What Sindh will lose this time

CCI meets today with heavy agenda

ISLAMABAD: The Council of Common Interests (CCI), the top decision-making body of the federation, is meeting today (Sunday) to resolve inter-provincial disputes regarding water-sharing, tax on services and the approval of Bhasha Dam to meet World Bank’s conditions for financing, official sources said on Saturday.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani will chair the CCI meeting, which will take up an eight-point agenda.

Being members of the CCI, all four chief ministers and the special representatives from the four provinces – Naveed Qamar (Sindh), Yousaf Raza Gilani (Punjab), Humayun Aziz Kurd (Balochistan) and Arbab Alamgir (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) – will attend the meeting.

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Hate crime

Hindus in Sindh attacked after boy drinks from mosque cooler

by Ahmed Makhdoom

Allow me to make a correction here. Sindhi Hundus and Christians are not ‘minorities!’ They are the indigenous inhabitants and natives of Indus civilisation, know as the Moenjodaro Civilisation, which we proudly call as our motherland, Sindh! Many Sindhis did not leave at the time of partition, they preferred to live and die in Sindh!

Religion – is something personal and it is not for to use against others – therefore attacking an innocent boy on drinking water is a hate crime!

And, let us remind the world that Sindhis – irrespective of their caste, creed and religion, they are against all kinds of hate crime.

One Sindh – Two Perspectives

Washington Sindhi Sham with Jami Chandio and Sardar Shah

by Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA

Once again, Sindhis of Washington DC were fortunate to spend a delicious evening with two visitors of Sindh. The gracious host of the evening was  Iqbal Tareen and the two the visitors included a well-known writer and political thinker Jamie Chandio and inspiring poet Sardar Shah. The popularity of the event could be gauged by the fact several people came to meet Jami and Sardar in spite of the fact that Tuesday (July 13) was not only a week day but the rain and lightening made driving conditions rather harsh. One could see that Jamie had made many friends in Washington DC since last year he lived here for several months doing research and analysis sponsored by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

One Sindh and Two Perspectives

As usual the Sindhi katchahery (heart-to-heart chit-chat) moved from one topic to another. The optimism of Jami that Sindhis were gaining ground in every city and town surprised many. He stated that the use of Sindhi language and pride in Sindhi culture was on upswing. He said even though the present government has yet to deliver on its promises to Sindhis, the discriminatory policies of Musharraf had ended. This was rather a surprise to some including me as our observations were that there was a immense shortage of Sindhi-medium schools in large cities of Sindh such as Karachi, Hyderabad, and even in Larkano. The fast take over by private school systems such Citizen Foundation of education has made Urdu and English as primary medium-of-instruction in large cities and towns of Sindh while leaving the Sindhi language on backbenches. Another topic of discussion centered on contributions and political mistakes of G. M. Syed and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. The contribution of G. M. Syed through his writings primarily through his books had played a major role in the awakening of Sindhis to realize that they were a distinct nation were lauded at the gathering. His political mistakes, particularly the warmth he showed to the dictator General Zia ul Haq and formation of MQM was criticized. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was remembered as some one who inspired and awakened common Sindhi and Pakistani men and women to become conscious of their potential. But, then he was also criticized for not accepting Awami League’s majority in elections that ultimately led to the separation of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).

He made us feel poverty and sorrows of Sindhis

However, the epic poem by Sardar Shah that he wrote about the simplicities and complexities of Sindh after some one had asked him where he had come from became the highlight of the evening. Sardar literally took us through the valleys, hills, and deserts of Sindh; he introduced us to poets, writers, farmers, waderas, students and small shopkeepers of the home-land; he made us walk through rain, sunshine, floods, droughts, and disappearing mangroves of Indus delta; he made us feel the poverty, sorrows and exploitation of Sindhis; and finally took us to the journey of determination, inspiration, and hopes of his people.

Indeed, it was an evening of Sindhiat that kept me awake long after we left the katchahery and said good by to our Sindhi visitors.

Courtesy: Sindhi e-lists/ e-groups, July 18, 2010.

This is what Sindh claims to be secular, and being the land of Sufis!!

“Minorities have assurances and guarantees of their rights and the safety and security of their lives and properties in Pakistan. Also Sindh claims to be generally secular, being the land of Shah Latif and other Sufis. See what is happening in Karachi, the capital of Sindh” : Via –  Aziz Narejo

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Police raid HEC chairman’s home

HYDERABAD: (July 17, 2010) – A large contingent of Sindh Police raided HEC Chairman Javed Leghari’s home and broke its doors in Goth Bakhshoo Leghari on Friday. The police also raided his servants’ homes, arrested eight of them, and shifted them to an unknown place. According to reports received here, the police with many vehicles entered Goth Bakhshoo Leghari, which is the native village of the HEC chairman, in the jurisdiction of the Paban Police Station. When the family and servants refused to open the doors, the police broke them and entered the houses. They tortured children and women and arrested eight servants. Tariq Leghari, a brother of the HEC chairman, when contacted confirmed the report. However, the Tando Jam police showed their ignorance about the incident.

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