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Indus Asia Online Journal (iaoj)

Awami Tahreek (Peoples Movement of the masses of Sindh)
announces Long March

The Awami Tahreek (Peoples Movement of the masses of Sindh) announces
46 days historical Long March 8th Oct to 22 Nov 2009 (from Kandhkot to
Karachi) for Autonomy, NFC, Water, Education and Resources and Rights of
Sindh and against Corruption, Lawlessness, Terrorism, Unemployment and
man-made Inflation. Prior to this mega event the annual central elections of
Awami Tahreek, shall be held on 28th September 2009 at Yesrab Hall
Qasimabad, Hyderabad, Sindh.

Daily Times
Awami Tehreek Long March

KARACHI: The Rasool Bux Palijo-led Awami Tahreek (AT) announced on
Friday that it would organise a long march in first week of October against the
alleged settlement of outsiders in the Sindh as well as other issues faced by
the province. AT President Abdul Qadir Ranto made this announcement while
addressing at a protest rally at the Karachi Press Club. A number of women
activists belonging to AT women wing Sindhyani Tahreek also participated in
the rally. Ranto said that the planned protest long march would begin from
Kandhkot and end in Karachi. “Besides settlement of outsiders in Sindh, the
party would also record its protest on other issues, including restraining Sindhi
students from admissions in educational institutions in Karachi and the
allotment of millions of acres of provincial land to non-Sindhi population,” said
Ranto. Sindhyani Tahreek’s Zahida Shaikh as well as AT’s Abdul Hakeem
Halepoto, Hakim Zangejo, Mazhar Rahujo and others also spoke on the
occasion.
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009%5C08%5C08%5Cstory
_8-8-2009_pg12_7
Daily Dawn
Losses from water shortage: AT wants Sindh compensated-
Awami Tahreek Annual Convention

HYDERABAD, Sept 30: The annual convention of the Awami Tehrik held here
on Tuesday demanded through a resolution compensation for the huge losses
Sindh had suffered over the past 150 years from perennial water shortage.

The convention presided over by AT leader Rasool Bux Palijo passed a
number of resolutions, one of which called for an end to robbery of Indus
waters and Sindh had been denied its rightful share in water over the
decades.
The gathering strongly criticised proposed construction of dams on the Indus
and the project for Greater Thal Canal and alleged that 33,000 cusec of
Sindh’s share was being stolen daily through Taunsa-Panjnad and Chashma-
Jehlum link canals.
It said the proposed construction of a powerhouse on Chashma-Jehlum link
canal would prove detrimental to the interests of Sindh and demanded that
Sindh’s natural resources should be returned to Sindhis.
It alleged that tens of thousands of acres of land on the Super Highway and
the National highway and pieces of land in prime locations in other areas of
the province were being sold to outsiders and multinational companies.
The cities of Karachi and Hyderabad had been handed over to “terrorists” and
billions of rupees were being given to their district governments without audit
while funds for other districts had been stopped, said the gathering.
It said that admission of Sindhi students to educational institutions in Karachi
had been banned and the educational system in the interior of Sindh was
being destroyed under a conspiracy.

It demanded that the elements who were involved in violence in the
educational institutions should be arrested and awarded deterrent
punishment.

The convention demanded that the Sindhi villages in Karachi should be
regularised and the conspiracy to convert Sindhis into a minority should be
done away with.

It opposed development of a new city Zulfiqarabad and urged the government
to take effective measures to abolish jirga and sardari system and abolish the
black custom of karo-kari.
It said the people involved in the massacre of innocent people in the bloody
incidents of May 12, April 9 and Oct 8 should be arrested. The cases lodged
against people belonging to a particular party should be reopened and the
accused should be awarded deterrent punishment, said the gathering.

The convention reaffirmed its resolve to stage a long march from Kandhkot to
Karachi on Nov 22.

It said that the United States of America and its allies, including European
countries and Israel were trying to enslave the third world in the name of
restoration of human rights, democracy and war against terrorism.

It said the most rulers of the third world were American surrogates and their
domestic and foreign poli-cies were framed under the dictation of imperialist
forces.

The convention urged people of the third world countries to unite to fight
against exploitative forces and accused Pakistani rulers of following the pro-
American policies of former dictator Pervez Musharraf.

Meanwhile, names of new office-bearers of the central body of Awami Tehrik
were announced. The convention was told that Ayaz Latif Palijo had been
elected the president, Syed Alam Shah senior vice president and Mohammad
Khan Bhurgari general secretary.
http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-
newspaper/national/losses-from-water-shortage-at-wants-sindh-
compensated-109
Indus Asia Online Journal (iaoj)

Letter by the President of Awami Tahreek

To,: All Committed Democrats
Fraternal greeting to all of you!
This is to introduce to you a patriotic socio-political organization Awami
Tahreek (Peoples Movement) based in Sindh, (Pakistan) with its
Headquarters at Hyderabad, Sindh.
People connected with Awami Tahreek have been in the fore front of every
democratic and patriotic movement and struggle in Pakistan in general and
Sindh province in particular since the mid-sixties.
Awami Tahreek is an organization with a broad world out-look and believes in
all around and all-embracing change for the better in all fields in Sindh and
Pakistan, in South Asia, Asia and the third world and in our entire global
village which is also called the space-ship earth.
We in Awami Tahreek have always had and have always retained a firm faith
in humanity and its bright future inspite of all the unhappy, sad and dark
centuries of its existence since time immemorial and in spite of all the turmoil
it is facing to day all over the world.
We observe that the centers of human evolution and progress have kept
shifting from place to place, country to country and continent to continent.
While the fountain head of the emergence of humanity is recognized to be the
African continent and the cradle of its early great civilization of faiths has been
Asia, the firm roots of world modernity, scientificality and democracy go back
to Greco-Roman civilization in Europe. Our century has witnessed the rise
and fall of Russia, the rise of both the far west (America) and far east
particularly including Japan and China.
We believe that along with the great Eastern peoples like the Japanese, the
Russians, the Chinese and others, peoples of our sub-continent too are
entitled to the stability, prosperity, progress and human glory that was and
once more promises to be the East which is rising up again and lifting its head
and by the sacrifice of its sweat and blood is becoming readier to march hand
in hand with all the fraternal and friendly people of the non-imperialist
democratic West.
We believe that while the role of profit-based competitive market-economy
has proved to be much greater than it was previously realized, it can not be
and is not the Panacea for all the evils afflicting humanity. The most
fundamental and enduring problems confronting mankind call for fellow-
feeling, co-operation and united effort aimed at mutual benefit rather than cut-
throat competition, rivalry and strife.
We believe that a uni-polar world is bound to end-up in confrontation, and
attempts at domination of entire humanity by a single gigantic world centre
compared to the vastness of whose domain that of the Roman, Muslim,
Chinese, Mongol and British empires would appear to be a mere child’s play.
A multi-polar world alone can meet the requirements of our world to-day for
peace, co-operation and for all-round social, economic , cultural, scientific and
technological progress.
Awami Tahreek has been very active since its inception in its support for the
struggle for democracy, rule of law, justice, fair-play, provincial autonomy and
basic human rights for everyone specially the women,, minorities and the
weaker sections of our society. In this regard we have launched a long march
from Kandh Kot (Sindh) — the hub of the sardari (feudal) system of Sindh,
Pakistan. The march was started by our activists on October 8, 2009.
Thousands of Awami Tehrik workers – both men and women – were at the
venue. The people were chanting slogans against the terrorism, autocracy,
corruption, jirga and sardari system, condemning the practice of karo kari
(honor killings), asking for educational and health facilities and demanding
opportunities for employment. The marchers would cover about 20kms each
day and the route of the march will cover the length and breadth of Sindh. The
total distance of Long March and dozens of short marches from Kandhkot to
the Karachi Press Club is about 960 kms and same will be covered in 46
days. I invite you to extend your solidarity and to support and participate in
this historic and unique event in the history of social and grassroots political
movements in Pakistan.
Yours affectionately,
President AWAMI TAHREEK
awamitahreekpakistan@gmail.com
ayazlatif@gmail.com
92-300-3063471
Indus Asia Online Journal (iaoj)
LONG MARCH started..Emotional scenes observed in tribal
no-go-areas

