World Muhajir Congress demands UN to conduct inquire into 27 December 2007 killings of ethnic Muhajirs

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Communication & Media Cell; WMC, Washington DC, 27th December 2017,

World Muhajir Congress (WMC), a USA-based advocacy group seeking rights for ethnic Muhajirs in Pakistan, has demanded the Secretary General of the United Nations to inquire into brutal killings and lootings in Karachi and other urban centers of Sindh province in the aftermath of the assassination of Pakistan’s former prime Minister Mrs. Benazir Bhutto Zardari in Rawalpindi, Punjab. It also has demanded the United Nations to “place economic and military sanctions against Pakistan until it genuinely addresses grievances of its ethnic and religious minorities, Muhajirs and Balochs in particular, and until its Military stops its barbaric campaign of kill and dump in Karachi and Balochistan.”

In its letter to the U.N. Secretary General, The WMC says that “Ten years ago, on 27 December 2007, Mrs. Benazir Bhutto Zardari, Pakistan’s former prime minister, was assassinated in Pakistan’s garrison city of Rawalpindi, Punjab. She was shot at while leaving Liaquat Bagh after addressing an election rally organized by her Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) which she headed. The city of Rawalpindi is just a few miles from Pakistan’s capital city Islamabad as well as General Headquarters (GHQ) of Pakistan’s powerful military.”

“Benazir Bhutto Zardari had been killed in Punjab; her support base has traditionally lay in rural areas of Sindh province. It is still a mystery who killed her but what is crystal clear that Karachi and its people had nothing to do with that crime, yet it was the city of Karachi and its Urdu-speaking population who were viciously targeted soon after this murder.”

“Within minutes of the news of her assassination, as if by magic, heavily armed gangs of murderers emerged everywhere in Karachi. Pakistani security forces, including Paramilitary Rangers, mysteriously disappeared from streets and the city was completely left at the mercy of marauding gangs: cars, vans and motorcycles were snatched from unsuspecting commuters and torched; those who resisted were mercilessly gunned down, in most cases in front of family members or along with family members. Buses full of Urdu-speaking commuters were shot at, leaving scores dead. In industrial areas, buses carrying women factory workers back to the towns were hijacked and all women were raped. Businesses owned by Muhajirs were exclusively targeted and were set on fire after being looted. The same carnage was also committed in many Muhajir-dominated towns in rural Sindh by armed hooligans belonging to Pakistan Peoples’ Party.”

“No official figures of this mindless bloodshed were ever collected by the State of Pakistan, but according to the statements by the victims, at least one thousand private vehicles owned by Muhajirs were torched in Karachi alone and over five hundred Muhajirs were either killed or injured during the organized violent spree that followed the murder of Mrs. Benazir Bhutto Zardari.”

“This massacre, unfortunately, was nothing new for Urdu-speaking population of Pakistan. The term “Muhajirs” (immigrants) refers to those who had migrated to Pakistan after India was partitioned in August 1947 and the states of Pakistan and India were created. Millions of Muslims from Hindu-majority areas of India migrated to Pakistan whereas Hindus left Pakistan for India. While Hindus were warmly accepted and allowed to assimilate in India, Muhajirs were never accepted in Pakistan and have always been treated as third-grade citizens.”

“Right from the early 1947 to date, scores of Muhajir towns have been attacked by armed militias in Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Mirpurkhas, Nawab Shah, Larkana and other towns and cities of Sindh Province, very often with total connivance of Pakistan’s Punjabi-dominated Military Establishment. Through these organized massacres, most Muhajirs have been forced to leave rural areas and move to Karachi or Hyderabad. The city of Larkana, the hometown of PPP’s founder Mr. Bhutto and Mrs. Benazir Zardari, had such a vast number of Muhajir population that it elected Muhajir mayors in the early years after Pakistan’s creation: now it is impossible to find any Muhajir resident in that city.”

“Pakistan’s Military-controlled media discuss incidents of 12th May and Model Town, Lahore, but never ever brings up organized massacres of Muhajirs. A commission was set up to inquire into incident of Model Town, Lahore, but no commission has ever been set up to investigate systematic killing of Muhajirs. Killers of Muhajirs have always enjoyed absolute impunity in Pakistan.”

“It would be appropriate to mention here that Pakistan’s first Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan, a Muhajir, had also been assassinated in Liaquat Bagh, Rawalpindi, in 1953. The real culprits behind his murder have also never been apprehended, just like the killers of those Muhajirs killed in organized massacres.”

“Given the systematic prejudice and ethnic bias Muhajirs have been facing in Pakistan, it is to hope against the hope that perpetrators of carnage committed in Pakistan against Muhajirs on 27 December 2007 would ever be brought to justice. It is therefore, World Muhajir Congress, a US-based advocacy group representing Muhajirs, seeks your intervention in this matter. Please, in the name of humanity and justice, exert pressure on Pakistani State to allow the United Nations to conduct an inquiry into incidents of 27 December 2007 to unmask the real perpetrators behind this mayhem and subsequently punish the culprits.”

“WMC also appeals the United Nations to place economic and military sanctions against Pakistan until it genuinely addresses grievances of its ethnic and religious minorities, Muhajirs and Balochs in particular, and until its Military stops its barbaric campaign of kill and dump in Karachi and Balochistan.”

The letter to the UN Secretary General concluded that “Millions of ethnic Urdu-speaking Muhajirs would remain grateful to you.”