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Footprints: ‘Kill and dump’ in Sindh

By Saher Baloch

Sarwech Ali Pirzado’s grave stands out in the ancestral Pirzado graveyard in Balhreji, Larkano district. A red Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM) flag is spread over the grave. Another party flag flutters beside it. Known as ‘little Moscow’, Balhreji has seen many socialist and communist movements, evidence of which is found on the main entrance to the street where the graveyard is located. There is a plaque here in memory of “social reformer Muhib Hussain Pirzado”.

The area has been in the spotlight in recent weeks, as the venue where families from across Sindh receive the tortured bodies of their relatives — activists of Sindh’s nationalist parties who hailed largely from Larkano district.

Sitting on a charpoy in his modest home, Sarwech’s father Lutuf Pirzado wore an expression of resigned acceptance as he mentioned his son’s affiliation with the JSMM’s student wing, the Jeay Sindh Students Federation (JSSF). Himself an active member of the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy in the 1980s, Lutuf received 15 lashes in prison for wall-chalking and demanding the release of communist leader Jam Saqi.

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Bleeding Sindh

By Ayesha Siddiqa

As Imran Khan and the PTI vociferously protest the death of their worker in Faisalabad, many mothers elsewhere in the country must be sitting lamenting their sons and wondering who will lock down the country and force the state to answer why their sons will not return. While we all got used to missing persons and tortured bodies in Balochistan, it’s odd to find Sindh becoming part of the same tragic cycle.

Death and dead bodies are not new to Sindh. Every decade since the 1980s, the province has bled for one reason or the other. But this current spate of killings seems to be a new pattern. It is almost as if Sindhi nationalism is being woken up. Interestingly, the six dead bodies found recently did not belong to violent nationalists. In fact, five out of the six were men who had moved on in life. Notwithstanding old associations with the JSMM, these people were not actively involved in any ‘anti-state’ activity or even in party politics.

In any case, one thought that from the state’s perspective, Sindh was not Balochistan. The province had been through this phase during the 1980s when people challenged the military regime and were killed for it. Like Balochistan, Sindh was politically vibrant. The Sindhi media and intelligentsia was politically active and educated people about issues in its own language. Fast-forward to the 2000s, things were manipulated and changed. Despite the media still being active, it has begun to behave and sound more like the media in the rest of the country. What the state couldn’t purchase or silence was bought over by influential dons.

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Killings in Sindh

By Dawn Editorial

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’.

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Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP’s) alarm at missing men in Sindh turning up dead

By HRCP

Lahore, December 5: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed grave alarm at the rapid rise in enforced disappearances in Sindh, with the victims turning up dead. Those taken away are young men, mainly political activists, picked up from various parts of the province in the last few months. Mutilated dead bodies of many of the victims have been found. HRCP demanded immediate steps to put an end to the ghastly trend and to bring the killers to justice.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Commission said: “HRCP has noted with great alarm increasing reports of enforced disappearance of citizens, mainly activists of nationalist political parties, in Sindh and their tortured bodies being found weeks or months later.

The victims include Shakeel Sindhi, a Sindh University student, was abducted from his house in Karachi on October 6 and his dead body was found on October 11. Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM) activist Paryal Shah was abducted from a public transport bus headed from Dahrki to Kashmor on November 7. His dead body was found the same day from a village on the Sindh-Punjab border. The bullet-riddled body of Roshan Brohi, a resident of Larkana and a JSMM activist, was found in a gunny bag near Malir, Karachi, on November 12. He had been picked up on October 26. The dead body of SindhUniversity student and JSMM activist Asif Panhwar was found in a village of Larkana district on November 26. He had been shot several times. He had been picked up by security agencies from Jamshoro on August 15. On November 27, the bullet-riddled body of Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) activist Waheed Lashari was found in a sewerage pond in Karachi’s Malir area. He had been abducted 29 days earlier from Qambar Shahdadkot, when he was travelling with his sister in a public transport van. Allah Wadio, a first year student, was abducted on August 13 from Karachi. On December 02 unidentified persons threw him in a critical condition near Hub Chowki. Police informed his parents who admitted him to Civil Hospital Karachi. He was reportedly picked up from there by security agencies’ personnel and on December 3 his dead body was found from Hyderabad Bypass.

