A gathering of Sindhi nationalists and progressive intellectuals organised by JSQM demanded the revival of the sovereign status of Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunwa and Punjab.
The gathering was held at the Karachi Press Club to commemorate the 108th birthday of founder Saeen GM Syed on Tuesday.
They passed a resolution demanding the right of Sindh to decide its future. They also want Sindh to have control over its own resources.
While demanding an immediate ban on the further settlement of non-Sindhis, the resolution urged that all people coming to Sindh looking for jobs should abide by universally recognised laws and principles. Such people would be provided with basic human rights but would not be entitled to vote or own property.
The resolution also envisaged a demand to devolve the federal government’s role in granting citizenship, thus giving Sindh the right to determine who can and who cannot be made a citizen of the Sindhi nation. While demanding an end to military operations in Balochistan, it urged that a special commission be put together to investigate the case of missing persons.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 18th, 2012.