SUKKUR: Thousands of people participated in the Mohabat-e-Sindh rally in Larkana on Friday evening to express their support for the unity of the province.
The president of the Awami Tehreek, Ayaz Latif Palijo, led the rally which started from Shaikh Zayed Morr. It progressed through Rice Canal Road, Lahori Muhalla, Qaim Shah Bukhari Road, Bunder Road and Pakistan Chowk before coming to a halt at Jinnah Bagh Chowk. People chanted slogans in favour of Sindh and lashed out at the people who were conspiring against it.
“Government officials want to know who gave permission to the Awami Tehreek to organise a rally on May 22, but I want to know who is allowing all the demonstrations in favour of a Mohajir Suba,” said Palijo while addressing the rally at Jinnah Bagh Chowk. “They are even marching towards the red zone without any difficulties.” He also responded to the statements made by Interior Minister Rehman Malik that the Awami Tehreek had not sought permission for its Karachi rally. “Rehman Malik is a liar. I wrote to the deputy commissioner and the SSP South to seek permission.” He added that “instead of ordering a probe into the killing of men and women, Malik is busy trying to find out who torched cars and motorcycles.”
Palijo said that while the president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, has visited Sindh and said that his party will not allow the division of the province, the leaders of the Pakistan Peoples Party have been sitting idly in Karachi. He also had a message for the President. “Zardari sahib, the 60 million people of Sindh will never allow it to be divided.
He blamed the Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) for the carnage that occurred in Karachi on May 22 and said that the party was disrupting peace in the city. He also criticised the chief minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, saying that “though he is a son of Sindh, he is not capable of holding this office.” Palijo went as far as saying that instead of providing security to the Awami Tehreek rally in Karachi on Tuesday, the had police facilitated the attacks .
Strict security measures were adopted throughout Larkana, especially along the route of the rally. More than 800 policemen and Rangers were deployed in front of and behind the procession. A heavy contingent of law enforcers was also patrolling the main roads of the city. The police asked the shopkeepers whose stores were situated on the route of the rally to keep them closed.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 26th, 2012.