Jan 22, 2007

Sindh: Thousands Protest ‘Anti-Sindh’ Policies

Peaceful protest in Pakistan calls for more rights for the Sindh, including government recognition of the Sindhi language.

Below is an article published by The News International:

Thousands of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) activists and students of different religious organisations here on Sunday staged a protest rally and marched through the streets of the city against the government’s “anti-Sindh” policies and changes in the Hudood laws.

The protest rally started from the Hatri bypass and, after marching through the city streets, ended outside the Hyderabad press club. Protest leaders delivered speeches there.

They chanted slogans against the government and its policies which they described as “anti-Islam” and “anti-Sindh”.

JUI provincial general secretary and Senator Khalid Mahmood Soomro led the protest rally and delivered a speech.

He demanded of the rulers to shun their “anti-Islam” and “anti-Sindh” stance.

The rally demanded that the Sindhi language be declared a national language and announced that the sale of twin islands of Sindh to a foreign company would be challenged at all forums and province-wide agitation would be launched against the island deal.

It also rejected the water projects on the Indus river, including the Kalabagh dam, and added that Sindh’s right on the Indus water should be accepted.

The rally also asked the government to withdraw changes in the Hudood laws, and termed the changes an attempt to play with Shariat.

The rally also urged the authorities to declare Pakistan “United States of Pakistan” resolution with complete provincial autonomy under the 1940.

It called for ending the demolition of Sindhi villages and also called upon the quarters concerned to release the missing and disappeared persons.

JUI leaders Taj Mohammad Nahion, Gul Mohammed Inqilabi, Abdul Qayyum Halejvi, Razzak Abid Lakho, Qari Kamran and others participated in the rally and also delivered speeches.

Surprisingly, no leader or activist from other component parties of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal attended the rally.

After holding talks with police and the city administration, the protesters agreed to disperse peacefully.