AP PHOTOS: Portraits from a long march in Pakistan

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AP PHOTOS: Portraits from a long march in Pakistan
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Ali Haider, 10, poses for a portrait holding a photograph of his father, who went missing on July 14, 2010, while he and other relatives take a break from a long march protest, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Ten-year-old Ali Haider has spent the last four months of his life walking across the breadth of Pakistan in an effort to find out what has happened to his father who has been missing since 2010. Haider is the youngest of two dozen activists from the impoverished southwestern province of Baluchistan who walked roughly 3,000 kilometers (1,860 miles) to the capital of Islamabad to draw attention to alleged abductions of their loved ones by the Pakistani government. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

Ali Haider, 10, poses for a portrait holding a photograph of his father, who went missing on July 14, 2010, while he and other relatives take a break from a long march protest, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Ten-year-old Ali Haider has spent the last four months of his life walking across the breadth of Pakistan in an effort to find out what has happened to his father who has been missing since 2010. Haider is the youngest of two dozen activists from the impoverished southwestern province of Baluchistan who walked roughly 3,000 kilometers (1,860 miles) to the capital of Islamabad to draw attention to alleged abductions of their loved ones by the Pakistani government. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

Farzana Majeed, 27, poses for a portrait holding a photograph of her brother Zakir, who went missing on June 8, 2009, while she and other relatives take a break from a long march protest, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Farzana is one of two dozen activists from the impoverished southwestern province of Baluchistan who walked roughly 3,000 kilometers (1,860 miles) to the capital of Islamabad to draw attention to alleged abductions of their loved ones by the Pakistani government.(AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

Bahiyya Murree poses for a portrait holding a photograph of her brother Akbar, who went missing on April 20, 2010, while she and other relatives take a break from a long march protest, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. She is one of two dozen activists from the impoverished southwestern province of Baluchistan who walked roughly 3,000 kilometers (1,860 miles) to the capital of Islamabad to draw attention to alleged abductions of their loved ones by the Pakistani government. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

Mohammed Qadir, 62, and his grandson Meer, 7, pose for a portrait holding a photograph of his dead father Jaleel, who went missing in 2010 and reported dead in 2013, while he and other relatives take a break from a long march protest, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. They are part of two dozen activists from the impoverished southwestern province of Baluchistan who walked roughly 3,000 kilometers (1,860 miles) to the capital of Islamabad to draw attention to alleged abductions of their loved ones by the Pakistani government. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

Maheen Baloch, 15, poses for a portrait holding a photograph of her brother Naveed, who went missing on August 17, 2013, while she and other relatives take a break from a long march protest, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. She is part of a group of activists from the impoverished southwestern province of Baluchistan who walked roughly 3,000 kilometers (1,860 miles) to the capital of Islamabad to draw attention to alleged abductions of their loved ones by the Pakistani government. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

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ISLAMABAD (AP) — They carried photographs of their loved ones and signs protesting their disappearance across Pakistan, a march of nearly 3,000 kilometers (1,900 miles) to demonstrate against security forces they alleged are responsible.

A group of some 100 Baluch activists arrived Friday in Islamabad. Some were children with relatives. Others wore hijabs, their eyes visible just above the pictures of their missing loved ones.

The disappearances in Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province began swelling in the mid-2000s, when Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s government cracked down on insurgents there. Activists say thousands are missing after the crackdown.

The protesters said they want the government to find their missing relatives — or hold the security forces responsible for their disappearances. The government has started two committees to investigate, but they’ve done little so far.

Here is a selection of portraits of the protesters shot by Associated Press photographer Muhammed Muheisen.

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