Kandhkot-Pakistan: Awami Tahreek (Peoples Movement's) national Long
March started from Kandhkot yesterday on 8th October and reached at
Karampur today. The march is organized against ongoing unemployment,
price-hike, terrorism, lawlessness and acute shortage of water in Sindh
Renown intellectual and Awami Tahreek's chief, 80 year old cardiac patient,
Mr. Rasool Bux Palijo, newly elected Central President of the party and
Human Rights lawyer Ayaz Latif Palijo, General Secretary Muhammad Khan
Bhurgri, Syed Alam Shah and former central president Qadir Ranto are
leading the 46 days long protest long march. Thousands of brave women and
men passing through the tribal no-go-areas of Kandhkot, Ghouspur and
Karampur raised slogans for complete provincial autonomy, major share in
NFC an implementation on 1940 resolution and against tribalism, jirga
system, lawlessness, KARO KARI, SANG CHATTI, water shortage and
discrimination against Sindhis in Karachi. Hundreds of workers of JSQM,
Tarqi Pasand PArty, Jamait Islami and PPP Shaheed Bhutto also joined the
workers of Awami Tahreek.
Addressing the crowd at Kandhkot Mr Rasool Bux Palijo said that people of
Sindh are fighting for their survival. He said this is time to mobilise people for
issues like Greater Thal Canal, unemployment, recovery of various taxes and
water shortage. He said PPP led government is betraying the cause of Sindh
and they will have to face the consequences. He demanded that Sindhis must
be ensured their due share of jobs in the provincial and federal governments,
semi-government & autonomous agencies including civil, military and foreign
services. He criticized the present govt for continuing the ongoing work on
Thal Canal and said that the people of Sindh will not accept the construction
of greater Thal it was the unanimous opinion of over 45 million people of the
province that the canal was an anti-Sindh project and should be shelved
without any further delay.
The President of Awami Tahreek Ayaz Latif Palijo condemned the forcible
taking over of the coal, oil, lands, islands and fishing areas of Sindh by the
Federal and City government. Ayaz said that Awami Tahreek would not only
contest the next elections but the leaders would visit various cities and towns
of Sindh and inform the landless and jobless people about what's happening
with them and who is responsible for this. He said in past few months several
activists of STP, SUP and JSQM have been brutally murdered, SNF chief was
arrested and humiliated and JSQM chief was attacked but none of the culprits
has been arrested so far, which shows the criminal negligence of the
Provincial and federal Govt. He said that Awami Tahreek is not against any
groups or nation but it opposes those who perpetuate atrocities on the Sindhis
and other working classes of Pakistan. He lashed out at Wapda, IRSA and the
establishment for withholding water supply to Sindh and opposed the
construction of greater Thal canal.
The protesters will march through various cities and reach at Karachi on
March 22 November where they would stage a sit-in in front of the Mazar-e-
Quaid and Press Club. Today on Ghospur to Karampur roads thousands of
men including hundreds of tribal women of Bijarani, Bhaya, Teghani, Jakhrani,
Bapar, Malik, Noonari and Jattoi communities led by their village heads came
on roads, welcomed the participants and blocked the main highway. While
addressing them Ayaz Latif Palijo said when you soem times ignore the
directions of your GOd and sometimes forget about the wishes of your
parents then why can't you disobey the illegal and inhuman commands ofyour
sardars. He took oath of thousand of people thet if their Sardar would direct
them to attack an innocent man of opponent tribe or to kill a women in the
name of honor killing you will refuse to obey such orders.
Some emotional scenes were observed under the scorching sun when
hundreds of peasant bagri women appeared from ghospur to join the
marchers. The Sindhiani Tahreek activists chanted slogans of Namanzoor
Namanzoor Jirga system, Namanzoor, Namanzoor Namanzoor Karo Kari
Namanzoor, Band Karyo Band Karyo Dahshatgardi Band Karyo. Darya Khatir
Jhero aaa, Panee khatir jhero aaa. The marchers would walk 20 to 28 km
daily, and after holding rallies and peaceful sit-ins at Shikarpur, Sukkur,
Ranipur, Kandiaro, Noshehro Feroz, Moro, Dolatpur, Qazi Ahmed, Panj Moro,
Hala, Bhit Shah, Hyderabad, Tando Mohd Khan, Shah Karim Bulri, Bathoro,
Sujawal, Thatto, Gharo, Bhanbhor, Landhi will ultimately reach at Karachi
after 46 days and a grand peaceful protest rally will be held in front of Press
Club Karachi.
Daily Dawn
Call for Shaikh Ayaz varsity in Shikarpur

SHIKARPUR, Oct 11: Awami Tehrik chief Rasool Bux Palijo has urged the
provincial government to set up a university in Shikarpur named after Shaikh
Ayaz, the great Sindhi poet of the 20th century, who was born and brought up
in the historic city.

He was addressing participants of a long march, which started from
Kashmore on Thursday and reached the Lakhi Gate roundabout here on
Sunday. The march is aimed at highlighting the problems faced by Sindhis. Mr
Palijo said that Sindh was in deep crisis and its people were facing severe
hardships. Sindhi people should unite to wage a struggle to take back their
‘usurped rights’, he stressed.

He accused the government comprising people belonging to feudal families of
“selling Sindh and its natural resources to outsiders who have grabbed its
wealth”.

He said: “Selfish politicians and rulers are supporting the elements who are
trying to convert sons of the soil into a minority in their own motherland.”

Mr Palijo called upon nationalist, political and religious parties to shun
differences and unite for the national cause of wresting back ‘usurped rights’.
He said his party would continue its struggle for Sindh’s rights and asked
“outsiders, including the US to leave Sindh and its natural resources”.

Naseer Mangi of the Jeay Sindh Mahaz, Abdul Qadir Abro of Jamaat-i-Islami,
Maulvi Abdul Fatah Mahar and Ms Zahida Shaikh of AT also spoke to the
marchers.
http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-
newspaper/national/call-for-shaikh-ayaz-varsity-in-shikarpur-209
Daily Dawn
Long march not against democracy; party to participate in
coming polls.

SUKKUR, Oct 14 Leaders of Awami Tehrik have said that the people of
Pakistan would never ever accept the Kerry-Lugar Bill because it is against
the interests of the country and its people.

They said that for the last 62 years rulers had ignored people and protected
their vested interests, due to which people of Pakistan were now living a
miserable condition.

They were addressing people who had gathered at Teer Chowk here on
Wednesday to welcome the participants of the AT’s long march. AT president
Ayaz Latif Palijo, vice-president Hakeem Zangejo, Mohammad Khan, Umar
Samoon, Zahida Shaikh and Dr Sabiha Arshad spoke on the occasion.

The long march, aimed to highlight burning issues of Sindh started from
Kandhkot on October 8 and it would culminate in Karachi on November 22.

The AT leaders said that the long march was not against the democracy, but it
was aimed at to get just rights for Sindh. The AT and other pro-Sindh forces
have always struggled for the just rights of the province and would continue to
do so till the goal is achieved. They also announced that the AT would take
active part in the next general elections.

They alleged that the rulers were acting according to the whims and wishes of
their western masters, due to which the country sustained irreparable loss. So
much so that they were not even effectively raising voice on the drone attacks
by the USA, due to which many innocent lives were being lost every day, they
added.

Hitting hard the PPP-led coalition, they said during election campaign, they
raised slogans of “Roti, Kapra aur Makaan” and people voted them to power,
but since their coming to power, they have done nothing to provide relief to
the people. They rather over-burdened the people with crisis such as
lawlessness, price hike, unemployment, shortage of wheat-flour, sugar, water,
electricity, gas and others.

They regretted that Sindh was particularly experiencing lawlessness, due to
tribal feuds, which are sparked by feudal lords and tribal chiefs. They said
these feuds had claimed hundreds of innocent lives, while education and
agriculture sectors were badly affected, but Sindh government seemed to be
helpless.

They said Sindh had been subjected to atrocities since long and it was the
right time to launch a joint struggle for its rights, and added that an unjust NFC
award would never be accepted.

They said that only Sindhis have right over the resources of the province, and
urged the federal government to hand over all the resources of Sindh to its
people. They also demanded complete provincial autonomy for Sindh.

Earlier, when the participants of long march reached the railway crossing,
Sukkur, a large number of political workers and people accorded them a warm
welcome and showered them with rose petals.After a successful public
meeting at Teer Chowk, the participants of the march left for Khairpur.

AT chief Rasool Bux Palijo was not present in the march, because he was
admitted to a Shikarpur hospital on Tuesday due to breathing problem.
http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-
newspaper/national/long-march-not-against-democracy-party-to-participate-in-
coming-polls-army-wont-accept-kerrylugar-at-509
The News International
A long march for social change
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sarwar Bari

“This is a stronghold of Bijarani, Somroo, Jhakhrani, Oghai and Taighani
sardars,” answered a handsome Sindhi villager who was sitting next to me on
a charpai at a roadside restaurant on the Super Indus Highway, where we had
stopped to have tea. My peculiar appearance (white beard, moustache and a
ponytail) and interest in their issues caught the attention of others, who
wanted to share their thoughts. In order to trigger a debate, I asked about the
role of these tribal sardars in local development and their well being. No one
had anything good to say about the sardars and the successive governments
in which the former have played a major role. Almost everyone complained
about their tyranny, and the lack of educational and health facilities. Among
them was a teacher who said that it had been many years since a school was
opened or upgraded in his taluka. In fact, most schools had become non-
functional despite the swelling population.

One man said that in his area, 100 people have been killed over the theft of a
buffalo and the sardars have been playing a huge role in the perpetuation of
the feud. Since most rural populations are organised on primordial lineages,
very often in the case of a conflict, the feuding parties would approach
different local factional leaders for help. In return, they would have to vote for
him or his nominee in elections. They blamed their sardars for the
perpetuation of feuds as it allows them to have control and exert power over
the population. According to them, the local police, revenue officials and lower
judiciary collaborate with the sardars in this nefarious game. The government
officials are bound to serve the sardars, as they are the peoples’
representatives and the law makers too. “Why did you vote for such
candidates?” I asked them. Their answer was crisp and sharp. “Our choice is
restricted between one feudal sardar or the other.”

They also complained that most mainstream political parties issue tickets to
those candidates who were wealthy and have their own vote bank which
means “bonded haris,” according to the teacher. He also said that these
“sardars are the gatekeepers of our areas — they don’t allow anybody to unite
the people.” An old man said that “be it military dictators or civilian
governments, these sardars have remained in power as a class.”

However, the gatekeepers were challenged a few days ago when the Awami
Tehrik launched a long march from Kandh Kot — the hub of the sardari
system of Sindh. The march was kick-started by Rasool Buksh Palijo and his
party workers on October 8. Thousands of Awami Tehrik workers – both men
and women – were at the venue. The people were chanting slogans against
the jirga and sardari system, condemning the practice of karo kari, asking for
educational and health facilities and demanding opportunities for employment.

The issues that are being raised through the long march reflect the true
aspirations of the people. Throughout the three days that I spent with the
people at the long march, I saw men, women and children of goths along the
Super Highway waiting to welcome us. Some were holding traditional snacks;
others had set up sabeels of cold water for us. Most of them joined us in
sloganeering. I was curious to know who and what had motivated them to
welcome the marchers. Most said the local influential sardars had in fact
instructed them not to welcome the marchers. They dared to defy the orders
of their sardars. Moreover, many passersby would show gestures of solidarity.

