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Council of Foreign Relations resident skeptic Micah Zenko recently tallied up how many bombs the United States has dropped on other countries and the results are as depressing as one would think. Zenko figured that since Jan. 1, 2015, the U.S. has dropped around 23,144 bombs on Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, all countries that are majority Muslim.

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The chart, provided by the generally pro-State Department think tank, puts in stark terms how much destruction the U.S. has leveled on other countries. Whether or not one thinks such bombing is justified, it’s a blunt illustration of how much raw damage the United States inflicts on the Muslim world:

It does not appear to be working either. Despite the fact that the U.S. dropped 947 bombs in Afghanistan in 2015, a recent analysis in Foreign Policy magazine found that the Taliban control more territory in Afghanistan than at any point since 2001. The U.S. has entered its 16th year of war in Afghanistan despite several promises by the Obama administration to withdraw. In October of last year, President Obama reversed his position and decided to keep American troops in Afghanistan until the end of 2017.

The last four U.S. presidents have bombed Iraq, and that includes the current one since airstrikes were launched on Aug. 7, 2014. The war against ISIS was originally framed as a “limited,” “humanitarian” intervention. Since then, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has insisted it will be a “30-year war” and the White House has spoken vaguely of a “long-term effort” in both Iraq and Syria.

Another red flag Zenko noted was the complete lack of civilian deaths being tallied as a result of those 23,144 bombs.

Remarkably, they also claim that alongside the 25,000 fighters killed, only 6 civilians have “likely” been killed in the seventeen-month air campaign. At the same time, officials admit that the size of the group has remained wholly unchanged. In 2014, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) estimated the size of the Islamic State to be between 20,000 and 31,000 fighters, while on Wednesday, Warren again repeated the 30,000 estimate. To summarize the anti-Islamic State bombing calculus: 30,000 – 25,000 = 30,000.

So after more than 20,000 bombs, the U.S. Defense Department only cops to the deaths of six civilians. This is a position largely accepted by the media, which rarely asks who is actually being extinguished by the airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.

In October, 30 civilians died after the U.S. bombed a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. The incident is still being investigated, but it has already been revealed that many elements of the original story were either false or deliberately misleading.

Adam Johnson is an associate editor at AlterNet. Follow him on Twitter at @adamاراjohnsonnyc.

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Jeay Sindh leader Ustad Rahmoon released, gives up politics

Jeay Sindh leader Ustad Rahmoon released, gives up politics
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HYDERABAD: Senior Jeay Sindh leader octogenarian Ustad Muhammad Rahmoon reached his home Kario Ganhanwar in district Badin last night after 95 days of his arrest.

After reaching home he announced his decision to pull out of the nationalist movement of Jeay Sindh. He accusedthe nationalist leader Hyder Khoso of being behind his arrest by agencies where he was kept under interrogation for more than 3 months.

He also complainedsaying the leadership of nationalist movement did not own upto being involved in his arrest nor did they attempt to help his family. He said Hyder Khoso was arrested in a murder case and that he had committed crimes on his behest.

He also addedthat during his interrogation, one Sindhi officer tortured him to an extentdue to which he suffered a heart attack. However, a Punjabi officer helped save his life.

He also said that Sindh as a nation did not value his lifelong struggle for their rights. From now on, he announced that he will have nothing to do with any political party including his own Jeay Sindh Mutehida Mahaz of Shafi Burfat who was living in Germany from where he was spearheading the movement for freedom of Sindh.

He said the officers who interrogated him regarded him as non-violent afterG.M.Syed. His message for the Sindhi youth was to concentrate on their education and work for peace and brotherhood.


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Release Octogenarian leader Ustad Rahimoon, disappeared following arrest

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PAKISTAN: Release Octogenarian leader Ustad Rahimoon, disappeared following arrest

ISSUES: Enforced disappearance, rule of law, impunity, arbitrary arrest and illegal detention,
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Dear Friends,

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding the enforced disappearance of a veteran Sindhi Nationalist leader, Ustaad Muhammad Rahimoon, who was arrested from his home. Since his arrest by a contingent of Pakistan Rangers on November 23, his whereabouts are unknown.

