March 26, 2012

Hundreds of thousands attend JSQM ‘Freedom March’

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By Asghar Azad

KARACHI: Hundreds of thousands of leaders, activists and supporters of
the Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) brought out the ‘Freedom March’ from
Numaish Chowrangi to Tibet Centre here on Friday, denouncing the
Pakistan Resolution of 1940 and chanting slogans in favour of ‘Sindhu

Dozens of processions arrived late Friday night outsidethe residence
of JSQM Chairman Bashir Khan Qureshi in Gulshan-e-Hadeed, Karachi.

Welcome camps were set up in various areas of the city to guide
processions and participants coming from other parts of Sindh. The
camps were set up at Tool Plaza, Supper Highway, Kathore Bridge, Sasui
Tool Palza, Razaq Abad, Bhens Colony, Malir Halt, Natha Khan, Drigh
Road, Karsaaz, Hassan Square, Nipa Chowrangi, Sohrab Goth, Safoora
Chowrangi, Johar Chowarngi and Nursery.

The main rally was taken out from Gulshan-e-Hadeed, which was led by
party leaders Qureshi, Asif Baladi, Sagar Hanif Burrdi and Dr Niaz
Kalani. It arrived at Numaish Chowrangi and joined the ‘Freedom

The people were spread from Peoples’ Secretariat Chowrangi to Tibet
Centre on both sides of MA Jinnah Road peacefully. It was second
consecutive year that the party organised the ‘Freedom March’.

Hundreds of processions were taken out from different cities and towns
of Sindh including Larkana, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Shikarpur, Jacobabad,
Mirpurkhas, Thatta, Badin, Tando Mohammad Khan, Tando Allahyar,
Tharparker, Mithi, Jhudo, Sanghar, Khairpur, KN Shah, Dadu, Faizganj,
Kumb, Naushehro Feroze, Moro, Kandiaro, Gambat, Ranipur, Shahdadkot,
Thari Mirwah, Qamber, Shaheed Benazirabad, Daour, Umerkot, Qazi Ahmad,
Hala, Saeed Abad, Mehar, Pir Jo Goth, Karoondi, Padedan, Bhirya Road,
Moro and Sakrand.

Strict security arrangements were made for the march as all the
entrances and exist points were closed with buses, water tankers and
other barriers from Guro Mander toTibet Centre on MA Jinnah Road.
Hundreds of policemen, including Rangers and other law enforcement
personnel performed security duty.

Addressing the participants, Qureshi said that Sindh had voluntarily
merged itself into the country under 1940’s Pakistan Resolution but
now its people were disowning it as the resolution had failed to
protect rights and autonomy of the province during last 65 years. “We
Sindhis now disown the Pakistan Resolution, say it good bye and demand
independence of Sindh according to historical status”, he said.

The Sindhi nationalist leader announced that his party accepted Urdu
speaking population in Sindh during the partition and considered them
part of Sindh, adding, the Urdu speaking population would have to take
steps for Sindh and its people sincerely and would prove their
attachment with Sindh.

“We Sindhis made remarkable progress for establishing harmonized
socioeconomic system linked with agriculture and overcome numerous
obstacles in their way to prosperity with the passage of time”,
Qureshi said.

The JSQM chief further said that the Pakistan Resolution was tabled in
Sindh Assembly on March 23, 1940 that stated that a separate state
would be establish in Muslim majority areas. He said their leader GM
Syed had demanded Pakistan while tabling that resolution in the Sindh

Qureshi said, “The establishment and rulers, especially Punjab who
ruled the country from the day first have never complied with the
resolution.” He said a pocket of Muslim League leaders had devised a
conspiracy at a meeting of All India Muslim League’s working session
just before one year of establishment of Pakistan and entitled it
‘Pakistan will be a religious nation state that was totally against
the Pakistan Resolution of 1940’. By this act the resolution broke
before its completion.”

Qureshi said that Jeay Sindh Movement founder GM Syed had warned the
international community at the Vienna convocation in 1952 about
threats of religious extremism in this region, as saying that creating
a state on the basis of religion would promote religious extremism and
harm global peace.

Qureshi pointed out that Sindh was once the land of religious harmony,
where Hindus and Muslims lived like brothers. He said that Sindh’s
land was fertile owing to the Indus River and it was a junction of
international trade, that was why foreign invaders attacked it several
times, adding that Sindhis never had the psyche of invading anyone
because of their rich social and cultural status, however, the Sindhis
had boldly resisted the invaders.

Qureshi asked the Urdu speaking community to come forward and demand
the rights of Sindh. We want to make clear to Urdu speaking people
that we Sindhis are considering them as brethren and part of Sindhi

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