Demonstrators take part in a protest to demand justice for the murder of Isabel Cabanillas, an activist for women's rights whose body was found on January 18, 2020, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico January 25, 2020. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

The sit-in protest for the recovery of Zaheer Ahmed, who has been missing since June 27, continues on Saryab Road. Prominent Pashtun Protection Movement leader Agha Zubair Shah and his colleagues joined the protest, showing solidarity with Zaheer Baloch’s family.

Zaheer Baloch, employed by the Postal Services, was reportedly forcibly taken by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) and has not been seen since.

Concerns have been raised about the handling of the situation by local authorities. Despite the administration’s responsibility to engage with the families, reports suggest that unidentified armed individuals have been threatening and harassing protesters, urging them to cease their demonstration. Alarmingly, no action has been taken against these threatening elements.

Enforced disappearance is not only a contentious issue in Pakistan-occupied Balochistan but also affects the Pashtun community. The latest incident involves Hameed-Ullah, a resident of North Waziristan, who was reportedly detained by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) in Lahore.

The Pakistan Army is not only harboring terrorists in the region but also engaging in the abduction, torture, and rape of innocent Pashtuns. Therefore, the participation of PTM leader Agha Zubair Shah in the protest is significant.

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