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Pakistan rights group concerned over missing activist

Abdul Wahid Baloch was last seen taken out of a van and placed in a car by unidentified men

Updated: August 09, 2016 11:06 AM GMT
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A missing Baloch social activist is suspected of being disappeared by security forces in southern Sindh province, says Pakistan's independent human rights group.

Abdul Wahid Baloch, a caretaker of Sayed Hashmi Reference Library, popular among Baloch students, researchers and literary activists, has been missing since July 26.

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said two plain clothed men stopped a van that Abdul Wahid was traveling in and, after checking his identity and mobile phone, took him into another vehicle.

It is not yet clear who is behind the abduction but suspicions are likely to fall on Pakistan's powerful agencies who are dealing with a low-scale insurgency in southwestern Balochistan province.

"HRCP has grave concern for his safety and urges his immediate recovery. 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," said HRCP via a statement.

Rights groups accuse Pakistani agencies of holding hundreds of Baloch activists and separatists incommunicado.

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