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Faryal Akhter Brohi

Faryal Akhter Brohi

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Faryal Akhter Brohi:
 Her Story of Struggle from Social Work to Politics
Interview bySheikh Javed Ali Sindhi
 Presented By
Saroh Social Development Organization Shahdadkot
Saroh Office, Near Scientific Public School,Railway Station Road, Shahdadkot,District Kamber-Shahdadkot, Sindh, Pakistan- 77300Ph: +92-74-4012896, Cell: +92-3337505896E-mail:musapervagans@yahoo.com 
Faryal Akhter Brohi:Her Story of Struggle from Social Work to PoliticsInterview bySheikh Javed Ali Sindhi
Could you please tell us about your Biography?
I was born on 17
July 1980 at a small village Muhammad Usman Brohi, taluka Miro Khan District Larkana,Sindh. My father Abdul Karim Brohi had been associated with Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) for last manydecades. Presently he is Finance Secretary of PPP District Kamber-Shahdadkot. While my mother Bibi MariyamBrohi is a housewife. I have 3 brothers and 4 sisters. Raheem Bux Brohi, my grandfather was a poor farmer. He belonged to Lehri family of Brahui (Brohi) tribe. A century ago our ancestors had migrated from Kachhi-Gandava Blaochistan and settled down in Kamber area, Sindh.
What is your qualification?
I have got Master’s Degree in Economics from Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur, Sindh in 2007. These daysI’m doing LLB from Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Law College Larkana.
What inspired you to start doing social activities?
As I was an educated girl so I used to take part in minor social activities within my family and relatives. Myfather was the first person who provided education to his sons and daughters from our all relatives. It’s why Iwas inclined with my father’s political activities. When District Kamber-Shahdadkot was formed in December 2004 Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto ordered party to organize a new set up for this newly created district. She alsoasked party workers to encourage their family members for different designations. Seeing my bent of mind for social activities, my father advised me to come forward and I started my services as a worker for PPP.
What’s your designation in Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)?
I’m President of Pakistan Peoples Party (Ladies Wing) for District Kamber-Shahdadkot, Sindh from 2004onwards.
 How did you come to know that you have Politics in you?
My interest in politics began when I met Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto at Naundero House in 2007. There I wasintroduced to her first time. She bestowed her love and affection upon me. She also said that she is happy to seea young girl on the designation of president ship. In the last of this meeting she said to me ‘thank you verymuch’. Listening these words I felt myself on the top of world.
 How many times did you meet Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto in person?
I met Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto five times on different occasions but I could talk to her only for 2 times. I gotanother opportunity to meet Mohtarama Benazir Bhutto Sahiba when she came to Larkana during electioncampaign in late 2007.At that time I made her request for MPA Seat from our district. She ensured me for this but unfortunately she was assassinated very soon in Rawalpindi on 27
December 2007. In this way her promiseremained unfulfilled.
 How would you define Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s Personality?
I have no words to define her personality but I would like to say that she was a brave, committed and a patriotdemocrat. Her father Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto gave voice to people of Pakistan while she introduced ‘women politics’ in our country. She struggled to empower women on all forums throughout her life.
What were your emotions and feelings on the assassination of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto?
On that day, I was invited in a marriage ceremony of a worker of PPP at Kamber city. One of my female friendsinformed me through SMS about the attack on Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Sahiba. On this I rushed back to myhome to know the current situation and I kept on praying for her long life and safety on the way. When I reachedmy home I saw that my family members were listening to the news on TV. Later her death news was confirmed by Babar Awan on different channels. When I listened this unexpected news I became a statue. I fainted in grief.My house was replete with female party workers. We all were lamenting on the martyrdom of Bibi Sahiba. Wethought that one of our relative has died. We could not eat or drink for 3 days in this grief.
You mentioned that you are President of PPP Ladies wing of District Kamber-Shahdadkot. What strategy did  you adopt to highlight women’s issues and their development?
Before me there was no proper organization within PPP Ladies Wing. When I became party president I focusedto re-organize Ladies Wing. I prioritized women’s participation in different activities. Slowly my encouragementand hard working gave fruitful results. A large number of female workers became active to highlight and work for women’s development. I conducted frequent meetings with female workers for collective struggle toempower the party. The previous presidents and workers were less interested that is why they remained mostlysilent and inactive. They could only get a few jobs for their relatives otherwise their progress was unsatisfactory.I activated the party from District to Taluka and UC level.
 Please tell us what have you done to develop women of the Kamber-Shahdadkot district?
I have raised voice for 33% quota of Jobs for women but I’m sorry to say I have not been able to succeed in thisstruggle up till. As we have to follow our mother party hence we are waiting for its implementation. I’m strivingfor establishment of Ladies Police Station at Kamber Headquarter. There is a great need of Shelter Home in thedistrict because a large number of women become victim of domestic violence. The construction of Benazir Bhutto Women’s Hospital in Kamber is my dream. We are working on it and the work is in the pipeline.Doctors, Consultants and Gynecologists would be employed in this hospital. I have also done correspondencewith provincial and federal governments in this regard. Recently on 27
December 2009 we made a request toPresident Asif Ali Zardari for issuing a budget for this hospital. We are trying for openings of these institutionsin our area on prior basis.
 According to the Report prepared by Saroh Social Development Organization Shahdadkot nearly 100 womenhave been killed in the name of Honour Killing, Domestic Violence, Tribal Conflicts and Choice Marriageonly in last 5 years? What will you say regarding this worst situation?
I think the main cause of Karo Kari (Honour Killing) is illiteracy and poverty. These killings don’t happen inliterate and educated families. For ending violence against women (VAW) and honour killing we will have toeducate all the people i.e. men, women and children. Though a bill has been also passed by the presentgovernment but its implementation is still questionable. Let’s pray for the implementation of this bill. Not onlyeducation but all district issues are my issues and I always try my level best to solve them. I share these issuesand problems with high authorities in Aiwan-e-sadar Islamabad too.
You know that women have to face a lot in Transportation especially those who are the pregnant and the sick.They pay Rs.60 as fare from Shahdadkot to Kamber in a wagon which is the fare for Larkana. Shahdadkot  Passengers face hectic troubles while they return back to their homes from Kamber in buses because there areno wagons from Kamber to Shahdadkot. Why PPP Government is not taking initiatives to start CNG vehicles for Shahdadkot via Kamber and Larkana?
I had no information of women’s difficulties about conveyance regarding Shahdadkot Larkana route. Now I willtry to start a Wagon service from Shahdadkot to Kamber and thence towards Larkana. This will benefit the all passengers. I will discuss this issue with DCO Kamber-Shahdadkot soon.
What would you say about the use of low quality material in construction of Shahdadkot Mega Project?

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