PPP during its eight years of rule in Sindh has emerged as the oppressor of the lower working class. Take the examples of peasants and small farmers. The prices of almost all agriculture inputs have multiplied. In Taluka Johi of Dadu district the canal water is stolen by big landlords connected to ruling party. Finding no alternative sources of livelihood, the small farmers continue to cultivate their ever decreasing landholdings on oil run tube wells as electricity is only available for 2 hours in 24 hours duration. When the farmers brining their one year crop of wheat product in market, the nexus of big landlords, business tycoons and even party rank and file stands in the way to rob the small farmers. The food department is bound to a lot bardana or empty sacks according to the land holding to every farmer. But violating all rules of business the bardana is placed at the disposal of the bardana mafia connected to the ruling party. The government rate for each sack of wheat is Rs 3200 but the food department can only buy the wheat on government rate from those who are allotted bardana. Thus the businessmen with nexus of bardana mafia buy the wheat from small farmers at Rs 2800 per sack and sell to government at Rs 3200. Robbing the small farmer Rs 400 per sack illegally

If anybody protests against this looting and appeals to NAB or goes to court, the “torchbearers” of democracy declare the protesters enemies of democracy. The people of Sindh have been punished beyond their resilience by the PPP. Now there is no way to get redress from the party or any other institutions. The only way left for the oppressed people is to appeal to the UN Human Rights Commission.


Johi, April 13.