Karachi: Another Baloch youth goes missing
Karachi: A Baloch youth has gone missing from the Boat Basin area of Karachi with family members suspecting the hand of intelligence agencies behind the abduction. Asif Rind, son of Mohammad Yousuf, had gone to a food outlet in Boat Basin on May 28 from where he was picked up by some unidentified men on a jeep, the family claimed. He has been missing since then.
Originally hailing from the Turbat district of Balochistan, Rind, aged 29, had been staying in Karachi with one of his cousins, Jaleel Baloch. “He had gone to Boat Basin along with a friend. After they ordered food, a Suzuki jeep appeared there and took him away,” according to Jaleel.
His father insists that he is in the custody of intelligence officials. “Four days back, he called from his cellphone and told me not to tell the media about his abduction or else he would be killed. He was crying. I know for sure he is with intelligence agencies.”
Rind belongs to a political family in Balochistan. His uncle, Ghulam Mohammad Baloch, a key figure in the Baloch nationalist politics, was assassinated in April 2009 along with his two senior comrades.
The family has approached the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) to take up the case and include Rind’s name in the petition on missing persons being heard by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
“If my brother has done anything unlawful, he should be produced before a court of law and tried. He is just a contractor. He has no political connections despite being the nephew of Ghulam Mohammad,” said Rind’s younger sister, Hairee Baloch, as she wept.