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Baloch Yakjehti Committee protesters released upon bail approval, Islamabad police

24 December, 2023 17:01

Islamabad police on Sunday claimed all protesters arrested from Baloch Yakjehti Committee (BYC) sit-in are being released, the bail of the arrested protesters has been approved.

Islamabad police stated that the protesters had demanded the release of their detained companions during a meeting with a cabinet committee formed by the prime minister.

Islamabad Police posted on X, “Keeping in view the legal requirements, the bail of the arrested protesters has been approved. The detained protesters are being released.Relatives of the detainees were urged to contact the police for information and legal assistance.”

The caretaker government and the protesters had on-going negotiations. Interior Secretary Aftab Akbar Durrani stated, “We have ensured, on the orders of the prime minister, that no protesters are harmed, tortured, or harassed in any way,” while also reiterating that the rule of law would be upheld.

On December 3, Islamabad Police crackdown on Baloch Yakjehti Committee (BYC) with tear gas, water cannons, and police batons. The law enforcement institution arrested over (250) protesters including women,eleders, children and students.

The police actions were censured by Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Aamer Farooq, President Dr Arif Alvi and caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar as well.

On Saturday night, the Baloch Yakjehti Committee (BYC) demanded an end to enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings in Balochistan and issued a three day ultimatum demanding release of the protesters and scraping the FIR’s against the BYC protesters, adding these (250) detainees include women, elders, children and students, out of which more than hundred (100) still have not been presented before court.

Baloch Yakjehti Committee (BYC) is staging a sit-in outside the National Press Club in Islamabad against the enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings in Balochistan via initiating a long march started on December 3 from Turbat to capital Islamabad.

The Islamabad police said peaceful protests were allowed outside the national press club but no rally was permitted towards the High Security Zone.


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