Kandhkot: Awami Tahreek (Peoples Movement’s) national Long March started from Kandhkot on 8th October and reached at Karampur. The march is organized against ongoing unemployment, price-hike, terrorism, lawlessness and acute shortage of water in Sindh. Renown intellectual and Awami Tahreek’s chief, 80 year old cardiac patient, Mr. Rasool Bux Palijo, newly elected Central President of the party and Human Rights lawyer Ayaz Latif Palijo, General Secretary Muhammad Khan Bhurgri, Syed Alam Shah and former central president Qadir Ranto are leading the 46 days long protest long march. Thousands of brave women and men passing through the tribal no-go-areas of Kandhkot, Ghouspur and Karampur raised slogans for complete provincial autonomy, major share in NFC an implementation on 1940 resolution and against tribalism, jirga system, lawlessness, KARO KARI, SANG CHATTI, water shortage and discrimination against Sindhis in Karachi. Hundreds of workers of JSQM, Tarqi Pasand PArty, Jamait Islami and PPP Shaheed Bhutto also joined the workers of Awami Tahreek.
Addressing the crowd at Kandhkot Mr Rasool Bux Palijo said that people of Sindh are fighting for their survival. He said this is time to mobilise people for issues like Greater Thal Canal, unemployment, recovery of various taxes and water shortage. He said PPP led government is betraying the cause of Sindh and they will have to face the consequences. He demanded that Sindhis must be ensured their due share of jobs in the provincial and federal governments, semi-government & autonomous agencies including civil, military and foreign services. He criticized the present govt for continuing the ongoing work on Thal Canal and said that the people of Sindh will not accept the construction of greater Thal it was the unanimous opinion of over 45 million people of the province that the canal was an anti-Sindh project and should be shelved without any further delay.
The President of Awami Tahreek Ayaz Latif Palijo condemned the forcible taking over of the coal, oil, lands, islands and fishing areas of Sindh by the Federal and City government. Ayaz said that Awami Tahreek would not only contest the next elections but the leaders would visit various cities and towns of Sindh and inform the landless and jobless people about what’s happening with them and who is responsible for this. He said in past few months several activists of STP, SUP and JSQM have been brutally murdered, SNF chief was arrested and humiliated and JSQM chief was attacked but none of the culprits has been arrested so far, which shows the criminal negligence of the Provincial and federal Govt. He said that Awami Tahreek is not against any groups or nation but it opposes those who perpetuate atrocities on the Sindhis and other working classes of Pakistan. He lashed out at Wapda, IRSA and the establishment for withholding water supply to Sindh and opposed the construction of greater Thal canal.
The protesters will march through various cities and reach at Karachi on March 22 November where they would stage a sit-in in front of the Mazar-e-Quaid and Press Club. Today on Ghospur to Karampur roads thousands of men including hundreds of tribal women of Bijarani, Bhaya, Teghani, Jakhrani, Bapar, Malik, Noonari and Jattoi communities led by their village heads came on roads, welcomed the participants and blocked the main highway. While addressing them Ayaz Latif Palijo said when you soem times ignore the directions of your GOd and sometimes forget about the wishes of your parents then why can’t you disobey the illegal and inhuman commands ofyour sardars. He took oath of thousand of people thet if their Sardar would direct them to attack an innocent man of opponent tribe or to kill a women in the name of honor killing you will refuse to obey such orders.
Some emotional scenes were observed under the scorching sun when hundreds of peasant bagri women appeared from ghospur to join the marchers. The Sindhiani Tahreek activists chanted slogans of Namanzoor Namanzoor Jirga system, Namanzoor, Namanzoor Namanzoor Karo Kari Namanzoor, Band Karyo Band Karyo Dahshatgardi Band Karyo. Darya Khatir Jhero aaa, Panee khatir jhero aaa. The marchers would walk 20 to 28 km daily, and after holding rallies and peaceful sit-ins at Shikarpur, Sukkur, Ranipur, Kandiaro, Noshehro Feroz, Moro, Dolatpur, Qazi Ahmed, Panj Moro, Hala, Bhit Shah, Hyderabad, Tando Mohd Khan, Shah Karim Bulri, Bathoro, Sujawal, Thatto, Gharo, Bhanbhor, Landhi will ultimately reach at Karachi after 46 days and a grand peaceful protest rally will be held in front of Press Club Karachi, Sindh.