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Zulfiqar Shah
Political parties in Sindh - Part II 08 February, 2017
Jamiat-e-Ulmeai Islam - Fazul Rehman Sindh (JUI-F Sindh): JUI-F Sindh is right wing religious political party, mostly having its pocket in some areas of the northern Sindh. It also has members in the Parliament. JUI-F has history of struggle against Kalabagh Dam, and for natural resources rights of Sindh. Murder of JUI-F leader Dr. Khalid Mehmood Sommro was due to JUI-F Sindh plans of struggle for the natural resources rights of Sindh.
Awami National Party Sindh (ANP Sindh)

ANP-Sindh has two streams of history. Earlier, until 1988 it was one of the popular political parties in Sindh. ANP-Sindh today is limited to the Pashtun immigrants from Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa (KP) province to Sindh. It mainly is in Karachi with some branches in Hyderabad and Sukkur. ANP-Sindh has a very recent history of very few (bellow five) members in Sindh Assembly. ANP-Sindh is led by Shahi Syed.

Jamait-e-Islami Sindh (JI-Sindh)

Jam'at Islami Sindhi (JI-Sindh) is a right wing religious political party based on Salafism. JI Sindh is different from rest of JI in Pakistan. JI Sindh has a history of highly limited Parliamentarians from Sindh. Jam'at Islami in Karachi at least once formed local government. Urdu speaking Sindhi (MQM claims this linguistic group Muhajor) forms largest membership of the party. Maulana Asadullah Bhutto is Sindh leader of JI.

Tahreek-e-Inasaf Sindh (TI-Sindh)

Tahreek-e-Inasaf Sindh (TI-Sindh) is a recently founded political party that has won seats for Sindh Assembly and National Assembly from Karachi at least. Tahreek-e-Insaf has newly developed itself in the various districts of Sindh. Mr. Alavi and Lal Malhi are among some of its leaders.

Sunni Tahreek - Sindh (ST-Sindh)

Sunni Tahreek is one of the popular right wing religious parties in Sindh. It has its roots in the urban hubs of Sindh like Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Mirpurkhas, and Nawabshah. Urdu speaking Sindhi (MQM claims this linguistic group Muhajor) are the members of this party. Leadership of the party were assassinated more than once.

Communist Party of Pakistan - Sindh (CPP-Sindh)

Communist Party of Pakistan has mainly two split groups in Sindh that have their rag tag existence in Urban hubs and trade union of Sindh. In past, it was one of the vibrant left parties in the province.

Awami Workers Party - Sindh (AWP-Sindh)

AWP - Sindh is a left political party that is a result of merger of several left political parties from across Pakistan including Labour Party Pakistan, Awami Party Pakistan and National Workers Party. It has existence in some urban and rural areas of Sindh.

Pak Sarzameen Party (Pak Sarzameen)

Paki Sarzameen Party is a splinted group from Mutahida Qomi Movement (MQM) and exists in Karachi, Hyderabad and some other urban parts of Sindh. Led by previous Mayor (Nazim) of Karachi, Mustafa Kamal, Pak Sarzameen Party was realized after cadres had differences with the rest in MQM. Urdu speaking Sindhi (MQM claims this linguistic group Muhajor) are the members of this party.

Sindh Sagar Party

Sindh Sagar Party is a political group in some districts of Sindh. It is highly skewed. The party follows Shaikh Obaidullah Sindhi's school of thought. It profess liberal and secular version of Islam and strive for the sovereignty of Sindh.

Pakhtunkhuwa Mili Awami Party - Sindh (PkMP - Sindh)

PkMP has highly skewed units and limited memberships within some of Pashtuns that have migrated to Karachi from Balochistan and southeastern Afghanistan.

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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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