In a statement to journalists, Governor Mohammad Khan Achakzai of Balochistan said that theBaloch people simply ask for what belongs to them: Their fundamental rights as citizens of Pakistan. He claimed that the unrest in the province was mainly due to the violation of Baloch rights which led to a growing sentiment of disenfranchisement among the people in Balochistan. Furthermore, he advised media not to label the turmoil in the province as an ‘insurgency’ as it was, according to him, a misunderstanding of the people’s political demands. He pointed toward the case of missing persons in Balochistan and added that it aggravated the distrust people show in the government and military. Reinforcing his point, he mentioned that even India has a law about it in occupied Kashmir.

Although there is little moral or political equivalence between India and Pakistan when it comes to Kashmir and Balochistan respectively – the former being an occupied territory while the latter, a province of the state – there is a lesson to be learned from India in this case. The number of cases of people displaced by force in Pakistan continues to increase at the expense of human lives and their loved ones. All four provinces of the country have experienced this deliberately created void in its demographic, but Balochistan remains at the top of the list of the abused and the abducted.

The government of Pakistan should realize that the cases of missing persons in Balochistan is of utmost significance and deserves legal action as soon as possible. A recent report in this newspaper indicated that the majority of missing persons’ cases lead to the involvement of the agencies. In the occasion that the government chooses to ignore these citizens and their collective plight, it should prepare itself to be labeled – and consequently treated – as a tyrant force.