HYDERABAD: Activists of human rights organisations, members of civil society and nationalist parties on Thursday took out rallies and observed hunger strike on Thursday in protest against ‘enforced disappearances’ in Sindh.
Activists of civil society organisations and general public observed a hunger strike for 72 hours under the aegis of Youth Action Committee (YAC) outside the Hyderabad Press Club in protest against 146 ‘missing persons’ of Sindh.
Dripping with perspiration the charged youths led by Shahzad Lashari, Sindhu Nawaz, Hamza Chandio, Mehran Buriro and Sohail Bhutto demanded that all 146 missing persons should be recovered immediately and if anyone was found guilty, he be produced in court.
They called for arrest and exemplary punishment to all the personnel of the law enforcement agencies involved in torturing peaceful protesters and the heirs of the missing persons outside Karachi Press Club, and the arrest of policemen involved in torturing members of Mehran Council of Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad.
The students were protesting against enforced disappearances outside Islamabad Press Club on Wednesday when police attacked them, they said.
They said that after 72-hour hunger strike, YAC would set up hunger strikers’ camp in another district and it would remain pitched till all missing persons of Sindh were recovered safely.
Jeay Sindh Mahaz-Riaz chairman Riaz Ali Chandio visited the hunger strikers’ camp to express solidarity with the protesters. Those who were picked up were not being produced in courts and when their heirs protested they were stopped from raising voice against the injustice, he said.
He demanded that all nationalist, political and rights activists, writers and others who had been ‘disappeared’ be recovered immediately.
Neelam Arijo, daughter of Khadim Hussain Arijo who went missing on April 17 last year, complained to Mr Chandio that he too had come to them after torture on protesters in Karachi.
Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz-Arisar leader Ameer Hassan said that 19 activists of his party and 64 activists of other nationalist parties had disappeared. They would launch a movement soon if the government failed to recover them, he warned.
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan special task force coordinator Dr Ashothama Lohana, peasant leader Punhal Sario, Sindhi writer Jami Chandio, Prof Imdad Chandio, Ali Palh advocate, Women Action Forum activist Seema Jafri and others joined the protest and delivered fiery speeches against “enforced disappearances”.
They said that federal and provincial governments must play their role in safe recovery of all missing persons.
They said that it was unjust to pick up any citizen clandestinely and make him disappear. They condemned torture on peaceful protesters in Karachi and Islamabad who were demonstrating against enforced disappearances.
BADIN: Members of civil society and relatives of the four persons who had gone ‘missing’ since they were picked up from their homes in the district more than a year ago staged a sit-in for more than an hour outside the Badin Press Club.
The protesters, including women and children, who were carrying portraits of their loved ones demanded immediate release of all the ‘disappeared’ persons.
DADU: Youth wing of the Sindh United Party observed a strike in Jamshoro and took out a rally against police torture on protesters in Karachi and Islamabad.
The protesters led by Shaukat Khaskheli, Aziz Leghari, Mohammad Hassan and others demanded the government recover all missing persons.
KHAIRPUR: Activists of JSQM staged a demonstration outside the press club, condemning police torture on women who were protesting against ‘enforced disappearances’ of their loved ones in Karachi.
The protesters’ leaders said that police had violated human rights by torturing peaceful protesters.
They demanded Chief Justice of Pakistan should take suo motu notice of ‘enforced disappearances’ of activists and order their immediate recovery.
Published in Dawn, May 25th, 2018