Report by Zulfiqar Halepoto, Secretary SDF
After the general elections of January 2008 there was a glimmer of hope in the hearts of the people of Sindh that despite the great tragedy and pain of the loss of Muhtarma Benazir Bhutto, things would now start getting better and that the long and dark night of general Musharraf and his urban collaborators’ rule was finally over. People of Sindh voted for Pakistan Peoples’ party to ensure and protect their right to rule.
But the increasing failure of institutional delivery and governance, the appalling conditions of education, health and other basic services, the terrible situation of law and order, the unending outrages of electricity and the crippling poverty and collapse of rural economy, point to the other direction.
If to all this the total absences of the writ of the government, and the drift and directionless of the province is added, a serious question arises: After all Who Rules Sindh?
The uncontrolled influx of migration from outside the province creating a dangerous demographic imbalance, shadowy moves of selling precious lands and islands and the ever increasing hold on the resources of the province to other than Sindh government’s control, gives a very serious twist to the question of Who Rules Sindh? and what is going to be its future.
Sensing the urgency of the question, Sindh Democratic Forum (SDF) invites you to attend a civil society dialogue on Who Rules Sindh? on Friday, February 13th, 2008 at 3.00 pm at Ambassador 1, Hotel
Leading researchers, development experts and technocrats will present their papers on Governance, National Finance Commission, Natural Resources, Political Economy of Demography and Population Influx etc.
(for invitation please contact following numbers and people)
Abrar Kazi, Convener
Zulfiqar Halepoto, Secretary
Res: ++ 92 223 866 978, Office: ++ 92 222 7878 80-1
Cell: ++ 92 0302 3926753 Fax: ++ 92 222 783 751
1/A, Main Autobahn, Res: ++ ++ 92 223 867 545
Latifabad # 03, Hyderabad (71000) Cell: ++ 92 300 8377241