JSQM strike: Complete shutter-down in interior Sindh

Published: April 11, 2012

JSQM alleges Qureshi’s remains were tampered with at the government lab and call it a conspiracy. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN / EXPRESS

KARACHI: A complete shutter-down strike was witnessed in interior Sindh following the call by Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM). The strike, which was supported by other nationalist parties, was called against the government delay in the chemical examination of viscera taken from the body of JSQM leader Bashir Qureshi.

The party alleged that Qureshi’s remains were tampered with at the government lab and called it a conspiracy.

JSQM demanded that examination be held at a reputable private hospital but the government sent the remains to chemico-Bacteriological Laboratory on MA Jinnah Road, which not only lacks facilities to conduct the examination but also has no expert pathologists or bio-chemists.

Towns and cities of Sindh were at a stand-still and roads were deserted. There were reports of cracker blasts and firing in different towns and cities, and scattered traffic was seen on the National and Super highways.

Unrest and tensions were reported from sub-urban areas of Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Larkana, Dadu, Kamber Shahdadkot, Khairpur Badin and other districts where activists of JSQM and other nationalist parties staged sit ins, protested and set tyres on fire.

Unidentified men set a dumper and truck on fire near Malir and Khokharpar. Meanwhile, shutter-down was witnessed in Gulshan-e- Hadeed, Sachal Goth, Rehri, Ibhrahim Hyderi, Ghaghar Phattak, Bhains Colony, Safora and Gulistan-e-Jauhar and other areas.

Three train compartments were set on fire in Kotri by unidentified men on Tuesday night.

Education boards have postponed the exams to be held today in Hyderabad, Sukkur, larkana, Mirpurkhas and other districts.

Niaz Kalani, acting chairman of JSQM told The Express Tribune that they had called for a peaceful strike, but some people were trying to defame their party. “We believe in the non-violence philosophy of GM Syed and have nothing to do with firing and arson incidents being reported in Sindh,” he said.

On the other hand, Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Wasan told the media that the government would meet JSQM’s demand, saying, “Bashir Qureshi was my friend who worked more than us for the cause of Sindh. We will provide justice to the family and party of Bashir Qureshi.”

It may be mentioned here that the leadership of JSQM alleged that Bashir Qureshi who passed away on April 7 had been poisoned in Sakrand, Benazirabad district. They demand an impartial inquiry into the murder.

Reader Comments (28)

  • Sam
    Apr 11, 2012 - 11:55AM

    What’s even the point of this strike???

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  • nasarminallah
    Apr 11, 2012 - 12:09PM

    Incompetence and ineffectiveness of the Sindh Government is costing the nation all these losses of public and private property.

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  • Pakistani
    Apr 11, 2012 - 12:42PM

    So called Nationalist are destroying public property at their will,no law to stop them,where is government?why their is no action against such people who are harassing people and forcing them to shut down shops and calling for strike,the person who died was not a leader but supporter of BHATTA MAFIA and he killed so many innocent persons and no shame on those people who support them,,

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  • sars
    Apr 11, 2012 - 1:06PM

    All parties are always calling for peaceful strikes ad nauseum. Obviously RAW/Mossad and US agents then follow up the strike calls with arson and killing. Makes about as much sense as everything else going on in PK.
    I think there needs to be an official ban on strikes.

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  • Ayesha
    Apr 11, 2012 - 1:16PM

    Burn, burn, burn, burn our property, burn our factories, burn our shops, burn our economy, all must happen for the glorious cause of ‘autonomy’

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  • imran
    Apr 11, 2012 - 1:31PM

    JSQM itself are self obessed people. creating ‘conspiracy theory’ out of nothing.
    a bunch of retards, jobless people putting the whole sindh in danger & hunger.

    wonder we still have these sick people in pakistan.

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  • javed ansari
    Apr 11, 2012 - 1:32PM

    This strike is respect to the son of the soil. Everyone should abide by 3 days morning called by sindhis.

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  • M.AKRAM NIAZI
    Apr 11, 2012 - 1:34PM

    Imran Farooq dies in London but buses are put on fire in Karachi,Bashir Qureshi dies in his village from home prepared pisioned food but buses are put on fire in Karachi,There should be some one to protect from these gang leaders.They are nuisance when alive and are also nuisance after their death.

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  • A J Khan
    Apr 11, 2012 - 1:35PM

    JSQM want to tell us that it was divine conspiracy of the nature against the Sindhi nationalists. Even nature has become part of the establishment and the angel of death is on the pay roll of “Agencies”.
    What a farce. People are totally unoccupied and idle. They have nothing to do, so their latest casualty is the divine reality.

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  • revo
    Apr 11, 2012 - 2:11PM

    Sindh name should be changed to = Strike-istan

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  • Apr 11, 2012 - 2:26PM

    @Sam:
    today is strike of son of sindh dharti.
    and now we are confused that why morderd mr.bashir khan qureshi?
    thats reasons of strike

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  • sunni
    Apr 11, 2012 - 2:27PM

    im coming from Hyderabad normally it takes two hours to reach karachi, but i took me around 55 mints. there were a few vehilces on superhighway. I really enjoyed driving today.

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  • Sindhi
    Apr 11, 2012 - 2:59PM

    Does a peaceful strike calls attentions of rulers? I agree that movement is now in the hands of unsuitable people but it has gravity if indepence is removed from their slogan. Jeay Sindh.

