By: Suraiya Makhdoom, UK
… Cooperation between Balouchs and Sindhis – there can’t be 2 opinions as to whether Sindhis should support the just cause of Baloch struggle: we should and we are. Sindhis as a nation and a people have a time honoured tradition of supporting all the just causes. As far as Balouchistan is concerned, Sindhis have been with their Balouch brothers and sisters on every step of the way. Sindhi nation supported Balouchs during the 1970’s military operation and many suffered jails and other tortures.
During the current military operation too, Sindhis both in Sindh and abroad are playing their historic role of supporting Balouch. Almost all the nationalist parties, organisations, think tank and individuals have take out demos, issued statements and written articles, etc., both in Sindhi and English.
Overseas Sindhis too would always been with their Balouch brothers and sister in the struggle, writing and forwarding articles and news on net groups and so on.
However, we don’t see that much response from our Balouch brothers/sisters both in Balochistan and abroad. Baloch leadership does support Sindh cause and have been with their Sindh counterparts. But we can hardly see Sindhi issues mentioned on various Baloch websites. Even Saeen Ahmar Masti Khan, who is a contributor to this debate has hardly given space or written about Sindh issues on his website/blogs, whose links he sent with his arguments.
I realize they got too much at hand. But then so do we. Baloch leaders are martyred and so are Sindhis. In the most recent times, police and rangers have killed 4 activists on the IDPs issue and just 2 days ago they’ve martyred a leader of JSQM, Mushtaq Khaskhely. Has Saeen Ahmer Masti Khan or others taken notice of this issue? Needless to remind our Balouch comrades that Sindhi people have mourned and protested against Baloch killings almost as much as Balochs have.
It’s due to the above that some Sindhis then question the whole issue of Sindhi-Baloch co-operation. This doesn’t and will not deter the popular Sindhi sentiment and practical support for the Balochs, because for us it’s a just cause.
My request to our Balouch brothers and sister is that they should come forward and do more. Let Saeen Ahmer start by at least putting the news (he should actually write about the same) of recent Sindhi martyrs on his website and forward the same to others. Baloch leaders and activists too both in Balochistan and abroad should mention Sindh issues in their speeches and presentations. They too should own the Sindh struggle and Sindh issues just as we own Baloch struggle and issues.
The salvation of oppressed people lies in unity and working together, not in personal attaches or unnecessary arguments.
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