Sindhi nationalist parties call for strike tomorrow

KARACHI - Sindhi nationalist leaders have given a province-wide strike call for April 30 and demanded of the federal government to officially annul the ongoing housing census.

By Rehan Siddiqui

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Published: Sat 30 Apr 2011, 12:03 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:00 PM

The nationalist leaders warned the government if their demand was not met, they would boycott the upcoming population census.

The nationalist leaders who are supporting the strike call and the annulment of the on-going housing census include Sindh Tarraqi Pasand’s Dr Qadir Magsi, Sindh United Party’s Syed Jalal Mehmood Shah, Awami Tehreek’s Ayaz Palejo and some other small groups.

“We appeal to all the businessmen, traders, transporters, teachers, social activists, lawyers, NGOs and students in Sindh to support the strike call and save Sindhis from becoming a minority in their own province,” the leaders said at a Press conference in Hyderabad, the province’s second largest city.

The leaders demanded that the house count must be started anew and that teachers of the education department should do it in order to ensure transparency of the proceedings as the on-going one was flawed and biased.

The leaders said that 14 other political parties have pledged to support the strike call. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, Awami National Party and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam are among those who have voiced their support for the strike.

Jalal Shah complained that proper procedures were not used when hiring census staff. “We have handed over evidence of our claims to Sindh Census Commissioner Noor Mohammed Leghari,” he said.

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