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Sindhis Gather to Pay Tribute to Their National Leader

Community irked at the Cases of Forced Disappearances in Sindh.

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HOUSTON, TX, USA. Hundreds of Sindhi-Americans gathered in Houston, Texas this Saturday, January 20, 2018, to commemorate the 114th birthday of Mr. G. M. Syed, a national leader of the Sindhi people who waged a nonviolent struggle against Islamic fundamentalism in advocacy of Sindhi freedom. Sindh is home to the ancient Indus Valley civilization and is now a province in Pakistan. A vibrant Sindhi-American community, numbering in the tens of thousands, exists in various cities across the country, as well as in Canada and the UK. More than 40 million Sindhis live in Sindh today. Sindhis are supportive of democracy and secularism and thus have been marginalized by Pakistan’s military dictatorship and its Islamist ideology.

The Houston event was put on by The G. M. Syed Memorial Committee, a Houston-based educational group, and World Sindhi Congress (WSC), a US, Canada, and UK human rights advocacy organization. For the last 18 years, they have been collaborating to arrange similar community events in Houston.

Mr. Roshan Buriro, the central leader of the Sindh United Party, highlighted his party struggles to make Pakistan a multi-national state with equal power and privileges to all its four constituent nations that is Punjabis, Sindhis, Pashtuns, and Balochs.

Dr. Saghir Shaikh, the Organizer of the World Sindhi Congress, spoke about the unity amongst all the Sindh-American group ato work collectively towards the plights of Sindhi people. Every week security agencies have been kidnapping Sindhi political workers and keeping them in secret prisons and torture cells for an unidentified period without declaring their whereabouts.

Dr. Haider Lashari, the Chairman G M Syed Studies Board, spoke of the Syed’s legacy of non-violent struggle and supported the legitimate struggle of the peoples of Sindh. He further said, “Mr. Syed’s message of non-violence, tolerance, and peace has universal appeal, and the core principles of non-violence and conflict resolution apply to all the struggles for self-determination

The audience enjoyed the recently released documentary on the historical “Mukhi House,” by Dr. Suresh Bhavani. Mr. Rauf Kakepoto multi-media presentation illustrated the Sindh’s religious and ancient history.

Others who spoke in the event included, from Zubair Bhambhro, Mr. Khushal Das, Umed Laghari, Mr.  Abdul Rehman Kakepoto, Malik Dino Shaikh, Amber Laghari and  Mansoor Samo, of World Sindhi Congress and Mr. Mashooq Mallah, and Mr. Ghulam Mohiudddin Memon of Sindhi Association of North America (SANA).

 

The meeting concluded that the Pakistani government had been systematically violating the human rights of the secular-minded people of Sindh. The meeting categorically denounced the cases of numerous forced disappearances of Sindhi’s political activists. The current government has utterly failed in yielding any equity, fairness, or parity for the Sindh and other oppressed nations of Pakistan. The military remains the de-facto ruler of Pakistan; thus policies of systematic demographic changes, including gerrymandering, unfair allocation of Sindhi lands to retired military personnel, forced disappearances of democratic and human right activists, and the persecution of Sindhi Hindus and Christians, continue in this militaristic state.

The birth anniversary ceremony included the recital of the Sindhi National Anthem by Zubair Bhambro, a cake cutting ceremony, and a delicious dinner.

Similar events were organized in Toronto, Canada, and Bradford, UK early this week by World Sindhi Congress. Jeay Sindh Qoumi Mahaz USA arranged a community event in NY this weekend.

The G. M. Syed Memorial Committee is a Houston, TX-based educational group organized to promote G. M. Syed’s message of non-violence, democracy, secularism and the right to self-determination for Sindhis and other oppressed nations within the international community. For more information, visit http://www.gmsyed.org.

The World Sindhi Congress (WSC) is one of the most prominent human rights advocacy organizations for Sindh and Sindhis. The primary objective of WSC is to create a better understanding among the international community about the persecuted status of Sindhis in Pakistan and about the Sindhi people’s struggles for their human rights, including the right to self-determination. WSC is a registered company in England and Wales, and in the USA, organized to carry out non-profit activities only. For more information, visit http://www.worldsindhicongress.org.