Magsi calls for new social charter to protect rights of common citizens

February 7, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Chairman, Sindh Taraqi Passand Party (STP) Dr. Qadir Magsi has asked all the democratic forces in Sindh to unite for the rights of the permanent citizens of the province. He demanded a new social charter to ensure protection of rights of indigenous people.

Speaking at an interactive session with the civil society and political workers of Gaddap Town at PILER Centre on Friday, Dr Magsi said that his party is going to organize a public rally called “Sindh Muhinji Amma” (Sindh is my mother) from the Mazar of Quaid to Tibet Centre in Karachi on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 2.00 pm.

Dr Magsi said his party is following nationalism political philosophy but it is not against any nationality in Sindh. Those who came to Sindh at the time of independence should respect this land and consider it as their homeland. They should adopt Sindh’s culture and learn Sindhi language. “I am myself a Baloch and speak Balochi at home, but he loves Sindh and is doing politics for the rights of Sindh people.”

He said there is a fear amongst Sindhi people to become minority in Sindh because of the uncontrolled influx of the population from other parts of the country and from other countries like Burma and Bangladesh.

He regretted that under the Nehro-Liaquat pact, the migration would have been stopped by the year 1951, but unfortunately, it officially continued in Pakistan for the next three years. The population from India is still coming to Pakistan to settle. He said his party is against opening up of the borders with India because of influx of population.

All over the rights of indigenous people are protected by the state all over the world and in many countries like Malaysia seats are reserved for indigenous people in the assemblies to protect their rights. But in Pakistan, the situation is quite different, where no measure is taken to protect the rights of local people.

Dr. Magsi said he was not against the local government system, but he considers the local government system of General Pervez Musharraf as exploitative, which was directly controlled by the federal government. He said that due to struggle by the people of Sindh, the previous PPP government had to withdraw the controversial Peoples Local Government Ordinance 2012.

He said that his party has struggled to improve the educational system in Sindh. He pointed out that his party had conducted a survey about ghost schools in Sindh and it found there were more than 5000 ghost schools. He estimated that the number of such schools in the province might have increased to 12,000 over the period.

Earlier, in his welcome remarks, the Executive Director of PILER Karamat Ali said that there is a visible fragmentation in the society in Sindh. He underlined the need to have a continuous dialogue among various groups of the people permanently living in Sindh.