WSI Rally in Front of Pakistan Embassy
on 14 August

Washington, DC: The World Sindhi Institute organized a peaceful protest rally on August 14, 2007 in front of the Embassy of Pakistan.
The demonstrators accused President Pervez Musharraf's government of violating human rights in Balochistan and Sindh and demanded the restoration of democracy in Pakistan. American supporters and human rights activists also joined the protesters. They protested against the disappearance of Sindhi and Baloch journalists, workers, human rights and political activists, writers, poets, philosophers, teachers, students and political opponents of the present regime, who have been arrested extra-judicially and have been behind bars without a trial.
The WSI protestors were joined by members of Baloch Society of North America (BSO-NA), Torture Abolition & Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) International, Sindhi Association of North America (SANA), Association of Pakistani Physicians for Justice and Democracy (APPJD), Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP), Pakistan Muslim League(N), and some individual Human Rights activists. This sizeable group of organizations and individuals held a sit-in and expressed great concern over continuing oppression in a free nation which conveys messages that oppressive regimes in Pakistan have transformed the Independence Day into a day commemorating human rights violations.
The protestors demanded that Dr. Safdar Sirki, a US citizen, be released from illegal detention by the authorities in Pakistan.
Some members of the rally delivered short speeches. Mr. Munawar Laghari, Executive Director of WSI, said, "Sixty years of Pakistan ’s history have witnessed denial of truth by the establishment, military and Inter-Service intelligence, who are truly ruling the country, not its people.” Other speakers included Mrs. Razia Rabb, Chairperson, Women Wing of Jamhoori Watan Party;
Mr. Sarfraz Memon, Information Secretary of SANA; Dr. Ghazala, Chairperson of APPJD; and Haji Khokar of Muslim League (N).

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