Long march not against democracy; party to participate in coming polls: Army won’t accept Kerry-Lugar: AT

Courtesy: daily Dawn, Thursday, 15 Oct, 2009

SUKKUR, Oct 14 Leaders of Awami Tehrik have said that the people and army of Pakistan would never ever accept the Kerry-Lugar Bill because it is against the interests of the country and its people.

They said that for the last 62 years rulers had ignored people and protected their vested interests, due to which people of Pakistan were now living a miserable condition.

They were addressing people who had gathered at Teer Chowk here on Wednesday to welcome the participants of the AT’s long march. AT president Ayaz Latif Palijo, vice-president Hakeem Zangejo, Mohammad Khan, Umar Samoon, Zahida Shaikh and Dr Sabiha Arshad spoke on the occasion.

The long march, aimed to highlight burning issues of Sindh started from Kandhkot on October 8 and it would culminate in Karachi on November 22.

The AT leaders said that the long march was not against the democracy, but it was aimed at to get just rights for Sindh. The AT and other pro-Sindh forces have always struggled for the just rights of the province and would continue to do so till the goal is achieved. They also announced that the AT would take active part in the next general elections.

They alleged that the rulers were acting according to the whims and wishes of their western masters, due to which the country sustained irreparable loss. So much so that they were not even effectively raising voice on the drone attacks by the USA, due to which many innocent lives were being lost every day, they added.

Hitting hard the PPP-led coalition, they said during election campaign, they raised slogans of “Roti, Kapra aur Makaan” and people voted them to power, but since their coming to power, they have done nothing to provide relief to the people. They rather over-burdened the people with crisis such as lawlessness, price hike, unemployment, shortage of wheat-flour, sugar, water, electricity, gas and others.

They regretted that Sindh was particularly experiencing lawlessness, due to tribal feuds, which are sparked by feudal lords and tribal chiefs. They said these feuds had claimed hundreds of innocent lives, while education and agriculture sectors were badly affected, but Sindh government seemed to be helpless.

They said Sindh had been subjected to atrocities since long and it was the right time to launch a joint struggle for its rights, and added that an unjust NFC award would never be accepted.

They said that only Sindhis have right over the resources of the province, and urged the federal government to hand over all the resources of Sindh to its people. They also demanded complete provincial autonomy for Sindh.

Earlier, when the participants of long march reached the railway crossing, Sukkur, a large number of political workers and people accorded them a warm welcome and showered them with rose petals.After a successful public meeting at Teer Chowk, the participants of the march left for Khairpur.

AT chief Rasool Bux Palijo was not present in the march, because he was admitted to a Shikarpur hospital on Tuesday due to breathing problem.

Source – http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/long-march-not-against-democracy-party-to-participate-in-coming-polls-army-wont-accept-kerrylugar-at-509

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