Awami Tehreek President Ayaz Latif Palijo declared war on the enemies of Sindh while addressing the “Love Sindh” rally in Thatta on Sunday.
“This war is not against a particular person, language or culture,” Palijo declared. “But it is against the terrorists who are the agents of world powers and want to divide Sindh so they can breakup Pakistan as well. Sindhi, Urdu-speaking, Punjabi, Pakhtun and other communities who live in Sindh are all Sindhis and our brothers and sisters.”
Thousands of people participated in the rally which marched a distance of over two kilometres before ending in Thatta. More than 200 policemen provided security to the Love Sindh rally.
Sindhi nationalist parties have been mobilising the Sindhi people to express their outrage over the demand for a Mohajir province in Sindh. Palijo warned that any conspiracy to tamper with the geographical boundaries of the province will result in bloodshed and Sindhis will be ready to fight for several generations without giving up.
He also criticised the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party for compromising the interests of Sindh. While talking about the Zulfikarabad project, Palijo said that it was a plan to reduce Sindhis to a minority and cut off the province from the coastal areas.
The Awami Tehreek is organising a series of Love Sindh rallies which will culminate with a large public gathering on July 15 in Karachi.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 11th, 2012.