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Despite the Transgender Persons Act guaranteeing their right to vote, the 2017 census identified only 780 transgenders in Balochistan, highlighting the need for improved data collection efforts for this marginalized community.
Activists and politicians warn that any attempt to disturb the election process through internet and mobile phone service outages on February 8 will further isolate Balochistan from rest of the country
"You (the State) are doing this to us for the last 70 years or so. You think mothers will never forget their sons? You are mistaken.": Dr Mahrang Baloch speaks to Voicepk before she leaves for Baluchistan.
Two camps were set up to seek justice for the Baloch people who have been killed and have gone missing. The difference is that one of the camps is of that which led a march from Balochistan to Islamabad and for several weeks sat outside in the cold, while the other camp popped out of nowhere and claimed that the first was foreign-funded. And while they have also shouted slogans for the state and the military, the BYC blames both for the enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings of their loved ones.
The Government Teachers Association held a protest outside the Turbat Press Club against the non-payment of 8-months' salaries of 184 intern teachers. The GTA claims dozens of schools in Kech and Awaran have closed once again, depriving some 5,000 students of an education.
Pakistan and Iran move towards de-escalation after recent airstrikes, and while cross-border trade sees little disruption, Baloch families fear tighter restrictions at the border, affecting both economies.
Scores of Baloch women and children have been braving freezing temperatures, hunger and disease for the past 21 days in a desperate bid to urge the authorities to recover missing persons and protect the Baloch people.
With the expiry of the Baloch protest’s 7-day ultimatum, traders in various parts of Balochistan observed the BYC’s call for a shutter-down strike. Meanwhile, protesters say the Islamabad police are stopping volunteers from providing them with food and warm blankets.
The Baloch Yakjehti Committee has confirmed that the remaining 34 detained protesters have now been released. Meanwhile, The BYC has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the government to meet all its demands.
The Baloch sit-in protest against enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings has entered its sixth day, with the organizers declaring that the camp will remain outside the National Press Club in Islamabad till their demands are met.