Who will live in new coastal city of Sindh? Why must rural Sindh suffer?
[Translator’s note – The recent article by Naseer Memon, pulished in Sindhi daily Kawish provides a comprehensive account of the rural-urban disparity and how this disparity can be narrowed. Reproduced below is an English translations of this article along with minor additional notes added for the sake of clarity.]
by: Naseer Memon, Translation by: Khalid Hashmani, McLean
The disparity of economic conditions between rural areas and few urban centers in Sindh continues to grow further as the present government remains oblivious to the problems of rural areas. In this backdrop, many questions are being raised in Sindh about the recent announcement by President Asif Zardari that a new city called Zulfiqarabad will be build between near Karachi. The noted social scientist and development specialist, SaeeN Naseer Memon has written a timely comprehensive article with convincing arguments that the government should put emphasis on improving existing decaying small cities and towns of Sindh instead of wasting resources on building a new city. The key take aways from this comprehensive article based on astonishing facts and figures are as follows: