There are growing indications that the methods used by the security establishment to quell separatism in Balochistan are being replicated in Sindh.
As cited by the HRCP, over the last few weeks, a number of men associated with Sindhi nationalist groups have been abducted, allegedly by security personnel, with their bodies later turning up in different parts of Sindh and Balochistan.
In one particularly brazen incident, a young wounded man was taken away from Karachi’s Civil Hospital by over a dozen men, including some in police uniform; the man’s body was later found dumped near Hyderabad.
Sindhi nationalist groups have protested against such ‘custodial killings’ and have pointed the finger of blame at the state. The separatism debate is not new in Sindh; in fact it dates back to at least the early 1970s when G.M. Syed gave the call for an independent ‘Sindhudesh’.