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Online': Mohammad Khan
Sial: One-man institution
conflict: Comments on blog of The News
Monday, Feb 01, 2010
Mohammad Khan Sial
RECENTLY, in the Punjab Assembly, there was hue and cry
that if a single drop of water
to Punjab were “diverted” to Sindh, the ruling party
minister, Raja Riyaz, and others
would resign. Earlier,
Sindh has demanded closure of ‘link canals’ in Punjab in
view of severe
scarcity of water
during the seeding season in Sindh.
This reminds one of how Sindh was deprived of billions
and billions of gallons of water for the
many years. So much so that Gen Musharraf had to admit
it in public: “Punjab was not
allowing implementing of
‘the 1991 Water Accord’ because Sindh was not willing to
accept the proposed Kalabagh dam’. As per ‘the 1991
Water Accord’, minimum 10maf water is to be
downstream Kotri in Sindh, resulting in sea intrusion
rendering 2.4 million acres of agricultural
land useless. By not implementing ‘the 1991 Water
Accord’ in letter and spirit, Sindh
is still being
deprived of billions of gallons of water.
Furthermore, the unwanted drainage water coming from
Punjab and Balochistan both has made
in Ghotki and other areas of Sindh. Besides, ruination
on a large scale has occurred in
Badin. It is
on record of the National Assembly that the water meant
for Sindh and released from Tarbela has
on many occasions mysteriously disappeared in the
jurisdiction of Punjab. A. N. G. Abbasi’s Report
was a proof of this. I am sure the water stolen in
Punjab’s jurisdiction repeatedly was not just one
but billions of gallons.
In A. N. G. Abbasi’s Report, it was clearly mentioned
that during the scarcity of water, Punjab on
many occasions had forcibly taken its full share of
water (as such did not share the scarcity of
water as agreed) whereas Balochistan and NWFP provinces
were already allowed to take their
share of water
even during the scarcity of water. Thus, it was only
Sindh, which suffered a
The link canals were to be opened only when water was
available in abundance and also with
prior permission of Sindh, but General Jillani (the then
Governor of Punjab) — the right-hand
of Gen Ziaul Haq — had unilaterally and forcibly turned
‘link canals’ into perennial canals.
Now when Sindh asks for closure of such canals for only
10 to 12 days so that seeding can be
carried, Punjab’s legislators are raising a din.
Furthermore, it was Punjab, which in connivance with
Wapda was creating hindrances in
setting-up of power plants on gigantic Thar coal
deposits to meet the energy needs of the
in order to compel Sindh to agree on the controversial
I suggest to the legislators belonging to Punjab that
they must treat Sindh equally and not as its
‘colony’ for the good of this country, which belongs to
all of us.
Dawn neglecting Sindhis
Saturday, July 18, 2010 1116am
Mohammad Khan Sial
Dawn is the leading English daily which can be treated
up to some extent as only impartial
whereas no other newspaper is impartial.
On recent changing situation in Pakistan on water front,
I have sent at least 5 / 6 letters to Dawn emphasizing
on Sindh's stand but surprisingly Dawn has not printed
even a single letter during
last one week.
I am surprised people like Khursheed Anwer (an
ex-employee of notorious
hired by WAPDA informally for distorting facts about
water situation in Pakistan through writing
letters to benefit Punjab) is frequently finding space
in Dawn whereas we people who are already
a few to plead Sindh case, generally do not find space
Ex-SANA President Mr Aziz Narejo was writing letters on
Sindh issues from USA frequently. I
personally asked him why he has kept quiet and not
writing on alarming situation on water issue,
he replied he has written many letters to Dawn but these
were not printed by the paper.
I am really worried about the policy of Dawn and have
strongly protested to the editor Mr Abbas
Nasir for neglecting Sindh case in "Letters to the
Irsa's somersault - Prime minister compels to
Chashma - Jehlum Link Canal to favour Punjab
Thursday, July 15, 2010 2018pm
Mohammad Khan Sial
Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani who belongs to Punjab
compelled Irsa to take decision in favour of Punjab by
opening controversial Chasma - Jehlum
Link Canal. This time federal as well as Sindh
representatives were compelled by Federal Govt
sign on the new decision. This was disclosed by leading
daily Kawish on 16/07/2010.
The Sindh representatives are so harassed not to speak
any thing about recent decision based
The paper writes
chief minister of Punjab
Sharif [PML-N] repeatedly phoned to prime
minister Gillani when he was sleeping and convinced him
to issue such order.
In other words
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani, Federal
minister for Water and Power Raja
Ashraf, Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, till
recently, Irsa's Acting chairman .i.e. "Punjabi
Chauvinist" Shafqat Masood Janjua (now Punjab rep. in
Irsa again) all are together to victimize
No one listens to
hue and cry of puppet Sindh chief minister Syed
Qaim Ali Shah whereas
Asif Zardari, as usual is irrelevant to the
life-and-death issues facing Sindh.
