Qambar Baloch goes ‘missing’
There are confirmed reports that Qambar Baloch, a student of the 8th semester in Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) department at the Balochistan University of Information Technology and Management Sciences (BUITMS), has gone ‘missing’. He ‘disappeared’ on 12 February from Quetta city where he had been invited by some officials ‘to come for investigations’. Bold enough to face his investigators, Qambar had fixed the district compound area for the meeting with the ‘unidentified caller’ where he would meet him. Since then no one knows about his whereabouts.
Understandably, Qambar’s family members and friends are very worried about his safety as the ‘missing people’ in Balochistan in the past have returned with major signs of torture on their bodies.
The news of Qambar’s disappearance has spread across Balochistan because of his active participation in the movement for induction of quota system in the admissions of the BUITMS. Along with Khurshid Baloch and Qayyum Baloch, Qambar had staged an unto death hunger strike camp in front of the Quetta Press Club in July 2008. Enjoying the support of hundreds of Baloch students for their demands, Qambar Baloch and his friends said they were not fighting for themselves but for the rights of the Baloch youths whose future entirely hinged upon the district-based open merit at the BUITMS.
Qambar comes from Panjgur district while his father is a medical doctor. Another brother of his is a medical student.
While Qambar’s close friend, Qambar Chakar, told me that a case had been registered about Qambar’s disappearance with the Civil Line Police Station in Quetta, the police, when contacted by me, refused to give any details about the case. In the past, when police refused to disclose the details of similar cases involving someone’s disappearance, one could safely conclude that he had been ‘whisked away’.
The Baloch Students’ Organization (BSO-Azad) has strongly condemned the ‘disappearance’ of the Baloch student and demanded his immediate release. “We will stage a protest rally in front of the Quetta Press club tomorrow and address a press conference,” said Qambar Chakar, a leader of the BSO-Azad.