In this photograph taken on May 21, 2014, Pakistani Baluch Students Organisation (BSO) activist Lateef Johar (R) gestures as he sits at a hunger strike camp during a protest in Karachi. AFP PHOTO/RIZWAN TABASSUM
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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 Baluch 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 Baluch, the chairman of the Azad group of the Baluch Students Organisation (BSO).The missing man was allegedly picked up by security forces on March 18 in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan, Pakistan's southwestern province which is racked by a separatist insurgency.For a month Johar and other BSO activists searched for their chairman, but in vain. Some accuse it of links to violent separatist groups who have waged a 10-year insurgency, with regular bomb and gun attacks on security forces and other symbols of the Pakistani state.In recent years many people suspected of links to Baluch separatist groups have mysteriously disappeared, allegedly at the hands of Pakistan's powerful intelligence agencies, and never been seen again.
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