Mohajir province: Sharjeel Memon receives threatening letter

Published: March 26, 2012

Memon tells The Express Tribune he receives same letters as Sassui Palejo had received. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: Former information minister Sharjeel Memon said on Monday that he had received a threatening letter for having supported a resolution against a separate province for Mohajirs.

Memon is currently in Dubai for some personal business.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Memon said that he received the same letter as the ones Sindh Culture Minister Sassui Palejo had received.

Memon revealed that the letter was posted at his residence in Karachi from an address in Liaquatabad. The letter had stated that the former minister might have to face consequences if he does not move of out Karachi.

He also said that the sender’s name mentioned on the letter was ‘Tipu Sultan’ and that he belonged to Mohajir Suba Liberation Army (MSLA).

Memon said that it was a part of a bigger conspiracy and that the government will expose the culprits behind this act.

He said that he is not someone who would get scared of threats.

After graffiti emerged calling for a separate province, the matter was taken up in the house of elected representatives on March 9. MPAs of the Pakistan Peoples Party, Pakistan Muslim League-Functional and the National Peoples Party signed a resolution after emotionally charged speeches against the graffiti.

Palijo had said that she had started receiving threats the next day while she was attending the Bhanbhore conference. On March 11, the PML-F’s MPA Nusrat Sehar Abbasi was the first of the signatories to the resolution to say on the floor of the house that she was being terrorised too.

According to Palijo, the letter was couriered by a shadowy group, the MSLA, from an address in Liaquatabad, Karachi.

Palijo had also requested the Sindh High Court for an investigation. She had said the Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s deputy convenor, Federal Minister Farooq Sattar, has categorically stated that the party is against a geographical division of Sindh but he should also have expressed the same stance against an administrative division.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • multi-nation theory
    Mar 26, 2012 - 3:25PM

    Quite appropriate that more provinces are given self independence, as the smaller ones are suppressed by majority punjabis. Mohajirs need seperate identity and homeland.
    Bangladesh has prospered far more after it got independent.

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  • true_blue_pakistani
    Mar 26, 2012 - 3:32PM

    Mohajir province is a MUST.
    Mohajirs paid heavy price for Pakistan. We should respect them.

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  • ishrat salim
    Mar 26, 2012 - 3:37PM

    What about call for ” Sindhu Desh ” on 23 Mar 2012…why no condemnation from any quarter ? division of Sindh province is not acceptable from any angle…period…if call for dividing Karachi is not acceptable so is ” Sindhu Desh “Recommend

  • SK - Salman
    Mar 26, 2012 - 6:33PM

    @truebluepakistani: Yes, we (mohajirs) paid a heavy price for the creation of Pakistan. But so did multitudes of others, including our Hindu brothers and sisters, who were divided from their families and had to leave their ancestral land because Pakistan came into being. Please, we need Unity, not disunity. There is no reason for a Mohajir Province. We do need more administrative regions in Pakistan for proper governance and management. But we do not need a “Mohajir” province. You cannot be a “true blue Pakistani” and talk of division and hatred and disunity. You could be a troll to sow the seeds of hatred among us, but you cannot be a compatriot to speak in such language. Contribute something meaningful that will help our oppressed nation and people, whether they be Mohajirs, Sindhis, and others. Do not contribute in hatred and division. Remember: Unity, Faith, & Discipline. That will take us to success.

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  • Sindhvoice
    Mar 26, 2012 - 6:43PM

    Our ancestors did a grave mistake by welcoming refuges to settle and prosper in Sindh in the name of patriotism and religion, today those ungrateful people are conspiring to play against the territorial integrity of Sindh. Sindh gave them every thing from bread & butter to urban life style and now this is responsibility of sane and progressive class of Urdu speaking people to denounce any evil design against Sindh and they should also understand this conspiracy of “Mohajir soba” and should not be party to crime. Instead of owning Sindh, if they play in the hands of others to work out evil designs against Sindh, they will loose their right to live in Sindh.

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  • Pak1
    Mar 26, 2012 - 7:18PM

    The day we realize that there are no more mohajirs in our country will be the day we start rising. This mohajir issue has been used by a certain political party to further its agenda of gun politics. My grand-parents were mohajirs but my parents and I have all been born and brought up in Karachi, that makes us Sindhis! Even though we might not speak the language but that still makes us Sindhi.

