KARACHI: Baloch social activist Abdul Wahid Baloch returned home on Monday, some four month after his sudden disappearance from Super Highway on way to Karachi.
According to Abdul Wahid’s family, he was travelling with a friend when at a toll plaza at Super Highway, in the jurisdiction of Gadap police station, two men in plain clothes stopped the can and checked identity papers of the passengers.
Upon looking at Abdul Wahid’s identity card, they asked him to show them his phone. After examining the phone, they asked him to come out of the van. Reportedly, another man in uniform was also present there. The men reportedly instructed the van driver to leave immediately. Abdul Wahid’s friend saw him being taken to a blue vehicle, which then drove away.
In a press statement in August, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) expressed grave concern over the suspected enforced disappearance of social activist Abdul Wahid Baloch.
A statement issued by the Commission said: “HRCP is alarmed over the reported enforced disappearance of social activist Abdul Wahid Baloch. His whereabouts have not been known since July 26 when he was offloaded from a passenger van, headed to Karachi from Digri town in Mirpurkhas district.
“Abdul Wahid is a social activist, who has organized several Balochi literary, musical and cultural events.”
“If there is any reason for proceeding against Abdul Wahid, or any citizen for that matter, it must be done in accordance with the law. If indeed there is evidence of any wrongdoing against him, it must be produced in a court of law and due process ensured,” it added. – SAMAA