Human Rights abuses in the Sindh province of Pakistan

October 19, 2020, The Liberacy:- Human Rights Abuses in the Sindh province of Pakistan is a must talk-about topic that world organizations need to give attention to.
Sindh province is the southernmost province of Pakistan with its capital at Karachi and a population of 47,886,051 in an area of 140,914 km2 (54,407 sq mi).
The population of the Sindh province of Pakistan consists of 91.45% Muslims, 2.5% Hindus, 0.97% Christians, and others consisting of a considerable amount.

Pakistan was partitioned from India in 1947 on the grounds that Indian Muslims should get their own Country.

Religious persecution for political and non-political agenda has reached its all-time high in the Sindh province, where minority comprises less than 10%, compared to 1947 where minorities had a considerable amount of population. People from other religion are either forced to change their religion or they are killed by the Pakistani Military.
There is a considerable population of Mohajirs (Muslims migrated from India to Pakistan after partition in 1947), these Mohajirs often fall prey to the persecutions by the local majority or else by the Government of Sindh directed by the Government of Pakistan and the Pakistani armed forces.

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Human Rights abuses in the Sindh province of Pakistan
Human Rights abuses in the Sindh province of Pakistan

It was in Geneva at the 45th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that the World Sindhi Congress (WSC) and Baloch Human Rights Council (BHRC) took a bold step in revealing the institutionalized suppression of Sindhi and Baloch people by the Pakistani Military.
World Sindhi Congress (WSC) and Baloch Human Rights Council (BHRC) took to the streets while the council was in session and did a joint protest outside the UN building in Geneva.

“Stop Abducting Sindhi People” was the slogan in protest against Human Rights abuses in the Sindh province of Pakistan.

At an event organized by the World Sindhi Congress (WSC) at Washington D.C. on 30th April 2019 titled ‘Rights, Security and Development in Sindh: Realities for Pakistan’s Southern Province’ have carefully pointed out the state-run human rights violations that the Sindh province of Pakistan is facing. Speakers highlighted the persecution of Sindhi political activists in the hands of state and non-state actors in Pakistan.

China and Pakistan have been jointly exploiting the regions of Sindh Balochistan, and Gilgit-Baltistan with CPEC, and notable speakers have spoken about the environmental impacts of CPEC in Sindhi and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Lakhu Luhana, Secretary-General of World Sindhi Congress said, “The overwhelming message was that Pakistan is a security state, currently with an absolute control of all policy and institutions that has resulted in unprecedented violations of human rights of Sindhi people and other oppressed nations, Baloch and Pashtuns, and threat to regional and global security.”

Saaiin Taj Joyo
Saaiin Taj Joyo

Saaiin Taj Joyo refused to accept the award!
Taj Joyo, a prominent writer and political worker, conferred the Pakistan “Pride of Performance” award for his service for Sindhi literature. Along with his son, Sarang Joyo is struggling for enforced disappearances of the political worker in Sindh.
Sarang Joyo abducted by security agencies, and his whereabouts are unknown.
He refused to accept the award on premises that when Sindh become a colony of the federation where its natural resources are abused, where its water get stolen by building dams, when its language, is not a national language, where the influx of population outside of Sindh is unchecked, where discrimination of Sindhis based on religion to destroy its historic secular society, where freedom of expression is nonexistent and where scores of young Sindhis political workers are abducted, tortured and held incommunicado, I can not in good conscious accept the award!

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Cases of Human Rights abuses in the Sindh province of Pakistan.

According to a human rights report in developing countries, the abduction, disappearance, and killing of Sindhi people in the Sindh province of Pakistan is carried out by Karachi’s Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) on orders from Sindh’s provincial government, which has although changed from over the years, but the human rights violations never stopped.

The abduction and human rights violations started in Sindh from the time Sadiq Ali took over as the Chief Minister on 6th August 1990, and it was under his rule that the prominent Sindhi independence leader GM Sayed was taken under house arrest where he later died.

In March 2005, Samiullah Kalhoro, the vice-chairman of the Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM), was killed under police custody where he was tortured.
JSMM from over the time is being on target of the Sindhi provincial government of Pakistan, only because they tend to follow the ideology of GM Sayed.
In November 2010, an activist of  Jeay Sindh Students’ Federation, Ali Madad Burfat was kidnapped, and on 21st April 2011, three leaders of JSMM were shot dead including senior Vice-Chairman Serai Qurban Khuhawar, Rooplo Cholyani, and Noorullah Tunio at Bakhoro Mori area in Sanghar district.

In a 2012 statement issued by Asian Human Rights Commission, it said that: “In Sindh province, more than 100 nationalists were abducted and disappeared after 9/11, many were extra-judicially killed and their tortured and bullet-riddled bodies were dumped on the streets.” It further added that: “Alone, from JSMM 13 people are still missing. Its former leader, Mr. Muzzafar Bhutto was two times abducted and kept in military torture cells where he succumbed to his injuries during the second time detention.
Mumtaz Bhutto another activist of JSMM and brother of Muzaffar Bhutto, killed on 1 July 2009 in a bomb blast at Thermal Powerhouse colony Jamshoro, JSMM alleged that security agencies were involved in the bomb blast.

Amnesty International is one of the many organizations that have called for the release of many prominent Sindhi leaders and has stated over the years about the number of people still missing and abducted by the Pakistani government.

Many times leaders from around the world, including US congressmen and even Pakistani leaders, have written letters to the Pakistani prime minister and president for the release of Sindhi leaders.

In May 2018, the families of the people missing went on a hunger strike and in return, they were attacked by the Pakistani security forces.

The condition of Human Rights abuses in the Sindh province of Pakistan has risen to its peak due to the intervention of China. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has adversely exploited the Sindhi population and any opposition to it leads to the disappearance or death.

The world needs to focus on the culturally rich and historically strong Sindh province of Pakistan, which is being exploited at the level of the Holocaust period.

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