Pashtun leader Arif Wazir dies in Pakistan after gun attack, ISI using COVID-19 as garb to silence criticism against country

Pashtun chief Arif Wazir dies in Pakistan after gun assault, ISI utilizing COVID-19 as garb to silence criticism in opposition to nation | World Information

Arif Wazir, a pacesetter of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Motion (PTM) in Pakistan, died on Saturday in an Islamabad hospital after being attacked by unidentified gunmen outdoors his dwelling in Wana of Waziristan.

The assault comes after Pakistani Police arrested Arif Wazir on April 17 for an alleged anti-Pakistan speech throughout his current go to to Afghanistan. He was launched on bail three days in the past. Mohsin Dawar, a member of Pakistan’s Parliament and member of the PTM, accused “state-sponsored terrorists” of finishing up the assault.

Rights group Amnesty Worldwide in a press release stated that the Pakistani authorities should perform an impartial and efficient investigation into the assault on Wazir on Could 1, including that the suspected perpetrators should be held accountable.

PTM has campaigned for civil rights for Pashtuns, the nation’s largest ethnic minority, since 2018 and held many rallies not too long ago in opposition to the involvement of Pakistan Military for killing of hundreds of Pashtun civilians and compelled hundreds of thousands extra to desert their houses. The PTM has insisted on an finish to the apply of extrajudicial killings and illegal detentions of Pashtun individuals.

‘‘It’s with the heavy coronary heart I report that our comrade Arif Wazir has succumbed to his accidents. Wazir’s father and brother have been killed by terrorists years in the past. Our wrestle in opposition to their masters will proceed,” stated Mohin Dawar, a member of Pakistan’s parliament.

Pakistan primarily based journalist and Balooch origin Sajid Hussain residing in Sweden in exile has been discovered useless in Uppsala about 60 kilometres from Stockholm, Sweden. His physique was discovered on April 23 within the Fyris river outdoors Uppsala metropolis. A Balochi by origin, Hussain was working as a part-time professor in Uppsala when he went lacking for the reason that first week of March.

His sudden disappearance is raised many questions as many believed that at a time when the world wants consideration to cope with the coronavirus COVID-19, the Pakistani Military and Pakistan’s Intelligence company Inter-Providers Intelligence (ISI) is busy in silencing critics of Pakistan.

Hussain fled to Sweden in 2012 when Pakistan businesses began to look his residence and questioned his members of the family after his report highlighting human proper abuses within the Balochistan by Pakistan Military. Hussain first moved to Gulf nations then after a while he lastly settled in Sweden.

‘‘When a brand new wave of the “kill and dump coverage” happened, and the difficulty of enforced disappearances as soon as once more engulfed Pakistan’s restive province of Balochistan, Hussain needed to flee the nation in 2012. For a few years after that, he lived like a nomad, a refugee, spending a while in a single nation after which transferring to a different. It was not a simple determination, abandoning his family and friends again dwelling – his spouse, 9-year-old daughter, and 5-year-old son, whom he beloved dearly,” says Shah Meer Balooch in an article written in The Diplomat.

Sajid Hussain is just not alone. There was a spate of assaults of Pakistani journalists and activists recognized for criticizing Pakistan. A Pakistani blogger Ahmad Waqas was assaulted by two males outdoors his dwelling in Rotterdam in Europe in February.

Criticism of the Pak Military and ISI is just not allowed in Pakistan and unprecedented crackdown at press has compelled many to hunt refugee overseas.

The Human Rights Fee of Pakistan (HRCP) newest report noticed that Pakistan’s human rights file in 2019 is ‘enormously worrisome and ongoing international pandemic was prone to solid an extended shadow on prospects for human rights. HRCP in his report additionally famous of police extortion, refusal to register first data experiences (FIR), and custodial torture emerged in all provinces.

A report of USA Freedom Community on Press freedom reveals that since 2000 a complete of 133 Pakistani journalists have been killed. The authorized proceedings in all of the 33 incidents of journalists’ killings that befell from 2013 to 2019 have been documented and the discovering is 100 per cent impunity for the killers, zero per cent justice for the 33 murdered journalists.

A Pakistani-British journalist Gul Bukhari recognized for a critic of Pakistani Military was kidnapped in June 2018 from Lahore and held for a number of hours by Pakistani Military. Later they denied their involvement within the abduction of Bukhari. She was requested to seem earlier than authorities for questioning. She left Pakistan and now has settled in the UK.

Pakistan has develop into one of many world’s most harmful nations for journalists. Up to now few years, dozens of distinguished journalists have been compelled to left their group or they don’t seem to be allowed to put in writing articles in opposition to the Pakistani Military.

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