Saeen G. M. Syed, a visionary leader who pioneered the Sindhi freedom movement, remains a beacon of the Sindhi people’s struggle for national self-determination. He was repeatedly detained and imprisoned by Pakistani authorities, spending more than thirty years without trial or ever being charged. He died in custody in 1995. The Amnesty International adopted him as a Prisoner of Conscience. Mr. Syed wrote extensively on Sindhi identity, history, and political conditions in Sindh. His views continue to inspire Sindhi writers, poets, political and civic leaders, and social and religious activists. He is widely respected for his forthrightness, courage, simplicity, and insight-fulness.
by Majid Maqsood, Karachi, Sindh
Violence started in Karachi was the result of occupying “Gutter Bageecho” which is around 30 acres land. Traditionally, people of Layari have been owning it but one ethnic party wanted to occupy it, so there was Action Committee made by people of Lyari for safeguarding the land. The first victim of target killing by ethnic party was Nisar Baloch who was the Chairmain of that Committee and then his successor Nadir Baloch was also killed. “Aman committee” (Peace committe) was supported by several parties who advocate the case of Sindh. It’s so distressing to only believe that Nisar Baloch and Nadir Baloch were killed just by the land mafia. Home Minister Rehaman Malik has denied the ”Peoples Aman Committee” which is arrange by the local workers of PPP Lyari.
Since 2002, so many PPP workers have been killed? Abdullah Murad, Munwar Surwardhi and other workers of Pakistan People’s Party, indigenous social activists, workers of Baloch loyalist parties, JI, Awami National Party and vocal workers of Muslim League (N) are murdered in Karachi by an ethnic party. Home Minister Rehman Malik should answer to the people of Sindh and Pakistan, that how these workers were killed?