Punhal Sario’s abduction, followed by more disappearances, has raised questions about Sindh’s missing persons
By: Fehmida Riaz
Followed by protests and a long march by the families of Baloch missing persons, of late it is the missing persons of Sindh that are making headlines. The abduction of Punhal Sario on August 3, a renowned human rights activist, head of Sindh Hari Porhyat Council and convener of the recently established Voice for Missing Persons (VMP) Sindh, has shaken many human rights activists and organisations.
A few days after Sario went missing, on the evening of August 7, three more well-known social activists were picked up from their homes in Mithi city of Tharparkar. According to their families, teacher and educationist Partab Shivani, teacher and writer Naseer Kumbhar, and a leader of Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) Mohammad Umer, were ‘abducted’ by plainclothes officials along with Tharparkar police personnel. Tharparkar SSP Ameer Saud Magsi told local journalists that he has no information regarding their ‘abduction’.
تحریر: میر محمد علی ٹالپر
ترجمہ : لطیف بلیدی
’تاریخ میں عوام کو معجزات کرنے کیلئے جانا جاتا ہے؛ کچھ بھی ان کی پہنچ سے باہر نہیں۔‘
کسی ہستی، گروہ، قوم یا ریاست کو عوام کے فطری حقوق پر ترجیح حاصل نہیں ہو سکتی جس کی تخلیق یا وجود کی بنیاد خواہ کچھ بھی ہو جس کے تحت اس نے لوگوں کو ان قیاس کردہ اعلیٰ اور عظیم مقاصد کیلئے اپنے آپ میں ضم کیا ہوا ہو۔ زبانوں، ثقافت، اخلاقیات اور اقدار کا نفاذ جو کہ نافذ کنندہ کی نظروں میں خواہ کتنی ہی بلند و بالا ہوں مگر پھر بھی ان کے نفاذ کو کسی بھی طرح کا جواز فراہم نہیں کر سکتیں چاہے ان وجوہات کی بنیاد مذہبی، سماجی، اقتصادی یا سیاسی ہوں۔ ایسے غیرمنصفانہ نفاذ ہزارہا مسائل کا موجب بنتی ہیں جن کا ہر موڑ پر ہمیشہ انہیں سامنا کرنا پڑتا ہے اور ان کی متضاد اور ناموافق فطرت کی قربت کے باعث وقت کے گزرنے کے ساتھ ان کی شدت اور ارتعاش میں بھی اضافہ ہوجاتا ہے۔
Sufi Munawar Laghari is the Executive Director of Sindhi Foundation based in Washington, D.C., U.S. He is a humble follower of Sindh’s great Sufi poet, Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai (1689-1752). An ardent proponent of Sindh and Balochistan’s unity, Mr. Laghari has tirelessly worked for the two oppressed peoples’ freedom from Pakistan.
Sufi Laghari was invited to speak at the SAATH FORUM’s ‘Future of Pakistan Conference 2016’ in London, UK. Aside from his speech, he also presented in writing, a clear message for the Pakistani establishment that reflects the ground realities of the two nations of Sindh and Balochistan today.
We present here Sufi Laghari’s brief speech and the written message for our readers.
PTI | Washington DC | Sept 25, 2016: Alleging that Pakistan is using jihadist extremism to administer and is bent upon extinguishing other cultures in the country, a top U.S. lawmaker has warned Islamabad that it might be headed for 1971 like partition soon if it continues to do so.
“Those who think that they can keep Pakistan together by attacking and extinguishing other cultures with jihadist extremism should go visit Dhaka,” Congressman Brad Sherman, ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on Asia and the Pacific said at an event on Sunday.
Understanding the school of thought and jingoism of a separatist and liberal political party leader fighting for the freedom of the Sindh province in Pakistan
These words can stand dull on a piece of paper but they hold more meaning than they are credited for. There’s a fine line between understanding and agreeing. You may not agree with somebody’s take on things but if you’ve never really looked from his point of view, climbed under his skin and walked around in it, you will never understand his opinions.
“We were happy, as people told us we would be rich, but now, this has turned into a nightmare and the black gold has become a black snake that is displacing us from our ancestral land,”
Thario Halepoto village is located in the Thar desert in south-eastern Pakistan, around 400 kilometers east of the port city of Karachi.
You can hear the scream of peafowl and bells sounding around the necks of grazing goats and cows. Women wearing colourful clothes carrying water pitchers on their head walk between the sand dunes.
Around 1,000 households live in the village, the majority of them part of the Halepoto clan.
This is a first such joint protest by the activists belonging to different organisations for a common purpose of ceasing CPEC activities
LONDON: Baloch and Sindhi leaders held a joint protest against the ongoing China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Balochistan outside the Chinese Embassy in London.
This is a first such joint protest by the activists belonging to different organisations for a common purpose of ceasing CPEC activities and preventing gross human rights violations.