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Pashteen blocked from visiting families of Baloch missing persons

Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) leader Manzoor Pashteen was blocked by security officials on Monday when he reached the Quetta airport to visit the protest camp of families of Baloch missing persons.

FIA officials stopped the PTM leader at the airport and forced him to return on the next flight. Pashteen had arrived in the city on the Human Rights Day to express solidarity with Baloch women and children protesting for the recovery of their loved ones.

He had recently been banned by the Sindh government from entering Karachi. However, the ban was later lifted on the orders of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chief Bilwal Bhutto-Zardari.

The PTM has announced to stage a demonstration outside the Quetta Press Club at 3 PM on Tuesday to protest against “this state atrocity”, according to an announcement released on the social media.

Thousands of people from Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh have become victim to enforced disappearances since 2000 when the then military ruler Pervaiz Musharraf launched an unannounced military crackdown to stifle political dissent.

Meanwhile, a BBC reporter claimed on his Facebook wall that activists of Voice for Sindhi Missing Persons were not allowed to enter Karachi to highlight increasing cases of enforced disappearances in Sindh on the Human Rights Day.

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