KARACHI: On Sunday, the Qaumi Awami Tehreek (QAT) organized a rally outside the Karachi Press Club against the drive by the federal government to control the Sindh Islands, the creation of the Karachi Coordination Committee, the excavation of granite in Thar, and other ‘anti-Sindh’ ventures GDA.
The Bedari (awakening) march began in Kashmore and culminated on Sunday in the capital GDA. Several political and religious groups and members of civil society organizations also attended the conference.
The participants, including a large number of women, held engraved banners with slogans against the attempt by the federal government to control the islands of Sindh and its other actions.
Speaking to the demonstrators, Ayaz Latif Palijo, QAT leader and general secretary of the Grand Democratic Alliance, asked the GDA to dissociate itself from the Centre’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf-led administration.
‘PM Imran Khan spreading hatred in Sindh’
He said it was unlawful and unconstitutional for the federal government to decide to create the Pakistan Islands Development Authority (PIDA) through an ordinance.
“The settlement of their islands and the extraction of granite from the Karoonjhar [Nagarparkar] hills were refused by the people of Sindh,” he said.
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“He said:” The Sindh division will be Pakistan’s division. A conspiracy to split Sindh should therefore be shunned.’
He believed that the islands of Sindh and Balochistan were being eyed by global powers and new authorities were being formed, which would be resisted.
The GDA chief indicated that the PTI should not be part of a plot to invade Sindh and split the province’s resources.
He requested the GDA to request Prime Minister Imran Khan’s ‘explanation’ on the above topics.
“If the PTI were not to distinguish itself from these conspiracies, then the GDA would have to bring an end to its alliance with them,” Mr. Palijo suggested.
He suspected Imran Khan of having “spread hate in Sindh.”
He said the rights of the residents of Karachi were the provision of electricity and potable water, but added that the people in the province had been forced back as they were deprived not just of drinking water but also of other basic facilities.
“The Sindh government, headed by the PPP, is selling the province ‘s land at low rates and this act has become detrimental to the people,” said the head of QAT. “Our brothers are Urdu-speaking citizens and I welcome them to join our fight for Sindh rights.”
Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl chief Allama Nasir Mehmood assured the audience that his party would oppose the plot against Sindh’s resources and the province’s division.
He said that the JUI-F was against the attempt by the center to monitor the islands.
Also speaking were Karamat Ali of the Pakistan Institute of Labour Science and Education (Piler), the leaders of Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz, Awami Jamhoori Party, Sindh United Party, Sindh Taraqqi-pasand Party, Sindhiani Tehreek, and others.