A freedom fighter, Rahimon is today a heart patient who suffers from several chronic ailments due to his advanced age. Mr Rahimon is considered the most respected Sindhi nationalist; he has dedicated his life to the cause of establishing ‘Sindhu Desh’. Rahimon’s family fear for his life; they fear that he may succumb to torture and the LEA will conveniently term the cause of death as heart failure.

CASE NARRATIVE:

According to information received, Veteran Sindhi Nationalist Leader and Convener of the proscribed Jeay Sindh Muttahida Movement (JSMM), Ustaad Muhammad Rahimoon, son of Pir Dino Rahimoon, has been abducted by Rangers from his house in village Pir Dino Rahimoon near Kario Ganhwer Golarchi Town of Badin District, Sindh. He was abducted at the crack of dawn on November 23, 2016.

Mr. Rahimoon is considered an authority figure in Sindhi nationalism He also held office as Vice Chairman of the Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz. However, for the past year and half, he has been inactive in political circles due to his advanced age. The 80-year-old Ustad Rahimoon was a senior leader of the Sindhi Nationalism Movement. But he limited his political activities following several heart surgeries’ he is also diabetic and is unable to move much outside his house.

Following his arrest, for three hours, activists of the Sindhi Nationalist Party blocked the main road at Kario Ganhwar Golarchi. Azeem Rahimoon Nephew of Ustad Rahimoon told the media that Police and Rangers imposed a semi-curfew in the area under the pretext of searching for a murderer. Rahimoon’s family members were harassed and beaten by Rangers’ officials who inquired about Rahimon’s son before taking him away.

Rahimoon is a popular figure in his area, and as per the media reports a complete shutdown was observed in Kario Ghanwar and some other towns of Badin District in the first half of the day as soon as the news about his alleged arrest spread. District Superintendent Police (DSP) Ali Raza Laghari ensured the protestors that Rahimon will soon be released. Following the assurance, protestors dispersed peacefully. Later, however, the Kario police denied the arrest altogether.
According to Dawn news, earlier in February 2016, Ustad Rahimoon was injured when police resorted to a baton-charge and shelling to quell a demonstration in Badin against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

The party leaders of Jeay Sindh Liberal Front (JSLF) have termed the law enforcement agencies’ action a violation of fundamental human rights, and vowed to launch a phase-wise struggle against such violations.
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Please write to the authorities listed below calling them to immediately recover Ustad Rahimoon from the Pakistan Rangers who, following his arrest, disappeared him. The government and Pakistan will be responsible if any harm is done to Ustad Rahimoon’s life. Please ask the authorities to quash all charges against him and release him immediately.
The AHRC is writing a separate letter to the UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearance (WGEID) calling for their intervention into this matter.

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Elderly JSMM leader detained in raid on house

PUBLISHED NOV 24, 2016 06:35AM

BADIN: Elderly nationalist lea­der and convener of the proscribed Jeay Sindh Muttahida Movement (JSMM) Ustad Mohammed Rah­oon was picked up by security agencies personnel in a raid on his house in Kario Ghanwar town in the small hours of Wednesday, his family, party leaders and activists of several other nationalist groups said.

A contemporary of Jeay Sindh Movement (JSM) founder leader late G.M. Syed, Ustad Rahimoon, around 80, is considered by all JSM factions working for the independence of Sindh as the most respected nationalist figure, who devoted his whole life for the cause of establishing ‘Sindhu Desh’. He once held the office of the vice chairman of the Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz.

A shutdown was observed in Kario Ghanwar and some other towns of Badin district in the first half of the day as soon as the news about his alleged arrest spread.

Local journalists and the detained leader’s son, Sodho Rahimoon, said that a strong contingent comprising police and Rangers personnel carried out the raid and took away the elderly leader.

Sodho Rahimoon alleged that the security personnel also beat up the inmates and ransacked the house before taking the ailing leader into their custody.

He said the family and other relatives were anxious about his life and health as his father was suffering from several ailments, besides the old age problems. He urged the authorities concerned to ensure his safe and early release.

The area police, however, did not confirm the alleged raid or arrest.

HYDERABAD: A JSMM spokesman, Waheed Khoso, in an e-mail sent to Dawn on Wednesday claimed that the entire Kario Ghanwar town and localities on its outskirts were cordoned off by law enforcement and secret agencies personnel during what he described as ‘a search operation’ carried out for the arrest of Ustad Rahimoon and other party activists in the area.

