KARACHI - "Helplessness and hopelessness in Sindh has reached the breaking point and there is a serious demand for change in the democratic set-up as people in the province have started thinking that under the present political dispensation they would not get their legitimate rights", said Abdul Khalique Junejo, Chairman Jeay Sindh Mahaz, in an interview with The Nation. He said people of Sindh had given their verdict on February 18 by voting PPP to power, which emerged as single majority party in the province. The people of Sindh had pinned great hope on PPP that it would make new policies to improve socio-economic conditions in the province. But nothing has changed for the poor, who have started feeling that the new government is nothing more than the continuation of Musharraf regime. The former ruling cliques have accommodated their relatives in jobs while the incumbent rulers too are giving preference to their own kith and kin, he alleged. Junejo further said that for the first time in history of the country Z.A Bhutto had empowered the ordinary man on the street. The people of the province felt that Bhutto and his daughter had always worked for the welfare of masses and sacrificed their lives while fighting for the rights of common man. When Benazir Bhutto lost her life, the people totally lost hope and started thinking to bring a change, which they felt was the only way to get their legitimate rights. The frustration among people in Sindh has reached the breaking point and they would not stop short of anything but turn their dreams into reality, Junejo said and added that despondency was engulfing the people of the province. "NFC Award, water, Kalabagh Dam, rampant unemployment and influx of population are the immediate issues confronting Sindh to which no attention is being given since the present government took office ten months ago", he added. Junejo said that after brutal assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the people of Sindh were feeling that the present system could not guarantee their genuine rights. They have great respect and love for Shaheed Benazir Bhutto because she, following the footsteps of her father Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, had raised the voice for the rights of poor and fundamental changes in the system. People can rule in the name of Benazir Bhutto for couple of year but not forever. No one can replace Benazir Bhutto. Responding a question about much awaited NFC Award, Abdul Khalique Junejo said that dilly-dallying tactics were continuing. In his very first speech from the floor of the National Assembly, Prime Minister Gilani announced his government's intention to abolish the Concurrent List but nothing materialised. Concurrent list was no more the basic demand of Sindh and Balochistan. Their basic issue has gone beyond provincial autonomy and now it was sovereignty. Both the provinces needed control over their natural resources, economy, political, and cultural heritage. They did not need alms from the centre, he said. When asked why the nationalist parties did not succeed in their struggle in winning the rights, he said because the middle class considered lynchpin of nationalist movement has yet to mature in Sindh. "The middle class of Sindh migrated at the time of partition leaving behind feudals and Waderas. Now for the last three decades middle class in the province was slowly rising", he opined. Junejo continued that double standards in politics have created disappointment among the masses because on the one hand the leaders raise bogey of people rights while on the other they sit with those rulers who usurped peoples' rights. This is the main hindrance. He said that criminal factor also damaged the nationalist movements. Responding to another question about factions in nationalist parties when they have same goal, Abdul Khalique Junejo said that ways of struggle were important even when they were different. During independence movement in India, many parties had taken part in the struggle including Indian National Congress and Subash Chandra Bose and others, they had different ways but they all had the common goal. He said that change has always come through people,s power. An engineer by profession, Junejo started hearing revolutionary deeds of Fidel Castro in Cuba, and bitten by the romanticism of communism strongly, he believed the change could be brought through people's struggle. But he did not believe in raising arms to bring about change. He had always felt the means should always be just and moral to attain lofty target. He lamented the criminalisation of politics. He did not supported the nationalistic forces in the province that had chosen violent and intolerant path to liberate the people from poverty. "The nationalistic forces thus not only lost the goal but also lost their idealism which they had championed to achieve their ultimate objectives", he argued. Junejo gets emotional when he talks about the battle between capitalism and communism. He refused to believe that with demise of the USSR, communism had died. He speaks emotionally about the unparalleled achievement that the communist movement gained during a brief period of 70 years since 1917. The demise of Soviet Union was not the demise of communism, which was seen as a system better than capitalism, he concluded.