The Voice of Karachi and South Asia Minorities Alliance Foundation has launched a new campaign to raise global awareness over the plight of ethnic and religious minorities in Pakistan. In the latest phase of this campaign, digital and print advertisements are appearing in leading US newspaper, Washington Times.
Nadeem Nusrat, who heads these US-based advocacy groups, told news reporters that the campaign in Washington Times will run for one week during which digital and print ads will briefly explain what injustices the urban population in Sindh, Mohajirs in particular, has been facing. These ads will also highlight persecution of ethnic and religious minorities in Pakistan at the hands of Pakistan’s military establishment and religious extremist groups that Pakistan’s deep state sponsors.
This ad campaign is also highlighting the role of Pakistan’s spy agency ISI in destabilizing the South Asia region.
Mr. Nusrat said that Mohajirs are the most educated and secular group of people in Pakistan, who firmly believe in religious tolerance and coexistence. Pakistan’s jihad-obsessed military establishment, however, is bent upon handing over these urban areas to its religious proxies. These murderous outfits are openly operating in Karachi under the support of the country’s intelligence agencies, whereas political workers belonging to secular political groups continue to disappear after being taken into unlawful custody by the non-local security forces.
The VOK Chairman added that due to complete ban on freedom of speech and ever-shrinking space for secular political groups in Karachi and rest of Pakistan, raising voice in democratic-loving countries is the only option left for Mohajirs and other oppressed ethnic and religious minorities in Pakistan. He said that raising global awareness as to how terrorist outfits, such as the Taliban and the ISIS, are receiving from certain elements within Pakistan’s military establishment is vital for world peace, as such practices in Afghanistan have already led to dangerous terrorist incidents such as the 9/11 attacks and the most recent Ghazni attack.
Drawing world attention to the plight of Karachi, Nadeem Nusrat said that Karachi is the world’s second-most populace city, but Pakistan’s Punjabi-dominated military establishment is now busy trying to curtail every bit of political space for Karachi’s secular political leadership and replace it with extremist religious outfits. Extrajudicial executions enforced disappearances and brutal torture in custody are a daily routine in Karachi and Hyderabad, the second most-largest and Mohajir dominated city of Sindh Province.
Nadeem Nusrat warned that in the absence of a strong, coherent strategy from peace loving forces, Karachi, whose secular population could be an effective bulwark against the forces of extremism, might face the similar situation the people of Ghazni are facing in Afghanistan.
Mr. Nusrat urged all those seeking to achieve long term peace, security and stability in South Asia, Pakistan in particular, to raise their voice against injustices being committed against ethnic and religious minorities.