Murder of Sindhi rights advocate by Paki establishment unites oppressed people across Pakistan

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Daughters of Hidayat Lohar
Daughters of Hidayat Lohar at Naseerabad Highway sit-in (Photo: X)

After the Pak establishment-sponsored brutal assassination of their father Hidayat Lohar, Sindhi nationalist’s daughters and the prominent voice of missing persons are on a sit-in protest against the establishment and its notoriety.

A couple of days ago, Hidayat Lohar was brutally killed by the assailants affiliated with the Pakistan Army. According to his daughters, Sorath Lohar and Sasui Lohar, their father was getting death threats since past few weeks before he was killed. Hiddayat Lohar has been a prominent figure in the struggle of Sindhis. Be it the issue of enforced disappearances or the Sindhi rights, he always remained at the fore front. In 2017, he was himself abducted by the regime and was subsequently disappeared.

Daughters of Hidayat Lohar protest for FIR

Hidayat Lohar, who was a school teacher, was also the leader of Voice of Missing Persons of Sindh (VMPS), an organisation at the helm of the challenge to the establishment sponsored enforced disappearances. As he has been killed, his daughters are calling out the Pakistan Army and demanding an FIR in the assailants, whose details are with them. But, since the establishment is itself the culprit, it is trying to stave off the issue. And hence, the brave Sindhi daughters of Hidayat Lohar are sitting in protest at the Naseerabad Highway.

Meanwhile, Sorath and Sasui have also denied a visit to the police station to register the FIR, having a clear idea of the notoriety and extra-judicial acts employed by the establishment. They have demanded that their FIR must be registered at the sit-in in front of protestors. As of now, the sit-in has seen participation from various walks of life. Sorath and Sasui are getting support and consolation from across Pakistan.

Notably, by the continuous act of curbing legal framework and acting as fascist regime, Pakistan has led to the unification of oppressed community across Pakistan. Earlier, the simultaneous crackdown on Baloch in Islamabad long march and on Pashtuns in Chaman has raised hopes for a unified resistance from Baloch and Pashtuns. Now Hidayat Lohar’s killing and subsequent support from across communities marks another incident that shows the need of a combined struggle against the brutal Pakistani regime.

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