KARACHI - The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has chalking out its strategy about the division of Sindh on administrative grounds while the city walls witnessed the momentum for ‘Muhajir Soba’, The Nation has learnt.   

According to details, the MQM’s position on the division of Sindh remained standstill, though the momentum was slowed down in Muharramul Haram as the part y had announced to continue its struggle for a separate province after Muharram. Despite of the suspension, wall-chalking and graffiti remained continued across the province and various sort of new slogans were painted on the walls across the city.    

MQM Coordination Committee member Ameenul Haq while talking to The Nation told that they are busy reorganising the party structure. Recently, the committee has announced new body of the APMSO the student wing of the party, he added.

Terming party campaign for the formation of the new administrative units in the country a key issue, Ameen further added that the MQM Coordination Committee London and Pakistan are in discussion over the matter, and within a few days, the policy regarding launching of the movement would be announced.

Apparently MQM Chief Altaf Hussain has cleared that the party doesn’t want to divide Sindh rather than seeking administrative division for the prosperity of Sindh and Pakistan and it could be named as North Sindh, South Sindh, East Sindh and West Sindh, said Ameen.  It is worth mentioning here that the earlier during the protest demonstration against PPP leader Khursheed Shah`s statement, MQM Deputy Convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui announced to embark on a campaign for formation of 20 new administrative units in the country after the month of Muharram.

Interestingly, Muhajir Soba or the division of Sindh remains in the limelight for discussion as the whole city walls were coloured with chalking demoing the separate province.

The movement of Sindh-1 and Sindh-2 has been boosted up in the city following the distance between the two main political coalition partners in the provincial government. The differences between the PPP and MQM have been going worse day by day, flaring up the momentum of province division.  Unknown operatives seeking the separate province for urban population coloured the walls demanding separate province.

The graffiti visible across the city including Muhajir province, province or death, Sindh 1, OR Sindh 2, and other slogans were commonly visible across the city.

Unknown men were added the word "2" on the board of Sindh Bank Branch located in Federal B Area. It is worth mentioning, the issue is widely discussed in social media and an extreme criticism has been continuing from both sides while number of maps portraying the division of province.

It is believed that the issue would be more harmful for stability of the province and it could ignite ethnic tussle within the province. Furthermore, the issue ahead of the separate province has been flared up again and again particularly since last few years but the MQM remains declined to pamper the groups like Muhajir Soba Tehrik because of the political ties with the PPP. But now the MQM distanced itself with the PPP and started struggle for the separate province or new administrative units across the country.

The slogans of PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari against the division of Sindh getting close to the people of Karachi with the MQM proposal of Sindh 1 and Sindh 2.    

A senior leader of the MQM wished to be anonymous revealed that it was the primary objective of the party from day one but the party remained silent because of the fear of ethnic violence. It would be difficult for the Urdu-speaking residing in interior Sindh to survive in the areas dominated by rival ethnic group. He pointed out that the struggle for the province would put the hundreds of lives and property of the Urdu-speaking in danger. He expected a massive internal migration within the province if the issue would change into the violent struggle.  

On the other side, the Sindhi-speaking people inhabitants of the urban areas of the province also feel insecure. In a survey conducted The Nation revealed that mostly Sindhi speaking population in urban Sindh is living in the cities because of their government jobs. They feared that the violence on ethnic grounds would also create problems for the people doing jobs in government sectors.

It is worth mentioning here that majority of the Sindhi-speaking people are residing in some specific areas of the city. A police officer wished to be anonymous told The Nation that the ethnic riots in 1986 claimed scores of lives while massive number of people had migrated from both sides. He added that the circumstance has changed and violence in current situation would rather lethal than the previous riots.