New provinces: Sindh nationalists strike against MQM bill

Published: January 28, 2012
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Businesses halted, traffic slow as nationalist parties protest against MQM's bill calling for new provinces in Sindh.

Businesses halted, traffic slow as nationalist parties protest against MQM's bill calling for new provinces in Sindh.

KARACHI: Sindh nationalists staged a strike across Sindh on Saturday in protest against Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) bill in the National Assembly for the creation of new provinces, Express News has reported.

Businesses were shut and traffic was low in many areas including Larkana, Nowshero Feroz, Dharki, Ghotki, Kashmore, Dadu, Khairpur, Jacobabad, Shikarpur, Badin, Nawabshah and Thatta.

In Hyderabad, Awami Tehreek and Sindhyani Tehreek took out a rally from Hyder Chowk to SP Chowk, during which the protesters clashed with the police, and a sit-in was also staged at Ponam Petrol Pump.

Rangers were also deployed along with the police to ensure security in the city during protests.

All shops were closed in Sukkur as well, and police and Rangers were deployed for security. While in Karachi, the situation seemed normal as businesses remained open.

Sindh nationalists expressed displeasure over MQM’s bill recently tabled in the National Assembly calling for the creation of Southern Punjab and Hazara provinces.

Jeay Sindh Tehreek chairman Dr Safdar Sarki had said: “The recent bill tabled by the MQM discloses its intention. If they (MQM) think themselves as genuine Sindhis, they should act and fight for the province where they live.”

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Reader Comments (7)

  • IFTIKHAR-UR-REHMAN
    Jan 28, 2012 - 12:44PM

    MQM ALTAF is playing a DIRTY GAME as by this bill they would be laying foundation for more provinces .Although they claim that they do not want any division of Sind but I can assure you that after some years they will demand Karachi as a separate province

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  • Waqas Rafiq
    Jan 28, 2012 - 1:16PM

    truly agreed …they will ask for separate province after some time, and I think its good for Karachi people, if we get a separate province.

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  • Jan 28, 2012 - 1:17PM

    No new province will be created by this such a lame behavior of political parties, they are just chanting slogans in assembly’s, on the roads and staging demonstrations for only political point scoring

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  • mohajir
    Jan 28, 2012 - 4:26PM

    its true that mohajirs have brought prosperity to karachi and pakistan.Recommend

  • MAHER ALI
    Jan 28, 2012 - 4:33PM

    This is the right time for AFAQ to make the most out of this issue…

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  • omarz
    Jan 28, 2012 - 7:14PM

    If its true that mohajirs have brought prosperity to karachi and pakistanits, than letts spread the mojajirs for prosperity to interior Sindh and other backword provinces to upgrade those areas?

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  • suhail soomro
    Jan 30, 2012 - 12:42AM

    if MQM is truly lover of sindh than according to constitution they have to submit resolution in provincial assembly of punjab and khyber pakhtunkhawa not in national assembly, they want to ammendment in constitution after that their is no need of 75% agreed in provincial assembly for making new province……Recommend

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