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U.S. Congressman Brad Sherman’s statement about the extra-judicial killings of enforced missing Sindhi political activists.

BradSaddened to learn of recent extra judicial killings of innocent Sindhis in Pakistan My heart goes out to the families of the killed & missing

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Watch the renowned writer, scholar, philosopher and political commentator Noam Chomsky’s statement about extra-judicial killings of enforcedly disappeared Sindhi political activists

Watch the statement of renowned writer, scholar, philosopher and political commentator Noam Chomsky on extra-judicial killings of enforcedly disappeared Sindhi political activists and forced conversion of Sindhi Hindu girls!

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Bodies of two activists found in Jamshoro

By Mohammad Hussain Khan

HYDERABAD: Jamshoro police on Monday identified the bodies of two nationalist activists who had been found the previous night.

Their families identified them in the mortuary of Liaquat University Hospital (LUH) city branch where police shifted the bodies after finding them in their area.

“It was a desolated area and we found them at 11.30pm…they were shifted to the mortuary at 12.30pm,” said Jamshoro SSP Naeem Sheikh.

He hinted at the possibility that the condition of the two bodies indicated that they might have been thrown there on Saturday or early Sunday morning.

Lutf Pirzado, father of one of deceased, 24 year old Sarvech Pirzado identified his son and Abid Langah, brother of other deceased Wajid Langah reached hospital late Monday night form upper Sindh to identify his brother and receive his body.

The banned Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM) page on a social website also posted photograph of body of Sarvech Pirzado, claiming him to be one of their leaders.

Abid Langah, however told journalists that he was not aware of any political affiliation of his brother.

“He used to run a shop in Pipri area of Karachi and had gone missing on Aug 13 there,” he said.

The mother of Sarvech Prizado, Mehrun Nisa had filed a constitutional petition before the Sindh High Court, according to her counsel, Zamir Ghumro.

He told Dawn.com that the court had heard the petition on Nov 27 and ordered DIG South Zone Karachi to produce him before the court.

“I had told the court that we apprehend him [Sarvech] otherwise he might be killed the way other nationalist activists are killed,” he said.

Read also: Protests over ‘custodial killing’ of nationalists

Ghumro explained that Sarvech had dissociated himself from JSMM and he showed a report from a newspaper, mentioning that he has quit the group.

He said that a non-cognizable offence report was lodged with Preedy police in Karachi.

Sarvech’s father talked to journalists in a choked voice to express his feeling. “I am proud of my son,” he said.

Lutf himself worked in a communist movement and was part of the Movement for Restoration of Democracy (MRD).

A few days back, the bodies of two JSMM activists were found.

Before that the bodies of two men, said to be affiliated with banned outfits were also found on Super Highway within the jurisdiction of Kotri police station, Jamshoro.

According to a civil society activist, Zulfiqar Halepoto, he had briefed UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances in Sept 2012 how nationalist activists are picked-up and their bodies then thrown.

“Almost all Sindhi nationalist parties leaders met the group whose members expressed their concern over such incidents,” he said.

Halepoto was part of a rally recently organised in the city to condemn extra-judicial killings of political activists.

JSMM has recently called for a strike against the deaths of its workers.

Courtesy: DAWN
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Two more enforced disappeared Sindhi activists Serwach Pirzado and Wajid Langah’s bullet ridden dead bodies found at link road of Super Highway

By Riaz Sohail

Two more enforcedly disappeared Sindhi activists Serwach Pirzado and Wajid Langah’s bullet ridden dead bodies found at link road of Super Highway.

