- Posted August 16, 2014 by
New Delhi, India
12 dissenters killed, over 100 detained in Sindh, Pakistan
Islamabad has become political hot spot these days due to Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri’s ‘Freedom’ and ‘Revolution’ protest marches. Taking advantage of Pakistani and international media focus on these marches, the Sindh Police, Pakistan Rangers and intelligence agencies like Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI) have allegly launched the unannounced military operation in natural resources rich Sindh province against the secessionist Sindhi nationalist parties.
At least 12 Sindhi secessionists have been killed and over 100 have been either arrested or involuntarily disappeared, according to the reports from Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Larkana, Dadau, Nawabshah, Jamshoro, Badim, Mirpurkhas and Umerkot districts of the historical province. The victims are associated with the Jeay Sindhi Qomi Mahaz (JSQM), Jeay Sindh Mutahida Mahaz (JSMM), Jeay Sindh Tahreek (JST), Jeay Sindh Mahaz (JST) and Sindh Taraqi Passand Party (STP).
According to the Sindhi newspapers, the people of Sindh observed Black Day on 14th August, the day Pakistan was created out of united India in 1947. The day in Sindh is usually organized against the creation of Pakistan and the subjugation of Sindh to the ethnic Punjabi Muslim dominated Pakistan.
The intensity of the conflict was higher enough on 14th August that the armed forces themselves installed the flags of Pakistan in the Sindhi settlements of the province, since locals installed the flags of secessionist parties. One such incident was reported by Sindhi media from the Sachal Town of Karachi, where Pakistan Rangers and Sindh Police cordoned off the settlement on the night between August 14 and 15 and hoisted the Pakistani flags against the will of the locals. Police and armed forces also dismounted the flags of the secessionist parties from various cities and towns of the province, reported leading Sindhi dailies Kawish, Awami Awaz and Ibrat.
At least two dozen incidents of police actions on the protests have been reported so far by the Sindhi media. Jeay Sindh Qomi Mahaz (JSQM) Chairman Sanan Qureshi, Jeay Sindh Mutahida Muahaz (JSMM) Chairman Shafi Burrfat, Jeay Sindh Qomi Mahaz – Arisar group leader Abdul Wahid Arisar, and Jeay Sindh Tahreek (JST) leader Dr. Safdar Sarki have condemned the brutal actions by the state institutions, and have termed these actions a gross violation of civil as well political rights ensured by several covenants, charters and conventions of United Nations. They have demanded the international bodies especially United Nations intervention against the atrocities on the peaceful political dissenters from the province.
The leading secessionist Sindhi Party JSQM held a Freedom March under the leadership of Sanan Qureshi on March 23 this year in which at least five million Sindhi gathered in Karachi according to Pakistani and international media and demanded freedom of Sindh.
Simultaneously, hundreds have also been abducted by the armed forces and security agencies from Balochistan province and several have been killed in last four weeks. A high intensity freedom war is underway in Balochistan since 2000 in which thousands militants and Pakistan Army personnel have been killed so far and around 19200 Baloch activists have been abducted by the armed forces and intelligence agencies according to the Baloch human rights bodies.
Several journalists, civil rights activists and intellectuals have also been victimized in Sindh and Balochistan during last ten years for their dissent on the federal practices of the central government and the military establishment.