JSQM demand of releasing its leader leads to brutal police action

JSQM, Kehar Ansari, Sindh, Sindhi nationalism, Pakistan

Sindh, May 3, 2016Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM), a nationalist group in the Sindh province of Pakistan is fighting to get its leader Kehar Ansari released.

The Sindhi nationalist’s abduction came to light on 23rd April, 2016 and many prominent Sindhi personalities are voicing their support for the abducted Ansari.
But it seems that Pakistani authorities are in mood to release the JSQM leader.
Yesterday, on May 2, 2016, a peaceful protest organized by JSQM was met with brutal force of the Police and the Rangers.
All of this happened at Naushahro Feroze and the brutal charge injured 10 people while dozens have been arrested.
JSQM Senior leader Kehar Ansari disappeared last week and his party says that Pakistani state agencies are behind it.


Jami Chandio also wrote: “Nationalist worker Kehar Ansari is missing, his detention should be made public & legal procedure should be followed.”

Sindhi nationalist often have to face forced disappearance as they continue to raise their voice against Punjabi control over resources of Sindh. JSQM is a reaction to enforced Punjabi hold over the resources and many are also raising a voice for an independent ‘Sindhudesh’ or a country for Sindhis only.

However, the demand has not got much attention till now but with the continued repression in Sindh, this region may become another Bangladesh.

Before this abduction, Sindhi nationalist, Karnani Shafi, was bumped off ‘allegedly’ by state agencies but no one has since been brought to justice in the murder either signalling that it could again be the handiwork of the state.

Sindh is ruled by Pakistan People’s Party whose leader Benazir Bhutto’s murder in 2007 led to massive protest in the region and the demand for an independent Sindh reached a crescendo.

However, Asif Ali Zardari, Benazir’s widower, was able to douse fires at that time with the slogan of ‘Pakistan khappay’ or long live Pakistan.