meanwhile, a university spokesperson has said the CCTV footage of the incident did not have any indication of the abduction.

The government also formed a committee to address the students’ concerns, and one of its members Nasrullah Zaray, Balochistan MPA, confirmed to Dawn that Chief Minister Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo had been informed about the situation, the Pakistani daily reported.

Balochistan has reported several cases of enforced disappearances so far. Though several national and international organisation have raised their voices against the issue, Pakistan parliament has passed the bill criminalising enforced disappearances, which was drafted by the Ministry of Human Rights in 2019.

(With UNI inputs)

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