The marchers covered about 20kms on day one. We spent the first night in
Ghauspur – a small town on the highway. Next morning, we walked for
another 20kms and finished the day at Karampur another small town on the
same highway. We spent the second night at village Pirbux Shujra. Hassan
Ali, a local leader of the Awami Tehrik, was our host. The area we covered in
two days is a stronghold of Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, the Federal Minister for
Education. I was curious to know what changes in education had come about
since he became the minister. The villagers told me that there had not been
any improvement and that they did not expect much in the future. They said
out of the 20 odd schools only four were functional in their union council.
In order to verify the claim of the villagers, I spoke to some independent
people of the area who repeated what I had already heard. I then visited
various websites. The data I found about Human Development Index (HDI)
ranking of, and allocation of budget for, education in these districts proved
what the people had told me. According to the National Development Report
2003-UNDP, Shikarpur and Jacobabad fall at the bottom of the HDI ranking
list. According to a recent survey conducted by the Sindh government, these
districts have one of the highest numbers of ghost schools and have high
absenteeism among teachers and health officials. The overall literacy rate in
these districts is much lower than the national average (30 per cent). The
national average is 54 per cent. In comparison to other districts, the budget
allocation for educational development has been less than three per cent; the
rest goes to recurring costs, that is, to cover salaries of the absentee teachers
and ghost schools.

The area is infamous for crimes against women; that is, karokari, wanni etc.
The role of tribal chiefs is shameful in this regard. They have been using the
jirga as a tool to please men in order to keep the women in complete
subjugation.

Therefore, the decision to start the long march from Kandhkot was significant.
It was like throwing the first stone against the tribal-feudal chiefs who have
been kept in power for decades, now by an unholy alliance of the PPP and
MQM and before by uniformed politicians. The MQM, whose rhetoric against
the feudal elite is revolutionary, has actually been helping feudal sardars to
maintain status quo.

Coming back to the long march, I was pleasantly surprised that despite fear of
retaliation from the local feudal lords, dacoits and terrorists, nobody carried
any weapons. Nobody was scared. The marchers were peaceful and highly
disciplined. They walked on the left of the highway, which helped the traffic
move smoothly — a rare occurrence during processions. The girls and boys,
and men and women strode towards their destination. They sang
revolutionary songs, shouted slogans and were proud of being part of the
march. Despite harsh weather, poor facilities and unsuitable walking shoes
nobody wanted to give up. I told Palijo this should have been called a walk of
endurance.

The route of the march will cover the length and breadth of Sindh. The total
distance from Kandhkot to the Karachi Press Club (KPC), where it will end, is
about 1,000kms. The distance will be covered in 46 days. This is perhaps a
historic and unique event in the history of social movements in Pakistan. Yet,
the mainstream media finds little news worthiness in it. All over the world, the
media tends to give coverage to elitist, glamorous and bloody events. The
Pakistani media is no different. Marginalizing peaceful and democratic
demonstrations can push people towards extreme steps. We can’t afford to let
this happen any longer. A man in the roadside hotel said: ‘the long march is
good but not enough; we need to take up arms against the oppressors.” I tried
to convince him otherwise by giving him a comparison of the Swat Taliban,
Lal Masjid militants and the lawyers’ movement. One was bloody and the
other was peaceful. Who won, I asked him. He kept quiet. He did not want to
argue, perhaps out of courtesy. The writing on the wall is clear — the people
of Pakistan are fed up with the existing leadership and prepared to play their
role. Social movements across all four provinces and FATA must join hands in
order to transform social base of our polity. We know very well only social
movements have brought meaningful social change and democratic
development in history.

The writer is a civil society activist. Email: sarwar.bari@gmail.com
http://thenews.jang.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=203866
SAMAA

Masses of the Sindh are facing Poverty and Crises

The ‘Long March’ held by the Awami Tehreek arrived in Naushahro Feroze on
Friday after journeying from Kandhkot on way to Karachi for saving the assets
of Sindh. Hundreds of citizens and members of the civil society welcomed the
march . Long march led by the Ayaz latif Palejo president Awami tahri ,
central Secratery general of awami tahrik Mohammed Khan Bhurgeri ,Qadir
rantho ,Hakeem Halepoto ,Umra Samoonand others Talking to Hundreds of
citizens and members of the Ayaz Latif palejo said that our resources and
cities are in the grip of terrorist and we are struggling for our survival and
safety . Our long march is a referendum against the present PPP government
Palejo said . On 22 November 2009 we will prove in Karachi that the present
rulers are not acceptable to us . He further said our masses will have to come
to the fore in order to save our resources from the look and plunder of the
PPP rulers . He praised the women and children participating in the long
march and said that they have done a wonder full performance by walking
more the 1300 kilo meters. He further said that the masses of the sindh are
facing poverty and crises and un standard education but government are not
ready to solve the problems . They said which is the will of Benazir Bhutto that
after killing of her the murderer FIR of her will be lodged against Ex president
Gen Parwaiz Mushraf which is the will of Benazir Bhutto but ppp government
is not ready this will of Benazir Bhutto .
http://isamaa.tv/report/2009-10-23-awami-tahrik-long-march-reached-nferoze/
Frontier Post

When Long march reached Moro

MORO (PPI): The 'long march' of Awami Tehreek for highlighting the rights of
Sindh province reached here on Saturday. A large number of activists belong
to Jamaat-e-Islami, Jeay Sindh Mahaz, Sindh Taraqqi Pasand Party, Labour
Party and other political and civil society organizations warmly welcomed the
convoy and showered flower petals on them.

Addressing on the occasion, President Amami Tehreek Ayaz Latif Palejo said
landlords, and politicians have sold rivers, lands and mines of Sindh,
however, the people of Sindh would not allow grip of anyone on the resources
of the province. He said the people of Sindh deserve to avail resources of
Sindh themseleves.

He demanded of government to raise the salaries of police and judges of
Sindh and make them at par with those officials in Punjab.
http://www.thefrontierpost.com/News.aspx?ncat=ts&nid=2805&ad=25-10-
2009
Daily Dawn

We are not against Kerry-Lugar but in past enmity &
friendship of USA with nations is linked to its own interests-
Ayaz Palijo

HYDERABAD, Nov 1: The Awami Tehrik has opposed Kerry-Lugar Act on the
ground that it is aimed to protect US interests as it had been proved time and
again that US always tried to safeguards its own interests.
At a press conference here on Sunday, AT president Ayaz Latif Palijo, said
that the Act should be opposed because, instead of accepting it with strict
conditions, the wealth looted by plunderers and kept in US, Dubai, London,
Switzerland and other countries banks, should be brought back for
development of the country.
The AT president said that a long march of party activists which had begun
from Kandhkot on October 8 would reach Hyderabad on November 4. The
marchers have been welcomed in different districts by residents as it was
aimed at to highlight burning issues confronting Sindh, he said.
The march has entered into its 25th day and the participants are currently
staying in Matiari, Palijo said, adding that they would cover 800 kilometers in
46 days.
He expressed the hope that people of Hyderabad would accord a historic
welcome to the participants of the march.
Talking about proceedings of central executive committee of AT, he said that
the central committee has discussed the issue of National Reconciliation
Ordinance (NRO) through which “terrorists, who were involved in bloodshed in
looting properties since 1986, have benefited.”
He said that the meeting demanded reopening of cases regarding May 12,
October 18 and April 9 killings which should be challaned in courts.
Opposing Kerry-Lugar Act, the AT executive committee noted that US always
preferred its interests and its enmity and friendship with different nations and
countries is always directly linked to its own interests, Palijo said. He said that
imperialist designs were working behind Kerry- Lugar law.
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The News International

Long March arrives in Hyderabad amid show of solidarity

HYDERABAD: Participants of a the Awami Tehreek’s long march arrived here
on Wednesday and a large number of people attended the rally which passed
through various streets of the city.

The march had started from Kandhkot on Oct 8 and reached the outskirts of
Hyderabad late on Tuesday night and entered the city on Wednesday
afternoon. The rally was joined by leaders of various political parties outside
the Hyderabad Press Club. Those who spoke outside the press club included
AT chief Rasool Bux Palijo, his son and AT leader Ayaz Latif Palijo, Asadullah
Bhutto of the Jamaat-e-Islami, Hyder Shani of the Sindh Taraqqi Pasand
Party, Dodo Mehri of the Sindh United Party and Niaz Kalani of the Jeay
Sindh Qaumi Mahaz.

The participants included women who were also carrying banners, placards
and party flags. They also raised slogans against the government.The long
march was organised against the lawlessness in Sindh, unjustified share for
Sindh in the NFC award, water shortage and other injustices with the people
of Sindh. The participants would leave here on Thursday morning the march
would culminate in Karachi on Nov 22 where leaders of national and regional
parties are expected to attend it.
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Daily Dawn

AT marchers ask PPP to be sincere with nation

HYDERABAD, Nov 4: Participants of Awami Tehrik’s long march cautioned
the PPP government here on Wednesday to show its commitment to people
of Sindh who had voted it to power in the name of late Benazir Bhutto
otherwise the very same people had the potential to dislodge it. The marchers
entered Hyderabad late afternoon and would leave for Karachi on Thursday.
Earlier the march began from Mehboob Solangi village near Hatri bypass
intersection at the outskirts of the city. Marching on main thoroughfares of the
city, the participants gathered on Risala Road in front of Government Boys
High School where leaders addressed a gathering which included a large
number of women.

AT leader Rasool Bux Palijo said that it was an honour for people of Sindh
that they were following the path of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai and they felt proud
that they were not with rulers whom they had exposed time and again. He
said that they were fighting for a just cause. He said that people were being
befooled in the name of democracy for the past 62 years. He said that Sindh
belonged to indigenous people who were owners of all its resources but said
that neither all the Urdu-speaking nor all the Sindhi speaking people could be
considered friends of Sindh. “We will have to exclude terrorists form Urdu
speaking people and traitors from among Sindhis”, he said. He said that he
had once told late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto that if Sindhis were separated from
Bengalis, the former would be enslaved.

