Voicing concerns: Sindhi activists ask British govt to take action against Altaf

Published: January 7, 2014
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Representatives of the Sindh Writers and Thinkers Forum presented a memorandum of complaint to the British High Commission officials against the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain. PHOTO: ONLINE

Representatives of the Sindh Writers and Thinkers Forum presented a memorandum of complaint to the British High Commission officials against the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain. PHOTO: ONLINE

KARACHI: Scores of Sindhi writers, poets, journalists and civil society activists staged a protest at the British High Commission, handing over a memorandum of compliant against the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain, asking the British government to ask Hussain to avoid provocative and seditious speech in Pakistan.

The rally, which started from Do Talwar, was not allowed to proceed towards the High Commission by law enforcers due to security reasons. After negotiations between the police and the participants, the rally was stopped at a distance from the commission and four representatives of the Sindhi Writers and Thinkers Forum were allowed to meet British officials.

Two officials of the British Commission met Dr Akash Ansari, Prof. Mushtaq Mirani, Jami Chandio and Dastaghir Bhatti at the office gate where they complained that Hussain was trying to incite ethnic violence in Sindh.

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“The Commission officials assured us that the complaint would be sent to the British government today,” said Chandio. “Altaf Hussain is a British national and he has no right to interfere in Pakistan’s political affairs,” he added. Chandio said that he had registered a protest before the officials that the Sindhi people would consider the British government complicit with Hussain if action was not taken against him.

Dr Ansari said that there was unrest across Sindh after the recent statement by Hussain, saying that a foreigner had no right to interfere in Pakistani politics.

Hundreds of police officials were deployed in the vicinity. The rally participants were asked again and again not to move further and it was also learnt that police were given instructions to use tear gas if they moved towards the Commission.

Participants carried placards bearing the words, ‘Stop conspiracy against Sindh’, ‘Division of Sindh not acceptable’, Pakistan is if Sindh is’, and a large banner of ‘UK government should take notice against Altaf Hussain for making proactive and seditious speech against Sindh’ and raised slogans against Hussain and his recent statement.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 7th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • SyedPk
    Jan 7, 2014 - 3:33AM

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  • mir mehran
    Jan 7, 2014 - 3:58PM

    well done your efforts are appreciated .

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  • Sarah
    Jan 11, 2014 - 8:33PM

    In the same way that no one else will approve of their historic soil being divided and destroyed into pieces, nor will Sindhis. People have the guts to threaten Sindhis because of their welcoming nature, and their tolerance and peacemaking ever since others started moving in, but do they have the guts say this to someone else (I.e. Any other ethnicity)? I always heard that we live in a world where kindness is little appreciated and acknowledged, instead taken advantage of, and this whole threatening is evident of that.

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