He recalled that in February, Ustad Rahimoon was injured when police resorted to a baton-charge and shelling to quell a demonstration in Badin against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

He quoted JSMM chief Shafi Burfat as urging the world community and international human rights organisations to help save the life of Ustad Rahimoon.Jeay Sindh Liberal Front (JSLF) chairman Nawaz Khan Zaunr and other office-bearers have also condemned the alleged arrest of Ustad Rahimoon.

In a joint statement, they termed the law enforcement agencies’ action a violation of fundamental human rights, and vowed to launch a phase-wise struggle against such violations.

Published in Dawn November 24th, 2016

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ONE MORE JOURNALIST FALLS VICTIM TO FEUDALIMS. BY ABBAS KASSAR. PCP Report

HYDERABAD. One more Journalist Amir Bux Brohi district reporter of Sindhi language daily has fallen victim to the 16th century feudalism still not only prevalent in Sindh province of Pakistan but reigning as de facto rulers of this part of world. Mir Bux Brohi was gunned down by 3 unknown armed men in Shikarpur city of Sindh province of Pakistan at 8 p.m. on Friday October 3,2003 only on some meters distance from office of District Police Officer Shikarpur. He was injured and rushed to civil hospital where he succumbed to injuries. He received 5 bullets two of them in neck, which proved fatal for his life. Amir Bux 28 was related with popular Sindhi language newspaper daily KAWISH since last 13 years. He was unmarried. He had gone to DPO office and as he came out on road he was shot at few meters distance from the DPO office. Police reached the spot 45 minutes after the incident though the shots were heard in DPO office. Police failed to immediately seal the roads connecting the city. The assailants ran away in small streets. His marriage was set to be held after holy month of Ramadan’s year ago on 20th October 2002, Shaihid Soomro also related with daily Kawish was murdered for carrying stories of rigging in the general elections, which were held on 10 October 2002.

Amir Bux had put his life at risk by writing stories against Jirgas (the illegal assembly of feudal lords). First these feudal lords including Jagirdars, Waderas, Sardars, Nawabs incite the people belonging to their castes/clans (in fact it is caste and clan but for their self interests the feudal lords call their people as tribes so that they could get recognition from government as tribal chiefs and by virtue of it could get privileges from the government as well as acceptance from other tribal leaders. According to dictionary tribe means division of a nation for political purpose). Then, when on their instigation, the people of various castes and clans attack people of opponent clan, kidnap their women, kill them and in turn that clan retaliates with same actions. After much blood shed the Sardars not involved in bloody feud intervene. The fighting stops on orders of the so- called tribal chiefs on whose directions it had started. The Jirga (assembly of sardars) is called in and attended by top feudal lords which after one or two days deliberations announce its verdict under which the killers from both sides are exonerated. The murders are exchanged like commodity to the liking of feudal lords. Former army dictator General Ziaul Haq had made amendments in constitution called Hud (Islamic laws) under which any killer would be exonerated on payment of Khoon Bah (compensation for murder) to the heirs of deceased. The relatives of those who were murdered during infighting are left with no option but to obey the orders of Jirga and their own lord. As the people have no live in areas of feudal lords they dare not refuse their orders.

The worst recent example the Jirga was killing of 18 innocent people during the fighting between Jagirani and Nareja clans in Kharipur district. A Jirga was held in mid August 2003, which decided the exchange of 7 murders on each side while 4 more on one side were compensated to victim families. The compensation amount never reached the victim family as it is pocketed by Sardars.

Amir Bux was eliminated because he had written stories against the ills of fedudalism, Jagirdari and holding of Jirgas. Few days before his murder he had questioned the wisdom Jirga by giving details of those innocent people died in tribal fighting like animals with no justice meted out to their families. Journalist Shahid Soomro was murdered directly on 20 October 2002 by two sons of influential tribal chief of Bijarani tribe Sardar Sher Mohammed Bijarani for the only reason that he had angered the Sardar with his news about rigging in general elections of 10 October 2002.He had earlier received death threats.

The killers of Shahid Soomro though were arrested and had confessed the murder but because being both sons of an influential feudal lord Sardar chief of Bijarani tribe, they were not punished. Shikarpur district forms part of Upper Sindh where the 16th century feudalism still reigns and the feudal lords calling themselves as Sardars, Mirs, Nawabs and Waderas in words of Sindhi intellectual Rasool Bux Palijo “have established states within state”. Because these feudal lords thrive on support of undemocratic government of the day and its officials including police, they hold complete authority on their areas and over people.