AT president Ayaz Latif Palijo said that lines were clearly drawn between
dictators and those resisting them in Sindh and added that the long march
had a message for all those who had become disappointed with politics. He
said that people had voted PPP to power but it did not ensure arrest of killers
of its own leader. “Do we still expect from the PPP that it will resolve Sindh’s
issues when it has failed to arrest those who killed Benazir Bhutto,” he
questioned. He said that long march was activating Sindhi people.

Sindh Hari Committee’s Azhar Jatoi said that Sindh’s existence was at stake
because lands were being allotted to foreigners and outsiders were being
settled in Sindh. He said that PPP leadership should mend its ways because
people of Sindh were fed up with its loot and plunder of resources and they
wouldn’t let it happen. He said that if PPP didn’t desist from it then Sindhi
people would not support it.

Sindh Taraqqi Pasand Party’s Hyder Shahani paid tribute to the marchers
“who are carrying a message that Sindh belongs to indigenous people.” He
said that AT and STP had always stood for just cause and always caused
ripples in ruling clique. Dr Dodo Maheri of the Sindh United Alliance, Dr Niaz
Kalani of the Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz, Sindhiani Tehrik president Zahida
Sheikh, Jami Chandio and Alam Shah also spoke on the occasion.
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Indus Asia Online Journal (iaoj)

An Amazing Day, When hundreds of thousand People
gathered in Awami Tahreek's Long March

My God. unbelievable!!!. Today was a unique day, a day when Awami
Tahreek (Peoples Movement's) national Long March entered into Hyderabad
and welcomed by lacs (hundreds of thousands) of people. When the march
reached at city gate hotel its rear end was near Hala Naka at the distance of 3
kilometers. It was welcomed by all political parties except PPP and MQM. The
march is organized against ongoing unemployment, price-hike, terrorism,
lawlessness and acute shortage of water in Sindh. Due to new tolerant and
harmonious policies of Awami Tahreek's newle elected president Ayaz Latif
Palijo, when he started his todays journey from Isra University, he was
welcomed, garlanded and accompanied by JSQM delegation led by Vice
Chairman and former Central General Secretary Dr. Niaz Kalani, STP
delegation led by Sen. Vice Charmian Haider Shahani and Muzafar Kalhoro,
SUP delegation led by Sen. VP Dr Dodo Maheri and Roshan Buriro, Jamait
Islami delegation led by Sindh President Molana Asadullah Bhutto MNA, PPP
Shaheed Bhutto delegation led by CEC member and central leader Majeed
Sial, Sindh Hari Comeetee delegation led by Chiraman Azahar Jattoi, Save
Sindh Movement delegation led by Faqeer Rematullah Hisbani and by Labor
Party, JSSF, JUI and SNF delegations. This was another Sindh, a Sindh with
new imagination and new initiatives of Sir Ayaz.
Renown intellectual and Awami Tahreek's chief, 80 year old legend Saeen
Rasool Bux Palijo was looking so delighted that it was apparent that he
himself was amazed on presence of lacs of men and women walking for rights
of Sindh under the flag of Awami Tahreek. Newly elected Central President of
the party and Human Rights lawyer Ayaz Latif Palijo, General Secretary
Muhammad Khan Bhurgri, Syed Alam Shah and former central president
Qadir Ranto were leading the 46 days protest long march. Lacs of brave
women and men passing through the cultural capital of Sindh raised slogans
against terrorism, tribalism, jirga system, lawlessness, honor killings, water
shortage and discrimination against Sindhis in Hyderabad, Islamabad and
Karachi. The protesters will march through various cities and reach at Karachi
on March 22 November where they would stage a mega Jalsa-e-Am in front
of the Mazar-e-Quaid and Press Club. Today in Hyderabad Lacs of men
including thousands of urban women came on roads near Civil Hospital, Tilak
Charhi, Gari Khata, Citizen Colony, Nasim Nagar Chok and Qasimababd.
SST and Sindh Nojawan Tahreek youth welcomed the participants and
peacefully blocked all the main roads and proved that it was an indigenous
metropolitan of Sindhis. While addressing the jubilant crowd leaders of all
parties congratulated new president and his team for such gigantic effort.
Ayaz Latif took oath of thousands of people that they will not rest till the final
success of masses. During Ayaz Latif and Rasool Bux Palijo's speech some
emotional scenes were observed near gol building and Nasim Nagar when
thousands of citizens garlanded the leaders and welcomed them with non-
stopping applaud, which was directly telecasted by GEO TV, ARY, AAJ, Sindh
TV, KTN, Awaz, and Mehran. They covered and relayed the live speeches of
Palijo sahib and Ayaz Latif and Aaj and GEO declared it as an unprecedented
event in history of Sindh. ARY TV during live telecast mentioned that a large
number of citizens and political workers and people accorded them a warm
welcome and showered them with rose petals.
I am so happy, it was THE DAY. Congrats to all of you and to those who are
well-wishers of Sindh and of 17 crore common people. Hats off to Ayaz Latif
Palijo, Saeen Palijo sahab, Awami Tahreek and Sindhiani Tahreek. A new
political power is emerging in Sindh lets support Awami Tahreek, lets join
Awami Tahreek and grand qaflo of Ayaz Palijo.
Frontier Post
Awami Tehrik would never accept illegal and unconstitutional
removal of the President-Ayaz Latif Palijo
Friday, November 13, 2009 at 4:28am

KARACHI: Ayaz Latif Palijo, President of Awami Tehrik (AT), has declared
that though his party was against People's Party's corruption and its "anti-
Sindh" policies but warned that his party and people of Sindh would never
accept illegal and unconstitutional removal of President Asif Zardari by the
establishment. Palijo was addressing a big crowd of people participating in the
"Long March" in Mirpur Bathoro, a big town of Thatta district, on way to
Thatta, on Thursday.

Palijo said all over the world the people of coastal areas and those living in
the delta near seaports were seen happy. But, he regretted in the coastal
areas of Sindh, particularly Thatta, people are unhappy and it is evident from
their faces. He said it was not only a big question for the rulers belonging to
bigger province but also for the feudalists of Sindh who have kept common
people of Sindh trapped in poverty while amassing wealth in their hands. He
cited example of port cities Mumabi, Colombo, Pattaya, Singapore, Bali,
Brighton, Miami & Hongkong where happiness seems dancing on the faces of
the people living there. AT leader warned that if President Zardari was
removed through any conspiracy, Awami Tahrik would be the first party to
oppose it tooth and nail. He called upon the people to rise and fight for their
rights.

He bitterly criticised the present government for contemptuously ignoring their
rights to appease some particular groups. Earlier, on entering the historical
city Jhoke Sharif the participants of the long march, were given a rousing
welcome by the residents of Jhoke and the adjoining areas and rose petals
were showered on them at various places. The Long March was launched by
AT from Kandhkot on 8th October for the realisation of the rights of Sindh and
for a real people's democratic system in the country.
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Daily Dawn

PPP tilted towards the US, which had damaged its
popularity. It miserably failed to deliver & lost its
image-Ayaz Latif Palijo
Sunday, November 15, 2009 at 5:40am
THATTA, Nov 14: Leaders of the Awami Tehrik have opposed attempts to
dislodge the PPP government. Speaking to participants of a long march off
the National Highway, they said that although the government adopted anti-
Sindh polices and failed to solve basic issues of people, the AT would not
anyone to topple its government

AT leader Rasool Bux Palijo, president Ayaz Latif Palijo and Sindhiani Tehrik
leader Zahida Shaikh were addressing participants of the long march off the
National Highway on Saturday. Hundreds of people joined them to express
solidarity. Participants raised slogans and staged a sit-in.
Rassol Bux Palijo said that since the independence, leaders and bureaucrats
had been protecting their vested interests. Now when Pakistan had gone
bankrupt, leaders were accepting charity on specified terms laid down by the
US. He said the AT was a practical party and fought for the rights of Sindhis.
The long march would ensure legitimate rights of Sindh.

Ayaz Latif Palijo said that there was no doubt that the PPP tilted towards the
US, which had damaged its popularity. He said that it miserably failed to
deliver and lost its image by supporting an ethnic group. He said the PPP
remained a silent spectator on the murder of Benazir Bhutto, but the AT would
never allow democratic process to derail. He said that it was always people’s
struggle which solved their problems, therefore the long march would also
redress injustices done with the people. Other speakers said that the proposal
of Kalabagh Dam was not scrapped, but was in pipeline.

They said that after completion of Raini Canal, lower Sindh would not get
even a drop of water. Earlier, participants were accorded a warm welcome in
Thatta where they reached on the 38th day of long march, which had started
from Kashmore.

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Pakistan Christian Post

Sindh will move with “Walk of Survival” with
Awami Tehreek
Kandh Kot: November 17, 2009. (Raja Jee reports for PCP) Rasool Bux
Palijo’s Quomi Awami Long March is on its way to Karachi and will reach at
Ghaghar Phattak, the outskirt of Karachi on 18th November and will
march four days in Karachi. On 22 November as its last 46th day it will be
turned in Grand Peaceful Public Gathering from Mazar-e-Quid to Press
Club Karachi. This march started from Kandh Kot, upper end of Sindh on
8th of October 2009 and by walking 20 to 25 kilometers daily thousands
of marchers including men, women and children crossed Shikarpur,
Sukkur, Khairpur, Gambat, Kandiaro, Noshehro Feroz, Moro, Qazi Ahmed,
Sakrand, Hala, Bhit Shah, Hyderabad, Tando Mohammad Khan, Shah
Karim Bulri, Mirpur Bathoro, Sijawal, Thatto and Dabeji. This distance
becomes around 1000 kilometers and scheduled days are 46. To cover the
breadth/ other sides of Sindh merging short marches have also joined the
main march which includes as (1). Ratodero to Shikarpur (2). Dadu to
Moro (3). Nawabshah to Sakrand (4). Tando Allahyar to Hyderabad (5).
Matli to Tando Mohammad Khan (6). Daro to Mirpur Bathoro.

