Archive for February 7, 2011

January 15th, 2011(Houston correspondent)- Hundreds of American Sindhis gathered in Houston to pay tribute G.M. Syed on his 107th birthday on Saturday, January 15, 2011.G.M. Syed pioneer of Jeay Sindh and founding father of Sindh who voted for Pakistan’s establishment but later he campaigned for an independent Sindh-separate from Pakistan.  G. M Shah is being lauded for his strugle in Sindh province but a many times, he had to go to prison for his views and struggle for the separation of Sindh from Pakistan.

Sindh is one of the provinces of Pakistan and land of two former prime minister of Pakistan: Zulifqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir  Bhutto. Former was hanged by a military General while latter was assassinated in in recent years. Houston, Texas is second home of Sindhis where thousand of Sindhi lives as a community and celebrate their social and cultural events. According to the reports received, the participants of the event expressed deep concerns over human rights violations in Pakistan.

Cake cutting ceremony

Dr. Hidayat Bhutto, Chairman of World Sindhi Congress and Dr Zia Shah of G. M. Syed Memorial Committee presided over the event. Several scholars and community leaders spoke at the event. Approximately 350 delegates from different parts of Texas, USA came to attended the event.

Among speakers was Dr. Cook who talked about the historical dimensions of sufi Islam in Sindh and India and said that this heritage must be retained in order to deal with the growing extremism Pakistan. he praised the role of late Syed G.M Shah in promoting religious tolerance in the region.

Mr. Abdul Haq Chang, a Fulbright Doctoral Candidate from the University of Texas at Austin said, “Syed’s concept of Sindh and Sindhayat like Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai was not only for the well being of Sindh but it was also for the well being whole human being and for the peace and security of the world.” Dr. Snehal Shingavi, the Assistant Professor at the Department of English and in South Asian Institute at the University of Texas at Austin appreciated the role of G.M Syed in spreading awareness of rights among Sindhis.  Mr. Malik Baloch , the presiding council member of the pro-independence American Friends of Balochistan, condemned the Pakistan military atrocities in Balochistan. Mr Baloch said, “Mr G M Syed remains a great inspiration to Baloch struggle for freedom.”

Dr. Valeed Shaikh, President of Sindhi Association of North America emphasized the need of unity amongst Sindhis. Dr Yvetter Rosser, a research scholar from Autsin  said Syed’s message of non-violence and peace is much more pertinent today. Pakistan and all over the world. Ms Noonnisa Ghanghro, Vice President of Sindhi Association of North America presented her field research on Gender and Development in the ‘Kacho’ region of Sindh.

Albert L Chang, Deputy Regional Director for Senator K Bailey Hutchison of Texas, came to thank the Sindhi community of Houston for their civic participation. He pointed that one of the most  important part of American democracy is a citizen’s right to petition to US government. He said Sindhi-American can petition for their legitimate concerns. During the event, G. M. Syed Memorial Award for 2010 was given to Mr. Usman Memon (aka Naz Sanai) of Sann in
recognition of his contributions in promoting the message of Syed through his writings and publications. This award is jointly sponsored
by the World Sindhi Congress and the G. M. Syed Memorial Committee. Stalls of Sindhi handicrafts and textile was arranged to support the flood relief work in Sindh. Through the generous participation of the community, USD  1340 were raised.

Mr Farhan Kaghzi, the Organizer of WSC (USA) presented the gifts to
all speakers and awarded appreciation certificates for the volunteers and others. It followed by the sindhi music by Sunny Dewan who performed amid the sindh dance by the participants.

Prominent community members who attended the event including: Sarfarz Abbassi, Aziz Narejo, Imdad Seehar,zafer agha,aamir brohi,samar brohi, Zeb Agha, Abdul Hussain Narejo, Jamil Daudi, Shabir Jatoi, Asif Shah, Abhiman, Maryam Shah, Teerthdas K, M Dahri, Raees Patoli,waheed patoli,bashir shaikh. Mumtaz Memon, Malik Dino Shaikh, Akhter Shah, Umed Ali Laghari,  Amber Laghari, Sabir Jatoi, Mazhar Jatoi, Qasim Jatoi, Manzoor Shah, Ashfaq Seehar, Khan Thebo, Tashfeen Brohi, G M. Morai, Bhurgri, Mazhar Khowja, Nizamani, Bachal Kalhoro, Nizam Jatoi, and Khushak Kalani.

Below are resolutions and demanded passes by the participants:

Grave of G.M. Syed

Pakistani government has been systematically violating the human rights of the secular-minded people of Sindh and Balochistan.

The current government has completely failed in yielding any sort of equity, fairness, parity for the Sindhi and other oppressed nations of Pakistan.

Military still remains the de-facto ruler of Pakistan and policies of systematic demographic changes and gerrymandering, discrimination of Sindhi language, unfair allocation of the national financial award, illegal construction of projects on River Indus and in Gawader, forced disappearances of human right activists and the persecution of Sindhi
Hindus and Christians is still continue. Delegates asked the international community to do more for the relief and rehabilitation of flood victims in Sindh and Pakistan.


Border between Pak-India

(Correspondent-Sikander Ali). Foreign secretaries of two South Asian atomic powers,  India and Pakistan, met in Thimpu, capital of Bhutan on  Sunday. This is the first high-level meeting between the secretaries of two countries since July 2010. Political analysts are seeing current meeting as a good omen.  Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and her Pakistani counterpart, Salman Bashir, met on the sidelines of the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) conference.

The two diplomats said after the talks they agreed on the need for a continued dialogue between the two nuclear-armed neighbors to resolve all outstanding issues. They also agreed to make progress toward another meeting between the countries’ foreign ministers. Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna met in Islamabad last July 15.

India suspended a peace dialogue with Pakistani after the November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai that left 166 people dead. The Indian government accused the Pakistani-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba of carrying out the 60-hour siege.

India also accused Pakistan of delaying an investigation into the Mumbai attacks. But Islamabad has bristled at criticism that they are not doing enough, noting that seven suspects in the attacks have been put on trial.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars since they won independence from Britain in 1947. Two of those wars were over control of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, divided between the two countries and claimed in full by both.

Muslim separatists in Indian Kashmir have been fighting for independence from India or a merger with Pakistan since 1989.  More than 60,000 people have died in the conflict.