Early Years of SANA – A Tale of Achievements and some Disappointments
This article was written on the occasion of 25th anniversary of Sindhi Association of North America (SANA)
By: Khalid Hashmani, USA
About the author: Khalid Hashmani is a Washington DC-based veteran human rights activist. He is the founding President of Sindhi Association of North America (SANA) and Chief coordinator of Sindhi Excellence Team (SET) that participates in advocacy activities on behalf of rural Sindhis.
Desperation and Urge to Organize
It was early 1984, when the clouds of cruelty and discrimination in the form of General Zia’s regime overpowered Sindh and its people. The news of killing of scores innocent villagers demanding restoration of democracy and political rights had become unbearable for few Sindhis, who then lived in the vast continent of North America. Often they shared their pain and sorrows and mourned the inability of Sindhis back home to secure their rights.
Labour Party Pakistan (LPP) Lahore held a demonstration to demand a separate Saraiki province today on 30 June at Shimla Pehari Lahore. It demanded an end of exploitation of Saraiki Waseeb by the ruling class of Pakistan mainly led by Punjabi and Urdu speaking capitalists. LPP activists chanted slogans against the injustice carried out in Saraiki areas. It demanded an equal distribution of national resources among all the nationalities. LPP had already taken a decision to organize an independent Saraiki Waseeb LPP province chapter.
The following is the latest’s article by Naseer Memon on the water shortage in Sindh. Here is a summary of article in English.
Written by: Naseer Memon, Hyderabad, Sindh
Translation by: Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA
Courtesy: Sindhi Daily Kawish, July 01, 2009
Sindh is receiving only 40% of its due share from the Indus river. On one hand Sindh is suffering immense loss in the agriculture sector and yet the act of filling Tarbela dam proceeds at the full speed. WAPDA, as the custodian of river waters is playing and arbitrarily decides which province gets how much share.