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London [UK]May 17 (ANI): The United Nations Working Group on Forced Disappearances has sent several requests to the Pakistani government to visit the country, especially Sindh province, to investigate cases of enforced disappearance, but is still waiting to get permission.

This was revealed by the Reporting Working Group, Luciano A Hazan, when interacting with delegates from the World Sindhi Congress (WSC), who attended a meeting with the United Nations Working Group on Forced Disappearance and Forced Disappearance (WGEID) via video conference.

Hazan chaired this meeting from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The WSC presents a detailed review of new and previous cases of enforced disappearances of human rights defenders in Sindh.

“The sole purpose of kidnapping by the Pakistani Government is to silence any dissent that opposes the hegemony policy and the seizure of natural resources and lands belonging to the Sindhi indigenous people,” highlighted Saghir Shaikh from the WSC in his presentation to WGEID.

Shaikh further explained that the disappearances were carried out by various security agents, such as Military Intelligence (MI), ISI, and Rangers and the police.

“All these agents operate with full impunity!” he added.

Several dozen who have been released in recent years have suffered mental and physical abuse. None of them dared to speak in public, and almost all of them had used exile and life to avoid human rights advocacy altogether.

Despite numerous protests, campaigns and petitions in court, this practice has not stopped. The delegation requested to send the WGEID team to visit Sindh to ascertain this problem and talk with those who were suffering directly.

Hazan informed that an official request to visit the country had been sent to Pakistan in November 2019 with further warnings in April 2020. WGEID had not received a positive response from the Government of Pakistan. Unless Pakistan does not renew official invitation, WGEID cannot visit the country.

Hazan, assured the delegation that they would continue their best efforts to seek the release or declaration of the whereabouts of all the missing people in Sindh and Pakistan.

It was also decided that WSC will continue to work with WGEID by providing data and other relevant information.

WSC is based in the UK, US, Canada and Sindh and is one of the most prominent human rights advocacy organizations for Sindh and Sindhis.

The main purpose of the WSC is to create a better understanding within the international community about the status of the Sindhis persecution in Pakistan and about the Sindhi people’s struggle for human rights, including the right to self-determination. (ANI)

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