Pakistan Army killing Mohajirs in Karachi

MQM Mohajir Pakistan

If there’s a community in Pakistan which is treated even worse than even Balochs, it’s Mohajirs (or Muhajirs).

Mohajirs is the the local word used for the millions of the Urdu-speaking immigrants who left India in 1947 at the time of the Partition to come to the fledgling Muslim country of Pakistan. The Mohajirs, on their arrival, felt unwelcomed by the local Sindhi and Pashtun populations as the latter feared that the newcomers, being more educated and progressive, would outnumber grab their lands, employment and educational opportunities.

Mohajirs continue to face persecution by the Pakistan government and, therefore, live battered lives in the land they chose after partition. While, Hindu/Sikhs who migrated from Pakistan to India in 1947 have been mostly assimilated well, the same is not true of Muslims who moved to the newly formed Pakistan and even today are called Mohajirs.

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The International Institute for Mohajirs organized a conference on the plight of Mohajirs in Pakistan, on the sidelines of the 33rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on September 23, 2016. Speakers at the conference included Ryszard Czarnecki, Vice President European Parliament, Mohammad Khan, human rights activist from Karachi and Arbaz Khan, President, European Mohajir Network

MQM Leader Atlaf Husain

MQM Leader Atlaf Husain

Mohajirs are still socially considered “outsider/foreigner” in Pakistan and have been facing targeted killings almost every day. Pakistan Army and Provincial Police consider them, including their political leaders, as India spies and traitors even after nearly 70 years.

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Riots broke out in the country in 1985 when the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) called for equal rights and identity and in 2011 over 900 were killed in Karachi itself following ethnic and political tensions. The MQM, founded in 1984, to guard, sometimes violently, the rights of the Mohajirs. Thousands of MQM activists have been killed in quasi-judicial violence and its mercurial leader Atlaf Hussain is in exile in London after the Sindh state police kidnapped and killed his brother Nasir Hussain and nephew Arif Hussain in 1995. Badly mutilated corpses of both Nasir and Arif were found in an isolated area in Gadap Town in Karachi.
Earlier, the riots of 1965 claimed hundreds of innocent lives when Mohajirs called for equal status in Pakistani society, experts said.

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Human right activists said that over 1.3 million people have died in Pakistan in targeted genocide of the Mohajirs.

Prominent Mohajir leaders have asked the international community to seek answers from the Pakistani government and “hold it accountable and prosecute those found guilty in the International Court of Justice” adding “the agency cannot turn a blind eye and keep Pakistan as a member nation simultaneously”.