That the issue of missing persons in Balochistan is a tangled skein hard to unravel can just be imagined from the surprisingly huge gap between the figures supposed to have been whisked away as cited by the kith and kin of the victims and nationalist political parties in the province on the one hand, and the government and intelligence agencies on the other. The difference is so large – 14,000 against government’s figure of 80 (out of which 53 are claimed to have been recovered, leaving just 27 unaccounted for according to that estimate) – that one of the two has to be wrong. The UN working group currently visiting Pakistan listened to both the sides and recorded their versions at Quetta on Saturday. Instances of human rights abuses, other than disappearances, were also brought to its notice by the nationalists. To underline their pain and suffering and seek the UN team’s assistance, more than 100 aggrieved persons, including women and children, staged a sit-in in front of the hotel where the UN team was staying.Whatever the exact number and how many out of them have been killed, are in intelligence agencies’ custody, languishing in private jails, or have escaped to Afghanistan, the fact remains that picking Pakistani citizens up without a formal charge is a tragic affair. It is a clear violation of the specific clauses of the constitution, as pointed out by Baloch leader Dr Azeem Basheer. The sooner the Supreme Court acts and resolves the matter, the better for peace and stability of the province.