The demands were made at a gathering organised by the Sindh United Party in Sann on Sunday to mark the 106th birth anniversary of G.M. Syed, the founder of Jeay Sindh movement.
SUP chairman Syed Jalal Mehmood Shah said that the Indus had dried up below Kotri Barrage and agricultural sector in the province had been destroyed because of an acute shortage of water. He demanded implementation of 1991 water accord.
He said that Sindhi language should be accepted as a national language and detained nationalist activists should be released.
He condemned the Lyari operation and announced that the SUP would take part in local bodies’ elections.
STP chairman Dr Qadir Magsi said that G.M. Syed was the political guide of nationalist leaders and Sann was the centre of Sindh’s nationalist politics.
Sindh People’s Alliance leader Liaquat Ali Jatoi said that he had opposed Kalabagh dam project when he was chief minister and federal minister for water and power.
Projecting the alliance as an alternative of the PPP in Sindh, he said that it would form alliance with nationalist parties and jointly participate in local bodies’ polls.
Awami Tehrik leader Ayaz Latif Palijo deplored that dead bodies of Sindhi people had been sent to other parts of the province from Karachi at a time when the PPP was in power.
A public meeting was arranged by the Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz near the grave of G.M. Syed.
Addressing the rally, JSQM chairman Basheer Khan Qureshi supported a call for observing Indus River day on January 24 and directed activists of his party to gather on the river bed from Kashmore to Keti Bandar on the day. He said that the JSQM rally held in Karachi on Nov 7 was a referendum of the Sindhi people for an independent state.
He said that innocent people were killed whenever the PPP and the MQM developed differences over power sharing.
JSQM general secretary Dr Safdar Sarki, party leaders Wali Mohammad Rahmoon and Zafar Ahmed Korejo and Syed Muneer Shah, grandson of G.M. Syed, also spoke on the occasion.
The JSQM-A held another gathering which was attended by Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz workers and an MQM delegation led by Nisar Ahmed Panhwar.
Abdul Wahid Arisar, Sirai Qurban Khuhawar, Syed Asghar Shah, Sarwar Sahto and Nisar Panhwar addressed the gathering.
Yet another rally was organised by the JSM-R. It was addressed by Riaz Chandio, Nawaz Khan Zounr, Rasool Bux Thebo and others.
Our Sukkur Correspondent adds: Chairman of Jeay Sindh Mahaz (J) Abdul Khaliq Junejo has accused the government of plundering natural resources of Sindh and Balochistan.
He said that the government appeared to be following in the footsteps of the United States which was looting resources of other nations.
He was addressing a public gathering at the press club here on Sunday in connection with the 107th birth anniversary of late G.M. Syed, the founder of the Jeay Sindh movement.
The JSM-J chief said Sindhis were ready to live with other people on the basis of equality, but not as slaves.
He said that historically Sindhis stood for independence and peace and were against slavery and oppression.
Mr Junejo said that G.M. Syed had predicted long ago that rulers would themselves become a threat to the country and asked Sindhis to take care of Sindh.
National Party leader Jan Mohammad Buledi accused the government of using torture to suppress their peaceful struggle for provincial autonomy and democracy. Rejecting the Balochistan package, he said that they wanted the right of ownership over their natural resources.
Resolutions adopted on the occasion demanded recognition of Pakistan as a multi-nation state; autonomy for Sindhis, Baloch, Seraiki, Pakhtoon and Punjabis and declaration of Sindhi, Balochi, Seraiki, Pushto and Punjabi as national languages.
They urged the government to accept the right of ownership of Sindhis over their natural resources and the income of the province.
They demanded that influx of “outsiders” in Sindh from other provinces and countries be stopped and the right to purchase property and vote given to those who had settled in Sindh after 1954 be withdrawn.
They also demanded Sindh’s share of water according to 1945 accord and scrapping of Kalabagh dam, Greater Thall Canal and other projects over the Indus.
They urged the government to stop selling land in Sindh to national and international companies in the name of corporate farming and to recover land given to army officers, bureaucrats and “outsiders” and distribute it among the landless Sindhi haris.
They urged moderate and democratic forces of Pakistan and of the world to help Sindhis in their struggle for their legitimate rights.