Relatives of ‘missing’ persons hold protest outside Governor House in Karachi

Published April 22, 2021
DEMONSTRATORS gather outside Governor House on Wednesday calling for the recovery of their loved ones.—PPI
DEMONSTRATORS gather outside Governor House on Wednesday calling for the recovery of their loved ones.—PPI

KARACHI: Governor Sindh refused to meet the families of Shia missing persons when the latter along with minor children held a sit-in protest outside Governor House on Wednesday, says a statement.

The families and leaders of Joint Action Committee for Shia Missing Persons had gone to Governor House, however Imran Ismail did not come to hear them or receive their memorandum, claimed the protesters.

The families and the committee leaders lamented this “callousness” on part of the Sindh governor.

Meanwhile, children of the missing persons held a protest sit-in outside Governor House against “enforced disappearance” of their family members.

The children along with mothers gathered at the main gate of Governor House and registered their protest. They carried banners and placards inscribed with their demands and slogans.

Emotional scenes were witnessed during the protest.

Some of the protesting minors carried images of the president, prime minister, chief of the army staff and governor.

While speaking on the occasion, the families said that Governor Sindh Imran Ismail represents federation of Pakistan. Therefore, they have held sit-in protest outside Governor House.

They further said that they are demanding legitimate right to end enforced disappearance of their loved ones.

Later, they shared their viewpoint and demands in a memorandum which they wanted to hand over to the governor.

They lamented that the families of victims of enforced disappearance have been protesting for the last 20 days outside mausoleum of the founder of Pakistan but the authorities have not even bothered to address their grievances.

Published in Dawn, April 22nd, 2021

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