Distributed pamphlet tells the following aim and objectives:

Right of governance with complete autonomy as per 1940 resolution
instead of rule of imperial forces and their agents.

Hold back the right over natural resources, oil, coal, gas, islands, and
coastline.

Right of water of River Indus as per Sindh - Punjab Pact 1945

Stoppage of controversial water projects i.e. Dams on river Indus and Thal
canal.

·Stop alleged settlements of outsiders in Sindh to convert indigenous
population in minority.

·Reject allotment of million acres of provincial land to non Sindhi
population and multinational companies for illegal possession over cities.

·Restrain Sindhi students from admission in educational institutions of
Karachi and preserving Institution from copy, weapon, Bhata culture.

·Uproot all forms of Terrorism as state, urban, tribal, and religious in cities
and lawlessness in rural areas by so called urban rulers and feudal lords.

·Protest against Continuous unemployment and non observance of due
share in jobs for Sindhis in judiciary, military, financial institutions,
autonomous authorities and other departments.

·Protest against Jirga system, Honour killing, Karo Kari, immature
marriages and other violence against women and minorities.

It is the fifth long march by Awami Tahreek first in December 1991 from
Sukkur to Karachi, second in 1994 from Hyderabad to Karachi, third in
2001 from Bhitshah to Karachi, forth is from Sukkur to Karachi in 2005
and this is longest fifth one. There is no doubt in saying that Awami
Tahreek always gained huge support from publics and their struggle
remained peaceful and non-violent. No scratch on any vehicle or any
damage to property or misbehave to any persons on any basis of sect,
language or creed were reported so far. But in 2001,they faced baton
charge, injuries, bloodshed, lockups, and tear gas shells each day by
police in a bid to foil the long march and they set new example of bravery
ahead the government blockade, torture, brutality and aggression and
succeeded to reach Karachi peacefully.

Awami Tahreek was formed on 1970 aiming to establish a welfare state
with participation of renowned Marxist-Leninist-Maoist writers, political
activists and intellectuals under leading theoretician Rasool Bux Palijo.
Besides contribution in all democratic and human right struggles in
Pakistan, the active role of Awami Tahreek is largely recognized in Anti
One- Unit, MRD, Anti Kalabagh Dam, anti urban terrorism, restoration of
judiciary , violence in educational institutions and violence against women
and peasant in all over Pakistan.

Founder of Awami Tahreek Rasool Bux Palijo (80) is a well-known
politician of Pakistan and he earned the fame in struggling against
feudalisms, marshal-laws, establishment, colonialism and imperialism.
Besides top constitutional and criminal lawyer, he is an authority over
world history, philosophy, science, religion and political theories and also
wrote more than 40 books on numerous subjects. He remained about 11
years in jail and declared as Prisoner of Conscience by Amnesty
International in 1981. Organizing women and Hindu scheduled Castes are
his more remarkable and revolutionary traits. His continuous love,
affection and guide uplifted them as first class citizens and He has broken
the walls of untouchability and chains of women slavery very practically.

During passing through no-go area of Saradars in Kadh Kot, Rasool Bux
Palijo expressed his views as “Through planned conspiracy, big cities of
Sindh are handed over to terrorists while the rurals areas have been
distributed to tribal chiefs and Jagidars and both are the agents of
imperial forces. Feudalism and urban terrorism are being nourished by
dictators and imperial agencies to maintain status quo. Criminal
negligence of present government over the urban terrorism on Sindhi and
tribal terrorism over women and Hindus are very shameful. However, the
sons and daughters of Sindh without any discrimination of caste, tribe,
creed and religion are ready to play their role in struggle to get back
sovereignty of Sindh and the resources of Sindh”.

Averagely 500 men, women and children have walked in changing
weather from hot to cold in the entire province on foot and when crossed
through towns and cities the caravan turned into huge public gatherings.
Leaders spoke there to highlight the issue and purposes. Caravan received
warm welcome by local organizations, political parties, civil societies, bar
associations at every stop along National Highway. There were singers
who kept the participants energized with revolutionary songs of Shah
Latif, Faiz Amed Faiz, Shaikh Ayaz, Habib Jalib, Ustad Bukhari, Sahir
Ludhiyanvi, and Bhagat Kabir and also the well-worded poetic slogans
were chanted as

· Jo America jo yaar aa - Ghadaar aa Ghadar aa.

· Qudarati waseela - Awam ji hawaley kario.

· Karo-kari ain jirga system - Na manzoor no manzoor.

· Daryan ji Aabadgari - Band Kario band kario

· 12 May ain 18 October Ja qatil - Girftar kario Girftar kario

· Jagia Jagia - Sindhi Jagia.

· Sindhu te ko b dam - Na khapey Na khapey

· Rahbar Sindhi Quom jo – Rasool Bux Palijo

· Kery-lugar ain NRO - Na manzoor Na manzoor

· Dahishat garidi ain Gunda Gardi - Band Kario band kario

Besides the frequent appearances of Rasool Bux Palijo (Cardiac Patient),
Advocate Ayaz Lalif Palijo, Sayed Aalam Shah, Mohammad Khan Bhurgri,
Qadir Ranto, Hakeem Halepoto of Awami Tahreek and Umrah Samo,
Zahida Shaikh, Nazir Qureshi, Husna Rahujo, Kalavanti Raja, Kalsoom
Halepoto of Sindhiyani Tahreek are leading the March.
Ayaz Latif Palijo (44), Awami Tahreek’s current president possessing
moving and shaking personality and having very vast knowledge and grip
over the issue of Sindh told that “Today Sindh is passing famine like
situation. People are committing suicide and selling their children due
allegedly made price hike and corruption. Broad day-light dacoity is made
on water, finances, employment and resources of coming generations.
How long the rulers embroil the people of Sindh in concocted stories?
People are full of hatred and warmly contributing their part in struggle.
Hugely participation of public and political groups irrespective of socio-
political and religious affiliations proved that Sindh is united”.
Mohammad Khan Bhurgri, General Secretary AT expressed the
significance of march as “It’s a mammoth demonstration and protest ever
held in Pakistan. Main theme of this protest is restoration of all rights of
Sindh and establishment of democratic republic welfare state. We are not
against any group or nation but we oppose those who perpetuate
atrocities on Sindhis and other working classes of Pakistan. This march is
organized against ongoing unemployment, price hike, terrorism,
lawlessness, corruption and shortage of water for which we have received
tremendous response from masses, people are hosting break fasts,
Lunches, dinners and night stays voluntarily. ”

Ms. Umrah Samo, President of Sindhiyani Tahreek, replied when asked
about hot weather, hard journey, as “It is tiring at instant but energizing
and interesting ahead public enthusiasm, supportive attitude, hospitality,
walking along, showering of rose petals, offering of foods, juices, sweets,
snakes, tea and milks by common people in thousands. At start some
were fairer but now we all are of same colour and complexions. Our
refreshed health and fitness is just the byproduct of 46 days long march”.

Many surprising and emotional scenes were observed; some are as under:

1). During passing through Ghauspur hundreds of Hindu Bagri women
appeared and joined march singing songs in their own language.

2). In Kumb city Menghwar Community welcome the long march with
many baskets of sweets and celebrated Deevali Festival with Caravan.

3). Huge group of Young Shaikh Community leading by Latif Shaikh
received the long march like traditional Barat in Gambat and all danced for
hours in the tunes of barati band-baja and drums.

4). Parents arranged the marriage of Sakina Maganhar but she joined
March till the first ceremony of ‘wanwah’ and all marching women left her
with placing ‘Mendi’ on her hand palms and marriage songs.

5). Two old age (above 75 years) persons Ahmed Laghari and Ali Ghulam
Nizamani are determined to walk for 46 days and many youngster of 7-10
years are in the walk. Women with infants are surprising entries.

6). A man near Sakrand stopped his car and left his wife and three
daughters in long march and come back at evening and repeated thrice.

7). Many Small tea hotel owners at rural side stopped the caravan and
forcibly offered the tea to all persons free. Ended all milk and tea and
started walking.

8). All Gadi Nahins of Dargahs came across like Hazrat Sachal Sarmast,
Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, Shah Inayat Shaheed Of Jhok Sharif have warmly
and culturally welcomed with presenting Ajraks and singing sufi songs.

Bravo! Awami Tahreek is well playing its role with befitting courage and
sacrifice to aware, protest and project cause and demands in democratic
and peaceful ways towards Government and all well wishers of Pakistan to
resolve the issues and make the country go on in well and honoured
manner.

(Raja Jee is a social worker and civil society activist and can be contact at
raja.jee.khi@gmail
Frontier Post

AT flays NFC decision to announce award in Lahore
G.N. Mughul
KARACHI: President, Awami Tehrik (AT), Ayaz Latif Palijo, has bitterly criticised
the announcement made from the platform of National Finance Commission
(NFC) the other day that vital decisions about NFC Award would be taken in
"Takht-e-Lahore". He wondered what sort of federation it is in which neither
Quetta, nor Peshawar and Karachi are competent to take any vital decision about
the distribution of resources while only "Takht-e-Lahore" have such powers? This
was stated by Ayaz Latif Palijo while addressing a press conference at Karachi
Press Club on Friday to divulge salient features of Long March launched by AT
since 8th October from tribal belt Kandhkot and is going to conclude on 45th day
near Karachi Press Club on Sunday. Ayaz Palijo, son of Rasul Bux Palijo, said in
principle the decision announced by NFC to distribute NDP on multiple factors
was welcomed but declared that if 70 per cent funds are distributed on the basis
of population while only 5 per cent are distributed on the basis of revenue then it
would just be peanut and would not be acceptable to the people of Sindh. He
ridiculed the "thesis" that data about the consumption etc would be needed to
evolve the formula and questioned as to who will monitor as to which
commodities are produced in which province and in which province it is
consumed. He expressed doubts that unnecessarily the issue was being
hoodwinked to deceive the smaller provinces like Sindh. He said it means "they"
want to create hurdles in the determination of Sindh's right on the basis of its
revenue contribution. Palijo suggested that difference would have to be made
between two categories of extremists - those who do not take arms and those
who take arms. He said operation would have to be launched against those
extremists who use arms while negotiations are advised to be held with those
who do not take up arms. As for AT Long March, Ayaz Latif said that through this
march seed has been sown for having a greater alliance of heterogenous political
parties. Citing example, he said, when 8th October long march was started from
Kandhkot, the workers and leaders of Jamiat e Islami, nationalist organisation
JSQM (headed by Bashir Khan Qureshi), PPP Shaheed Bhutto group, and Sindh
United Party (SUP) accompanied the march. While after few days JUI and STPP
leaders participated the long march. Besides, he said, a large number of
disgruntled PPP workers have also been part of the long march. Ayaz Latif Palijo
said that long march is against corrupt ruling Government, its allies and their
patron US. However, he made it clear that they did not intend to dislodge elected
democracy to be replaced with some Generals.