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  • Justice
    Apr 11, 2012 - 4:24PM

    if govt has no problem in post mortem report, then why it is delaying it and changing its venue of testing every time. Is there any thing “FISHY” in it? Like after BB Shaheed’s death, the venue was washed quickly to wipe out evidences, is Govt repeating the same by changing labs and delaying post mortem report?

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  • true_blue_pakistani
    Apr 11, 2012 - 4:28PM

    Sindh people suffering a lot these days, hence the call for Sindhudesh.

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  • Bhittai
    Apr 11, 2012 - 4:29PM

    Sindhi Nationalist’s politics is based on non-violence. The record is straight, in famous SC hearing on law & order in Sindh. All parties were said to possess weapons and militant wings except nationalist parties of Sindh. Does SC belong to Sindhi Nationalist parties? Strike is democratic right of JSQM because Govt is responsible for hindering fair process of post mortem which creates more doubts. If injustice and violence continue against nationalist forces of Sindh, situation like Baluchistan will prevail here too. Finally, people of Sindh does NOT need any certificate of patriotism from any one. We were founders of Pakistan, we own it BUT we will challenge any one who wants to deal our nation as occupied colony.

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  • qalandar
    Apr 11, 2012 - 6:14PM

    The strike is legitimate and attention needs to be paid to the investigation. It seems clear that he was poisoned. Initial reports have confirmed this and it was reported in Dawn among other sources. Sindhi and Balochi and Pastho leaders are constantly killed and murdered by those who have it in there interest to divide and rule Pakistan. They do it in Gilgit-Baltistan and they do it in Sindh. The murderers include Sindhi landlords who collaborate in the current set-up. We will end their rule.

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  • desh-e-aum
    Apr 11, 2012 - 7:44PM

    We expect people from all other provinces to not hurt the feelings of sindhis in this hour of grief. Please join us in a shutter down strike for the next 2 days. Our beloved leader must be respected just as wr respect strikes called by mqm or anp.

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  • bukhari
    Apr 11, 2012 - 9:25PM

    today’s strike was quite peaceful. if our great leader, son of soil is martyred like that, we should have complete right to call the strike against the people who done that act. this strike is against the people who are the enemies of sindh and sindhi people.

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  • sunni
    Apr 11, 2012 - 11:28PM

    there is no interior and exterior, but change it into Sindh.

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  • Hussam Memon
    Apr 11, 2012 - 11:58PM

    Despite the fact I live in Hala near Hyderabad, Sindh. I normally access around ten to twelve times the website of this newspaper, The Express Tribune. Not me but many our likeminded friends of our circle like the paper very much. But it is difficult for us to get the copy of the newspaper in even Hyderabad city, a second largest city of Sindh. Our humble suggestion is to please float the paper at the market in other cities of Sindh including Hyderabad too. I assure the marketing team that they will get benefit of it. There are many fans of it who want to busy it.

    Hussam Memon

    Hala Old
    Sindh

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  • Salman Orangiwala
    Apr 12, 2012 - 8:06AM

    @ Qaum “every should observe two more days strike because a son of soil murdered ”
    Sons of soils with criminal records ? The Rangers arrested him three motnhs back on his involvement with land grabbing in Karachi .

    First ask the authority to investigate what was the “food” or “drink ” consumed by Mr.Qureshi that caused his death .

    Either you are with Pakistan or against it .

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  • Madiha Talpur
    Apr 12, 2012 - 8:32AM

    @ Hussam Memon

    You have correctly pinpointed. Not only Hyderabad, but it is difficult to get the paper in Karachi city as well. I have asked many time hawkers in Gulshan-e Hadeed who say there are a few copies for sell. The quality of the newspaper is good but circulation is very poor.

    I have found the paper giving importance the issues on totally merit this is the reason that most of the people from Sindh have started shifting focus on it because of its policy of giving Sindh issues importance. I believe in this modern era of social media where one can find the paper on facebook and twitter, but print edition has its own lust. So publisher and editor should think on it.

    Madiha

    AK foundation

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  • zehra
    Apr 12, 2012 - 10:02AM

    whay has he doen for us that we should protest for his death? he seemed to be quite old, couldnt he have died of natural causes? but i am prouds it was a relatvely safe strike

    actually it is time people stop expecting anything any favors becasue they are sindhi mahajir punjabi etc rather now is the time to thnik what are we donig for our country irresepctive of the ethnic background!

    stop voting for the same feudals who never fulfil any promises , stop voting simply as they are of the same ethnicity and your family has been voting for long, make informed choices! stop relying on the fuedals to rescue us, they will not do so, never, they love having us dependent on them, under them.

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  • Apr 12, 2012 - 11:54AM

    Sindh is our own land, there anyone doesn,t forbid us.we perotesting in our own land. We aren,t perotesting in other places of pakistan

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  • bukhari
    Apr 12, 2012 - 9:09PM

    @Shafagta shah:
    bibi sahiba, heads of to you. i am proud of you that you have talked like that for our beloved homeland. i do feel glad that our girls of the sindhi nation are so patriotic and having them passion and enthusiastic approach in regards of sindh. May Allah bless you.

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  • Apr 12, 2012 - 9:53PM

    Who doesn,t want to apear a real raport,what is reason?after that, strike was our basic right.i think it was a historecal peacful strike in all sindh, than why are some peoples against of sindh strike?Recommend

  • Apr 13, 2012 - 10:32AM

    Sindh is our land.if we protest there,that whom shouldn,t interfere.it is our wish, that what do we do on ourland.whom doesn,t have right that who forbid us

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