Pakistan: End arbitrary detention of Mahal Baloch

Mahal Baloch, a 28-year-old Baloch woman, has been arbitrarily detained in Quetta by the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of the police since 18 Feb 2023, after her home was unlawfully raided. Her two daughters, aged 8 and 5, were separated from her and detained for one night. She remains in remand custody of the CTD without charge. Mahal has been produced before courts four times and each time the CTD has asked for a custody extension. Authorities must immediately release Mahal Baloch or charge her with a recognizable offence, in accordance with international human rights law.

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