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Zulfiqar Shah
Ethnic Cleansing versus Human Cleansing: The exceptional case of Pakistan 06 June, 2015
Destructive forces of history can never act positively. Their fulfilment always finds negative, devastating and perverted means. A review of five thousands years human history indicates that such crimes have always been committed by the uncivilized, brutal and pagan forces in Persian Empire, Roman Empire, Mesopotemia, and during the world wars.
Ethnic cleansing

In the post second world war globe, some countries have earned (de) fame for war mongering, mass killings and devastation; however those countries have two particular edges - one, they have been doing this in the foreign lands alone and after providing certain true or fallacious justifications; two, they have been doing that by waging an open war.

No other country than that of Pakistan is the only destructive and nehlist force of the post second world war human history, which has the worst ever record of committing larger scale crimes against humanity, committing genocides, homicides, cultural and ethnic cleansings, massacres, apartheid and collective massive gang raps.

If someone compiles data of the crimes committed by Pakistan against its citizenry mostly on ethnic and on religious-cum-sectarian lines, as well as against the citizenry of South Asian and some Asian countries, the data would roughly exceed the collective figures of ethnic cleansing committed by Natzis against Jews, Ottoman Turks against Armenian Christians and Colonial Britain against Aboriginals in Australia, Indians of undivided India, and blacks of South Africa.

In fact the political history of Pakistan in the context of human rights is the sixty-eight years history of the worst and heinous crimes against humanity in Bangladesh, Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa, Siraiki South Punjab, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. This also includes the ethnic cleansing and massacres through covert terrorist activities within Pakistan as well as outside in the countries like Afghanistan, India, Thailand, Philippines, and some African and non-Asian nations.

Human Cleansing
The term 'ethnic cleansing', 'genocide', 'massacre' or 'cultural cleansing' alone does not appropriately represent the criminal history of Pakistan's Muslim-Punjabi military colonialism. The reason behind finding a new term lies in the multiple massive criminal acts that caused murder of more than a million, rape of hundreds of thousands, enforced disappearances and arbitrary detentions directly by the armed forces; massacres carried out by state-sponsored terrorists and militias; single ethnicity dominated establishment's designs to turn ethnically indigenous nations into minorities in their own historical land through land and residential schemes; employments and inter-provincial migrations; curbs on cultural activities; usurping fiscal, economic, land, water and natural resources; and in some cases organizing crime to de-stablize societies.

All this has been done against the various historical nations that unfortunately today are part of Pakistan. Bengali, Baloch, Sindhi, Pashtun, Siraiki and Blaour of Gilgit-Baltistan can never forget sixty-eight years of history of state crimes against humanity in Pakistan.

Some main actions of human cleansing:

- Creation of Pakistan on August 14, 1947.

- Dismissal of KP Provincial Assembly and Government in 1947 and Sindh Govt in 1948

- Occupation of Balochistan in 1948

- Separation of Karachi from Sindh to establish federal capital 1948

- Imposition of unitary system, and abolition of the status of provinces through announcing One Unit in 1960s.

- Distributing hundreds of thousands acres land of Sindh to the Punjabi military and civil bureaucracy and their relatives in the wake of commissioning Guddu and Kotri barrage

- Capturing the financial capital of Sindh after imposing unitery (centralized) system and handing over the resources to Pakistani Punjab

- Banning the reading and writing in Sindhi and Bengali language

- Transferring the archaeological assets of Sindh to the Lahore Museum

- Reducing and ending the time for Sindhi language telecast on the Pakistan Television,  and reducing the time of Sindhi broadcast on Radio Pakistan

- Annexing some Punjab bordering areas of Sindh with Punjab province

- Disallowing publishing of voter lists in Sindhi

- Practically disallowed the inclusion of Sindhi and Baloch in the sports like Cricket, Hockey and Boxing

- Banning the performance of Haj in Sindh that was earlier carried out in district Badin. Poor Sindhis who could not bear the expenses of performing Haj were undertaking the Haj rituals in district Badin locally on the instructions of Sindhi Sufis until 1980s. The same practice is resisted in Balochistan where Haj was also being carried by the Baloch Sufis known as Zikris

- Usurped the water rights of Sindh, construction of Damns on Indus against the will of Sindhi and Baloch

- Destroying Indus Delta area, a ecological regulation site that have significant ecological impacts on not only Sindh but also on almost half of Balochistan, Sindh bordering Siraki districts of Punjab as well as parts of Indian states of Gujarat and Rajasthan. This caused mass migrations, a great loss of habitat - flaura and fauna and economic repercussions on Sindh

- Military backed urban and rural land occupation in Sindh and Balochistan, construction of human settlements, and settlement of non-Sindhis in Sindh to convert Sindhis into permanent minority on their own motherland

- Organized settlements of illegal foreigners in Sindh from various countries of Asia particularly South Asia

- Resisting urbanization of Sindhis, banning their education and employment in the cities

- Giving absolute employment space to the non-Sindhis in the employment opportunities in the private and public sector of Sindh

- Organizing massacres in Bengal, Sindh, Balochistan, KP , Siriaki South Punjab and Gilgit-Baltistan across sixty-eight years history of Pakistan through state sponsored religious and urban terrorists and criminals that has taken lives of hundred of thousands

- Attempts to create hatred between indigenous Sindhi speaking Sindhi majority and Urdu speaking Sindhi minority

- Legislation on ethnically tinted local government laws

- Ethnically and religiously tinted administrative decisions

- Ethnic cleansing of Sindhi, Balochistani (inclusive of Hazara), Siraki, Pashtun and Gilgiti Hindus and Shia

- Military operations and murders in the torture cells  of Pakistan Army of Bengali, Sindhis and Baloch

These are the major acts of crimes committed by Pakistan during last sixty-eight years that does not only fall in the category of ethnic cleansing and genocide but also have connotations of cultural cleansing, mass raps, collective graves and homicide. Therefore, one can appropriate name it "Human Cleansing". One has to find and adopt a new term for this diversity of mass level mega crimes that also include direct and indirect ethnic cleansing, genocide, massacres and cultural cleansing.

Responsibility of the world

In this particular situation, it is responsibility of the human conscience, international community, United Nations and rights fraternity of activists in the world to urgently look at this exclusive case of mega scale crimes against humanity, which have no resemblance anywhere in the post second world war global human society.

(Shah is a stateless Sindhi refugee activist, analyst and journalist temporarily staying in India)

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About The Author
Zulfiqar Shah is a stateless activist, analyst, and researcher. Although he is a refugee, and living a life in exile, he is a born Sindhi and South Asian. Currently he lives in India.
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