Pakistan: Request for independence of Sind

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Tuesday, 24 April 2012 11:01

Recently, presented a project [in] the U.S. Congress to grant supporting Baluchistan -land of the baluchíes-the right to self determination against its " forced annexation "[in] to Pakistan on 27 March 1948. That day is still remembered as Black Day throughout the entire Baloch territory, including parts of the provincial capital, Quetta.

In 1971, the former East Pakistan had already witnessed a bloody war of independence with Pakistan, which led to the creation of the country now known as Bangladesh , was truly bloody war, as hundreds of thousands were massacred [in] in this 'genocide' to destroy the Bengali freedom fighters.

However, in present times is not only Balochistan separatist aspirations, but also Sindh, under the leadership of mr. GM Syed [in], have also been fighting for independence shortly after the creation of Pakistan. From the platform of various nationalist political parties, the Sindhis request a separation of Pakistan and create Sindudesh proposed, the land of the Sindi (Indus River). Support his claim on the grounds that 1. the British invaded the independent union and 2. have a rich history and distinct, and an ancient culture that has more than 5,000 years.

The blog Citizens Voice Junction Alternative Media recounts [in] that:

By 1843, as a sovereign state, Sind had signed a treaty with the British Raj, which allowed the latter boats from crossing the river Sindhu. In return, the Raj, had to pay taxes to the government of Sindh. So the port of Karachi and Indus River served as an important route for the British army in its war in Afghanistan.

When the British left India and created separate states, India and Pakistan, Sind Pakistan joined the conditions mentioned in the Lahore Resolution of 1940, the base document for the creation of the country. However, as conditions were not met, as Sind, have the moral and legitimate option to retreat to be part of the Pakistani federation (also part of the resolution). Pakistan celebrated on March 23 of each year to commemorate the event.

Mr Syed was the first to move the resolution in favor of the newly proposed federation, Pakistan in Sindh Assembly for the first time. Ironically, pioneered the Sindhi separatist movement when he called for complete independence of Sind shortly after the creation of the proposed country.

There have been many clashes with the Pakistani state, demonstrations and rallies in favor of an independent Sind, the latest demonstration of the Sindhi separatist aspirations in a large-scale public platform itself was held on March 23 when hundreds of thousands of Sindhis of across the province gathered in Karachi and chanted slogans against Pakistan:

  • "Khappy Na, na khappy, Pakistan khappy na" (We say no to Pakistan).
  • "Sindhudesh muqaddar aa, aa rehbar Saeen GM Syed" (Sindudesh is our destiny is our leader GM Syed).
  • "Sindh ghuray aazadi thee; Tokhy dyanni pavndi, aazadi" (Sind requires independence, should be free).

AK Chishti also tweeted [in] which was heard in the Tibet Centre, Karachi:

@ AKchisti "Thumjo desh, desh Mujho, Sindhudesh, Sindhudesh" on March 23 in the heart of # Karachi.

The event, entitled the Freedom Ride [in] was really an impressive crowd (considering it was against the state and was conducted in Karachi (Sindh), the largest city in Pakistan, which has gradually become a foreign land for Sindhis after the creation of Pakistan in 1947) and was organized by Sindh Qaumi Jeay Mahaz (JSQM) [in] one of the largest Sindhi nationalist parties.

As an eyewitness of the events, I followed the live event and Blogue and Twitter. So you could see the crowd.

Freedom March by JSQM for Independence of Sindh

Freedom March for Independence of JSQM Sindh.

Zafar ( @ sindhixafar ) tweeted :

# JSQM # JeaySindh organizes # FreedomMarch [Freedom Ride] in Karachi to reject any affiliation # Sindh [Sind] with # PakistanMurdabad and # 23March [March 23] and # Sindhudesh [Sindudesh].

In another tweeted, Zafar summarized the events to start with a tweeted saying:

"Happy Pakistan Day" changed to # PakistanMurdabad , millions of people asking # Sindhudesh in manifestation of # JSQM of # FreedomMarch the # 23March .

