Washington, D.C – Briefing on human rights situation in Sindh, Pakistan was held in US Congress building under congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and was attended by Congressmen Brad Sherman and Adam Schiff. Issues related to rise of religious extremism, enforced or involuntary disappearances of Sindhi nationalists by Pakistan’s military, intelligence agencies and other agencies, forced conversions to Islam of Hindu women, and Sindh police’s torture policy called “Half Fry – Full Fry” were raised by the speakers.
T. Kumar of Amnesty International, U.S.A, and Hasan Mujtaba; a New York based journalist and human rights defender were keynote speakers in the Congressional Cannon Building attended by Democrat Congressmen Brad Sherman, Adam Schiff and Congresswoman Loretta from California.
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The briefing will include the following speakers:
Hon. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Hon. Congressman Brad Sherman, Hon. Congressman Adam Schiff, Mr. Hasan Mujtaba, Mr. T. Kumar and Mr. Munawar Laghari (Sufi).
Hon. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez:
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is proud to represent California’s 46th Congressional District.
As the second highest ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), Rep. Sanchez is a recognized leader on military and national security issues. She currently serves as the Ranking Member of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, where she works to prepare our Armed Forces for a new generation of security challenges. Rep. Sanchez is also a member of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, making sure our nation is appropriately prepared for any missile or nuclear attacks.
U. S Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez
U.S Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez
Currently, there is an ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Sindh province of Pakistan. The province has emerged as a terrorist safe haven for Islamic extremist seminaries. The Sindhi people are a minority in the country of Pakistan refusing to support religious extremism and terrorism which has led to the targeting of the people of the Sindh province.
Sindhis are subjected to forced religious conversion, torture, abduction, and death. The extremist seminaries are located along both banks of the river Indus and highway connecting Peshawar and Afghanistan. The community of Sindhis are continually being persecuted and stripped of their rights and freedom.