Extremism in Sindh: Human rights activist Arfana Mallah faces threats
The history of Sindh dates back to 5000 years back. The unfolded excavations from Moen Jo Daro show that the region was highly peaceful where people were strong followers of their culture, traditions and civilized. The people living in Sindh were peace-loving. No religious or social conflicts have been found in its history of any kind. Even, before the independence of Pakistan, Sindh was a rich provinces in its natural resources and human capital. This can be exemplified that the first resolution for Pakistan was presented by Sindh Assembly supported by Sindhi nationalist Ghulam Murtaza Sayed (G.M Syed) who was later on sent to jail on treason case after the creation of Pakistan.
Sindh is the only province in Pakistan who is politically sound and vibrant and has given Pakistan political leadership. However, despite many concerns, the people of Sindh have always stood for federation. It is also witnessed in the recent times history that Sindh is peace loving land where no religious or social extremism was found before.
Recently, there are surging cases of cases of extremism where people are accused of blasphemy.
In its recent wave, Sajid Soomro is a professor of Shah Abdul Latif University, who was arrested by police under blasphemy charges in Khairpur on Wednesday. The professor is also a writer known for his books on Sindhi-Mohajir unity.
HRCP is alarmed by the recurring wave of vicious campaigns against academics. Prof. Sajid Soomro & @Arfanamallah66 have done nothing more than exercise their fundamental right to freedom of expression – their right as citizens, their duty as academics. https://t.co/DshyRYIcvl 1/2
— Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (@HRCP87) June 10, 2020
He was arrested from his house in Ali Murad Mohalla, Khairpur city. According to eyewitnesses, police officials in at least four police vans cordoned off the area and tried to arrest Soomro, who closed the door of his house and called friends to inform them about the raid prior to his arrest.
Condemning the arrest of Professor Soomro, the prominent Human Right Activist and Professor Dr. Arfana Mallah wrote in her social media message that the people should not be accused of Blasphemy and she termed the blasphamy law and deficient in its applicability.
JUI Sindh leader Rashid Mahmood Soomro directed his Hyderbad city Amir, Azam Jhangeri to register FIR against me. Becoz, I condemn arrest of faculty members under blasphemy law.Rahsid Mahmud since aurat march is targeting, it is threat for me, GoS take notice
— Dr.Arfana Mallah (@Arfanamallah66) June 10, 2020
Responding to her comments, JUI-F leader Rashid Mahmood Soomro has initiated a campaign against Arfana Mallah and FIR has been tried to be lodged against her. The JUI-F leader has instigated Molvis across the province posing life threat to Professor Arfana Mallah.
Various human right chapters including Aurat March have condemned a campaign against her and are stood by the professor Mallah.