Although representatives of many sectors of the media were present and covering live events, the news was almost blocked or not reported in most traditional electronic media in Urdu.

Participants, on his return from the march, asked their friends in Facebook if the media were covering the event. Ashique Solangi posed a direct question on Facebook :

سنڱت! ڏيو خبر ڪلھ اردو ميڊيا ڪوريج ڪئي آزادي مارچ جي يا نه?

Friends, Urdu media covered the Freedom March today or not? (Sic)

The Mr. Nisar Khokhar , veteran journalist, published a photo of the march along with the following comment (in union Romanized):

Paraan Sindhian karachi mein Big show Karre 23 March wari wayo Qaradad kayo .. khe rad per half english ain coverage Urdu mein ..... Total Blackout Karre cahdiyo Sindhyo Jaaago ..

The Sindhis have rejected the Resolution (Lahore) on March 23 (1940) ... but the Urdu and English media was blocked and no information ... Wake up, Sindhi! (Sic)

The blogger Ravez Junejo said [in] his concern that the media do not cover the march of freedom:

The conventional means of # Pakistan # Urdu are denying coverage to thousands of news # FreedomMarch of Sindhis in Karachi birth! # Shame [shame].

The demonstration was so massive that would certainly disrupt normal traffic routes of the city's main arteries underwent serious traffic jams at the time the manifestation of the Freedom March passed.

On the one hand, this massive show of rejection of the Lahore Resolution, which means clear rejection of Pakistan, was well received by those who favor independence for the Sindhis, on the other hand, frightened opponents of nationalism union and the Pakistani state. And that is why the conspiracy continued defaming the demonstration ended shortly after, and the media infiormaron the head of MQM [in], Altaf Hussain said the people affected by traffic jams were assaulted by the participants Freedom March.

However, the news did not have much importance and was soon ignored by Pakistani media as well, although Mr. Hussain almost became President of Pakistan to take note of the issue. And it was!

The Mr. Aziz Narejo , political analyst and blogger who lives in Texas, noted [in]:

According to the press union and a story in the Times, hundreds of thousands of people participated in the "March of Freedom of Association" of Jeay Sindh Qaumi Muhaz (JSQM) in Karachi today. It was certainly a major event in Pakistan, where a nationalist party met many people and called for the independence of Sind. It was a historic event. But so-called national media seem to have ignored or overlooked the leading event. Some media to have given a negative view. This should be strongly condemned.

Mr. Bashir Khan Qureshi, president of JSQM, gave the keynote address at the Freedom March and said that the whole nation was with him when unions ask for independence from Pakistan. He said the Sindh joined the federation of Pakistan based in Lahore Resolution, which requires states to join, including Sind, would be sovereign and independent.

Giving out their message to the world - Freedom

Giving his message to the world - Freedom.

Mr. Qureshi also said that the Sindh contributed with 80% of the total federal budget, including natural gas 69% and 75% of the country's oil. What you get is wrong. This was a clear message.

The Urdu and Sindhi versions of the transcript of his speech can be viewed on these links, respectively:

  1. President of JSQM, Bashir Qureshi, speech at the Freedom March of Sindudesh (Urdu version) - March 23, 2012, Karachi
  2. President of JSQM, Bashir Qureshi, speech at the march of freedom of Sindudesh (union version) - March 23, 2012, Karachi

The main points of his speech included that Pakistan had become an "icon of religious extremism and terrorism," when the Sindhis are a nation that 'peace loving' and believes in 'religious coexistence. "

Calling on the international community, presented the five-point agenda and asked for help to Sind and Baluchistan achieve independence from Pakistan, according to him, to which are fully entitled.

However, the newspapers the next day, March 24, had a good coverage of the March for Freedom of JSQM, print and online. Not to mention the strong coverage of Sindhi channels and newspapers, it is worth mentioning reports The Express Tribune , Daily Times , Pakistan Today and BBC Urdu [all English].

Written by Aamir Raz Soomro · Translated by Gabriela Garcia Calderon Orbe · View original post [en] · Comments (0)
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