IHC forms commission to redress Baloch students’ grievances – Pakistan

Islamabad: The High Court of Islamabad (IHC) has set up a committee led by Senator Sadiq Sanjrani to settle the complaints of Baloch students.

The Chief Justice of the IHC reached a ruling on Thursday at a hearing in a petition filed by human rights activist and lawyer Imaan Zainab Mazari-Hazir about harassment of Baloch students who were protesting the disappearance of fellow Hafiz Baloch, who went missing in Islamabad last month. .

The court pointed out that although the matter has been pending since February, the reaction of public officials has been alarmingly indifferent.

In a previous hearing, Judge Minallah asked President Arif Alvi to erase his impressions of the racial profiling of Baloch students.

At a hearing on Thursday, Mazari-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 at the University of Punjab yesterday, she said. She added that she brought another student, Dr. Dildar Baloch, from Karachi.

According to the petition, students allege that they are subjected to enforced disappearance and racial profiling by law enforcement agencies across the country.

Racial profiling is the act of suspecting, targeting, or discriminating against a specific person on the basis of ethnicity or religion other than the individual’s suspicion.

Judge Minallah made it clear that these complaints were not unfounded according to the report submitted on behalf of the University of Quaid-i-Azam.

The court noted that it is unacceptable for any citizen to have reasonable grounds to believe that he or she is subject to racism, which is one of the most serious forms of human rights violations and is unacceptable in society. Constitution.

Judge Minallah appeared before the court, based on observations made during these proceedings, that complaints of racism, enforced disappearance and lack of response by state officials were not unfounded.

The court then established a committee to investigate and investigate these grievances of students in Balochistan.

By order of the court, the Committee was formed by Senator Sadiq Sanjrani, former Senator Afrasiab Khattak, PTI Central Secretary Asad Umar, Senator Raza Rabbani, Senator Kamran Murtaza, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, former Secretary-General of Balochistan Nasir Khosa, Pakistan Attorney It is made up of councils. Vice Chairman Ali Ahmed Kurd and Minister of Interior and Human Rights.

“The Commission will investigate and investigate grievances related to racial profiling, enforced disappearances and lack of security while visiting students from Balochistan Province. The committee must then make a recommendation and file a report with the court,” the court order said.

The court directed the Human Rights Secretary to work with committee members to file the report on or before a set date.

He also directed the Interior Minister to establish a mechanism to receive complaints from students belonging to Balochistan and not be afraid to visit their homeland.

The next hearing is scheduled for May 13th.

Posted at Serb on April 29, 2022