Million march: Jeay Sindh Tehreek gathers 3,000 people, demands a Sindhu Desh

Published: March 19, 2012
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After PTI, MQM and JUI managed to hold large-scale public rallies, JST’s first attempt to follow suit did not work quite as well as its leaders would have  liked to. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/EXPRESS

After PTI, MQM and JUI managed to hold large-scale public rallies, JST’s first attempt to follow suit did not work quite as well as its leaders would have liked to. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/EXPRESS

KARACHI: 

Jeay Sindh Tehreek’s million march failed in its first attempt to seek independence for Sindh. After large turnouts at the rallies organised by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Muttahida Qaumi Movement and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, it was the first such event arranged by a Sindhi nationalist party.

The JST leaders had claimed to gather around a million people for the march which was held to demand an independent Sindh. But hardly 3,000 to 4,000 people attended the rally which emerged from Numaish and culminated at Tibet Centre on Sunday afternoon. They were holding placards with words “Sindhu Desh” written on them.

A large number of young men with automatic weapons were seen guarding the rally. Wearing Sindhi caps and ajraks, they were deployed on rooftops of the buildings at MA Jinnah Road.

Children, wearing cultural dresses, were seen dancing and clapping to folk music in front of the march.

While addressing the rally, JST leaders announced to boycott the upcoming elections and carry out a referendum for independent Sindh instead.

“Sindh cannot prosper unless it seeks complete independence from the occupation of Punjab,” said Dr Safdar Sarki, the president of the party. He used to be the general secretary of Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz before launching the JST.

“We announce a boycott of the next general elections and are preparing the people for freedom. The entire Sindhi nation says loudly and clearly that they want freedom.” He also appealed to the international community and people all over the world to support our genuine struggle for ending the yoke of slavery.

The self-proclaimed freedom fighter continued and said that it was the day of deliverance for the oppressed Sindhis who had been braving the brutal rule of Punjab for the last 64 years. But now those days were limited.

Sarki also described the formation of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) as Punjab’s doing. According to him MQM had been created to keep Sindh from gaining independence. The MQM plays to the tunes of its master [Punjab] by using peaceful Urdu-speaking people and the Sindhis for its interests. “Today Punjab and its cronies [the MQM] are also in deep crises,” he said. “The future of Urdu-speaking does not lie with the MQM.”

He reminded the people of plight of Biharis in Bangladesh who had fought against the indigenous Bangla people and were still living in camps. “If you consider this land as your mother, we will consider you as our real brothers,” he told the Urdu-speaking people.

Dr Sarki further said that the centuries-old Sindhi language was protected under the United Nation charters but it was forced out of cities, schools, colleges and universities. He alleged that every Pakistani regime had ridiculed the Sindhi language, culture and history and treated the sons of soil as third-class citizens who had no rights at all.

He gave the example of the judiciary, civil bureaucracy and military establishment, where according to him, Sindhis were being victimised. From a peon to a prime minster and president, they were all targets of the worst kind of racism by the state. “Even the cap-wearing president was not spared.”

Sarki said that even in our own state [Sindh] the judiciary was devoid of Sindhi judges. “All the levers of power are in the hands of Punjab and all of Sindh’s resources have been placed at Islamabad’s disposal.”

He was critical of the Pakistan Peoples Party and said that its leadership and the president had power, but not authority. Hence, they couldn’t come to Sindh’s rescue.

No leader from any other nationalist party was present at the rally. Among others who addressed the people included JST’s vice president, Habib Jatoi, Zafar Ahmed Korejo and Nisar Ahmed Lakhir.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 19th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • shadi
    Mar 19, 2012 - 3:45AM

    What occupation of punjab are these guys talking about? Pakistans most powerful man Asif Ali Zardari is a Sindhi with baluchi background.

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  • wahab
    Mar 19, 2012 - 4:37AM

    a million march with 3000 people haha..nothing but a joke!

