JST demands Sindh’s independence from Punjab’s ‘occupation’

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    JST demands Sindh’s independence from Punjab’s ‘occupation’ - thenews.com.pk

    Karachi

    The president of the Jeay Sindh Tehreek (JST), Dr Safdar Sarki, has demanded an independent Sindhu Desh and appealed to the international community to support their cause for the welfare of the people of the province.

    “The Sindhi nation has been waiting for the last 64 years to secure independence since Punjab has assumed all the powers of the federation, including civil bureaucracy, military and judiciary, while all the resources of Sindh have been placed at the disposal of Islamabad.” He said this while addressing a “million march against the enslavement of Sindh” on MA Jinnah Road here on Sunday.

    “Sindhis have become an oppressed entity and their dignity is being violated, but we are freedom fighters and stand for the nationhood of Sindhi people as enshrined in Article 55 of the United Nations Charter,” he said, adding: “During all these occupation years Sindhis have been deprived of their fundamental rights to decide their fate and destiny and to utilise their resources for their welfare and prosperity.”

    Sarki said that Sindh could not prosper unless it achieved complete independence “from the occupation of Punjab”. He said Punjab had two options — either to accept the independence of Sindh and Balochistan or face its own enslavement at the hands of regional and international forces. “We have been suffering slavery and would not like to see even our enemy suffer the same fate since we are humanists and conscientious people.”

    Sarki said the time was ripe for Punjab to realise the truth by accepting “the equality and independence of Sindh” and remain a good neighbour since the Sindhis could no more be hoodwinked by the so-called National Finance Commission or the National Reconciliation Ordinance or the 18th Constitutional Amendment.

    He alleged that Punjab had created the MQM (Muttahida Qaumi Movement) in Sindh in order to suppress what he called “a wave of independence of Sindh”. “The MQM played to the tune of its masters by exploiting peaceful Urdu-speaking Sindhis for its petty power interests and by putting their future at stake.”

    He said that as like Punjab, the MQM was also in a deep crisis, and asked the Urdu-speaking Sindhis to realise that their future lay with Sindh and not with the MQM. “Do not forget the plight of Beharis in Bangladesh, who fought against indigenous Bengali people but are now passing a miserable life in refugee camps,” he said.

    “If you make Sindh your motherland, you will have all the rights as like Sindhi-speaking people and even your language and community interests will be protected,” he added. The JST leader appealed to the international community, democratic forces and freedom-loving people to support the genuine struggle of the secular and democratic Sindhi people in order to bring to an end “the yoke of slavery”. “Such a support will also help build peace and prosperity at international level,” he claimed.

    Criticising the British rule in the subcontinent, he said that Sindh badly suffered due to the one-unit policy and the same policy was later imposed by Punjab in 1955 when Sindh again suffered and became “a hostage of Lahore”.

    Sarki said that the JST had already announced a complete boycott of the next general election. He added that his party would hold peaceful rallies against such “pseudo” polls in order to prepare the masses for launching a freedom struggle for Sindh.

    “This would be our first major step towards attaining freedom and this march will be the beginning of an end to the occupation and enslavement of our motherland Sindh and our nation.”

    The address, which was scheduled for 2pm, started at around 6pm, as JST activists, mostly youngsters, took control of the security arrangements while carrying different types of weapons. Vehicular traffic was diverted to adjoining arteries of the venue in order to avert any untoward situation
     
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    Million march: Jeay Sindh Tehreek gathers 3,000 people, demands a Sindhu Desh – The Express Tribune

    KARACHI:

    Jeay Sindh Tehreek’s million march failed in its first attempt to seek independence for Sindh. After large turnouts at the rallies organised by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Muttahida Qaumi Movement and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, it was the first such event arranged by a Sindhi nationalist party.

    The JST leaders had claimed to gather around a million people for the march which was held to demand an independent Sindh. But hardly 3,000 to 4,000 people attended the rally which emerged from Numaish and culminated at Tibet Centre on Sunday afternoon. They were holding placards with words “Sindhu Desh” written on them.

    A large number of young men with automatic weapons were seen guarding the rally. Wearing Sindhi caps and ajraks, they were deployed on rooftops of the buildings at MA Jinnah Road.

    Children, wearing cultural dresses, were seen dancing and clapping to folk music in front of the march.

    While addressing the rally, JST leaders announced to boycott the upcoming elections and carry out a referendum for independent Sindh instead.

    “Sindh cannot prosper unless it seeks complete independence from the occupation of Punjab,” said Dr Safdar Sarki, the president of the party. He used to be the general secretary of Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz before launching the JST.

    “We announce a boycott of the next general elections and are preparing the people for freedom. The entire Sindhi nation says loudly and clearly that they want freedom.” He also appealed to the international community and people all over the world to support our genuine struggle for ending the yoke of slavery.

    The self-proclaimed freedom fighter continued and said that it was the day of deliverance for the oppressed Sindhis who had been braving the brutal rule of Punjab for the last 64 years. But now those days were limited.

    Sarki also described the formation of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) as Punjab’s doing. According to him MQM had been created to keep Sindh from gaining independence. The MQM plays to the tunes of its master [Punjab] by using peaceful Urdu-speaking people and the Sindhis for its interests. “Today Punjab and its cronies [the MQM] are also in deep crises,” he said. “The future of Urdu-speaking does not lie with the MQM.”

    He reminded the people of plight of Biharis in Bangladesh who had fought against the indigenous Bangla people and were still living in camps. “If you consider this land as your mother, we will consider you as our real brothers,” he told the Urdu-speaking people.

    Dr Sarki further said that the centuries-old Sindhi language was protected under the United Nation charters but it was forced out of cities, schools, colleges and universities. He alleged that every Pakistani regime had ridiculed the Sindhi language, culture and history and treated the sons of soil as third-class citizens who had no rights at all.

    He gave the example of the judiciary, civil bureaucracy and military establishment, where according to him, Sindhis were being victimised. From a peon to a prime minster and president, they were all targets of the worst kind of racism by the state. “Even the cap-wearing president was not spared.”

    Sarki said that even in our own state [Sindh] the judiciary was devoid of Sindhi judges. “All the levers of power are in the hands of Punjab and all of Sindh’s resources have been placed at Islamabad’s disposal.”

    He was critical of the Pakistan Peoples Party and said that its leadership and the president had power, but not authority. Hence, they couldn’t come to Sindh’s rescue.

    No leader from any other nationalist party was present at the rally. Among others who addressed the people included JST’s vice president, Habib Jatoi, Zafar Ahmed Korejo and Nisar Ahmed Lakhir
     

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