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SAPAC Commends Members of Congress for Addressing Human Rights Concerns in Pakistan

Sindhi American Political Action Committee (SAPAC) commends Representatives Brad Sherman, Kerry Bentivolio, Adam Schiff, Thomas E. Petri, and Tulsi Gabbard for reaching out to Prime Minister Sharif about human rights concerns in Sindh, Pakistan.

“We are greatly troubled by reports of repression and attacks on nonviolent, politically active Sindhis—attacks that include enforced disappearances, torture, and executions.” The letter said, going on to cite the recent murder of Maqsood Qureshi and Salman Wadho, two political activists who were allegedly shot and burned alive in their car while they were traveling to a political rally.

“Sindhis are peace loving and believe in humanity,” Executive Director of SAPAC, Sufi Laghari, said, “They should not have to fear for their lives because of their religious and political beliefs. Violence results in more violence, a cycle that needs to be stopped in Pakistan.”

The letter also addressed concern about the religious intolerance and violence being faced by Pakistani Shi’a, Hindus, Christians, and other religious minorities in Sindh, many of whom cannot even go to a temple to practice their religion without fear of being attacked.

“We are very thankful to these Representatives for choosing not to remain silent while these people suffer,” said Dr. Maqbool Halepota, President of SAPAC. “We hope that Prime Minister Sharif will take this letter to heart and do what he can to help his people.”

Letter to PM Sharif from Members of Congress June 20, 2014

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