In Shahid Soomro’s case former speaker of Pakistan’s National Assembly Illahi Bux Soomro led 30 feudal lords and Sardars to his bereaved family and under feudal pressure obtained signature from them on a paper that they had pardoned the murder of Shahid to killers who were later exonerating by anti-terrorist court at Sukkur.

The journalistic community throughout Sindh has been agitating against the cold blooded murder of Amir Bux Brohi for last three days .In Hyderabad more than 100 journalists wearing black arm bands observed token hunger strike and held demonstration out side press club for third consecutive day, the building of which was hoisted with black flag.

The murder report of Amir Bux Brohi was filed at 2 A.M. Saturday against 3 unidentified armed killers at Lakhidar police station in Shikarpur but police has failed to get to the culprits. The journalists and citizens held demonstration at Shikarput and blocked Indus high way by staging sit in on it to protest against the murder of Brohi taking his coffin with them and demanding arrest of his killers. Hyderabad Press Club has announced three days protest outside press club daily and setting up condolence camp where the office bearers of HPC will received condolence messages from the leaders of civil society.

This is the second journalist murdered by extremists and feudal lords and 4th in last two years. Fazal Wahab a freelancer journalist was shot dead in Mangora on 21 January 2003 in Mangora town in North West Frontier Province of Pakistan.He was critical of religious extremists.

In 2002 apart from Shahid Soomro, Daniel Pearl reporter of Wall Street Journal was killed in 21 February 2002 in Karachi by Islamic Religious group. He was investigating the possible link between Al-Qaeda and show bomber Richard Reid who had boarded Paris-Miami flight with explosion in his shoe.4 persons accused in his murder were sentenced by anti-Terrorist Court Hyderabad one main accused Sheikh Omar received death sentence while three others were awarded life terms. All the 4 are presently serving in Central Prison Hydeabad, Pakistan.

Of the 4 journalists killed in Pakistan within 2 years time religious extremists and 2 in Sindh at hands of feudalism killed 2. Feudal lords in Pakistan especially in Sindh have managed to hold politics of country in connivance with civil and military bureaucracy. Among them rural aristocracy is the biggest force for maintenance of status quo in the politics and policymaking. It were feudal lords of West Pakistan masquerading as socialists under Bhuttos’ PPP who had refused to hand over power to a commoner from East Wing despite his overwhelming majority in parliament (161 seats out of total 300). Feudal lords in rural Sindh are opposed to spread of education, as after getting educated the sons of their peasants may not bow before them. It is due to their opposition to education that thousands of schools are closed in rural villages depriving millions of children of education for the reason that these very feudal lords become part of every government of the day be it democratic or dictatorial. In fact the characteristic of every government in Pakistan is aristocratic. These feudal dynasties control half dozen political parties including the main formations like PPP and ML. Ironically enough the heads of these political parties talk of elections but opt for themselves as lifetime party chiefs.

“Feudalism as mode of product does not exist. However it is feudal ways and norms that remain the bane of underdeveloped societies. Consequently the term “feudalism” is used to describe “anything reactionary, old-fashioned or resonant of aristocratic values”(Oxford Dictionary). The world has got rid of feudalism but in Pakistan rural population is being oppressed and suppressed under feudalism and have no option than servile existence under big landlords. The government of the day as thrives on support of landlords never takes such steps to get people rid of this mother of all ills. People of Pakistan especially Sindh have been pushed to 400 years back by present military government of General Pervez Mushraf by appointing one feudal lord Mir Zafrullah Jamali as Prime Minister of Pakistan and another Sardar Ali Mohammed Mahar as Chief Minister of Sindh.The life of 40 million people of Sindh now is in hands of these feudal lords. Whenever they like they can eliminate any person like Shahid Soomro and Amir Bux Brohi.