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Sindhi academics stage protest against killings of nationalist workers

HYDERABAD: Disappearances, detentions and killings of nationalist workers propelled Sindhi writers, lawyers, teachers, journalists and representatives of non-governmental organisations to stage a protest.

Demonstrating outside Hyderabad Press Club on Saturday, they warned of implications on national integrity if such occurrences did not cease. Tortured bodies of three nationalist workers have been dumped this month. Two of the deceased were affiliated with the separatist party, Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz, and the other belonged to the Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz – Arisar. The deceased, identified as Paryal Shah, Waheed Lashari and Asif Panhwar, remained missing for months.

Moreover, a student of Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Kamlesh Kumar, was whisked away from Sindh University Employees Colony a few days ago. Separately, the bodies of two residents of Latifabad town and one of North Waziristan were also found dumped on the Super Highway earlier this week.

“Sindhi nationalist workers are being killed with impunity,” said Jami Chandio, the executive director of Centre for Peace and Civil Society. “They are accused of indulging in conspiracies to break the country but these allegations are false.” He regretted that the Supreme Court takes suo motu notices on a range of issues but the killings and disappearances of nationalist workers go unnoticed.

He also warned the elected legislators of Sindh about the consequences of their silence on the issue. “The leaders of Sindh may be politically divided,” he said. “But they can’t tolerate state-backed terrorism.”

Prof Amar Sindhu, a women rights activist who teaches at Sindh University, said that the Sindhi society will not accept the killing of innocent young men. “We may disagree with the nationalists but we can’t forsake our people.”

During his address, Prof Mushtaq Meerani reminisced on how such tactics only contributed to alienation of people in the former East Pakistan and in Balochistan. “We are strong supporters of federation of Pakistan,” said Zulfiqar Halepoto, a rights activist and a writer. “But we stand for the rights of the people.”

According to Human Rights Commission of Pakistan regional director Dr Ashothama Luhano, at least 12 nationalist workers remain missing. The oldest of these cases is the one of Imran Jokhio who belonged to Sukkur.

Courtesy: The Express Tribune, November 30th, 2014.
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Playing Balochistan in Sindh

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A spate of abductions and killings of political workers in Sindh can lead to explosive consequences

Conflicts within multi-national federations are ubiquitous particularly in the post-colonial states which carry the baggage of artificially induced stream of conflicts during the centuries-long colonial divide-and-rule regimes. Third world states inherited a mosaic of socio-cultural diversity that had been competing against crumbs of resources and meager political power controlled by oppressive state structures.

Colonial masters left behind amalgams of occupied territories that were engineered to create unnatural states to fulfill their colonial needs stemming from their economic and political avarice. South Asia is mired in conflicts in the post-colonial era.

In most of the South Asian countries dominant groups have been exploiting the others through administrative and muscle power. Propensity to establish hegemony over weaker groups resulted in protracted conflicts and civil wars. As a corollary, history of these juvenile states is riddled with genocides, forced disappearances, torture, abductions, rapes and crimes against citizens.

Fratricide through extrajudicial killings and massacres is not new to the third world states where post-colonial atrocious regimes have replaced exploitative colonial state structures. Pakistan too has a blood stained history of pogroms that has taken toll of millions of compatriots.

Former East Pakistan, Balochistan, Sindh and FATA had been repeatedly subjected to atrocities at different stages. National interest and religion have been used to mask these brazen violations of constitution, international obligations and principles of human rights. Sizzling Balochistan has been at the boiling point for many years.

Recently, a similar spate of abduction and killings of political workers has been unleashed in Sindh. Young political activists are abducted in Balochistan-styled action, not produced in any court and their lacerated bodies are dumped at desolated places. All laws of the land, international agreements and fundamentals of human rights are brazenly trampled.

The constitution of Pakistan unambiguously recognizes right to life. Article 4, Clause 2 (a) reads “no action detrimental to the life, liberty, body, reputation or property of any person shall be taken except in accordance with law”. Similarly Article 9 reads “no person shall be deprived of life or liberty, save in accordance with law”. Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says “everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”.

