Day 5: Members of the Shia community are protesting outside house of President Arif Alvi since five days amidst scorching heat, media blackout and our deaf ears. Hundreds have gathered outside the president’s residence to raise a collective voice against forceful abductions and compromise on their constitutional rights, vowing not to leave the place unless their demands are addressed.
The protestors are demanding immediate safe recovery of Shia missing persons – 40 from Sindh, 38 from Karachi alone and 2 from other parts of the province. More and more people are joining the protest with every passing day – from human rights activists to notable representatives of the Shia community while we maintain our collective insensitivity.
The protestors insist on securing their constitutional rights, especially the right to free and fair trial. They demand the president of Pakistan to listen to their grievances and address them urgently, or else the protests will continue. As Karachi continues to swelter at over 40 °C, the women and children refuse to leave unless they are informed about the whereabouts of their loved ones.
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”You can feed an Indian pilot, treat him with respect, but what about our women who are on roads? Who will listen to us?” – said an elderly woman whose son was forcefully abducted 3 years back while questioning PTI MPA Firdous Naqvi.
”Prove the allegations you have on his name in court. If he is found guilty, I myself will support even if he is hanged. But who gives them the authority to abduct him from his home and disappear him? Is no one going to question them?” – she said, in a painfully loud voice.
Pakistan nearly has 4000 unresolved cases of enforced disappearances (Also See: Commission Of Inquiry On Enforced Disappearances Received 318 Cases In Last Four Months). As BBC reports in their article ”The story of Pakistan’s ‘disappeared’ Shias”, Pakistan nearly has 1500 disappeared Shias. With being the gravest human rights concerns in the past decade, the voices against the clear violation of people’s constitutional rights are now emerging from every corner of the country.
President Arif Alvi, however, has remained silent on the situation. Until recently, when he was questioned in a program on the channel Abb Tak. He said he is aware of the protest happening outside his residence and agrees with the demands.
Social media community, however, continues to raise the voice and vocally support the victims.
— Zaidi Sahab (@AsZaidi93) May 1, 2019
— Syed Asad Haider Rizvi (@asadhaider3) May 2, 2019
— Syeda sukaiنa Hussain ? WB❤️ (@SyedasukainaHu3) May 2, 2019
If they are dead, send their deadbodies to home so that we could cry and be satisfied that they are no more…#عارف_علوی_کراچی_آؤ
— Syeda Nida Zaidi (@syeda_zaidi1) April 30, 2019
— Imtiaz Hussain jaffri (@Imtiaz__Hussain) May 1, 2019
— Syed Babar Hassan (@SyedbabarAbidi) May 1, 2019
These hashtags are now tending on twitter keep tweeting using these hashtags considering a complete media blackout on this issue. Our voices will be heard & we are not dependent on our useless and enslaved media anymore.#BeVoiceOfMissingPersons #عارف_علوی_کراچی_آؤ اچی_آؤ pic.twitter.com/eeUSV7jZ30
— Midhat jaffri (@midhat_jaffri) May 1, 2019
— SadaeAbbas Media (@SadaeabbasMedia) May 1, 2019
— Ali Kazmi (@AliKazmi1234) May 1, 2019
I am daughter of Engineer Mumtaz Hussain, sitting outside the house of President @ArifAlvi since 4 days and there’s no response from the government. Is this how you treat the people of your country? Is my father alive?#عارف_علوی_کراچی_آؤ#BeVoiceOfMissingPersons pic.twitter.com/ZEBjX2aUGN
— arfan haider (@arfan_raees) May 1, 2019
— Altaf Mosavi (@MosaviAltaf) April 30, 2019
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