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Pakistan unwilling to protect religious minorities rights under ICCPR

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    Hyderabad: July 14, 2014. (By Abbas Kassar) Minority rights, as applying to ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities and indigenous peoples, are an integral part of international human rights law, Like children rights, women’s rights and refugee rights, minority rights are a legal framework designed to ensure that a specific group which is in a vulnerable, disadvantaged or marginalized position in society, is able to achieve equality and is protected from persecution. The first post-war international treaty to protect minorities, designed to protect them from the greatest threat to their existence, was the U.N. Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

    Subsequent human rights standards that codify minority rights include the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

    Pakistan signed the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in 2008 and ratified it with reservations in 2010. But when European Union emissaries had warned Pakistan to be deprived of Generalized System of Preferences plus status of grant of trade benefits accorded by EU which in other words means ban on Pakistani exports, then in 2011, the Pakistan government, withdrew almost all of the reservations. Hence, since July 2011, Pakistan has ratified the ICCPR almost entirely committing itself to upholding the civil and political rights of its citizens including citizens belonging to minority community.

    In Article 18 of the ICCPR is the guaranteed freedom of thought, conscience and religion. The right to religion includes the freedom to adopt and profess in public or private, freedom of worship and unfettered right to believe and manifest one’s religion accordingly. Article 19 goes further and says that everyone shall have the right to his or her opinions without interference. Article 20 of the ICCPR forbids any advocacy of religious hatred.

    The freedom to profess one’s religion is integral to the ICCPR and therefore any law that abridges that freedom is in violation of and in contradiction to Pakistan’s international commitment

    All of the aforesaid have been placed in the non-Muslim category under Article 260 of the Constitution of Pakistan.

    The human rights watch noted that the condition of religious minorities deteriorated sharply in Pakistan in 2012, with the government unwilling or unable to provide protection against attacks by extremists.

    Christians, Sikhs, Hindus and other minorities throughout Pakistan recount numerous horrific incidents of attacks and threats and express an overwhelming sense of fear. Minority Rights Group International, a watchdog organization, had ranked Pakistan as ‘the world’s top country for major increases in threats to minorities since 2007’. The group also lists Pakistan as seventh on the list of 10 most dangerous countries for minorities, after Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Myanmar and Congo.

    In Sindh, Hindu women are being abducted and forcibly converted to Islam. Many Christians are suffering under the blasphemy law, a law which itself is in contradiction to the ICCPR. Churches, temples and other places of worship are routinely destroyed.

    The situation in Sindh has markedly worsened for Hindus since 2oo7 with increase in target killing, extortion, kidnapping, looting, religion based discrimination and troubles linked to their places of worship. Despite incidents like Shanti Nagar, Gojra, Sialkot, Badmi Bagh, and the attack on a Peshawar church being self-evident as to the increasing religious intolerance against minorities by the state and society, if you ask any Pakistani politician about the state of minorities or how protected they are in Pakistan, their prompt reply will be that minorities are happy and enjoying equal rights in the country.

    If they are right then why the world seems worried about them and questions are reverberating in the House of Commons, EU and even in America about the oppression of minorities and misuse of blasphemy laws against them.

    The U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom said in a recent report that conditions in Pakistan had “hit an all-time low” and governments had failed to adequately protect minorities and arrest perpetrators of crimes against them.

    Scores of girls like 11 years Amriah Masih,12 years Muqadas Kainat,even 6 years Viginti Meghwar ,Kakoo Kolhen,14 years Manishsa Kumari and others were raped but their culprits have never been brought to book.

    The guarantees of freedom of religious beliefs accorded to minorities under ICCPR are also violated by kidnapping minority girls and forcibly converting them to Islam.

    According to a report published in Pakistan Today on 8 April 2014, around 1,000 Christian and Hindu women in Pakistan are forcibly converted to Islam and married to Muslim men every year including Rinkel Kumari in Ghotki in Feb 2012. She cried before chief justice of Pakistan Chowdhry Iftikhar in his court room to be handed to parents but the controversial judge turned his ears deaf and handed her to kidnapper follower of Pir of Bharchoondi, nortorious for kidnapping Hindu girls, keeping them his Harem for months and then marrying them to his Mureeds after conversion.

    The report states the estimates of the incidence of forced marriage and conversion of 700 victim Christian girls and 300 Hindu girls per year, adding that the true scale of the problem is likely to be much greater, as a number of cases are never reported or do not progress through the law-enforcement and legal systems.

    Though passed by NA but resolution is not binding on government but as a parliamentary practice.