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Top US delegation meets exiled Baloch leaders

BalochBy Murtaza Ali Shah

LONDON: A delegation of the US Congressmen accompanied by top official from the US State Department met two exiled Baloch leaders and assured them of the open and clandestine help in their activities in Balochistan and abroad. Khan of Kalat Mir Suleman Khan Dawood and Hyrbyair Marri held talks with a delegation of US congressmen at a central London location.

Sources have told The News that officials linked with America’s State Department were also present in the meeting where the situation in Balochistan was extensively discussed and the two asked the US officials to step up support for their efforts.

US Rep. Steve King, Rep. Louie Gohmert, and Rep. Dana Tyrone Rohrabacher were confirmed present in the meeting but a source said that two other senators were also part of the meeting. Some of these representatives have been meeting the Baloch exiled leaders for many months now but the presence of some US government officials have provoked interest in this meeting. The meeting will be viewed with interest in Pakistan where a great level of suspicion at the official level exists that elements of the US establishment are deeply involved in Balochistan and have been helping some armed Baloch groups, directly and indirectly.

Rep. Louie Gohmert told the Baloch nationalist leaders that he would do his best to highlight their movement. For several years, Hyrbyair Marri and Khan of Kalat have been living in exile in London. Both have been given asylum status by the British government. Mehran Marri, Khair Bux Marri’s youngest son and Balochistan’s unofficial representative at the United Nation Human Rights Council, has also held several meetings in recent days with ambassadors of European countries in Geneva. A source told that a delegation of the US administration met Marri in Brussels a few days ago.

Mehran Marri and Brahumdagh Bugti, who have been given asylum by the Swiss government, work closely at the European level US Representatives have assured the Baloch leaders that they would continue to work on their behalf to speak against Pakistan. The issue of the discovery of the alleged mass graves in Balochistan was also discussed in the London meeting. Some US congressmen have been showing increasing interest in Balochistan in recent months and have taken it upon themselves to talk about the issue.

Balochistan and human rights officials say several bodies have been uncovered recently in Balochistan but Pakistani officials put the number at just over a dozen and its hoped that a judicial inquiry would be held into these allegations. Although US politicians and the government figures deny supporting the Baloch nationalist political movement or the armed insurgency but such meetings will only strengthen the view of those in Pakistan who believe that the US continues to grow interest in the resource rich province, which is also of huge strategic importance in the region.

Courtesy: The News
http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-230061-Top-US-delegation-meets-exiled-Baloch-leaders

A Blatant Campaign of Ethnic Cleansing – By Shawn Forbes

Mass abductions, torture and executions, target killing of Baloch have become daily routine in Balochistan, Where the state forces are alleged for conducting brutal and endless campaign of violence against the indigenous people of Balochistan.

Read more » http://thebalochistanpoint.com/a-blatant-campaign-of-ethnic-cleansing/

Sindhi Advocacy Campaign 2013 in Washington, DC

Press Release (3 Jul 2013): The Sindhi American Political Action Committee (SAPAC) will be organizing a Three-day Advocacy Campaign, September 10th-12th 2013 at the Capitol Hill for the Sindhis in Pakistan. These three days will encompass raising awareness regarding the discrimination faced by the Sindhis in Pakistan.

We would like to send out our sincere request for participation in our Sindhi Advocacy Campaign on September 10th through 12th, 2013, 9am-6pm, at the Capitol Hill. The Three-day Advocacy will focus on Education, Health and the human rights issues: Torture, enforced disappearances, marginalization of the religious minority (particularly Sindhi Hindus) and mistreatment of women in Sindh, Pakistan. On the Hill we will be setting meetings with 435 members of the house and 100 senators.

Your support by attending the Sindhi Advocacy Campaign 2013, would be deeply appreciated and help uplift our mission of amending justice to the Sindhis in Pakistan. Please feel free to contact us at sapac.sindh@gmail.com