Young Activist Campaigning For Disappeared Father Himself Goes Missing
Ali Haidar Baloch, a young boy who is known for participation in protests seeking return of missing persons, including his own father, has reportedly gone missing. At the age of 11, he participated in the Long March held by Voice of Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) along with activist Mama Qadeer, against enforced disappearances in 2013.
Activists and journalists have condemned the abduction of the 17 year old.
Look at this child Ali Haider. At age 10 he came with @QadeerMama in @HamidMirPAK show with story of his abducted father Mohd Ramzan. Shortly afterwards Hamid was shot & nearly killed. Now Ali has been abducted.#ReleaseAliHaider pic.twitter.com/2eN64DMx99
— Gul Bukhari (@GulBukhari) June 20, 2019
— Umair Javed (@umairjav) June 20, 2019
Ali Haider spent his childhood demanding the release of his missing father. Now he has been deemed old enough to be abducted and went missing yesterday. Suffering and trauma continues across generations. #ReleaseAliHaider because Balochistan needs healing, not further repression. pic.twitter.com/HKmWi6Kn4B
— Ammar Ali Jan (@ammaralijan) June 20, 2019
Sad to know that Ali Haider disappeared I saw him as a little boy few years ago when he walked from Quetta to Islamabad for the release of his father Ramzan Baloch unfortunately he is also missing today #ReleaseAliHaider https://t.co/byk7mlr1jQ
— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) June 19, 2019
Ali Haidar’s father has been missing since 2010, and now there are concerns that the same fate has befallen his son. Enforced disappearances are known to be common in the province of Balochistan, but isn’t exclusive to the province. In 2017, several bloggers from mainland Pakistan were abducted and later released after widespread outcry against the abductions.
Over 2,000 registered cases remain unresolved. In January 2019 Pakistan’s Ministry of Human Rights submitted a draft bill to the Ministry of Law and Justice to criminalize enforced disappearances, however whether substantial progress is made remains to be seen.