Protesters at Kashmore end their sit-in

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Demonstrators, who had obstructed the Indus Highway near Dera Mor in the vicinity of Kashmore town, in protest of the recent kidnappings targeting Hindu community members and others, declared the conclusion of their sit-in late Tuesday evening.

The protest’s leaders, including representatives from the Hindu Panchayat and other prominent figures who had been spearheading the demonstration, reached an agreement following discussions with former Member of the National Assembly (MNA) Ahsan Mizari and local law enforcement officials from Kashmore-Kandhkot. In light of the assurances provided during these talks, they made the decision to suspend their historic sit-in temporarily.

The leaders articulated that they opted to halt their protest after receiving assurances that the remaining kidnapping victims, including Sagar Kumar, would be located and freed within the next 48 hours. Syed Zain Shah, President of the Sindh United Party (SUP), arrived at the protest site accompanied by party leaders and activists, demonstrating solidarity with the families of the abducted individuals. He conveyed his respect for the decisions made by the respected elders of the region, expressing optimism that all the kidnapped individuals, including the minor Priya Kumari, would be reunited with their families soon.

Reliable sources have disclosed to this reporter that the former Thari MNA and Chief of the Pakistan Hindu Council, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Wankvani, played a pivotal role in convincing the Hindu community leaders to suspend their protest temporarily. Reportedly, Mr. Wankvani met with the Inspector General of Sindh, Dr. Riffat Mukhtar Raja, in Karachi, where he expounded upon the ‘genuine concerns’ of the Hindu community across the province.

Hanif Samoon is a senior journalist based at Thar/Badin and contributes reports from different districts of Sindh to Minute Mirror. He has won a number of awards, including the Agahi Award twice for his stories on health and child rights. He tweets @HanifSamoon1 and can be reached through email at