By Z Ali
HYDERABAD: He’s a criminal lawyer by profession and the brains behind the Awami Tehreek – he also turned 82 on Wednesday. Rasool Bux Palijo celebrated his birthday by cutting the cake with 20,000 people …
…. He asked the nationalists to get the people of Sindh together to fight for Balochistan. “If you [the Sindhis] don’t then it will be your turn next,” he said.
According to the AT’s president Ayaz Latif Palijo, the country needs a new social contract. “The centre should only control foreign policy, defence and the central bank,” he said. “Sindh contributes 69 per cent of oil and 73 per cent of gas to the country’s net production which should be under the province’s control.” He added that the Pakistan Peoples Party was playing with the sentiments of the Sindhi people. “We don’t want a graveyard for the martyred,” he said. “We want our rights. We want a new Pakistan and a new Sindh.” ….
In his concluding speech Palijo Sr. sounded more like a teacher giving his students a lecture. He asked the people to stay alert and keep an eye on their leaders because they had become merciless and shameless.
To read complete report : The Express Tribune, February 23rd, 2012