Karachi, The political, religious, nationalists and civil society leaders at the All Parties Conference on Solidarity of Sindh held on Tuesday rejected the demands for separate Muhajir Province , and unanimously viewed that any attempt to divide Sindh would disintegrate Pakistan.
Pir Sahib Pagara Pir Sibghatullah Shah Rashdi also rejected division of Sindh in a message conveyed to the APC saying United Sindh means United Pakistan. Pir Sahib s message was conveyed by Mrs. Mahtab Akbar Rashdi, who represented him at the conference.
Addressing the APC, PML-N, Sindh president Syed Ghaus Ali Shah said, This conference is a clear message to the elements behind demand of separate province that Sindh had historically been a unit and would remain so. It cannot be divided.
He said his party chief Mian Nawaz Sharif had categorically stated on January 02, 2012 that PML-N would never support bifurcating Sindh, as integrity of Pakistan depends on integrity of Sindh. The division of Sindh would amount to disintegrating the country.
Syed Ghaus Ali Shah said his party has always responded positively to the calls of nationalist organization in their struggle for the rights of Sindh and would continue to support them.
He said his party had much earlier apprehended that demands for separate province in Sindh would be made.
ANP Senator Shahi Syed also rejected the elements demanding division of Sindh saying Sindh is our motherland and we are grateful to it for accommodating us. He declared that his party would fight against those conspiring for division of Sindh.
According to him the extremism was the biggest problem of Pakistan, and reiterated his suggestion of conducting even-handed operation in Karachi.
Syed Jalal Mahmood Shah, president, Sindh United Party, and the host of APC, feared that the demand for division of Sindh and creating unnatural Muhajir Province would trigger the violence in the province. He lamented that certain quarters were talking of disintegrating Sindh that accommodated hundreds of millions of people from other lands.
Mrs. Mahtab Akbar Rashdi, who represented PML-F and Pir Sahib Pagara, said they had apprehended such move when the national assembly passed a resolution for creation more provinces in the country. Although the resolution by ruling party and its coalition partners meant to develop pressure on opposition party, but Sindh was to face its consequences.
Mrs. Rashdi said those claiming to be Muhajir as per Sunnah, must recall that after migration to Madina, the Prophet or his followers didn t demand division of Madina to have separate province for them.
Yousuf Masti Khan of Pakistan Workers Party called for launching united movement for implementing the 1940 Resolution of Pakistan. He said people of Sindh and their parties should concentrate on Karachi, which is integral part of Sindh. He held Sindhi nationalists responsible for encouraging MQM just to get rid of Punjabis and Pakhtoons.
Former provincial minister Haji Shafi Jamote also rejected division of Sindh and called for launching joint struggle.
Provincial chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Nadir Akmal Laghari said division of Sindh would not be tolerated at any cost and added that Sindh had been deprived of its resources and all the parties should jointly struggle for it.
He said division of Sindh would harm the integration of Pakistan. He held PPP responsible for this situation saying why it remained silent spectator when the wall chalking and billboards were erected in Karachi and Hyderabad.
He also talked of tampered electoral lists, Lyari operation and demanded de-weaponization of Karachi.
Former law minister and HRCP leader Syed Iqbal Haider advocate warned the Urdu speaking people of a conspiracy that could result mass migration like that of 1947 and said MQM has destroyed the Urdu speaking population as it was their biggest enemy. MQM and Muhajir Rabta Council are two sides of same coin, and the Urdu speaking people should beware of it.
He said it was MQM that raised slogan in the past that Sindh main nahe ab guzara, aadha tumhara, aadha hamara (We no longer can live in Sindh, half of it is yours and the other half is ours).
Iqbal Haider questioned why not a single stone was pelted on the rally demanding Muhajir Province, and the bullets were sprayed on those who took out pro-Sindh rally.
Sardar Taj Muhammad Domki of PPP-SB in his speech alleged that 6000 terrorists of MQM were working in US organization Black Water. He said Muhajir word should not be used anymore and declared Sindhis know how to defend their motherland.
PPP MNA Syed Zafar Ali Shah described the demands for separate Muhajir province a part of conspiracy to push the country towards state of emergency. He said the Constitution does not allow creation of new provinces.
Dr. Qadir Magsi, chairman, Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party, declared that people of Sindh were against the division of their motherland be it on administrative basis, linguistic or economic basis. If any attempt is made, the 50 million Sindhis would fight against till last drop of their blood and teach a befitting lessen to the enemies.
Dr. Qadir Magsi, Barrister Zameer Ghumro and some others were of the view that creation of new provinces would mean end of existing federation of four provinces and formation of new federation in that case the Sindh and other provinces would be free to decide if they would be part of new federation or not.
Dr. Abdul Malik of Balochistan s National Party opposing the division of Sindh contended that Sindhis were faced with threat of demographic and geographic changes. He alleged that Islamabad wanted to grab Gwadar making it federal territory.
Murtazsa Jatoi of National Peoples Party Sindhis had also migrated to India in 1947 but they did not demand any separate province there for them. He warned that Sindh would turn to be Beirut and the country would disintegrate if Sindh was divided.
Dr. Khalid Mahmood Soomro of JUI announced tough resistance to those demanding division of Sindh and alleged that PPP was behind this situation.
Qadir Ranto of Awami Tehreek called for imposing ban on MQM and re-opening ten thousand cases against its leaders that were closed under so-called National Reconciliation Ordinance.
Karamat Ali of PILER, Maqbool Awan of Pakistan Sunni Tehreek, Azhar Jatoi of Hari Tehreek, Advocate Mujeeb Peerzada, Maulana Asadullah Bhutto of Jamaat-e-Islami, Malik Ayub of Punjabi Pakhtoon IttehadRiaz Chandio of Jeay Sindh Mahaz, Dr. Niaz Kalani, acting chairman of Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz, Abdul Qadir Advocate of PMl (Like-minded group of Arbab Rahim), renowned intellectual Muhammad Ibrahim Joyo and others addressed the conference. Most of the speakers questioned why the judiciary of Pakistan didn t take notice of killings of Sindhis and other atrocities.
Syed Shah Muhammad Shah, Salim Zia, Usman Baloch and a large number of other political and nationalist workers and civil society leaders attended the conference.
The APC participants offered condolence for those martyred in attack on pro-Sindh rally of May 22.
The conference also passed a 14-point declaration that alleged that May 22 attack on the rally was orchestrated by ruling PPP-MQM coalition and demanded compensation to the heirs of the victims. It further demanded freezing the accounts of MQM inside and outside the country declaring it a terrorist organization. Moreover, all those should be arrested involved in wall chalking and billboards about division of Sindh.
The other points related to Lyari operation, Balochistan issue, local government system, illegally inducted hundreds of officers by the federal government, rights over natural resources etc.