HAFEEZ SHAIKH

HYDERABAD - Sindh Taraqi Passand Party Chairman Dr Qadir Magsi has demanded the government to declare Pakistan as a country of five nations including Sindhi, Balochi, Siraiki, Pakhtun and Punjabi with different cultures and civilizations.

He said this while addressing a public meeting here on the other day. He also presided over a meeting participated by Sindh United Party Senior Vice Chairman Syed Shah Muhammad Shah, Sindh National Front Secretary General Ayub Shar.

Dr Magsi said that status of nation was not recognised in the 1973 Constitution and the dictators as well as civilian governments have amended the Constitution for their own benefits. He said that 18th Amendment has distorted the Constitution. He said that a Constitution should be approved accepted to all the nations living in the country.

Dr Magsi said that Sindhi people have the right to rule their motherland. He said that the people of Sindh wanted to see their motherland autonomous.

He said that instead of installing posters of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto on roads, her killers ought to be apprehended, so that the masses could get justice. He said that the PPP came into power after compromising on the blood of Benazir Bhutto. He said that the PPP workers sacrificed for forty years to get their rights but the party leaderships are pursing their vested interests.

He said that a political party was shedding crocodile tears in order to continue extortions in Karachi. He claimed that MQM Chief Altaf Hussain and Convener Dr Farooq Sattar were making the people fool by wearing Sindhi topi.  He said that a conspiracy is being hatched against the province by settling outsiders in Sindh.

A resolution was also tabled in the meeting which stated that independence and sovereignty of all the ‘five nations of Pakistan’ should be guaranteed, a new covenant should be signed among the nations on the basis of equal rights and the name of the country should be changed from Islamic Republic of Pakistan to ‘People` Republic of Pakistan.’

According to the STPP, amendments in the 1973 Constitution had altered its character, calling for fresh elections to a constituent assembly, so that a new constitution acceptable to all nations could be drafted. It said the right of Sindhis to rule over Sindh should be accepted and all people who had entered Sindh after 1954 be expelled from the province. The meeting said that all five languages spoken in Pakistan should be given the status of ‘national languages’ and Sindhi Hindus should be provided fool-proof security. Sindh should be given exclusive right over its natural resources, including the right to collect revenue which should be spent on Sindh, the STP said.

Other resolutions called for suspending the army operation in Balochistan and for recovering the missing Baloch youths. The Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party said only locals should be given jobs in projects related to Thar Coal. It opposed the founding of Zulfikarabad city in Thatta district, suggesting that funds meant for the project should be spent on rehabilitation of infrastructure in rain-affected areas. The STP said land given to the MQM for housing schemes in Karachi should be retrieved, community police in Karachi should be disbanded and Sindhi students be given admission in educational institutions of Karachi.

The murderers of STP workers Barad Kalamati, Hassan Magsi, Juman Gotko, Dilshad Abro, Sajjad Chandio and Imran Thaheem should be arrested, the party said.