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Indus Asia Online Journal (iaoj)

Why Sindhi media is blocking coverage of Awami
Tahreek’s Long March??? Raise your voice.
by: Shamshad Khuwaja

The way Sindhi media is ignoring the Long March of Awami Tahreek is not only
shocking but rather an unethical act.. The Long March started from Kandhkot on 8th
October and is being organized against ongoing unemployment, price-hike, terrorism,
lawlessness and acute shortage of water in Sindh. For the last 39 days thousands of
brave women and men passing through the tribal no-go-areas, towns, big cities and
hundreds of thousands gathered in Hyderabad.

When our sisters and elders are marching 20 to 25 kms under scorching sun, their feet
are injured and Sindh TV, Awaz, Mehran, Dharti, Daily Ibrat, Tameer Sindh and
Awami Awaz are covering each and every important moment of the painstaking Long
March and even The Dawn, Geo and ARY relayed the live coverage of Hyderabad
and Thatta, we don’t know under whose orders some Sindhi T.V. channels have
completely blocked the coverage of the Long March of Awami Tahrik.

The long march will ultimately reach at Karachi after 46 days and a grand peaceful
protest rally of about a million people will be held in front of Press Club Karachi,
Sindh…

Sindhi media and all other channels and newspapers are our assets and we consider
the journalists working in those offices as our honest and professional brothers and
sisters but unfortunately some news channels are following the path of blackmailer
JAMADAR JAARO KHAN pattern and walking on the tracks of dhoom, starplus and
jassarat and other certain substandard newspapers and channels, our genuine peaceful
democratic struggle, our culture , heritage and language is not being delivered to the
world in the right way as it is, our media is good for nothing, its a very disappointing
thing.

Isn’t it the duty for every educated person to appeal in writing to the Sindhi media and
other urdu and English newspapers and media to change their theme for the actual
cause of spreading awareness of issues harming Sindh and 17 crore people of Pakistan
and support struggle and culture of our motherland globally. People say that channels
are after money and power and under the influence of few minsters and terrorists so
they don’t bring truth in time..justify justly..or defend peoples rights daringly….most
of politicians and feudals have purchased the media channels for their
interests…moreover foreign powers, establishment and some terrorist organizations
have got monopoly over these channels as they own them so we get all what they
want to make us watch from their viewpoint….but the time has come when we should
speak up and we must be careful and vigilant and monitor their role.
Daily Dawn

KARACHI: Demand for giving Sindh its due rights
By Our Staff Reporter , Monday, 23 Nov, 2009

KARACHI, Nov 22: Participants of a long march after covering 900 kilometres on
foot in 46 days on arriving Karachi demanded that Sindh’s right over its resources
should be accepted and income generated from all resources, including oil, gas
and two seaports, should be handed over to the province.

The long march, which started from Kandhkot under the auspices of the Sindh
Awami Tehrik and was joined by other political parties on the way, reached
Karachi on Sunday. A large number of woman activists of the Sindhyani Tehrik
also participated in the march.

The rally, which was led by Sindh Awami Tehrik chief Rasool Bakhsh Palejo, was
addressed by Ayaz Latif Palejo, Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party chairman Dr Qadir
Magsi, National Workers Party leaders Yusuf Masti Khan and Usman Baloch,
Tehrik-i-Insaf’s Imran Ismail, Sindh National Party’s Amir Bhambhro, PML-N’s
Ismail Rahu, and Sindhi Shagird Tehrik’s Shah Mohammad Shah.

The leaders said that exploitation of Sindh’s resources by successive rulers had
increased poverty in the province.

A resolution passed on the occasion demanded that in the next National Finance
Commission Award, the principle of revenue generation and collection should be
conceded and the Water Accord of 1991 should be implemented.

The resolution said that those who had taken advantage of the NRO should be
removed from the government.

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newspaper/local/karachi-demand-for-giving-sindh-its-due-rights-319
The News International

Awami Tehreek’s long march concludes

Rally asks govt to deliver or quit Demands raising Sindh’s admission quota in
Karachi-based educational institutions, higher positions for Sindhis in armed
forces, appointment of Sindhi judges in SHC, Sindhi-speaking chief secretary
and police chief.

Monday, November 23, 2009, By Zeeshan Azmat

The 46-day long march started by the Awami Tehreek (AT) on October 8 from Kandhkot culminated in
Karachi on Sunday with a huge gathering on Zaibunissa Street, where speakers delivered fiery speeches
criticizing the government and the United States.

The gathering, which was scheduled to initially take place at the Karachi Press Club but owing to the
sheer numbers had to be relocated to Zaibunissa Street near Rex Complex, Saddar, was addressed by
the leaders of nationalist and religious parties, including veteran politician Rasool Bux Palijo.

Palijo, in his speech to the ‘Awami Long March’, criticised the government for taking dictation from the
United States and asked the government to control and run the country’s affairs on its own or quit.

The senior politician also asked the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) beneficiaries to face
charges in the courts.

“Killing people is a greater sin than corruption, and those who are saying that they were not involved in
corruption should face murder charges in the courts,” he said, adding: “it is unfortunate that a few
people have taken over the control of the city and they have been given free hand by the authorities
sitting in Islamabad.”

Palijo said: “People should understand the issues and problems they are facing at the moment, as our
governments have been trying to make this country a US colony. “The US imperials are worse than the
British emperors. The US imperial kills even those who support and work for their agenda and the killing
of General Ziaul Haq is one such example in this regard.

“Liaquat Ali Khan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and his daughter Benazir Bhutto were among those who had
served US. However, no one asked why these leaders were killed and what the motive of their murder
was.”

He also quoted several incidents, including the fall of Dhaka as well as interference in Afghanistan, and
linked it to the corruption of politicians to protect their own seats. Pointing to the feudals, he said that
they were involved in land-grabbing and they also supported anti-social elements in Karachi.

He alleged that former president Ghulam Ishaq Khan had offered weapons to Awami Tehrik (AT) to
fight against other groups, but this offer was rejected by the party leadership. “We are peace-loving
people and want to solve the issues of the people and not to keep them lingering,” he added.

The Ziabunissa Street was completely packed with hundreds of Sindhi and Baloch nationalist parties’
activists and leaders. Workers of other organisations were also present carrying their respective party
flags. The AT long march participants travelled for 46 continuous days to raise awareness among the
people to realise their rights as well as for the establishment of a true democratic system based on
people’s choice.

Earlier, Central President AT Ayaz Latif Palijo alleged that the people of Sindh were not drawing any
benefits from their own natural resources, and claimed that there was no water for the people of the
province and the locals have been deprived of basic health and education facilities.

“There is lawlessness in the country, particularly Sindh. The writ of the government is nowhere. We
have to fight against all these odds,” he added. Ayaz Palijo also criticised President Zardari, saying that
he made lots of promises before taking the charge but failed to deliver any.

Ayaz Palijo, who delivered speeches in Sindhi, Urdu, English and Balochi, said that the people of Sindh
want provincial autonomy as per the 1940 Resolution and the natural resources of Sindh should be
handed over to its people.

On the occasion, a resolution was approved which demanded for raising Sindh’s admission quota in
Karachi-based educational institutions by 80 per cent.

It also demanded for giving Sindhis higher positions in the Armed forces, appointment of Sindhi judges
in the High Court as well as inducting a Sindhi-speaking chief secretary and inspector general of police
in the province.

Ayaz Palijo asked the participants to observe one minute silence in memory of Shahnawaz Bhutto, Nadir
Baloch, Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi and Abdullah Murad.

Shah Muhammad Shah of Sindh Safe Movement said that not a single nationalist took advantage from
NRO because “we are fighting for our rights and not for personal benefits”.

President Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party Dr Qadir Magsi said that the government never listens to the
complaints of poor people, adding: “If the government does not stop this practice, the people would
throw them out of power”. Marvi Memon of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid said that provincial
autonomy would strengthen the federation.

The representatives of Sindh United Party, Pakistan People’s Party (Shaheed Bhutto Group), Jeay Sindh
Qaumi Mahaz, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, Jamaat-e-Islami, Sindh National Party and various Baloch and
Siraiki organisations also welcomed the rally and extended their support to AT

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Indus Asia Online Journal (iaoj)

AWAMI TAHREEK LONG MARCH: A remarkable &
unprecedented massive show of strength
Report by: Khalid Baloch

Baloch-Sindhis, Kachee-Sindhis, Selawat-Sindhis, Seraiki-Sindhis and Memon-
Sindhis of Karachi participated overwhelmingly

The scene on M.A Jinnah Road Karachi and Saddar today was remarkable and
unprecedented—hundreds of thousands of Sindhis marched into the heart of a major
Pakistani city, stopping all traffic and disrupting business as usual for a whole
weekend afternoon to demand that their voices be heard. Awami Tahreek protesters
left their villages, towns, workplaces, and neighborhoods all over the Karachi region
and beyond to converge on the front road of Mazzar-e-Quaid area. And they delivered
an unmistakable NO to the discrimination and injustices against Sindhis, Balochs and
other oppressed nations.

