Awami Jamhoori Council (AJC) held Latif Day (Jashan-e-Latif)

JAMI CHANDIO To speak on “POLITICAL CHALLENGES TO SINDH” Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 6:30 pm Venue: Central Office Awami Jamhoori Council (AJC) Blue Sky Tower, Auto Bhan Road, Near Fish Point, Giddu Chaok, Latif Abad. Lecture is in series of weekly interactive sessions for political education of political activists and common citizens, initiated by Awami Jamhoori Council.

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Awami Jamhoori Council (AJC) held Latif Day (Jashan-e-Latif) in Maqsood Rind town, a small city between Shahdadpur and Shahpur Chakar.

Pleasant evening of Saturday was marked with huge gathering of political activists and common men and women in Maqsood Rind town, which started at 8 pm and ended at 2:00 am, went on for uninterrupted 6 hours.

Abrar Kazi, President AJC presided the event, writer Jami Chandio was the chief guest, TV Anchor and writer Javed Kazi, Sindh Hari Committee President Azhar Jatoi, AJC Vice President Hussain Bux Narejo, Wishno Mal, Dada Suleman Dahri, Noor Nabi Rahojo, Wishno Mal, Adi Nazir Qureshi, Dr. Abdul Rehman Rind (our local host) Khadim Talpur, Wafa Sindhi and Ali Sher Wassan (local hosts) also spoke on the occasion. Two young girls and Bahadur Rind conducted the program.

Speakers spoke about times and poetry of Shah Latif, relevance of his thought and beauty of his poetry. Political issues also came under discussion; several speakers raised the need for developing a middle class led party which could be alternative to feudal political power in Sindh.

Poetess Shabnam Chandio announced to join AJC

Latif Cultural Group presented tables.

Abdul Qadir Dahri, who is a reporter for KTN News, recorded whole program told me that he would put it on his personal website also. Sindhi and Urdu print and electronic media covered the event.

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About AJC

Background Infoe: Awami Jamhoori Council (AJC) was launched in Karachi, on January 10, 2010, as political initiative by working class people. Iqbal Tareen, barrister Zamir Ghumro and Taj Baloch and Naseer Memon were among the few Sindhi writers and intellectuals who has attended session and welcomed its formation. Renowned technocrat Abrar Kazi is its President.

Other top activists include:

Noor Nabi Rahojo, Wishno Mal, Hussain Bux Narejo, Dr. Sarmard Qadri, Mazhar Ujjan, Hareef Chandio, Karam Wasan

Khadim Talpur, Qasim Mirjat Advocate, Karachi, Shamim Iqbal Soomro, Advocate, Karachi, Ahmad Mushtaque, Adi Nazir Qureshi, Bhao Buriro, Manzoor Chajhro, Ali Sher Wasan, Sanghar, Faiz Odejho, Badin Naeem Talpur, Advocate Mumtaz Jarwar, Advocate Gous Jatoi, Dadu Mohd Ali Palh, Sanghar

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About Mr. Jami Chandio

Mr. Jami Chandio is renowned writer, scholar, and activist. He is executive director of the Center for Peace and Civil Society (CPCS), a think tank based in Pakistan’s Sindh province. He edits CPCS’ quarterly journal Freedom and oversees policy dialogues and research programs that target civil society, especially young writers, journalists and academia. One of Pakistan’s most celebrated writers and scholars, Mr. Chandio is the former editor in-charge of Ibrat, Pakistan’s largest Sindhi-language daily newspaper, a former anchor on Sindh TV and KTN, and former chair of the Liberal Forum of Pakistan. The only two-time winner of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society Award (in 2000 and 2001), he has authored more than a dozen books in Sindhi, Urdu, and English on literature, politics and Sindh.

He has worked with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Pakistan as a political expert since 2004. He was awarded Reagan Fascell Democracy Fellowship in fall 2008 by International Forum for Democratic Studies, Washington DC andduring his fellowship; Mr. Chandio conducted research on the ‘Crisis of Federalism and Prospects for Provincial Autonomy in Pakistan’ and wrote a book on the subject.

He represented South Asia as a political expert in an international CALD-ALDE conference in European Parliament-Brussels in 2004. He is alumni of various regional and international policy think tanks like ‘Regional Center for Strategic Studies-Colombo’ (RCSS), ‘Wilton Park-UK’, and ‘International Academy for Leadership-Germany’ (IAF) ‘United States Institute of Peace’ (USIP) Washington DC and ‘International forum for Democratic Studies’, ‘National Endowment for Democracy’ (NED). He is member of ‘Network of Democracy Research Institutes’ (NDRI), world’s largest network of democracy research institutes. His fields of interests include Politics, Pure Literature and Philosophy.

Courtesy: Sindhi e-lists/ e-groups, May 21, 2010

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