IHC orders formation of commission to probe Baloch students’ harassment, profiling

Balochistan lawmakers say KU attack being used to smear image of Baloch nation

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has asked authorities to create a commission to probe the racial profiling and disappearances of Baloch students in the country.

The directions came during a hearing into the harassment case, filed by students of the Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad. Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court Athar Minallah stated that the courts could not ignore the human rights violations in Pakistan.

He directed that a commission be formed to investigate the harassment and disappearances of Baloch students across the country. The chief justice also called for suggestions on who could lead the commission. Lawyer Hina Jilani and politician Afrasiab Khattak’s names were pitched resultantly, amongst others.

In another development, member of the Balochistan Assembly from the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) Bushra Rind said that the University of Karachi suicide bomb attack is being utilized to smear the image of the Baloch nation.

Speaking at a presser alongside Parliamentary Secretary for Women Development and Climate Change Mahjabeen Sheran and BAP lawmaker Zubaida Jalal in Quetta, Rind strongly condemned the suicide attack saying that the event was being used to give a bad name to the Baloch nation. She said that “no one will be happy with such actions”.

Rind further said that “external forces” were attempting to worsen the situation in Balochistan.