This historic LONG MARCH led by Awami Tahreek’s president Ayaz Latif Palijo
was a national show of strength and unity for the local population of Karachi, Thatta
and Jamshoro Districts and sent shock-waves far and wide-throughout this
metropolitan and the entire country. Thousands of marchers were walking since
October 8th and hundreds of thousands arrived today in hundreds of chartered buses
and trucks. Though the protesters were non-violent and were not attempting to
obstruct any road, but their strength and movement jammed the taxis and the mini-
buses. Cars and vans stopped to pick up people on street corners who weren’t able to
get on the crowded city buses heading toward the march starting point.

Awami Tahreek and Sindhiani Tahreek workers took to the streets in Karachi in
protests timed to coincide with the announcement of NFC and Bill for the Provincial
Autonomy and the two main speeches of Mr. Rasool Bux Palijo and Ayaz Latif Palijo
paved the path for participants to shout, “Sindh belongs to Sindhis”, “Petrol, Gas,
Coal, Port and Indus belong to Sindhis” and “Implement 1940 Resolution”

Aerial news footages of TV channel showed the streets throughout the Mazzar-e-
Quaid and Zaibunissa Street packed with Sindhi women. Estimates of the size of this
massive show of strength reached upwards of 180000 to 200000. The people who
came out were mainly Sindhis, overwhelmingly party workers and followers of
veteran thinker and politicians Rasool Bux Palijo but the participation of Balochs,
Kachees and Seraikis was very important and positive. First time a march of a Sindhi
Nationalist political party was the big head line evening news for all English, Urdu
and Sindhi TV channels.(Dawn TV, GEO, Samaa, KTN, Sindh TV, Awaz, Mehran,
Aaj, ARY, Duniya & Waqt TV)

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Daily Times

Atrocities against Sindh condemned
By Irfan Ali

KARACHI: Sindh Awami Tehreek (AT) chief Rasool Bux Palijo on Sunday addressed a huge
gathering that was called to condemn the atrocities against Sindh, and demand the
province’s rights including its due share in the National Finance Commission (NFC) Award.

Calling the gathering at Zaibunnisa Street a success, he said Sindh was suffering from
many forms of injustice since the creation of Pakistan adding, “This long march has
brought a message of unity and brotherhood for all the communities of the country.”

The ‘Qaumi Awami Long March’ that started from Khandkot on October 8, under the
leadership of AT chief, and the newly elected party president and human rights lawyer,
Ayaz Latif Palijo, culminated after a 900 km walk.

Thousands of people, including women and children, participated to demand provincial
autonomy under the 1940 Resolution, a fair NFC Award, and basic amenities such as
water, education etc. The participants also demanded measures against corruption,
lawlessness, terrorism, unemployment, price hike and artificial inflation.

Other participant parties were the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid, Pakistan Tehreek Insaf,
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Jamaat-e-Islami, National Workers Party, Save Sindh
Movement, and nationalist parties including Sindh Taraqi Passand Party, Jeay Sindh Qaumi
Mahaz, Sindh United Party and Sindh National Party.

The AT chief said the migrants from India must sit with them as brothers and not adopt an
imperialistic attitude towards Sindhis.

Calling all immigrants illegal who came to Pakistan after 1954, he urged the government to
send them back to India.

He termed the National Reconciliation Ordinance a shameful act of shielding the
perpetrators of heinous crimes against Sindhis, and said all culprits must be brought
before a court of law.

The AT chief also spoke about Benazir Bhutto’s murder and criticised the PPP leadership for
its failure in taking any worthwhile action this regard, as well as its inability to arrest the
killers of other political leaders and activists.

Criticising the partnership between the PPP and the MQM on the occasion, he said
President Zardari has the powers to appoint the chief of the army staff, but is powerless in
posting a Sindhi speaking chief secretary and IGP for the province.

The AT chief on the occasion invited Baloch, Pukhtoons, oppressed Punjabis and Siraikis for
a joint struggle of rights. He said that the anti-women impression about Sindh would be
dispersed today after a massive representation of women participants in the long march.

Criticising the PPP government for selling out government jobs to ‘Waderas’ and ministers,
he complained that the doors of educational institutions are closed for Sindhi students in
Karachi.

Terming the federal and city governments as usurpers, he condemned the forcible taking
over of coal and oil reserves, islands and fishing areas of Sindh. He said the AT is not
against any group or nation but is opposed to the perpetrators of atrocities.

“The real heirs of Benazir Bhutto are the workers of the Awami Tehreek, who are
struggling for the rights of the people,” he claimed and demanded that all the people
mentioned in the NRO should resign from government posts. STPP Chief Dr Qadir Magsi
said that the people whose murder cases were withdrawn under the NRO should be
brought before the courts.
PML-Q MNA Marvi Memon said that her party is striving for the salvation of real issues
faced by the people, adding that she will raise her voice in the National Assembly for the
judicious share of Sindh in the NFC Award, water and other resources.

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The Nation

Country under symbolic US slavery: Palijo
By: Ramzan Chandio | Published: November 23, 2009

KARACHI - The Chief of Sindhi Awami Tehreek (AT), Rasool Bux Palijo, has said
that the country is under symbolic slavery of United States of America which is worse
than the colonialism of British era.
Addressing a huge gathering of Long March at Zaibunnisa Street here on Sunday,
Palijo said that the USA was involved in the murders of all the rulers of the country,
who were remained the agent of the USA in Pakistan.
“Sindh is facing many forms of injustices since the creation of Pakistan and these
atrocities are still continues. This Long March has brought the message of unity and
brotherhood for all the communities of the country,” he added.
The Qaumi Awami Long March was started in the leadership of Awami Tahreek’s
chief Rasool Bux Palijo and newly elected Central President of the party and Human
Rights lawyer, Ayaz Latif Palijo, from Kandhkot on October 8, 2009. Covering over
900 kilometres and 46 days of journey through walk, it culminated on November 22
(Sunday) at Karachi.
Thousands of women, men and children participated in the Long March for provincial
autonomy under 1940 Resolution, for judicious NFC Award, water, education,
resources and rights of Sindh, and against corruption, lawlessness, terrorism,
unemployment, price hike and inflation.
Besides the leaders of the PML-Q, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), PML-N, Jamiat
Islami, National Workers party, Save Sindh Movement, the nationalist parties of
Sindh including Sindhi Taraqi Passand Party, JSQM, Sindh United Party, Sindh
National Party had supported the struggle and also participated in the Long March.
AT chief, in his speech, also extended offer to the communities who came from the
India, to sit together as brothers but also warned that that they should not speak with
the Sindhis as imperial masters.

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Regional Times
Long March held in Karachi Paleejo demands
provincial autonomy for Sindh
KARACHI: Awami Tehreek (AT) chief and political leader,
Rasool Bux Palejo on Sunday said provincial autonomy
should be given to Sindh according to the 1940 resolution,
adding that its people should be given the ownership rights of
the resources of the province.
Addressing the participants of a Long March here, he said
that the people of Sindh have been deprived of their due
rights since 1947, adding that the purpose of holding a Long
March is to highlight the grievances of the people and resolve
them on a priority basis. Mr Palejo said that who will protect
the national frontiers, if the military is tasked for an operation
inside the country. The speakers on the occasion said that
the rulers are busy with winning for the US and other western
powers to get an extension in their service term.’
“We have been fighting against the oppressors since the time
of Alexandra the Great and we have asked the establishment
to stanch the measures against Sindh,” he observed.
A large number of people, intellectuals and nationalists
leaders participated in the Long March.—Agencies
Indus Asia Online Journal (iaoj)

JSQM, AT rallies: A salute to the heroes on
the battlefield
23 11 2009 by: Aziz Narejo, TX

Pushed to the wall, the people in Sindh seem to be coming together. First JSQM’s
mammoth rally of November 7 and now AT’s big public meeting at the culmination
of its 46-day, 900-kilometer “Long March” in Karachi today. Another party, STP is to
hold a grand rally in Karachi in January.

Congratulations to Jeeaey Sindh Qaumi Muhaz and Awami Tahreek for their peaceful
and highly successful rallies and best wishes to Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party for their
upcoming event.

It is auspicious to see major political parties and groups in Sindh coming together to
work for the rights of the people. Hope their cooperation with each other will help end
injustices and bring peace and prosperity to the people and the land who have suffered
heavily during last 62 years under various democratic as well as undemocratic
regimes.

The next step should be sitting together of the leadership of these parties and groups
and chalking out a plan to take Sindh back. Holding big rallies is good but should be
considered only a beginning of a thorny and complex journey.
Indus Asia Online Journal (iaoj)

Historical Sindh Long March of 1000 kilometers
24 11 2009 By: Raja Jee

On 22nd November, Quomi Awami Long March led by Rasool Bux Palijo has
reached Karachi, and thousands of Man, women and children marched from Mazar-e-
Quid to Imprest Market, the historical place from where Sindh played his role in 1857
war against British. Main leadership of Muslim League (N), Jamait-e-Islami, Sindh
Taraqi Pasand Party, Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf, Muslim League (Q) and civil society
showed absolute solidarity and participated in this Grand Peaceful Public Gathering
of more than two hundred thousand Sindhis including about fifty thousand women.
Participation and unanimous support of leaders of various political parties indicates
that they are united over the issues and all called this event as most exceptional,
mammoth, unique and longest protest march in Indo-Pak history and congratulated
Awami Tahreek and Rasool Bux Palijo for this heart-awakening march. First time a
march of a Sindhi Nationalist political party was the big head line evening news for
all English, Urdu and Sindhi TV channels and named as a remarkable and
unprecedented massive show of strength of indigenous local people.

