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سندھی ایسوسی ایشن آف نارتھ امریکہ دے سالانہ کنونشن رپورٹ

وچار ڈیسک
July 7th, 2008

SANA Convention Report

 

 "Authoritarian rule and military dictatorships was the core reasons for various critical political and socio-economic crisis faced today by my motherland Pakistan and only constitutionalism and rule of law can get us out of the entire crisis and could lead us to be a democratic society where justice could prevail for all."

 

 This was said by former acting chief justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan Rana Bhagwan Das as key note speaker of the convention, 'Constitutionalism and Rule of Law in Pakistan" during 24th annual convention of Sindhi Association of Association of North America (SANA) held on July 3-6, 2007 in Dallas, Texas, US.

 

Rana Bhagwan Das warmly welcomed by more than 1000 Sindhi participants came from different parts of United States, Canada, London, Dubai, Malaysia, Pakistan and India as he appeared first time. He further said that "I wonder why people gave me so much respect due to my role in the restoration of judges, I simply and humbly done my duty for which I got salary from national exchequer gathered from the taxes collected from poor people of Pakistan.

 

Central Information Secretary of MPL (N) and former federal minister for education Ahsan Iqbal said that "our coalition partners shall take quick decision on the issues of impeachment of Pervez Musharraf and restoration of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chuadery because now Musharraf is again emerging as powerful, which is very dangerous for the country and the nation. He said that he believed that his country had a potential to grow and people of Pakistan had a great opportunity to transform the society and bring back the nation to the right path through restoration of constitutionalism in Pakistan. . Replying to a question, Ahsan Iqbal stated that when PML-N is back in power, will support that all four provincial languages, Sindhi, Punjabi, Pushto and Balochi be recognized as national languages of Pakistan.

 

Imran Laghari representing Pakistan Peoples party said that Pakistan is a multi ethnic and multi national country, so only democratic process can ensure the protection of the rights of all nations, ethnic and religious minorities, and women and so on and so forth. Shaheed Benazir Bhutto was the only leader of Pakistan who had the vision to move Pakistan towards a sustainable democratic entity. She lost her life to protect democracy in Pakistan and now under the leadership of Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari the entire nation is united to fulfill the dreams of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. To receive the said objectives a reasonable time shall be given to present PPP government.

 

Jeay Sindh Quomi Mahaz (JSQM) Secretary General Dr Safdar Sarki said that certain demographic changes are expected in South Asia and Pakistan will be the prime location of that change so Sindhis shall standup for the protection of their motherland, which remained an independent and sovereign land since centuries. He said that independent Punjab , Sindh, Balochistan and Pakhtoonkhaw is the only solution of the problem, the country is facing today.

 

Zulfiqar Halepoto (Secretary Sindh Democratic Forum) said that democracy has lot of problems but with its restoration the first benefit to the nation and especially to the people of Sindh was that there rule of majority was legitimized and now a government voted my the sons and daughters of the soil is in power. He further said that previous regime has done a collateral damage to the country and especially to Sindh as MQM and Musharraf were the conspirators and party to all anti-Sindh activities. Sindh has voted in favor of PPP and now they have given certain time to PPP to make the house in order.  

 

 In his presidential address SANA president Aziz Narejo said that Sindhis are one on the issue of restoration of judges and there is a misconception that they are now divided because of PPP in power. He asked the jam-packed house to show there hands in the favor or against the restoration. The audience unanimously approved the resolution of restoration of the judges with immediate effect. Though the conference was dedicated to Benazir Bhutto for her great sacrifices but the audience was raising slogans against PPP-MQM alliance and was calling MQM "butcher party". Majority of Sindhi Diaspora was angry on PPP stand on judges' issue.

 

In the conference, books written by Zulfiqar Halepoto, Ali Nawaz Memon, Ishtiaq Ansari and Punjabi translations of Sindhi stories, written by Amaar Jaleel  and Naseem Kharal and published by Wichaar publication were also launched.

 

Prominent scholars and writers Syed Mazhar Jameel, Dr Manzoor Aijaz, Ghazal Rafiq, Ishtiaq Ansari, Nusrat Lashari, Sikander balouch and others also speak on different occasions.

 

 

 

 

RESOLUTIONS

 

24th. Annual Convention

Sindhi Association of North America ( SANA )

July 03-06, 2008, Dallas , TX

 

 

Sindhi Association of North America (SANA) adopted following resolutions in its general body session during its 24th Annual Convention, held in Dallas , Texas , July 03 - July 06, 2008.

 

Benazir Bhutto Shaheed:

 

Sindhi Association of North America is deeply grieved at the tragic assassination of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, a prominent leader of Pakistan . It is a great loss to the country and the people and the void does not seem to be filled in near future.

 

SANA strongly demands that the present government of Pakistan initiate an independent and fair enquiry into the assassination of the great leader and unearth the forces behind it and apprehend the people who committed the terrible crime to bring them to justice.

 

SANA also supports the demand for UN probe into Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto's assassination.

