QUETTA - A long march of Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), arranged for the recovery of missing persons, reached Lasbela district on Saturday after 20 days.

The 730-km-long march, led by VBMP Chairman Mama Abdul Qadeer Baloch, Farzana Majeed (sister of Zakir Majeed) and the relatives of other missing persons, left Quetta for Karachi on October 27.

The long march is aimed at drawing the attention of the authorities and international human rights organisations towards the ‘human rights violations’ in Balochistan.

The participants of the march were carrying photographs of missing persons and placards inscribed with various demands. They were also shouting slogans for the early recovery of the missing persons.

After reaching Uthal town, Mama Qadeer Baloch and Farzana Majeed apprised journalists of the hardships they faced during their long journey. They said a lot of hurdles were created in their way by death squads when they (marchers) entered Khuzdar district. “We were maltreated in Tutak, Baghbana and Khuzdar and abusive language was used against women marchers, but we kept marching towards our destination,” they added.

Balochistan National Party (BNP) Chief Sardar Akbar Mengal took part in the long march and marched with the relatives of the missing persons when they reached Wadh.

They said the long march would conclude in Karachi where they would set up a hunger-strike camp for the recovery of the missing persons. “If the missing persons are guilty, they should be produced before a court of law and given a chance to prove their innocence,” they demanded.

They appealed to humanitarian organisations to take notice of ‘violations of human rights’ in Balochistan and play their role for the safe and early recovery of thousands of missing persons.