Qambar Chakar goes missing

By Malik Siraj Akbar

QUETTA: Yet another key leader of the Baloch Students’ Organization (BSO-Azad) and an Economics student at Balochistan University of Information Technology and Management Sciences (BUITMS) was whisked away allegedly by the intelligence agencies on Friday from Quetta city.

Qambar Chakar, the deputy organizer of BSO-Azad Quetta zone, was picked up by a group of personnel belonging to the intelligence agencies who had rushed to the University in around eight vehicles,” Salam Sabir, the central information secretary information of BSO, confirmed with this blogger.

According to Sabir, Qambar, who had been aggressively campaigning in the recent times for the release of his fellow party workers who had ‘disappeared’, had gone to meet the Vice Chancellor of the BUITMS. He was arrested soon after the meeting.

The BSO strongly condemns the extra-judicial arrest of its key leaders,” said the BSO spokesman, “the government has been acting brutally against our activists. We will resist this move and call for province-wide strikes in protest against the ‘kidnapping’ of Qambar Chakar.”

Qambar is the third prominent leader of the BSO-Azad, which champions the cause of an independent Balochistan and extends full moral support to the ongoing armed struggle in the province, to be picked up by the agencies. Previously, the president of BSO Quetta zone, Shahzaib Baloch, had been subjected to enforced disappearance in April this year and went missing for more than two months.

Later on, the central vice chairman of the BSO, Zakir Majeed, was also taken into custody reportedly by the intelligence agencies last month. Majeed’s whereabouts are still unknown.

The supporters of the BSO surrounded the BUITMS in protest against the arrest of Qambar Chakar and warned to shut all the educational institutions in protest if the latter was not released immediately.

“The cases of disappearances and extra-judicial arrests have not stopped in Balochistan even after a change in the government since last year. More and more Baloch political activists are being subjected to disappearances and torture by the so-called democratic government of the Pakistan People’s Party,” complained the BSO spokesman.

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