Pro-independence Sindhi organisation demands immediate action from UN against Pakistani oppression

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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Shafi Burfat, president of Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz, commonly known as Sindhudesh National Movement (SNM), in a recent letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged that the UN and the international community take immediate and effective action to liberate the Sindhi, Balochi, Pashtun and Seraiki communities from Pakistani occupation.

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Burfat, a representative of the Pro-Freedom Sindhi Organisation, said, “This unnatural situation exemplifies the subordination of historical nations under Punjabi imperialism (referring to Punjab province) and military dominance, which led to their occupation, imprisonment and slavery. Since their inception, many historical nations such as Sindhis, Balochs, Pashtuns and Seraikis have suffered under Punjabi imperialism. These nations have faced political oppression, economic exploitation and cultural destruction. The ruling elite, driven by Punjabi interests and the military establishment, has systematically marginalised these historical nations.”

Criticising the policies of the Pakistani administration, Burfat said that Pakistan has created an environment in which both terrorism and extremism are flourishing.

According to Burfat, “Pakistan's state policies, driven by religion and fundamentalism, have created an environment where extremism and terrorism thrive. These policies have led to internal strife and instability, which have had adverse effects not only on the historic nation state of Pakistan but also on its neighbouring countries and the global community. The state's use of religion as a political tool has exacerbated sectarian divisions and encouraged militant extremism, creating a favorable environment for terrorist activities.”

Furthermore, the suppression of national identity, language, history and cultural heritage has led to widespread discontent and resistance in these communities. Movements for national independence have been met with brutal military repression, human rights abuses and enforced disappearances. The international community cannot ignore the plight of these oppressed people, whose voices have been systematically silenced by the Pakistani state, Burfat's statement said.

Appealing to the United Nations, the SNM chairman said, “It is the duty of the United Nations and the international community to take immediate and effective action to liberate these historic nations from Pakistan’s religious occupation. This will not only restore their freedom and rights but will also significantly contribute to global peace and stability. The international community must hold Pakistan accountable for its oppressive policies and support the legitimate aspirations of Sindhis, Balochs, Pashtuns and Seraikis for national independence.”

Calling it essential for the stability of the region around Pakistan, Burfat said the injustice done to these historical communities must be removed.

“The liberation of these nations from the clutches of Punjabi imperialism and military dominance is a moral imperative that the global community must urgently implement. We also wish to inform the United Nations and the international community that the Sindhi, Baloch, Pashtun and Seraiki nations have been imprisoned and enslaved in the unnatural state of Pakistan. The Punjabi-dominated military and political elites have systematically subjugated these historic nations, depriving them of their rights and freedoms,” Burfat said.

The rich history, language and culture of Sindh have been distorted and humiliated. Sindhis have their own unique cultural heritage and historical identity. There are conspiracies in Pakistan aimed at eradicating the language, history, culture and humanistic Sufi traditions of the Sindhi nation, as mentioned in his statement.

In addition, he also highlighted that the existence of imprisoned and enslaved historical ethnic groups in Pakistan, as well as the rights of religious minorities and political freedom of the media are facing serious threats. Until Pakistan liberates other countries from slavery like Bangladesh, this coercion and cruelty against historical ethnic groups, human rights and religious minorities will not end.

He also said that the state imposes heavy restrictions on Sindhi political parties and secular movements that seek to challenge Pakistan's unnatural status quo and advocate for the nations' independence. These restrictions often include banning rallies, censoring media coverage, and harassing party members. In contrast, extremist and terrorist organizations are often allowed to operate with impunity. These groups receive full support and protection from the state, increasing instability in the region and promoting a culture of violence and intolerance.

Meanwhile, several prominent personalities, including Shaheed Mir Muzaffar Bhutto, Sirai Qurban Khuhawar, Roplo Choliani, Noorullah Tunio, Afzal Panhwar, Zulfiqar Kolachi, Munirkhan Choliani and Shaheed Bashir Qureshi, have been brutally assassinated by the ISI in recent years.

Economic exploitation is another serious issue in Sindh. Despite being rich in natural resources including gas, coal and oil, the region suffers from gross underdevelopment and poverty. There is an unequal distribution of wealth generated from Sindh's resources, which benefits central authorities and the elite while the local population lives in poverty.

Political pressure, economic exploitation, the worst form of slavery, helplessness and humiliation are proofs and examples of this. This proves that the Sindhi nation in Pakistan has been made a victim of not only state fascism but also economic terrorism.

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