Media Cell; Washington D.C, 23rd January 2019;
The leading US newspaper The Washington Times has published a special print edition to mark the launching of the “Greater Karachi “campaign in the US capital Washington DC.
The US-based advocacy group the Voice of Karachi had held an important press briefing in Washington D.C. on civil rights legend Dr. Martin Luther King Day, during which it unveiled its plan of “ Greater Karachi “.
The Voice of Karachi chairman Nadeem Nusrat has demanded Pakistan government to address the grievances of 70 million Mohajirs, whose majority lives in Sindh province’s urban areas, by declaring Karachi and the other urban areas as an autonomous region within Pakistan similar to the Kurdish autonomous region in Iraq.
The four-page special supplement of Washington Times highlights the human rights abuses, injustice, rapidly deteriorating civic conditions, rising unemployment, poverty and terrorism in Karachi and other urban areas of Sindh. In his leading article, the VOK chairman Nadeem Nusrat has urged Pakistan to put an end to persecution of ethnic Mohajirs, and grant them the right to self-rule in areas of Sindh where they form majority in line with the original demand made in the 1940 Lahore Resolution.
The former US Congressman Tom Garrett’s article on individual rights and freedom is also part of this supplement. Tom Garrett, who also addressed the media event, has joined the Voice of Karachi as an advisor.
The map of “Greater Karachi“ is showcased on the front page of the Washington Times supplement and Digital ads of “ Greater Karachi “ are running on the newspaper’s official website.
The Voice of Karachi has urged the United States and other members of international community to support the plan of “Greater Karachi “ which they believe will provide a an excellent role model for other regions in Pakistan with its inclusive and business friendly policies.
The advocacy group, which was formed last year in January is celebrating its first anniversary. In its first year of existence, the group has aggressively lobbied in the US capital to highlight grievances of Mohajirs as well as other ethnic and religious minorities in Pakistan. Nearly two dozen members of US Congress attended its first ‘ Day on the Hill ‘ event last year in September.