The number of people abducted Tuesday from Mashkay in Balochistan stands at 25, says a former Balochistan government minister who now lives in exile in Europe.
"These are my people," said Kackol Ali Advocate, a former Balochistan fisheries minister, who now lives in Oslo and is the only Baloch leader who represents the Baloch middle classes in Europe.
When asked if he would request his former comrade Balochistan chief minister Dr. Malik Baloch to get the 25 people freed, Ali Advocate said, "Whenever they are in problem, I stand beside them. Politics apart, their lives and honor are dear to me. They should know better what needs to be done in this case," he said.
He said just like during the tenure of former chief minister, Nawab Aslam Raisani, he was culpable for every Baloch killed, likewise the future historian will judge Dr. Malik Baloch a party to Islamabad excesses if he fails to stop them as he is now the chief executive of the province.
"I am totally bewildered," Ali Advocate said.
Meanwhile, the U.K. authorities are believed to have bluntly told Hybyair Marri that his asylum status would be cancelled if the militant outfit he leads called the Baloch Liberation Army continues its activities from London. The B.L.A., which was proscribed by London in 2006, is allegedly involved in high profile terrorist activities including killing of unarmed civilians and the attack on the Ziarat residency, used by Pakistan founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah during his final days.
Marri sources accuse Hyrbyair Marri of being the alleged master-mind in the killing of Balochistan high court judge Justice Nawaz Marri in 2000 that led to the military crackdown on the Marris and arrest of his father, veteran nationalist leader Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri. That arrest led to the start of the unrest.
"Hyryair Marri is totally isolated," one leading Baloch human rights defender, who requested anonymity, said in London recently.