New York: Pakistan human rights activist Gulalai Ismail, on Friday, said that thousands of people from minority communities in the country were killed in Pakistan in the name of eradicating terrorism.
Ismail had to escape Pakistan after being accused of treason by Islamabad and sought political asylum in the United States.
“Innocent Pashtuns were killed in Pakistan in the name of eradicating terrorism. Thousands of people are put behind bars in the internment centres and torture cells of the Pakistani Army,” she said during a protest against Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in New York.
On Friday morning she came out on the busy streets of New York voicing the atrocities against minorities in Pakistan. Gulalai joined the Muhajirs, Pashtuns, Balochis, Sindhis and many other minorities protesting outside the United Nations headquarters. They raised slogans such as “No more blank Cheques for Pakistan” and “Pakistan army stop meddling in politics”.
Gulalai said, “Our demand is to end the human rights violations by the Pakistani military immediately. They should release the people who are still locked up in torture cells. But we are accused of terrorism if we raise our voices against them. There’s a dictatorship in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province by the Pakistani military establishment.”