Student wages hunger strike

KARACHI: Eyes yellowing but sparkling with determination, Lateef Johar vows to carry on his month-long hunger strike until his missing leader is recovered – or he dies and another young Baloch takes his place. A month ago the 23-year-old chose to sit outside Karachi Press Club and refuse food, to demand the return of Zahid Baloch, the chairman of the Azad group of the Baloch Students Organisation (BSO). The missing man was allegedly picked up by security forces on March 18 in Quetta. For a month Johar and other BSO activists searched for their chairman, but in vain. With the hunt attracting little attention, the central committee of the BSO decided to launch a hunger strike “unto death” and Johar offered himself as the maiden volunteer.

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