HYDERABAD (Sindh): A massive protest was held in Hyderabad city of Pakistan’s Sindh province on Sunday and earlier in Karachi to denounce enforced disappearances of political activists what they call by the country’s law enforcing agencies.
Women and children holding posters of missing Sindhi political activists participated in the protest march as they demanded the immediate release of those abducted by security agencies. The protest was organised by various organisations including Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM), Voice of Missing Persons (VoMP) and Youth Action Committee (YAC) which are raising voice against the disappearance of people in the southern province of Pakistan.
According to a media report, the Youth Action Committee (YAC) organized this protest outside the Hyderabad Press Club on Sunday, demanding the release of Sindhi nationalist workers allegedly subjected to enforced disappearance. “If courts exist and are functional, why are people [kept] in illegal detention for months or years?” questioned Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz’s Dr Niaz Kalani during the demonstration. He added that if they were involved in any crime, they should be booked and produced in court.
YAC’s Sindhu Nawaz Ghangro said keeping people in illegal detention for months or years negated human rights. “If their crimes are serious, they should be prosecuted in the courts,” she remarked.
Activist Jami Chandio and Human Rights Commission of Pakistan regional coordinator ImdadChandio also demanded the freedom of missing persons. A woman, whose brother was recently picked up, claimed he was ill and under treatment. “We told the men who came for him that he was sick, but they didn’t listen,” she said.
Earlier on June 28, a similar protest was staged outside the Karachi Press Clubagainst alleged enforced disappearances in Sindh. Some people were reportedly arrested to create a law and order situation.
According to reports, the late crowd including family members of the victims gathered at the Karachi press club to hold a peaceful protest against illegal arrests and enforced disappearances of their loved ones. The protesters chanted slogans against enforced disappearances.
Meanwhile, speaking to ANI, the chief of JSMM, Shafi Burfat, who is living in-exile in Germany said, “The rally was organised by JSMM against state terrorism and brutality of Pakistan and rising incidents of enforced disappearances of political workers of JSMM national movement of Sindh.”
He said that party deputy secretary-general Nawab Mahar, Aaqib Chandio and Shakeed Hyder are among others abducted by the security agencies.
Burfat claimed that the Army and ISI have intensified operations against the JSMM in Sindh province. “Stop state terrorism and brutality against political workers and national movement of Sindh,” he demanded.