Washington D.C. [USA], Feb 8 (ANI): The Free Karachi Team attended the Foreign Relations Committee meeting on the United States-Pakistan relations here on Tuesday to discuss the human rights violations by Islamabad against the Mohajirs.
The Chairman of the US Foreign Relations Committee, Congressman Ed. Royce, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, Seth Jones, Director, Transnational Threats Project and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Jeff M. Smith of the leading US think-tank Heritage Foundation were present in the meeting.
The members discussed issues such as- gross human rights violations in Pakistan's port city of Karachi, victimisation of Mohajirs and the role of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in promoting terrorism.
He specifically mentioned the extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) members in Karachi.
He said, "For too long the US has turned a blind eye to what is by all accounts a deeply troubling human rights situation in Pakistan. Women, Christians, Shi'ites, ethnic minorities like the Baloch, the forgotten people of Gilgit-Baltistan, and Islamic sects like the Ahmadis, are regularly subjected to violence, persecution, discrimination, and state-supported repression. Journalists critical of Pakistan's military and intelligence services routinely "disappear" too."
Nusrat, spokesperson for the Free Karachi Team expressed his deep gratitude to those members of the Congress and other participants who highlighted the human rights violations in urban Sindh in their briefing and testimony.
He said that well over 25,000 Mohajirs have been killed by Pakistani security forces extrajudicially since 1992 and this near-genocide of Mohajirs in Pakistan continues unabated. Thousands of Mohajirs are either missing or missing after being taken into custody by Pakistan's Punjab-dominated law enforcement agencies.
Amnesty International, a human rights organisation, noted that in recent years Pakistan's security forces perpetrated human rights violations such as arbitrary arrests, torture and other ill-treatment, and extrajudicial executions.
It said that security laws and practices and the absence of any independent mechanisms to investigate the security forces and hold them accountable, allowed government forces to commit such violations with near-total impunity. State and non-state actors continue to harass, threaten, detain and kill human rights defenders, especially in Balochistan, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Karachi.
Mohajirs, the immigrants that migrated to Pakistan from India after the Partition in 1947, have also complained of mass-scale human rights violations at the hands of Pakistan's security forces as economic, political, and social injustices.
Meanwhile, the Free Karachi Team gave the participants of the hearing handbills, booklets and copies of the special edition of the Washington Times that described details of injustices and human rights violations that around 70 million Mohajirs have been facing in Pakistan. (ANI)