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Islamabad police release Baloch Unity March detainees after successful negotiations

ISLAMABAD: In a recent update stemming from discussions between the caretaker prime minister’s committee and the Baloch Unity March demonstrators, a significant number of detainees, including women and children, have been freed.

The committee, composed of three ministers, engaged in talks with the participants, resulting in the release of most of those detained.

Fawad Hasan Fawad, the Privatization Minister, along with Information Minister Murtaza Solangi and Solidarity Minister Jamal Shah in Islamabad, highlighted the release of approximately ninety percent of the identified male protestors. Yet, decisions regarding the remaining individuals await further deliberations by the committee.

The demonstrators, who had journeyed from Balochistan to Islamabad, were urged to relocate to specified zones, F9 or H9, citing security reasons.

However, non-compliance led to a situation where necessary arrests were made, clarified Fawad Hasan Fawad.

The federal minister stressed the imperative adherence to legal norms in any form of protest, emphasizing the need for compliance with established laws. The detentions stemmed from clashes arising when the protesters deviated from provided guidelines, necessitating law enforcement intervention.

He noted the involvement of local individuals in the protest, contributing to the disruptive atmosphere. Concerns were raised regarding certain elements seeking specific objectives through the demonstration.

The situation, as per the caretaker minister, escalated to a point where arrests were necessary to restore order.

Emphasis was placed on the importance of respecting laws and regulations during protests, highlighting potential disruptions caused by extended gatherings on highways.

The events leading to the clashes and subsequent arrests have sparked discussions about the limits and repercussions of protests within the legal framework, adding intricacy to the ongoing dialogue between the protesters and the government.

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