    In first 5 months of 2014, as many as 6 Hindu temples were ransacked: Dharamshala at Larkaha, was set on fire on March 13, Hanuman Mandir at Hyderabad on March 17,, Parbraham Ashram at Mith on March 30, Shri Guru Garanth Saheb at Madeji district Shikarpur and burning of Hindu holy book Bhagwat Geeta.

    Though NA on May 14 this year condemned these attacks and asked for beefing up security of their holy places of worship and asked government to take measures on priority basis to protect holy places of religious minorities, yet as is evident from the protests that Hindu Mandirs are still not safe. The attacks on Mandirs have compelled Hindus to leave Pakistan and accoring to figure presented in NA by a minority law maker during the months of March and April 2014 as many as 10,000 Hindus have migrated to India.

    Hearing petition of Dr. Ramesh Kuman Wankwani MNA about recent attacks on Hindu Mandirs on June 19,2014 ,chief justice of Pakistan Justice Tasaduq Hussain Jeelani lamented that it was unfortunate that constitutional provisions related to protection of minority rights have not been implemented. CJP said in addition to Objectives Resolution, Article 20 of the constitution also guarantees protection of minority rights. Apex court also ordered formation of National Council on Minorities.

    HINDU POPULATION:

    According to estimation by an NGO there are more than 7000000 Hindus currently living in the different states of Pakistan, but majority of Hindus is settled in the province of Sindh.

    The Hindus of Pakistan are a religious minority in an overwhelmingly Muslim society. They constitute about 5.5% of the population of 180 million (according to 1998 census). They live primarily in the urban areas of the province of Sindh in the lower Indus valley and over half are concentrated in the south-east district of Tharparkar which borders India. For the most part Hindus in Pakistan are well educated and active in commerce, trade and the civil service but majority of lower caste work as Haris.

    According to an independent source, around 20 lac Hindus belonging to scheduled castes ( Dalits) are engaged to work as Haris ( peasants)on big farmlands of lower Sindh where they work as bonded peasants, kept in private jails under surveillance of armed men of landlords not allowed to move outside farmlands. They being most vulnerable their women and girls happen to be easy prey to landlords and their Kamdars lust.

    According to the US commission on International religious freedom (USCIRF) annual report, “The government of Pakistan continues to engage in and tolerate systematic, ongoing, and violations of freedom of religion or belief.

    To sum up Pakistan is in complete and total violation of its international obligations of religious freedom, civil and political rights which can jeopardize the status of grant of trade benefits to Pakistan under the GSP Plus Scheme of the European Union.

    Introduction: writer is bureau chief of daily Messenger Karachi, editor daily Pioneer Pakistan (online)and reporter in Pakistan for Pakistan Weekly, Burkeley,USA. Also general secretary of Hyderabad Union of Journalists (PFUJ Dasoor), member European Journalism Center, member governing body Hyderabad press club and member Writers International.

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    It is unfortunate that some of our esteemed Pakistani members don’t believe this to be a major problem. We have no right to be lecturing the Israelis or the Americans about their crimes when we ourselves are doing the same to our fellow countrymen.

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Pakistan — A Week Under Caretaker Governments

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106 Killed,18 Kidnapped,10 Women Raped,Tortured, Missing

By Abbas Kassar

Hyderabad: With the departure of elected governments and induction of caretakers in center and provinces, the crime rate has increased drastically during their first week 23 to 30 March 2013, in which as many as 106 persons including 22 security personnel, 4 children,10 women (under Karo Kari) were killed that proves ineffectiveness of 80 plus rulers. It is amazing that past government and opposition chose retired judges to become caretaker prime minister, 3 provincial chief ministers and also election commission members all happen to be of more than 80 years. Generally speaking 20 years after retirement is the age of worship and to count days and not meant for rule. Second question is that are judges made to rule or make rulers accountable to justice.

It is said that Khoso has been made prime minister to appease the rebel Baloch who had ascended to mountains as part of their movement for separation. With his one son in Tehrik Insaaf and another former MPA of PPP how can he play neutral role is to be watched.

