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Statement by Dr. Haleem Uddin Bhatti, Information Secretary, World Sindhi Congress.

His Excellency GM Syed, 92 years old Father of the Sindhi nation, and Chairman of World Sindhi Congress, passed away in Karachi, Sindh, on 25th April 1995 at 4.00 am, local time. May God rest his soul in peace in heavens. Ghulam Murtza Syed was born in Sann in the district of Dadu in Sindh on 17th January 1904. He began his political career at the age of 14. In 1937 he was elected as a member of the Sindh Legislative Assembly and became the Minister of Education of the Sindh Government in 1940.

GM Syed proposed the Pakistan Resolution of 1940, in the Sindh Assembly, which ultimately resulted in the creation of Pakistan. However, he became the first political prisoner of Pakistan in 1948 when he opposed the separation of Karachi from Sindh. Because of his differences with the leadership of the country he spent most of his life in prison as he believed that the Sindhis had been deceived. In 1971, disappointed with national politics, GM Syed found no option but to demand the Right of Self Determination for the people of Sindh.

His Excellency GM Syed always believed in a non-violent, democratic, peaceful struggle. He loved and respected even those who looked at things from different angles or who had political differences with him. For decades, Sindh had been the centre where the whole of his love and energy were concentrated. His life ambition was to secure a rightful place for Sindh.

On 19th January 1992, GM Syed was once more put under house arrest and his house was declared a sub-jail, and was detained without trial until his death. He was adopted “Prisoner of Conscience” by Amnesty International (ASA 33/WU02/94).