KARACHI - The activists of various civil society organisations on Friday staged a protest demo outside the Karachi Press Club against the kidnapping of four NGO workers in the City, demanding for their safe recovery and to ensure effective steps to prevent such mishaps in the future.

It may be noted that six employees of the Health and Nutrition Development Society (HANDS), a non-governmental organisation were kidnapped while travelling back to office at Hub River near Tapal Power Plant in Karachi on Thursday evening..

According to Ms. Bilquis Rehman, Manager at Hands, the vehicle which was found at midnight, two female community workers have been released but four male members of the team including Amjad Ali, Rafique Ahmed, Khurram Abbas and Humayun were taken by the kidnappers to an unknown place. She said that the FIR of kidnapping of her organisation’s four workers has been launched at Maripur police station.

Meanwhile, the civil society organisations during their protest demo chanted slogans against the kidnapping of four workers of HANDS and demanded for their safe recovery.

Carrying placards and banners inscribed with demands for security for NGOs’ workers, the protesting civil society activists said that lawlessness and intolerance has been increased in the society. They said that it was the responsibility of the government to provide security to all the citizens.

Protesters said that it was the responsibility of the law-enforcement agencies to protect lives of people  and should take solid measures for their safety.

They demanded that without any delay abducted community workers of HANDS should be recovered and those elements which were involved in adduction and harassing development sector workers be dealt with iron hands.

The protest demo was led by Bilquis Rehman of HANDS, Asad Bat of HRCP, Mehnaz Rehman of Aurat Foundation and others said that violence against the civil society organizations are raising day by day, which indicates a failure on the part of the government to curb these terrorist and criminal attacks.

Meanwhile, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has condemned abduction from Karachi of four volunteers working with an NGO and called upon the government to act swiftly to secure their release.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Commission said: “HRCP strongly condemns the abduction from Maripur, Karachi, of four NGO workers and is extremely concerned about their safety, and indeed the safety of all human rights defenders who had always operated in difficult circumstances in Pakistan but who face even tougher challenges today across the country.

The four volunteers, along with two women doctors, were part of a mobile dispensary offering medical services to fishermen at Maripur. The abductors had left the two women behind when they took the men away.

In calling for immediate and effective action, HRCP wants to remind the government of its obligation to create a safe environment.