Demand to release missing Sindhi activist Punhal Sario intensifies

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Hyderabad (Pakistan), Aug 25 (ANI): Punhal Sario, a 58-year-old human rights activist from Sindh, is feared missing. The head of the Voice for Missing Persons of Sindh, recently marched from the Pakistani cities of Hyderabad to Karachi to demand the return of fellow activists who had gone “missing”. The activist was allegedly abducted from Hyderabad by security forces on August 3. The police is denying to register a missing complaint, but Punhal’s daughter and other human rights activists are running a campaign for his safe return. These recent alleged rights violations come just weeks after a review of Pakistan by the United Nations Human Rights Committee, which recommended that Pakistan end the practice of enforced disappearances and secret detentions.People who are disappeared are held without legal protection, making them much more vulnerable to torture and other abuses.The nongovernmental Human Rights Commission of Pakistan reported that 728 people forcibly disappeared in Pakistan in 2016 alone. According to Sindh Human Rights Defenders, a group that actively campaigns for human rights, around 160 people, including political and nationalist workers, students, rights activists and common citizens are missing in Sindh. Some of these disappearances, an overwhelming majority of which is believed to be enforced ones, are up to nine years old.

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