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  • Sindhvoice
    Mar 26, 2012 - 7:27PM

    @Pak1:
    You make me proud of you my brother. If every one thinks like you in Urdu speaking community, and owns Sindh as motherland, our hearts are open to welcome them. You are born and raised in Sindh, you are also sons of soil and that’s why no one is Mohajir, we all are Sindhi and Pakistani.

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  • Ahmad
    Mar 26, 2012 - 8:26PM

    You reap whatever you seed..
    May God protect Pakistan from hypocrite, incompetent, corrupt and unwise politician and so-called leaders..

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  • Juman Darbadar
    Mar 26, 2012 - 9:52PM

    we all are being played in the hands of others. There is no personal agenda but want to “appease” other forces. let us come and join hands in Sindh to make it prosperous land to prove that people of once a civilized valley and can do something better.

    Jeay Sindh

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  • true_blue_pakistani
    Mar 26, 2012 - 10:07PM

    @SK – Salman, smaller province is better. They plan to create Hazara and Seraiki why not Muhajir?

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  • Mar 27, 2012 - 1:07AM

    this all result of PPP “mufamat ke policy”…wake up before it to late….

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  • Faisal Saeed Khan
    Mar 27, 2012 - 1:20AM

    I am also urdu speaker but i completly AGREE WITH PAK1 .my father was born here .i born here thats make me a sindhi . I am a Sindhi and Proud Pakistani.

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  • Arijit Sharma
    Mar 27, 2012 - 4:25AM

    @truebluepakistani: ” .. @SK – Salman, smaller province is better. They plan to create Hazara and Seraiki why not Muhajir? … “

    This is ridiculous, how can you barge into somebody’s house and then demand that the host hand over keys ? Even if you help build the house, it is not yours.

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  • ishrat salim
    Mar 27, 2012 - 2:42PM

    We are born in Karachi & proud to be called Sindhi & Pakistani…period.It is a conspiracy to divide us like Pre BD, so we ought to be very careful & expose people who are exploiting this.Pakistan TODAY is going thru a very difficult times & conditions are being created for civil war / anarchy etc; bcz peole are so frustrated due to economic situation that time is ripe to exploit such scenario by vested interest but our political leadership seem immature to face & tackle this problem instead of politising it.When there eyes are going to open, only Allah swt knows best….look around…which province is peaceful ?Recommend

  • multi-nation theory
    Mar 27, 2012 - 4:37PM

    @ishrat salim:
    Economic situation is so bad, that anarchy has started with power riots. Soon country will be in dire straits. Better to have smaller nations which can independently manage their future than have the whole ship sink. Punjabis and army has dominated life and money. Mohajirs have been used and shunned from sharing the loot.

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  • Hassan Asif
    Mar 28, 2012 - 10:38AM

    Can someone tell me

    what exactly is wrong with a mohajir
    province?

    its not like we do not have provinces based on certain nationalities…or is it? e.g sindh, punjab, balochistan, khyber pakhtunkhua, gilgit baltistan….

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  • Salman Orangiwala
    Mar 28, 2012 - 12:15PM

    @ Sindhvoice , ” You fed us with bread and butter ” this is the most laughable joke of the century .On the contrary we developed Karachi and gave you the mean of a livinghood by getting employed in PIA , STEEL MILLS and ALL GOVT DEPARMTNETS , thank to your quota system .

    If you are so adamant to embrace us , FIRST DENOUNCE THE URBAN RURAL QUOTA .

    Hope you have something to say on this without eschewing the fact.

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  • Salman Orangiwala
    Mar 28, 2012 - 1:03PM

    @Hassan Asif
    “what exactly is wrong with a mohajir
    province?”

    Then who would the Western educated Waderas of interior Sindh like Sharjeel Memon , Zulfiqar Mirza , Pagaros and Syeds , rule over ???

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  • tariq ali
    Mar 28, 2012 - 3:49PM

    no body can divide sindh until single sindhi is live, so you are requested that if mohajir want to live in sea then he should ready for this otherwise we all son of soil ready for death

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