KARACHI - Rejecting the call for creation of new provinces, the federal, nationalists and religio-political parties of the country at a national moot on Tuesday declared that Sindh was an indivisible constituent state of the country. It has surrendered certain powers to the federation under an agreement to manage the affairs of country in just and fair manner.

Titled ‘Sindh Solidarity Conference’, the moot was organised by the Sindh United Party, a nationalist group of Sindh, here at a local hotel, which was attended by the leaders and representatives of almost all the political parties except ruling coalition of PPP, MQM and PML-Q.  

The event was organised in the backdrop of graffiti and processions for so-called Mohajir province in Karachi, which was condemned by all the participants and held responsible the ruling coalition of PPP and MQM for such hatred material and slogans.

Leaders and representatives of about 20 federal, nationalists and religio-political parties including PML-N, PML-F, Awami National Party, National Peoples Party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Jamiat Ulema Islam (Fazlur Rehman), Jaamat-e-Islami, Sunni Tahreek, PPP-SB, Punjab Pakhtun Ittehad, Karachi City Alliance, National Party, Sindh Tarqi Passand Party, Awami Tehreek, Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mohaz (JSQM), Jeay Sindh Mohaz, and others participated in the conference and shared their views.

A joint declaration was issued by all the participant parties, which said that ruling alliance of PPP and MQM has conspired again and again to pave the way for divisiveness, lawlessness and terrorism in Sindh.

“We strongly believe that Sindh is an indivisible constituent state of the country and has surrendered certain powers to the federation under an agreement,” declared the conference. However, the Sindh province has got a raw deal at the hands of successive rulers and the present ruling coalition has destroyed its political, economic, social and cultural fabric, added the declaration.

Criticizing on the present government, the joint declaration of the conference further said that for the sake of its power and financial interests, the present ruling coalition has torpedoed the sacred unity of Sindh by raising the bogy of Southern Sindh province, adding, ironically, in southern region of the province the very boggy of so-called Muhajir province is not only ridiculous but baseless, self serving and self-defeating.

In the joint declaration, the participants of the moot further alleged that as soon as the general elections are approaching near, the ruling coalition of PPP and MQM is conspiring to divide the people on the basis of language and ethnicity in the country in order to fulfill their goals.

The conference condemned the conspiracies being hatched against the sacred unity of Sindh and vowed to fight such nefarious designs with full might of the people of Sindh.

The participants of the conference while adopting the resolutions held the PPP and MQM responsible for the attack on the ‘Mohbat-e-Sindh Rally’ on May 22 in city, demanding for arrests of terrorists and tried in the anti-terrorism courts, besides families of the victims must be adequately compensated.

The multi-conference speakers came hard on MQM, demanding for ban on it. 

The conference demanded to implement the verdict of the Supreme Court in letter and spirit and delimitation of constituencies in Karachi affording representation to all sections of population particularly indigenous people of Sindh.

The participants also demanded for complete deweaponizaton in city.

In his presidential address, chief of SUP Syed Jalal Mehmood Shah, who was host of the event, said that majority of the Urdu speaking people believed that they are Sindhi, but some who called themselves as Mohajir, should  learn from others.

Syed Ghaus Ali Shah, provincial president of PML-N in his speech said that Sindh was the guarantee of the sovereignty of Pakistan. He termed the Sindh province is an indivisible federating unit of Pakistan, so talking of dividing Sindh mean to break the Pakistan.

PML-N’s Sindh President further said that his Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif had rejected the Kalabagh Dam as controversial project was harmful for Sindh.

ANP Sindh President Senator Shahi Syed said that Punjab, Pakhtuns, Balochs, Urdu-speaking and others communities living in Sindh, who treated Sindh as motherland, but few people in the name of Mohajir calling for division of Sindh, which is ashamed and unacceptable. He said that indigenous Sindhis are owner of the Sindh, no one other have right to claim of it. He added that we should be thankful of indigenous Sindhis, who allowed us to live here. He underlined the need for deweaponisaton drive in Karachi.

NPP chief Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi said that there would be no place for those who called themselves as Mohajir and want division of Sindh. 

JUI-F leader Khalid Mehmood Soomro said that people of Sindh are ready to resist and fight with the people who were sloganeering to divide Sindh.

Human Right Activists and former law minister Iqbal Haider said that Urdu speaking are Sindhis and will never think of division of Sindh. He said that Mohajir province was a political slogan, so ethnic parties want to get benefit of it, but igniting of this slogan will led in harming of majority of Urdu speaking who living in interior parts of the province. STPP Chief Qadir Magsi said that we will not tolerate talks of division of Sindh. He warned the people who sloganeering of Mohajir province do not cross the limit otherwise it will result in bloodshed in Sindh.

Dr Malik Baloch of NP, PPP MNA Zafar Ali Shah, JI Sindh Chief Asadullah Bhutto, JSQM chief Niaz Kalani, PTI Sindh Chief Nadir Akmal Leghari and others also spoke on the occasion.