KARACHI - The leaders and workers of nationalist and federal parties under the banner of Save Sindh Committee observed token hunger strike against the recently-passed Sindh Peoples Local Government Act 2012 on Tuesday.

A camp was set up outside the Karachi Press Club, where a large number of workers led by leaders of the opposition political parties observed hunger strike in protest against the Local Government Law.

Convener of Sindh Save Committee and chief of Sindh United Party (SUP) Syed Jalal Shah, Ghulam Shah and Sehar Rizvi, Sindh Tarqi Passand Party’s (STTP) Haider Shahani and Gulzar Soomro, Jeay Sindh Tehreek’s chief Dr Safdar Sarki, Awami Tehreek’s central general secretary Anwar Soomro, President of Awami Jamhori Party Abrar Kazi, Sindhiani Tehreek’s Zahida Shaikh, PML-N leaders Saleem Zia and Sorath Thebo, PML-F’s MPA Mrs. Nusrat Sehar Abbasi, Sindh National Movement’s Ali Hassan Chandio, JSQM’s Elahi Bux Bikak and representatives of other parties participated in the protest demonstration.  

The workers carrying their party flags were chanting slogans against the PPP government and anti-local government law.

Later, talking to media persons, SUP chief Jalal Mehmood Shah announced that long march would be started against the new after Muharram.

He said that the ongoing struggle against the law would continue till the law was repealed. The new system was more harmful than the ‘One Unit’, which was resisted by Sindh people, Shah.

Jalal Shah vowed to continue the struggle against the new local government law till the last drop of blood. He said Sindh people had made the province a ‘no-go area’ for those who had betrayed Sindh by imposing the system that was aimed at dividing Sindh. He alleged that the government was taking anti-Sindh decisions to appease its ally.

Nationalist leader held responsible to the government and its allies for the lawlessness and killings of innocent peoples in Karachi as criminals were released on parole, who involved in the bloodshed in the city.

Meanwhile, the Awareness and Prevention Wing of National Accountability Bureau Sindh held a function for a declamation contest for college students at a local hotel on Tuesday.

The topic for the contest was “How to prevent corruption in the society”. The purpose of the contest was to create abhorrence against corruption among the public in general and students in particular.

It was also to gauge the perception of students regarding corruption and NAB Sindh anti corruption efforts. Students belonged to 14 different colleges/schools of Karachi.

Director General NAB Sindh Wajid Ali Khan was the Chief Guest. Judges included Muhammad Akmal Waseem, Hidayatullah Executive Vice President First Women Bank and member National Commission on the status of women and Dr Niaz Abbassi acting director Awareness and Prevention Wing (A&P) of NAB Sindh.

Winner of the first prize of the declamation contest was Alizeh Abbass from Lyceum School who received Rs30,000 cash prize. Second prize went to Zunaira Saleem from DHA College Karachi who received a cash prize of Rs20,000 and the third prize went to Shiza Adnan from Agha Khan Higher Secondary School who received a cash prize of Rs.10,000.

Director General NAB Sindh said that National Accountability Bureau Sindh will continue to hold functions for the anti-corruption drive which culminates on the 9th of December which is declared the International Anti-Corruption Day by the UNO.