This march started from Kandh Kot, upper end of Sindh on 8th of October 2009 and
by walking 20 to 25 kilometers daily thousands of marchers including men, women
and children crossed Shikarpur, Sukkur, Khairpur, Gambat, Kandiaro, Noshehro
Feroz, Moro, Qazi Ahmed, Sakrand, Hala, Bhit Shah, Hyderabad, Tando Mohammad
Khan, Shah Karim Bulri, Mirpur Bathoro, Sijawal, Thatto, Dabeji, Ghaghar phattak,
Quidabad, Malir, Bhitai Abad, Gulistan-e-Johar, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Guru Mander to
reach Destination. This distance became around 1000 kilometers which was covered
in 46 days as scheduled. The main route of March touched from one end to other end
(North to South)of Sindh province where to cover the breadth/ other sides of Sindh
merging short marches have also joined the main march which includes as (1).
Ratodero to Shikarpur (2). Dadu to Moro (3). Nawabshah to Sakrand (4). Tando
Allahyar to Hyderabad (5). Matli to Tando Mohammad Khan (6). Daro to Mirpur
Bathoro. In this way this tree shaped march touched every district of Sindh.

Distributed pamphlet tells the following aim and objectives:

• Right of governance with complete autonomy as per 1940 resolution instead of rule
of imperial forces and their agents.

• Hold back the right over natural resources, oil, coal, gas, islands, and coastline.

• Right of water of River Indus as per Sindh – Punjab Pact 1945

• Stoppage of controversial water projects i.e. Dams on river Indus and Thal canal.

• Stop alleged settlements of outsiders in Sindh to convert indigenous population in
minority.

• Reject allotment of million acres of provincial land to non Sindhi population and
multinational companies for illegal possession over cities.
• Restrain Sindhi students from admission in educational institutions of Karachi and
preserving Institution from copy, weapon, Bhata culture.

• Uproot all forms of Terrorism as state, urban, tribal, and religious in cities and
lawlessness in rural areas by so called urban rulers and feudal lords.

• Protest against Continuous unemployment and non observance of due share in jobs
for Sindhis in judiciary, military, financial institutions, autonomous authorities and
other departments.

• Protest against Jirga system, Honour killing, Karo Kari, immature marriages and
other violence against women and minorities.

It is the fifth long march by Awami Tahreek first in December 1991 from Sukkur to
Karachi, second in 1994 from Hyderabad to Karachi, third in 2001 from Bhitshah to
Karachi, forth is from Sukkur to Karachi in 2005 and this is longest fifth one. There is
no doubt in saying that Awami Tahreek always gained huge support from publics and
their struggle remained peaceful and non-violent. No scratch on any vehicle or any
damage to property or misbehave to any persons on any basis of sect, language or
creed were reported so far. On the other hand in 2001, they faced baton charge,
injuries, bloodshed, lockups, and tear gas shells each day by police in a bid to foil the
long march and they set new example of bravery ahead the government blockade,
torture, brutality and aggression and succeeded to reach Karachi peacefully.

Awami Tahreek was formed on 1970 aiming to establish a welfare state with
participation of renowned Marxist-Leninist-Maoist writers, political activists and
intellectuals under leading theoretician Rasool Bux Palijo. Besides contribution in all
democratic and human right struggles in Pakistan, the active role of Awami Tahreek
is largely recognized in Anti One- Unit, MRD, Anti Kalabagh Dam, anti urban
terrorism, restoration of judiciary , violence in educational institutions and violence
against women and peasant in all over Pakistan.

Founder of Awami Tahreek Rasool Bux Palijo (80) is a well-known politician of
Pakistan and he earned the fame in struggling against feudalisms, marshal-laws,
establishment, colonialism and imperialism. Besides top constitutional and criminal
lawyer, he is an authority over world history, philosophy, science, religion and
political theories and also wrote more than 40 books on numerous subjects. He
remained about 11 years in jail and declared as Prisoner of Conscience by Amnesty
International in 1981. Organizing women and Hindu scheduled Castes are his more
remarkable and revolutionary traits. His continuous love, affection and guide uplifted
them as first class citizens and He has broken the walls of untouchability and chains
of women slavery very practically.

During passing through no-go area of Saradars in Kadh Kot, Rasool Bux Palijo
expressed his views as “Through planned conspiracy, big cities of Sindh are handed
over to terrorists while the rurals areas have been distributed to tribal chiefs and
Jagidars and both are the agents of imperial forces. Feudalism and urban terrorism are
being nourished by dictators and imperial agencies to maintain status quo. Criminal
negligence of present government over the urban terrorism on Sindhi and tribal
terrorism over women and Hindus are very shameful. However, the sons and
daughters of Sindh without any discrimination of caste, tribe, creed and religion are
ready to play their role in struggle to get back sovereignty of Sindh and the resources
of Sindh”.

Averagely 500 men, women and children have walked in changing weather from hot
to cold in the entire province on foot and when crossed through towns and cities the
caravan turned into huge public gatherings. Leaders spoke there to highlight the issue
and purposes. Caravan received warm welcome by local organizations, political
parties, civil societies, bar associations at every stop along National Highway. There
were singers who kept the participants energized with revolutionary songs of Shah
Latif, Faiz Amed Faiz, Shaikh Ayaz, Habib Jalib, Ustad Bukhari, Sahir Ludhiyanvi,
and Bhagat Kabir and also the well-worded poetic slogans were loudly chanted with
pleasant rhythms as

• Jo America jo yaar aa – Ghadaar aa Ghadar aa.

• Qudarati waseela – Awam ji hawaley kario.

• Karo-kari ain jirga system – Na manzoor no manzoor.

• Daryan ji Aabadgari – Band Kario band kario

• 12 May ain 18 October Ja qatil – Girftar kario Girftar kario

• Jagia Jagia – Sindhi Jagia.

• Sindhu te ko b dam – Na khapey Na khapey

• Rahbar Sindhi Quom jo – Rasool Bux Palijo

• Kery-lugar ain NRO – Na manzoor Na manzoor

• Dahishat garidi ain Gunda Gardi – Band Kario band kario

Besides the frequent appearances of Rasool Bux Palijo (Cardiac Patient), Advocate
Ayaz Lalif Palijo, Sayed Aalam Shah, Mohammad Khan Bhurgri, Qadir Ranto,
Hakeem Halepoto, Mazhar Rahujo of Awami Tahreek and Umrah Samo, Zahida
Shaikh, Nazir Qureshi, Husna Rahujo, Marium Gopang, Kalavanti Raja, Fahmaida
Soomro, Azmat Halepoto of Sindhiyani Tahreek are leading the March.

Ayaz Latif Palijo (44), Awami Tahreek’s current president possessing moving and
shaking personality and having very vast knowledge and grip over the issue of Sindh
told that “Today Sindh is passing famine like situation. People are committing suicide
and selling their children due allegedly made price hike and corruption. Broad day-
light dacoity is made on water, finances, employment and resources of coming
generations. How long the rulers embroil the people of Sindh in concocted stories?
People are full of hatred and warmly contributing their part in struggle. Hugely
participation of public and political groups irrespective of socio-political and religious
affiliations proved that Sindh is united”.

Mohammad Khan Bhurgri, General Secretary AT expressed the significance of march
as “It’s a mammoth demonstration and protest ever held in Pakistan. Main theme of
this protest is restoration of all rights of Sindh and establishment of democratic
republic welfare state. We are not against any group or nation but we oppose those
who perpetuate atrocities on Sindhis and other working classes of Pakistan. This
march is organized against ongoing unemployment, price hike, terrorism, lawlessness,
corruption and shortage of water for which we have received tremendous response
from masses, people are hosting break fasts, Lunches, dinners and night stays
voluntarily. ”

Ms. Umrah Samo, President of Sindhiyani Tahreek, replied when asked about hot
weather, hard journey, as “It is tiring at instant but energizing and interesting ahead
public enthusiasm, supportive attitude, hospitality, walking along, showering of rose
petals, offering of foods, juices, sweets, snakes, tea and milks by common people in
thousands. At start some were fairer but now we all are of same colour and
complexions. Our refreshed health and fitness is just the byproduct of 46 days long
march”.

Many surprising and emotional scenes were observed; some memories shared by Mr.
Riaz Ahmed Pechuho, a 46 days marcher, are as under:

1). During passing through Ghauspur hundreds of Hindu Bagri women appeared and
joined march singing songs in their own language.

2). In Kumb city Menghwar Community welcome the long march with many baskets
of sweets and celebrated Deevali Festival with Caravan.

3). Huge group of Young Shaikh Community leading by Latif Shaikh received the
long march like traditional Barat in Gambat and all danced for hours in the tunes of
barati band-baja and drums.

4). Parents arranged the marriage of Sakina Maganhar but she joined March till the
first ceremony of ‘wanwah’ and all marching women left her with placing ‘Mendi’ on
her hand palms and marriage songs.

5). Two old age (above 75 years) persons Ahmed Laghari and Ali Ghulam Nizamani
are determined to walk for 46 days and many youngster of 7-10 years are in the walk.
Women with infants are surprising entries.

6). A man near Sakrand stopped his car and left his wife and three daughters in long
march and come back at evening and repeated thrice.

7). Many Small tea hotel owners at rural side stopped the caravan and forcibly offered
the tea to all persons free. Ended all milk and tea and started walking.

8). All Gadi Nahins of Dargahs as came across like Hazrat Sachal Sarmast, Shah
Abdul Latif Bhittai, Shah Inayat Shaheed Of Jhok Sharif have warmly and culturally
welcomed with presenting Ajraks and singing sufi songs and showed complete
solidarity with march objectives.

9). Feet of participants were wounded and swelled but the glow of their eyes were
very shining and they kept the victorious smile on their faces.
10). Many women carried their milk feeding babies on their waists and continued 46
days march with a military discipline.

Bravo! Awami Tahreek have played well its role with befitting courage and sacrifice
to aware, protest and project the cause and demands of Sindh in democratic,
disciplined and peaceful ways towards Government and all well wishers of Pakistan
and stressed to resolve the issues and make the country go on in well and honoured
manner.

(The writer is a social worker and civil society activist. He can be reached at
raja.jee.khi@gmail.com. )

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