Schools for education not for business!

The historic educational institution of Sindh rented by the Rangers

Nur Muhammad hostel rented out
by Qazi Bashir Ahmed, Hala, Sindh
The writer can be reached at
As if occupying school buildings on the pretext of non availability of accommodation was not enough that now the Rangers have begun doing business by even renting out these buildings to private parties as reported in national dailies.

Noor Muhammad High School ‘ is one of the historic educational institutions of Sindh which was established with the sole efforts of a great educationist Mr. Noor Muhammad, who by profession was an Advocate.

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Book Review- Karachi: Marvi of Sindh

Today I have come across a wonderful book on Karachi’s history entitled “Karachi: Marvi of Sindh”, it contains valuable articles, maps and photographs about Karachi. Book is in Sindhi written by an indigenous Sindhi writer Gul Hassan Kalmati, who is a resident of Gadap Town, Karachi’s oldest area. The Book tells the story of Karachi, its expansion and development (or De-development), historic roots of its residences, The book is a great below to those who consider Karachi the city of immigrants from India. This is one of the authentic source on modern history of the city. Though the book focuses on post-British and post independence period of history but it does through light on Arab-era history. Some of the pertinent issues discussed in historical context are:

1. History and roots of Karachi
2. Roots of Sindhi community in City
3. Administrative structures
4. Demarcation of districts, towns and municipal committees
5. Local Government system from President, Mayor to Nazim
6. Historic Census reports 1941-onwards
7. Bio-graphical sketches of city famous people
8. Historical existence of local Sindhi/Baloch communities and their villages
9. Migration to city
The 636 pages long book tells story of Karachi by an indeginious resident.
Idea of sharing this information with you all is that some time we look for information, let this be in your notice that we do have one reliable source on Karachi.
See attached photographs, scanned from the book.
To buy the book
Contact: Gul Hassan Kalmati


Report by Zulfiqar Halepoto,
..The leading NGO SAP-Pakistan has started a Long March with the support of almost all political parties, civil society organizations and especially those of peasant organizations and movements. March will pay tribute to Shah Inayat Shaheed.
March began from the grave of HARI leader Haider Bux Jatoi (Hyderabad) and will end at the gate of Sindh Assembly building. A proposed draft to introduce amendments to the Sindh Tenancy Act will be handedover to speaker of Sindh Assembly, Mr. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro on Feb 28th, 2009.

Mother Tongue day

Report by Zulfiqar Halepoto,

Sindhi Adabi Sangat is organizing a conference on “Mother tongue Day” on February 21st, 2009 at Mumtaz Mirza Auditorium, Opposite PMA Hostel Karachi @ 4 pm sharp. Prominent linguists and writers will share their papers.
History of Mother tongue DayBangladesh was governed by Pakistan from 1947 to 1971. As a consequence, Urdu was the only recognized language. Bangla, the language of the Bengalis, was forbidden. During a protest demonstration by students in Dhaka on 21 February 1952, the Pakistani police killed four people. Since then, Rafiq, Barkat, Jabbar, and Selam have become ‘Martyrs of the Mother Tongue’, and the Bengalis celebrate ‘Language Martyrs Day’ on 21 February.

Kashmiri Americans Urge President Obama to Include Kashmir in Holbrooke’s Agenda

Washington, February 16, 2009. Prominent Kashmiri-American leaders and South Asian experts asked the Obama Administration at a seminar Sunday to put the Kashmir dispute resolution on the agenda of its special envoy Richard Holbrooke.
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