 

Restoration of Judiciary:

 

Sindhis in North America understand that a lot of valuable time and energies of the elected government that should have otherwise been spent on improving law and order, controlling the ever-increasing inflation, and creating job opportunities are instead being diverted towards the issue of restoration of unconstitutionally removed judiciary at the hands of a dictator.

 

The SANA GB demands that the issue be resolved immediately and judges removed through an illegal order should be restored without delay to pre-emergency position of November 3, 2007.

 

Impeachment of Musharraf:

 

The present government system in Pakistan can not be called a democracy as long as a former general continues to occupy the presidency illegally and unconstitutionally. It is time that the Ex-general is dislodged and made to face the law for the violation of the Constitution and other unlawful and criminal acts against the state and the people.

 

Provincial Autonomy:

 

Whereas SANA general body holds the view that Sindh had agreed to become part of Pakistan on the promises made in the 1940 Lahore Resolution that formed the basis for the demand for Pakistan that provinces in the new country would have sovereignty over their affairs. It is an unfortunate situation that the principles enshrined in the 1940 Resolution have been ignored and forgotten by successive governments in Pakistan .

 

It is resolved that all the federating units in Pakistan should be given autonomy according to the spirit of the 1940 Resolution without any waste of time.

 

National Languages Issue:

 

Whereas SANA general body understands that the national languages issue is an important question facing the country. It is deeply regretted that the languages of the land have been ignored and not given their due status in Pakistan .

 

SANA is also of the view that Sindhi is a very developed language, which has remained an official language of Sindh even during the foreign rule. To reduce its level to a regional language is tantamount to playing with the sensitivities of the people who inhibit the area from time immemorial and have fought many a war to defend the sanctity of their language and culture.

 

It is resolved that the present democratically elected government should give Sindhi language its rightful status as one of the national languages of Pakistan along with Punjabi, Siraiki, Balochi, and Pushto.

 

Demolition of Old Villages in and around Karachi :

 

The SANA GB condemns the parochial administrations of Karachi and Hyderabad who are hell-bent upon demolishing the old Sindhi neighborhoods in the two cities in order to sell the precious land to the land Mafia and provide home to illegal immigrants. The GB also understands that the fascist acts of the Nazims of the two cities are in line with their party actions to ethnic-cleanse the major Sindhi towns of indigenous Sindhis and upset the demographic balance in favor of immigrant minorities.

 

SANA GB demands that demolition of Sindhi villages in and around Karachi be stopped forthwith and leases be issued to about 700 villages in question.

 

Demographic changes in Sindh:

 

Whereas SANA feels that several elements with vested interests have been working overtime to provide help and encourage the immigration of people especially from India , Bangladesh and other countries to Sindh with a view to change demography in the province. This would be a great source of upheaval and will bring strife and violence to the province and the country.

 

It is resolved that the government should check and stop illegal immigration into Sindh and all such people including a large population of Afghanis should be repatriated to their countries.

 

Control of Urban Institutions:

 

Whereas it is a matter of great concern that the control of Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB), and other urban institutions that, in reality, belong to the provincial government, have been handed over to the City Nazim of Karachi who is a member of the anti-Sindhi racist mafia and notorious for working against Sindhi interests, and who has recently inducted 5,501 new employees illegally allegedly belonging to his racist organization to the KWSB, including 49 officers.

 

It is resolved that the government should reverse the decision of handing-over the KWSB and other Sindh government institutions to the City District Government of Karachi and return the control to the elected government of the province. SANA also demands the removal of all 5501 illegally appointed employees to the Board by the racist City Nazim.

 

Rightful Share to Sindhis in Employment and Economic Opportunities

 

The SANA GB demands that the ban on the employment in Sindh be lifted immediately and Sindhi youth be given their rightful share in the job market. The GB also demands that all the organizations working in Sindh be required to create employment for Sindhi youth and spend their resource for the uplift of the local people and the area.

 

SANA GB also demands creation of new educational / employment opportunities for old residents of Karachi in Kiyamari, Lyari, Maleer, Gaddap, Ibrahim Haidery and Gizri and launching of projects in these poverty stricken areas.

 

SANA condemns the previous government’s plans to give away Karachi islands to foreign companies that will dislocate the fishing community and deprive them of their sources of livelihood.

 

SANA demands that the Sindh government cancel such contracts and also stop the Defense Housing Authority of Karachi from harassing the fishing community in Gizri Creek areas.

 

Education and Learning Facilities for Sindhis in Karachi

 

SANA GB demands restoration of rural area seats in educational institutions of Karachi , such as, DMC and NED, eliminated during the 8-year long illegal rule of the military dictator and the city-based racist mafia.

 

SANA also demands the establishment of students and working women hostels at Karachi , Sukkur and Hyderabad for rural population.

 

Develop Sindh, Eliminate Unemployment in the Province

 

It is deeply regretted that successive governments of Pakistan and the province of Sindh have failed to launch any major projects in the rural areas of Sindh to improve the conditions of the large majority of the people. SANA demands of the present government to finalize an integrated development program for the rural areas in Sindh and implement it on war footings.

