by: Khalid Hashmani, USA
An apologist, fearful, and hapless PPP
1. PPP appears to be unsure about its future. Their actions reflect uncertainties and the actions of its leaders tend to focus on short term personal gains rather than securing strategic and long-term gains for their constituents as opposed to MQM that is constantly striving to please its community. PPP spends more time in apologizing to other parties (PML-N or MQM) instead of thinking about how to make their rule more effective to serve their constituencies and Pakistan.
2. The appointment of Qaim Ali Shah as the Chief Minister of Sindh signifies the lack of resolve on the part of PPP to secure win-win compromises with opponents. Although, Mr. Shah is a very decent person, what is needed is a stronger, talented negotiator, visionary and effective leader to be in the position of Chief Ministership in Sindh.
3. The lack of Sindhi leadership at the federal level was also noted in the context of Pakistan National Highway that crosses most provinces. Although the responsibility for maintaining the National Highway is with the same federal agency, when one travels from Karachi to Islamabad, the contrast between the condition of the same National Highway in Sindh and Punjab is shocking. As a traveler crosses “Obaro” into Punjab from Sindh, the National High is a slick, well-maintained with industries and factories on both sides of the Highway. It displays a great showcase of the progress that Punjab has achieved in the last few years. In contrast, the portion of the National Highway in Sindh largely is bumpy and sparsely maintained showing ghoopriyoon and katchi huts along the way depicting poverty and deprivation.
4. Where as the parties that win elections in India enjoy real power, the winning parties who form the government in Pakistan do not enjoy such powers. They have limited say and constrained power to be able to bring about any tangible changes that will enable all provinces of Pakistan to achieve similar prosperity.
Deterioration of Sindhi Rights
1. The PPP is taking Sindhis as granted and their decisions reflect the premise that PPP is under misunderstanding that it will never loose their Sindhi constituency.
2. The conditions in small towns of Sindh are much worse than in large cities. Very few towns and small cities in Sindh have drinking water or other essential health and education infrastructure capabilities. The municipal system in Sindh’s small cities and towns has almost broken down. All funding, no matter how meager, is largely consumed by corruption and superficial projects.
3. The lack of quality government educational facilities outside of Karachi and Hyderabad as created a large educational gap. This gap is quickly being filled by private institutions funded largely by non-Sindhi resources that intentionally or unintentionally are not interested in the preservation of Sindhi language and culture. Each of the 22 districts of Sindh has such privately funded high school. These schools are a source of good education, however, they only focus on so-called mainstream Pakistani culture. These schools generally ignore the teaching of Sindhi language or Sindh’s history and even flout laws that require mandatory teaching of Sindhi language to all students in Sindh. The graduates from such schools in coming generations would be oblivious of their roots and language. An overwhelming of teachers in such schools are non-Sindhi speaking and have very little knowledge about Sindhi language and culture. They have no interest in protecting Sindhi culture or language. It was noted that Sindhis are disappointed that Sindhi intellectuals, journalists, educationalists, writers, and poets, who have traditionally served as a watchdog for the preservation and protection of Sindhi heritage, culture, and language have become less vocal. There is no protest or campaign asking that such schools must teach Sindhi language to all students and have courses on Sindhi culture and heritage. Some of these schools are even receiving praise and propaganda from some Sindhi organizations.
Jan 31, 2009