HYDERABAD: Sindhi nationalist leader Dr Qadir Magsi, while expressing support for Operation Raddul Fassad, demanded a guarantee that political compromises should not be allowed to hinder the operation.
"We had also supported operation Zarb-e-Azb … but political comprises do surface in these operations," said Magsi.
He was addressing his Sindh Taraqi Pasand party's 26th annual 'Motherland Day' public meeting in Hyderabad on Friday. Magsi also stressed that the operation should be kept apolitical to achieve results.
The STP chairperson registered his grievances about the Karachi operation, asserting that politicians who were directly involved in the bloodshed over the last three decades were not punished according to the law. "Mustafa Kamal [Pak Sarzameen Party's chairperson] and Farooq Sattar [Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan's leader] should also be brought to justice."
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He asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the establishment what formula they have applied, under which the old political faces of the MQM are separated from Altaf Hussain and allowed to continue their politics.
Magsi suggested the government should evolve a syllabus for seminaries to ensure that students are not taught fanaticism, sectarianism and extremism. "If Rangers can be deployed in the universities then why not at the seminaries of Maulana Samiul Haq and Maulana Fazlur Rehman?" he questioned.
He reiterated the accusation that Pakistan Peoples Party has plundered Sindh in its last nine years in the government and blamed Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz for connivance. "Nawaz Sharif has handed over Sindh to a mafia."
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The STP leader also conveyed reservations against the population census, alleging that the way the exercise has been planned reeks of a conspiracy to reduce the native people of Sindh into a minority. "The people of Sindh need to wisely participate in the process,” he stressed. “From a newborn to an elderly person, all have to get themselves counted." He emphasised that all the Sindhis should write their nationality as Sindhi in the census form.
Veteran politician Rasool Bux Palijo, who heads Awami Tehreek Party, bemoaned that even in this modern age, Pakistan has been handed over to feudal lords. "We also need to understand conspiracies of the global powers."
Baloch nationalist leader Abdul Hayee Baloch said people of Sindh are suffering because they are not politically united and organised for their rights. He demanded repatriation of Afghan refugees before embarking on the census, which is scheduled to start from March 15.