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Tribute to Maharaja Dahir on his martyrdom anniversary


Jeay Sindh Freedom Movement organized 40 events in Sindh and abroad to pay rich tribute and respects to the last indigenous King of Sindhudesh, Maharaja Dahir, on the anniversary of his martyrdom. This is the first time that a nationalist movement of Sindh has organized so many events in remembrance of Maharaja Dahir in Sindh. 

The Pakistani establishment and radical Islamist groups are against celebrating ir shedding light on the original factual history of Sindh and they blacken the memory of Raja Dahir because he was a Hindu monarch. In Occupied Sindh, taking the name of Raja Dahir is a blasphemy, because the Pakistani military and their puppet Islamist radical organisations are afraid of real history and fear a rise in self-awareness among the sons of the soil of Sindh. They reckon that if people connect to their original roots, their fake Islamic ideology and identity will be compromised, and Islam as a colonial ideology will be in danger in Pakistan. 

The main event was organized in Washington DC by JSFM founder and chief organizer Zafar Sahito in which Sindhi , Baloch, Pashtun, Bangladeshi and from Gilgit-Baltistani political representatives joined the program to show solidarity with the historical Sindhi nation and their hero Maharaja Dahir, who fought bravely with Arab invaders in 712 CE. He was martyred by enemies in a battle which was continued for 18 days, after which the Arabs conquered Sindh and Marched to toward Hind. This was the 18th such attempt by the Arabs.

Baloch National Movement (BNM) America chapter leader Nabi Bakhsh Baloch said that like any occupying and exploitative power, Pakistan’s Punjabi Islamist establishment attempts to blacken the history and reputation of the peoples whose land, wealth, bodies and minds it exploits for its own purposes. Just like the Baloch are referred to as savage robbers in Pakistani school history testbooks and no Baloch historical heroes are mentioned, similarly Sindhi heroes like Raja Dahir are mentioned only in concocted stories of injustice and ignorance.

Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) USA chapter Pir Zubair Shah said that there is an increasing recognition in world capitals that Pakistan is the most dangerous terrorist country because an entire oppressed population is being brainwashed after erasing their ancestral memory and making them pawns in a the bloody business of exporting religious terrorism.

Representative from Bangladesh Council for Minority Hindus, Buddhists and Christians, Mrs. Priya Saha said that Bangladesh’s history gives an indication that even when a populatuon is able to partially regain its self-awareness and throw off a religious-colonial yoke, so much progress is possible.

Gilgit-Baltistan representative Senge Sering said that rven 63 years after independence, schools in Gilgit-Baltistan use Punjab school board history textbooks. An entire generation has grown up not knowing anything about their own history, the causes of their present state, and bo clear idea of what they even want in the future. He emphasized that from Tibet, where the Sindhu River begins, to Sindh, where it enters the ocean, the traditions and destiny of the various peoples that inhabit both its banks are intertwined with a celebration and gratitude of water resources. 

A JSFM central organizing body’s online conference was also were held to discuss the event and successful programs and gatherings held across Sindh. 

Lastly, Mr. Zafar Sahito said that fundamentalist Pakistani intelligence agencies with the support of radical Islamist groups want to keep the native people away from their history and they are continuously destroying Sindh’s historical syncretic identity and image. They want to change and convert the Sindhi nation to their own image - of a fundamentalist and radical Islamist mindset. By organizing events like this for the Remembrance Day of Maharaja Dahir, it serves as an initiative to connect to one’s roots, culture and the great history of the Indus Valley civilization. “The days are not far when we will break these chains of slavery from Pakistan and we will reach to our destiny of a sovereign Sindhudesh, a secular, progressive and democratic country in which religion will be not be a part of government and state affairs.”


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