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World Sindhi Congress protests in U.S. against enforced disappearances in Pakistan

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The Sindhi (WSC) recently organised demonstrations in front of the Pakistani Consulates in Houston, and against enforced disappearances in and other parts of

The protests were aimed at raising awareness amongst American public about the heinous practice of enforced disappearance perpetrated by the security agencies of in its province.

For several years, the enforced disappearances have continued in the region; more than 1,200 people belonging to different communities have gone missing. Since last year there has been a surge in illegal detention of people in

Reportedly, since February last year, around 170 people have forcibly disappeared.

"Unfortunately, the enforced disappearances are being used as a tool to silence political dissent and to feed fear in people of particular ethnic backgrounds," said Dr. Saghir Shaikh, organiser of the WSC.

Members of the WSC and the (SANA) along with their families participated in public protest.

"People are taken into custody in broad daylight much in the way of kidnapping; they are kept incommunicado for months and years," said "Security agencies operate with utmost impunity," he added.

Dr. Safdar Sarki, a US Citizen, who suffered two years of torture and detention in General Musharraf's regime, spoke about the systematic abuse of Sindhi nationalist party workers and other human rights defenders, "While hundreds of them have been kidnapped, several dozens have been victims of extra-judicial killings."

WSC prepared and presented a memo regarding the enforced disappearances to the Pakistani of and However, the consulate staff in Los Angles refused to take the memo.

Protesters demanded the to end human rights violations and release all those who have gone missing from Sindh, and Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa. They demanded that if missing persons are involved in crimes or anti-state-activities then they must be presented in courts of law and given a chance of fair trials, as it's their fundamental right.

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First Published: Wed, June 27 2018. 13:20 IST