 

It is also worth a mention that while Sindh has the largest reserves of coal in the country, the governments in the past have been constantly dragging their feet in developing those caches of black gold in Thar. The Keti Bandar project which was started a long time before Gwadar and other such projects lies buried in the files of economic council. The slow work on Gorakh Hill project and other development schemes in Sindh, work on which could have resulted in creation of thousands of new jobs, clearly shows the federal government’s apathy towards improving the lot of the people of Sindh. Due to this lack of interest in the future of youth of Sindh on the part of Islamabad, the suicide rate in Sindh is ever increasing and those that choose to live resort of illegal means for sustenance which results in crime and lawlessness in the province.

 

SANA GB, therefore, demands of the federal government to start work on such schemes where the new jobs could be created and the potential of the brilliant youth of Sindh could be utilized in positive manner.

 

Illegal Water projects

 

The GB demands of the Government of Pakistan to stop constructing illegal water projects on the Indus River as according to the international as well as Sharia laws a river always belongs to the lower riparian people. The GB understands that the time has come for the government to close the chapter on all the mega dams and the Greater Thal Canal.

 

The GB also requests all the human rights as well ecological organizations to increase pressure on the government of Pakistan to refrain it from harming the ecology and people through illegal water project constructed to merely irrigate a few thousand acres of land in Punjab at the cost of millions of acres of fertile land and million of thirsting people for whom even the drinking water is not available in Sindh.

 

NFC & Distribution of Resources:

 

SANA is of the considered view that Sindh is being deprived of its rightful share in the resources. The GB demands that Sindh and all other provinces be made owners of all their resources and they should contribute proportionally to a mutually agreed and largely reduced federal budget.

 

Military and Politics:

 

SANA GB is of the view that the most of the problems in the country have been a result of the encroachment of the civilian sphere by the military establishment. SANA demands of the present civilian government to take immediate measures to end any military role in civilian affairs. The military budget should be drastically reduced and the armed forces should be made to perform their role according to the Constitution and the laws of the land.

 

Protection to the Minorities:

 

We are concerned at the news reports of maltreatment of minorities in Sindh. It is unfortunate that in the once peaceful and tolerant province of Sindh , the forces of bigotry and fanaticism have started rearing their heads. Even though the incidents of violence against minorities are getting reported in the media everyday, government seems to be completely indifferent to its main duty of securing life and liberty of every citizen.

 

SANA GB demands of the government to take concrete measure to ensure security to the life and liberty of minorities.

 

Rights of Women:

 

SANA expresses grave concern at the reports of maltreatment and denial of equal rights to women in the province. News of Karo-Kari, jirgas, abductions, rape and other such heinous crimes are very disturbing to say the least.

 

SANA demands of the government to take immediate measures to safeguard the rights of women and provide them equal opportunities in education and employment.

 

Victims of Enforced Disappearances:

 

It is the legacy of the military dictatorship that picked up a large number of peaceful citizens and put them in torture houses without declaring their whereabouts and any charge sheets against them. SANA demands of the present government to take immediate action to release such people.

 

Balochistan Operation & Akbar Bugti, Murtaza Bhutto Cases:

 

SANA demands an immediate end to military operation Balochistan and institution of cases against the forces responsible for the assassination of veteran Baloch leader Akbar Bugti.

 

SANA also demands an immediate probe into the murder of Murtaza Bhutto to bring the culprits to face justice.

 

Enquiry into May 12 Karachi Massacre & other acts of violence:

 

SANA demands an impartial enquiry into the May 12 Karachi massacre. It is important to enforce rule of law in the country and all the elements responsible for violence, murder, kidnappings, extortions and torture should be made to face the law.

 

SANA also calls for thorough investigation into the October 18 blasts in Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s homecoming rally, which caused a large number of casualties. The burning alive of lawyers and other people in lawyers’ chamber by terrorists should also be probed and culprits brought to the book.

 

Coalition with MQM:

 

SANA feels that the inclusion of MQM in the Sindh government is an insult of the will of the people of Sindh as they had given an overwhelming majority to PPP to form a government independently in the province and end the atrocities committed by the MQM during last so many years.

 

It is also noted that the people have serious questions about the role the MQM has played supporting the dictatorial regime during last 8 years and its involvement in violence, murder, kidnappings, extortions and other serious crime. The MQM is seen responsible for the May 12, 2007 Karachi massacre. PPP has been a signatory to a declaration by an All Parties’ Conference held in London that no political party would form a coalition with MQM until an enquiry is not held into the May 12, 2007 mayhem.

 

SANA demands of the present government to immediately end its unprincipled alliance with the MQM until it clears its name or answers questions about its condemnable deeds against the people in Pakistan in general and people of Sindh in particular.

 

Scholarship to Sindhi Students:

 

SANA is concerned at the apathy that consecutive governments have been showing towards education in Sindh. Inadequate funding and other constraints resulting from government’s indifference have forced many a school in the interior Sindh to closure and students of great potential to abandon their education due to poverty.

 

SANA demands the government of Pakistani government to make all the schools in Sindh functional and distribute at least one million scholarships a year to students in Sindh at school, college and university level.

 


 


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