HRCP-PressOctober 11, 2014
QUETTA: Human Rights Commission of Pakistan while terming health, education and economic activities as disappointing said that banned religious outfits were gaining roots in the province. No headway has been made for talks with separatists in Balochistan. Two hundred thousand Hazara and Shia community people, one hundred thousand settlers and 10 thousand Hindu community people besides Supreme Court lawyers, former member of assembly, Christian community and Persian speaking tribe and Grade 19 and 20 officers have migrated to other provinces and foreign countries in view of prevailing situation in Balochistan.
This was stated by Chairperson Human Rights Communizing of Pakistan (HRCP) Mohtarma Zohra Yusuf at a Press conference here Sunday. Founder member HRCP and known lawyer Mohtarma Asma Jahangir was also present.
Zohra Yusuf said overall law and order situation and corruption has improved. Participating in election by nationalists was a good step but as expected no headway could be made in talks with Baloch separatists. Problem of missing persons is a serious issue. It has minimized to some extent but still mutilated dead bodies were found. During past five years two lakh Shia community, one lakh settlers and 10 thousand Hindus have shifted from Balochistan. Mine workers were working under insecure conditions. Journalists entry into Civil secretariat has been banned. Government has not taken sufficient measures for providing employment. Federal government should meet requirements of Balochistan.
She said HRCP was not allowed to go to affected areas of Kalat to take stock of massive graves. Owing to poverty and tension in situation people were headings towards civil war. Local Bodies elections were held in Balochistan in December last but this system has not been made functional yet. There is need to making this system functional.
A new process of targeting Zikri sect in Balochistan has started which is of grave concern. None of the 40 killers of journalists was caught so far. Under a plan banned religious organizations were being strengthened.
She said had Imran Khan raised voice during the period fo Iftikahr Ahmed Chaudhry as Chief Justice it could be better. Now allegations were being leveled. Former Chief Justice violated democracy and constitution and we had spoken of it during his period.
She said we had contacted Balochistan Chief Minister, Chief Secretary and Home Secretary to visit Tutak area of Khuzdar where reportedly 40 dead bodies were found but we were not allowed to go there. Report presented by Judicial Commission we are not satisfied with it because dead bodies of two brothers were found form Tutak.
She said migration from Balochistan was continuing and more than one lakh settlers has shifted during the past five years while more than 10 thousand Hazara community has also gone. Among migrants included a former MPA.
Zohra Yusuf said people’s expectations from positive changes under democratic system following 2013 elections were not met which has created disappointment among masses. Government could not start talks process with those sitting out of country. It should be started immediately so that situation in Balochistan improves and results of democracy reach to the people.
HRCP Chairperson was of the view that incidents of recovery of mutilated dead bodies and picking people illegally have reduced.