I come back to subject that crime rate has increased in first week of caretakers rule. Apart from above 18 person including 3 women and 6 children were kidnapped,3 children of the age of 15 months, one year died in Nagarparkar of measles and another child or 3 year also died of not receiving the vaccination for measles and 10 more were lying on death bed in Kachho area of Dadu district. 2 women Shakeela and Soina were gang raped near Tando Adam when the culprits dragged them out from rickshaw. 4 persons including a woman committed suicide during the week and one had died of taking hand made poisonous wine while a worker died of burns in match factory in Tando Adam. Aming 18 kidnapped are 8 class sutdent Sohnal Mugheri of Qambar, 16 years old girl student Yasmeen Mughal from Sukkur, 10 years old Jamshed son of Azeem of Shahpur Jehanian, 8 years Faizan from Merabpur and Sakina mother of 8 from Sita Road, 2 Hindus Baldev and Preetamdas from Bakhshapur while a Hindu girl 18 years Ganga was kidnapped from Jaccobabad, converted and married to a Muslim man. Hindu Panchayet’s continued protest remains unheard as they were mulling to leave Sindh and migrate to India.4 women of Chandia community of Tando Ghulam Ali district Badin were missing from Darul Aman Hyderabad where they were sent by concerned court on their request for divorce from their husbands. One among them is young daughter accompanied with her mother. These missing women are: Shahnaz, Sakina, Amna and girl Sughra.

The strange aspect of wave of crimes was indifference and apathy of police which not only did not move to arrest killers, kidnappers or to bust the crime but in few cases it took sides with perpetrators as was evident from followings: In Kotdiji in Khairpur district a man Khabar snatched 3 animals from a woman Sharifan who was grazing them in meadow. On resistance and cries the culprit let dogs loose on Sharifan who though bleeding of dog bites reached Kotdiji police station but police did not took her complaint. She rushed to government hospital but finding it locked went to a private clinic where doctor gave her chit for purchase of medicine which was too costly and out of her reach. In anohter case of torture in village Sachal Shar near Faiz Ganj also in Khairpur district husband Allahdino tortured his wife Jameelan by binding her with ropes. He also beat his two infant sons Zahid and Asif. Affer untieing her she went to police station Faiz Jang but police did not help her nor registered complaint. She visited press club and told her plight to journalists. Even after publication of story in press police did not move nor the caretakers.

In another hair raising incident a villager Aziz Chang was killed by armed men of Wadero Younis Chang by firing when he was running to save life in village streets where no one came to rescue him. Reason being that Aziz Chang had refused to give his 9 year old daughter for marriage with a 50 year old Wadero Younis Chang. Before being killed he raised voice against the tyranny of Wadera by observing hunger strike in front of press club Faiz Gang but police of the area neither took notice of his hunger strike and nor registered FIR of his murder against Wadera.

In yet another very cruel incident a 15 year old boy Mushtaq Manganhar was locked in a police quarter and tortured for refusing to have sex relations with paedo SHO of Nindo Shahar police station in district Badin, Ayub Khaskheli. Anoher 15 year old boy Ramzan Mallah was arrested, hand cuffed and locked up by Kaloi police station also in Badin district. His father and elder brother Ashraf reached police station to know the facts but police locked them both up. A journalist Irshad Khaskheli went to police station to take pics but he was brutally beaten by police and his camera was snatched. Later on payment of bribe of Rs.10,000 police released all.

In another incident of brutal torture with children, a landlord caught a 15 year old boy Fayaz Rahu near Mirpur Bathoro in Thatta district and ted him in ropes with camel then flogged camel to run fast. With every scream of a boy of his wounds receiving while being dragged behind running camel the most tyrant Wadera raised his ugly laughter in jubilation. The peasants working in nearby fields did not dare to rescue the wounded boy who after the instinct of tyrant entertainment of Wadera was over the boy was untied. He is now in civil hospital for treatment.

These are but a few incidents of crime except may be more nor reported in press during first week of the octogenerian rulers upto 30 March 2013. No doubt they are here to hold fair elections but are they not responsible for crimes like murders, kidnapping, rape, torture and violence on women and children. If the silence on part of rulers, which I will call criminal silence, is not broken hundreds may die until the doomsday of polling.

[Abbas Kassar is a Jounalist in Hyderabad, Pakistan and presently working as bureau chief of daily Messenger Karachi and Lahore Times ( online), a member of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists and European Journalism Center. He can be reached at kassar_hyd@yahoo.com;kassarabbas@lycos.com and 92 3453585137]