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  • PTI2013
    Mar 19, 2012 - 4:40AM

    Garbage.

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  • Zubair
    Mar 19, 2012 - 7:36AM

    he was talking about occupation of resources, jobs, military and bureaucracy by Punjab. Punjab has got a hold over all these things. Punjab says we are four brothers in Pakistan, but when it comes to sacrifice and equal rights and equal distribution of resources, Punjab turns back and forgets about brothers and muslims.
    Example of army is very clear and infront of you. How many Sindhis, Balochis and Urdu Speaking sindhis are on a General, Major General and Brigadiers in army? When it is pakistan army then why not equal share in army? why not equal share in bureaucracy? why not equal share in water?
    President is sindhi, but all the machinery & bureaucracy under him is punjabi, so he can not do any thing..

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  • Sindhi
    Mar 19, 2012 - 8:31AM

    This guy should be hanged for treason and also the bugti guy. These are all CIA and RAW Agents trying to destablise Pakistan from progressing economically and who benefits? The haters of Islam, yes the kaffir who play the divide and rule game in every muslim countries. Time ISI sent agents into India, UK and USA to break there nations apart, I am with you… The war is clear now, trying to use provinces and silly brainwashed people who can only muster about 3,000 lol and ask for Independance? Hello, Pakistan is a nation of 180 plus million strong not to mention millions and millions across the world. Can the Chief Justice send this retarded guy to the gallows????

    Pakistan Zindabaddddddddd!!!

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  • Salim
    Mar 19, 2012 - 8:48AM

    Both Balochistan and Sindh will get freedom soon.

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  • naveed khan
    Mar 19, 2012 - 8:55AM

    There has been a sindhi president for over 4 years.The sindhis have all the federal ministries enjoying all the benefits and opportunities that come with it.
    This trying to play the victim is not fooling anyone.

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  • jamshed majeed
    Mar 19, 2012 - 8:58AM

    Sindh has cut off punjab’s gas supplies for the last 4 years.the industry in punjab has been deliberately destroyed by the ruling party.CNG closure for 4 days in punjab while in karachi it is only for one day.the children in punjab had to go to schools hungry because of no gas for the kitchen.millions of labourers lost their jobs due to closure of factories when the gas and electricity supply was cut off.

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  • Osama
    Mar 19, 2012 - 11:01AM

    nonsense….

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  • Light
    Mar 19, 2012 - 11:13AM

    JST Entire Sindh = 3000 people

    hahahahha

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  • Ozymandias
    Mar 19, 2012 - 1:13PM

    The JST hasn’t been relevant for years. The best they can do is take a little bhatta and do some illegal occupation of plots and land.

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  • Naveed Peerwani
    Mar 20, 2012 - 12:49AM

    Sindhis lost a big opportunity when Bangladesh was created. Sindhis should have demanded independence when Bangalis got their. Sindhi situation is similar to East Pakistan. Sindhis wanted independence long before Balochis, but US is supporting Balochi independence. Sindhis have to fight against Punjabi and Mohajir domination. It is sad to see Karach has not Sindhi influence.

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  • sindhi
    Mar 25, 2012 - 5:21PM

    i think JSMT did the great job, Good on them JEAY SINDH.

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  • Asif
    Apr 8, 2012 - 4:39PM

    It is very sad that in Karachi city Sindhi people are a small minority in their own land. This struggle for respect of Sindhi people is the reason for the demonstration.

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  • Desh Bhagat
    Apr 15, 2012 - 7:14PM

    ha ha ha ha tribune is playing role of punjab… media is not playing real role of there. 3000 copies of tribune is hardly to sell in sindh… there were 30000 thousand people only for security in this rally. and more than 5 million people in this rally only from one city karachi… show off original pic of rally and all the reality will be shown. hardly to sell 3000 copies of newspaper and talking about freedom of sindhu desh.. you are not able to show reality b/c of you are buyed…..

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