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Political Play
Zulfiqar Shah
Don't trap Sindh! 19 September, 2014
The time has come for Sindhi, especially Sindhi in Diaspora, to seriously opt for taking the formal case of Sindh in the United Nations on the basis of historical treaties signed between sovereign country of Sindh and the Britain before Britain's invasion of Sindh as well as crimes committed by the State of Pakistan and its ethno-communal mercenaries against Sindhi. This has become necessary especially after the recent blackmailing attempts by the sate-cronies.
Blackmailing Sindh

Pakistani establishment has a history of blackmailing the Sindh freedom movement. It usually plays third fiddle in the form of a political group called Mutahida Qomi Movement (MQM) to counter the rise in the freedom movement in Sindh. This tactics is also used whenever Sindh freedom is discussed in the international circles. This ‘Blackmail Sindh’ card usually consist the jargons for the division of Sindh on one or the other pretext.

This time this rotten card is used for the multiple purposes that include psychologically pressurizing Sindhi nationalists after the extraordinary rise in the freedom movement, bargaining for the release of General Musharaf since Sindhi people, like previously, are not in the favor of illegal and illegitimate concessions to the retired military dictator and a bid to get more concessions. Besides, it is also an attempt to advance the nefarious racist agenda for the division of Sindh in future.

Unable to divide Sindh

Mutahida Qomi Movement (MQM) Supremo Altaf Hussain said that either a Chief Minister for Sindh should be an Urdu speaking for every alternate term or Sindh should be divided in the two provinces. Later on, he along with his party’s most (un)wise man Anwar Ahmed has demanded new twenty administrative provinces in Pakistan and has quoted the example of India, Iran and Turkey. Let us see briefly the realities behind the issues of new provinces in Pakistan.

An elected member of the provincial assembly, according to the constitution, can be Chief Minister of the province. Majority in the provincial legislature is required. Unlike its contemporary Pakistan People’s Party (having home-ground in Sindh), the MQM is skewed and restricted tightly to the ethno-linguistic Urdu speaking Sindhis.

PPP since last three decades is having our Urdu speaking brothers as the senior most central leaders, ministers, and at least one Deputy Speaker. MQM, however, haven’t opened up as yet to even the all people of Sindh. MQM no doubt did an attempt in past to encourage the non-Urdu speakers among its fold; however that attempt was half heartedly since no Sindhi of Sindhi, Baloch and Pashtun origin was taken into the iron clad central fold of the party.

The other options for acquiring the post of the Chief Minister are to lobby with the political parties that have seats in the Sindh Assembly. Unfortunately, MQM has failed to build the rapport with the rest of the Sindh based political parties. On the other hand, the current Governor of Sindh belongs to MQM and has assumed this position of state-power almost twelve years ago despite the fact that newspapers have run several stories about the criminal cases against him. There are many other things that also need to be seen for example share in civil and military bureaucracy.

Pakistan Army is sixty-seven years old and Sindh Regiment is now forty. Sindhis are bellow one percent in Pakistani armed forces and no Sindhi has been promoted to the post of Brigadier General during the whole history of Pakistan. Meanwhile, dozens of senior and junior Generals have been Urdu speakers including three Army Chiefs. If this clubbed with the Air Force and Naval senior leadership, the revelations would change the very notion that who is deprived in the land of Sindh.

Myth of population behind new provinces

Two, the governance inefficiency and appropriate utilization of resources is a groundless argument for the new administrative provinces. If this argument is seen in the context of federal practices and examples of India, China, UK, USA, Iran and Turkey, such argument would fall in the category of fallacy. India has Uttar Pradesh, the largest federating state among the federations on the globe with the population of 204 million human beings speaking three major languages and dialects. This federating state alone has more population than whole of Pakistan.

China has Guangdong, the second largest populous federating province of the world, with the population of 204 million, more than the total human inhabitation of each Sindh, Balochistan, KP and Punjab. England in UK is the largest federating province among the European federations with the population of 53 million that equals Sindh and is higher than Balochistan and KP.

California in USA is the largest federating state in the northern America with the population of nearly 39 million, slightly thinner than Sindh and thicker than Balochistan and KP. India, China and Iran have mostly old and new states on the ethnic bases as well as a few on the religious-sectarian bases. Turkey has no socio-political and cultural relevance with Pakistan since it is a bi-ethnic country.

These four countries are stable and prosperous nations and are the world powers. This means that governance is a process of efficacy and social justice for the human development, peace and harmony.

Why a province for the recent immigrants is impossible?

No country in the world has yet created a state for the recently migrated communities. This is a kind of disastrous action, which would further create a chaos among the world community. If such an action is taken in the Pakistan, than probably India would be facing the demand for creating a province for Sindhi and Tibetan immigrants, Canada and England would face a demand of province for the immigrants in Vancouver and England.

Besides, if any province is created in any part of the world for the recently migrated / refuge communities, the countries would never open-up their border for the refugees of neighboring or distant countries, in case the some communities flee their homelands due to wars and instability. This would create a new crisis in the world.

What Sindhi should do?

There are many options for Sindhi people to cope with this situation within Pakistan. However, Sindhi people in Sindh and abroad may also consider one important option- legally going in the United Nations against the Federation of Pakistan and United Kingdom on the basis of treaties signed between the sovereign country of Sindh and the Great Britain before 1843 in which British assured security and sovereignty of Sindh from the invasions and other likely threats particularly from Punjab.

Since British violated their signed treaties in 1947 when its handed over Sindh to the Punjab against the will of Sindhi people. The international legal framework has space for that. Besides, Sindhi in Diaspora should seriously consider on the agenda of the membership of Sindh as an observer state in the United Nations.

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About The Author
Zulfiqar Shah is a stateless activist, analyst, and researcher. Although he is a refugee, and living a life in exile, he is a born Sindhi and South Asian. Currently he lives in India.
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