Another kind of war

Published: October 11, 2012
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Nationalist forces fiercely opposed the SPLGO, which reintroduces city governments.

Nationalist forces fiercely opposed the SPLGO, which reintroduces city governments.

Has a war involving different parties, different forces and different motives begun in Sindh? This certainly seems to be the case. Just a few days after a shooting killed six PPP activists at a rally in Khairpur, which was to have been addressed by MNA Nafeesa Shah, the homes of at least six other PPP leaders were targeted by explosive devices across the province. Pamphlets found at some of the sites attributed responsibility to the little known Sindhudesh Liberation Army, according to police officials.

Those targeted included Sindh Minister for Local Bodies Agha Siraj Durrani in Shikarpur and PPP lawmaker Imdad Ali Pitafi in Hyderabad. In other places, bomb disposal squads defused four bombs placed at the residences of Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Ahmad Khuhro and Law Minister Ayaz Soomro in Larkana, lawmakers Syed Faseeh Shah in Nawabshah and Haji Hayat Talpur in Mirpurkhas. The police claim to have made one arrest and uncovered other evidence from a closed-circuit television camera.

It seems that a battle is unfolding between Sindhi nationalists and the PPP. Unless other complexities and conspiracies are involved, which is possible, the only reason that comes to mind is the Sindh People’s Local Government Ordinance passed recently by the Sindh Assembly amidst a huge uproar. While the law was strongly backed by the MQM and agreed upon by most of the PPP, some members dissented and nationalist forces fiercely opposed the legislation, which reintroduces city governments. The war we are now seeing is, however, an extremely dangerous one. It can quickly spread through all of interior Sindh, where both the PPP and the nationalists have influence and a political presence. The idea of the two, pitched against each other, is an alarming one. This is all the more so, given that subsequent violence spread rapidly in Sindh and its settlements. A solution is needed with the PPP taking the lead in finding one.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 11th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • sabi
    Oct 11, 2012 - 1:35AM

    Deep state active to destabalise democracY!! Five years enough for civilions.Mysterious situation in Baluchistan .Karachi and now Interior Sindh with seperatist organanisations coming in limelight gives a lot of food for thoughts.

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  • Sindhi
    Oct 11, 2012 - 6:54AM

    Thank you Mr.Editor for daring to write on controversial issue. Not many people like to write which may annoy PPP-MQM. Local Govt system should address grievances and sensitiveness of whole Sindh, it should not just favor one party or community. The Bill was passed in rush within five minutes.Such hasty measures by PPP to appease MQM will not get any validity from people,Govt must have done open discussions on this important issue to get feedback from people, A feedback from civil society, different political groups, media and people as whole must have created some consensus but it seems PPP used it as bargain chip with MQM. And PPP never thought abt Sindh’s interests over its land and resources. We people of Sindh also hope that Media will also discuss this grave issue with openness and will give fair coverage to protests being carried out in various parts of Sindh against this bill.

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  • sibghat mansoor
    Oct 11, 2012 - 6:07PM

    It was suspected as the representatives of the People in Sindh Assembly ignored the will of people who voted them while passing SPLGO.

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  • mystreeman
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:09PM

    @Sindhi: You are talking as if people living in the cities of Karachi, Hyderabad and urban centers are not Sindhi and their interests are of no importance. If you believe that they are also Sindhi then LG bill does talk about people of Sindh.

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