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Farzana Majeed, sister of abducted Zakir Majeed, addresses the press

by Archen Baloch

Karachi: Banok Farzana Majeed, sister of prominent student leader Zakir Majeed, talked to reporters and visitors at a hunger strike in Karachi on January 31, saying that her brother Zakir Majeed was abducted by state secret agencies along with two of his friends in Mastung on July 8th 2009.

Farzana Majeed said her brother’s friends were recovered from roadsides with fatal injuries and showing signs of having suffered severe torture.

Farzana, along with numerous relatives of abducted political workers, is currently holding a hunger strike protest in Karachi. She said she would not bow to Pakistani state pressure and will continue to seek international support for the release of her brother and other missing persons.

She lambasted the international community for its apathy towards the tragedies that the Baloch nation is experiencing at the hands of the Pakistani state.

She asked the world community to consider the condition of a mother whose son has been abducted by state agencies and who hears news daily of abducted political workers' mutilated corpses showing up in desolated areas across the length and breadth of Balochistan.

Farzana said her own grieving mother's condition is critical and she expressed her apprehensions and worries about her brother's well-being.

Farzana appealed to human rights organizations, Amnesty International and other organizations to help put pressure on Pakistan to release her brother and all missing persons.