Islamabad’s High Court (IHC) on Thursday directed the Interior Minister to develop a mechanism to “stop what is happening to Baloch students” and end their ethnic profiling.
Athar Minallah, Chief Justice of the IHC, said human rights activist and lawyer Iman Zainab Hajj over sexual harassment of Baloch students who were protesting in Islamabad over the disappearance of their colleague Hafiz Baloch, who went missing last month. He heard the petition submitted by Le (Imaan Zainab Hazir) and gave instructions.
In a previous hearing, Judge Minallah asked Dr. Arif Alvi to erase his impressions of the racial profiling of Baloch students.
When hearings resumed today, Hazir told the court that the president had given the students confidence. But Bebgar Imdad, a student at the National Institute of Modern Languages in Islamabad, was picked up by the University of Punjab yesterday, she said.
She added that she brought another student, Dr. Dildar Baloch, from Karachi.
“The government does not seem to take the issues with Baloch students seriously,” the lawyer said.
The president held two meetings with Baloch students, Hazir informed the court.
“What did the president do?” Judge Minala asked. The Chief Justice of the IHC said this is a real problem, but the previous government also ignored it, the Chief Justice of the IHC said.
Hazir replied that the chief executive officer and relevant agencies were accountable.
The Chief Justice once again reiterated that the problem is real, but that political leaders have ignored it. “When human rights manipulation occurs, the Ministry of Human Rights must close its doors. Don’t say the country is weak.
“Why does the Ministry of Human Rights exist when neither the previous government nor this government did anything?” he asked. “Don’t say there is law and order, why should children be affected by this?”
Justice Minala pointed out that the parties made a variety of statements before coming to power, but forgetting everything after coming to power.
Deputy Attorney General Syed Mohammad Tayyab Shah has asked the court to give the new government time to ask for directions.
“You can write [to the government] When asked how human rights violations can be ignored, Justice Minala replied, “The state is weak.” “This is the mission of the federal government. That is the role of the Department of Human Rights.”
The deputy attorney general told the court that the prime minister had recently visited Balochistan.
“This is the federal capital,” the Chief Justice said. “Their (Balog students) petitions have been heard since February.”
“These students are the future. Should the courts close their eyes to these violations of human rights?” he asked. “The cabinet doesn’t know what’s going on in the country? Wasn’t it the people in the cabinet? [now] Did you go to them yesterday? don’t they know?”
The Chief Justice said it is the role of political leaders to find solutions in a democratic society.
The court is expected to issue a written order at a later date.
Baloch students picked up by PU
The day before, security officials arrested Vega Imdad at a hostel at the University of Punjab, allegedly involved in a Karachi University (KU) suicide bombing.
Imdad, a native of Keh, who is currently studying English Literature at Nom, Islamabad, was visiting relatives in the 7th hostel.
On Wednesday morning, PU guards and other security forces tied him to a truck.
One student, who requested anonymity, said: Serb Security officials suspect Imdad may have been involved in a recent attack outside KU’s Confucius Institute, which killed three Chinese and injured four.
He said they tried to resist Imdad’s arrest, but staff told them that they would be released by the evening if they stayed away and the suspect was not involved in the blast. He said security did not release the student until evening.
The Baloch Student Council described this as “a series of enforced disappearances and harassment of Baloch students in Korea.”
The commission said Baloch students were being picked up from educational institutions and profiling of Baloch students was being conducted, suspending Baloch education.
They say the university administration is harassing Baloch students in the name of data and details.