Around 100 protesters walked 1,900 miles from the destabilized province of Baluchistan to Islamabad, demanding justice for their loved ones who went missing after they were allegedly abducted by the Pakistani government, the Associated Press reported.
In the past several years, more than 10,000 people have gone missing in the conflict between pro-independence rebels and government forces in the relatively lawless region of Baluchistan.
Since the mid-2000s, tens of thousands of rebels, activists, and civilians have been reported missing from the southwestern Baluchistan province. Gen. Pervez Musharraf's government led a crackdown on insurgents who were fighting for greater autonomy in the region.
Human rights activists and Baluch locals allege that Pakistani forces have abducted and detained their people without giving them trials, and have often killed and dumped their bodies in the desert.
The government has denied these allegations, claiming that many of those missing were criminals in hiding or members of militant groups.
In 2012, the Voice for Baluch Missing Persons organization gave the United Nations a list of 12,000 missing persons in the conflict. Organizers of the protest say the number has risen to 18,000 since then.
A group of activists with missing relatives started their march from Baluchistan's capital of Quetta on Oct. 27, walking nearly 1,900 miles to reach Islamabad on Feb. 28.
Associated Press photographer Muhammed Muheisen took photographs of the activists during a break from their long march in Rawalpindi.
Ali Haider, 10, holds a photograph of his father, who disappeared on July 14, 2010.
Maheen Baloch, 15, holds a photograph of her brother Naveed, who went missing on Aug. 17, 2013.
Mohammed Qadir, 62, and his grandson Meer, 7, hold a photograph of Meer's father, Jaleel, who went missing in 2010 and was reported dead in 2013.
Bahiyya Murree holds a photograph of her brother Akbar, who has been missing since April 20, 2010.
Farzana Majeed, 27, holds a photograph of her brother Zakir, who went missing on June 8, 2009.
Robi Zarmen holds a photograph of her brother who went missing on Feb. 11, 2011 and was reported dead a year later.
Zareena Qalandrani holds a photograph of her brother Manzoor, who has been missing since Aug. 2, 2012.
Sameena Rudni, 20, holds a photograph of her brother Mushtaq, who went missing on March 27, 2009.
Sameena Haider, 14, holds a photograph of her brother, who disappeared on Aug. 17, 2013.
Somi Baloch, 16, holds a photograph of her brother Deen, who went missing on June 28, 2009.
Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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