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The End of a Resolute Stand: Baloch Yakjehti Committee Concludes Islamabad Sit-in

The Baloch Yakjehti Committee (BYC), led by Dr. Mahrang Baloch, has concluded its significant month-long sit-in outside the National Press Club (NPC) in Islamabad, as reported by Geo News. This peaceful protest, which began on December 20, 2023, was a strong statement against enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings.

The Purpose of the Protest: The protesters, steadfast in their demand for justice and accountability, had been a consistent presence in the federal capital. Their protest was not just a call for action but a symbol of resilience against human rights violations.

Dr. Mahrang Baloch's Leadership: As the head of the BYC, Dr. Mahrang Baloch played a pivotal role in this peaceful demonstration. Her announcement to return to Balochistan and to hold a rally on January 27 marks the next phase of their advocacy.

NPC's Security Concerns: The NPC administration had raised security concerns regarding the prolonged sit-in, which led to a complaint with the Kohsar Police Station. The NPC felt the prolonged presence of the protesters posed a risk, given the venue's frequent hosting of high-profile personalities.

Impact on NPC Activities: The sit-in, lasting over two months, reportedly caused financial losses due to the reluctance of political and social figures to use the NPC for events, press conferences, and other functions.

Educational Institutes' Closure: Amidst the sit-in, several educational institutes in Islamabad were closed until further notice, reflecting the heightened security concerns in the capital.

The Islamabad High Court's Stance: Earlier in the month, the Islamabad High Court instructed the local authorities and police to refrain from using force or creating obstacles for the Baloch marchers. This order came in response to a petition filed by Baloch activist Sammi Deen Baloch, highlighting the harassment and forceful attempts to disperse the protesters.

The BYC's sit-in at the NPC in Islamabad, though concluded, leaves behind a legacy of peaceful resistance and a firm stand for human rights. The movement led by Dr. Mahrang Baloch and supported by many, including the judiciary, is a testament to the power of peaceful protest in the face of adversity.

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