by: Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA
Many peace-loving Sindhis will be taking out rallies to demand rights for indigenous people and to remember victims of torture coming Saturday and (August 9). This day is the death anniversary of Nazeer Abbasi Shaheed and has been declared as the Indigenous People’s Day.
The “Hari Haqdar” organization is arranging a big rally in Hyderabad, Sindh (see details below). A group of progressive Pakistanis will be remembering Nazeer Abbasi Shaheed in Berlin Germany on the same day.
I appeal to all North American Sindhis to do the same in small or large groups so that those who gave their lives in fighting for Rights are never forgotten.
Organization of Progressive Pakistanis has Organised a Memorial Public Meeting in Berlin on Saturday 9th August at 6 PM, BUELOW STRASSE 129, Solidarity Hall to pay the Tribute to Shaheed-e- Wafa’a Nazir Abbasi Shaheed, who was killed at 9th August 1980 during the dictatorship of General Zia. All Democratic and Progressive Pakistanis are Requested to Join this Memorial Meeting.
Hari Rights Rally and Conference
On the occasion of Indigenous Peoples Day and Death Anniversary of Nazeer Abbasi Shaheed, the August 9, 2008, Sindh Hari Porhiat Council is organizing a Hari Haqdar (Peasant Rights) Rally from Nuzrat College at 11am. Rally will be follwoed by Hari Haqdar (Peasants Rights) Conference Near Press Club Hyderabad at Miran Muhammad Shah Road Hyderabad, Sindh. The key objective of the rally and Conference is to reinforce the demand for amendment in Sindh Tenancy Act. In this regard civil society groups including Sindh Hari Porhiat Council, Bhandar Hari Sangat, ActionAid Pakistan have prepared a draft for amendments after detailed consultations with peasants’ groups all over Sindh. The draft suggesting amendment have been submitted to Special Committee of Sindh Assembly last year.
Peasants movements and civil society groups are demanding amendments in accordance with recommendations from peasants groups.
Sindh hari Porhiat Council has invited concerned citizens, social and political activists, professional organizations to join with peasants according to following program; Saturday, August 9th 2008
Time for Rally: 11.00am near Tilak charhee Near Nuzrath College, Time for conference: 1.00pm near Press Club
Punhal Sariyo, President, Sindh Hari Porhiat Council, Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan
Source – Sindhi e-groups, 4 August, 2008