I suggest we must
acknowledge services of Ms Sassaui Palijo, Sindh
minister in connection with
GEO TV's war against Sindhis
December 21, 2009, 06:10pm
Mohammad Khan Sial
This refers to recent s of Sain Jaffer Memon and others
GEO TV - Urdu channel & unnecessarily defending
Asif Zardari as "Sindhi" President..
No doubt, Jang Group has waged a 'media war' against
Sindhis since its inception. It was late
Mir Khalilur Rahman - founder editor of Urdu
who started labeling Bengalis (majority
people 56%), Sindhis, Balochs & Pakhtuns as
"Anti-Pakistan", "Anti Pakistan ideology", "Indian
Agents", "Agents of Hindus" etc., whenever they raised
their voice for restoration of their
rights in united
During the language disturbances of 1972, the role of
Urdu daily Jang was highly regrettable.
permission of late Raees Amrohi (as he clarified much
later) printed a Nazam"
Janaza Hay, Zaraa Dhom Say Nukleay" originally written
in 1939 year, thus Mir Khalil
responsible for killings of hundreds of innocent Sindhis
[at their own soil].
Again when tragedy of "September 30"
[1998 year] took place in Hyderabad , it was Jang of Mir
Khaleelur Rahman who got false news printed from
Hyderabad by its correspondent Zamman
a Sindhi nationalist group was involved. Consequently,
hundreds of Sindhis in Hyderabad
Karachi were brutally massacred.
GEO is also playing the same game since its inception.
They are against the Sindhis. It appears
the soul of racist and chauvinist late Mir Khaleelur
Rahman has entered into the body of GEO
Once I saw GEO report for writing slogans on the walls
of Karachi . They had shown slogans in
Sindhi language against Kalabagh dam, some
slogans were written in favour of Pakhtuns but
slogans written on the walls by an
group of Karachi , they did not see. Perhaps GEO
people became blind on that day.
Similarly, when old Sindhis in
resisted razing of Sindhi village as, three Sindhis were
brutally killed [martyred] but racist & chauvinist Urdu
TV channels particularly GEO did not
the news. What a shame!
The racist City Mayor of
Mustafa Kamal belonging to an ethnic group has
also waged an
"open war" against Sindhis (Sons of soil) but "Deaf,
Dump and Blind" Urdu print and electronic
media both have taken 'mum' for ignoring Sindhi
localities in mega Development Programs and
racist activities of city mayor.
02. Sain Jaffer Memon and some other Sindhi journalists
claim that some TV channels (including
GEO) are campaigning against
Asif Zardari because he is a Sindhi. In fact, it
is a "cruel
joke" with Sindhis.
A person who has ashamed of calling himself as "Sindhi"
rather claims himself as "Baloch" and
were against Sindhis by completely bowing to ethnic
group, some Sindhi columns
bent upon to label him Sindhi.
Plz see the posting of Sain Mazahar Lakho, ex-President
of Sindhi American of North America
(SANA) who said: In 1990 when some members of SANA went
to meet visiting Prime Minister
Benazir Bhutto in New York unscheduled, she sent AAZ to
talk to the delegation of Sindhis due to
her preoccupations. One of the Sindhi member told him in
language "Sain Khush Aaahyio",
[ Are you fine, Sir?], he replied in Seraiki language” I
am not Sindhi. I am Baloch" and returned
back as mentioned by Sain Lakho in his posting.
Look at his policies, on restoration of judges, his role
was highly regrettable and against
Bhutto. Even on recent sugar crisis and ever
increasing inflation, the
not promptly react and showed its helplessness. It was
also "cruel joke" that some
Sindhi journalists /
columnists favoured President Zardari for not restoring
Judges against the
promise of Ms Bhutto.
What is in Sindh, there is a puppet Govt as evident from
their stand on NFC etc. They have
fully surrendered to an
group. In many cases, they have victimized
Sindhis more than racist
and chauvinist Gen (r)
So I protest when our some Sindhi journalists /
columnists are bent upon to hide the blunders of
a ruler by using "Sindhi Card" who himself is ashamed of
being called as Sindhi. If one person is
cutting his own feet with his own axe, what can we do?
I have no personal ill-will against any one but please
decide on merit if you really love Sindh.
efforts for raising her voice against usurping of
Sindh's share of water by might-Punjab and
In recently held meeting at Karachi chaired by Prime
Minister Syed Raza Gillani, in the presence
of Sindh chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Ms Sassaui
Palijo daringly and repeatedly raised her
voice to take action against federal minister for Water
and Power Raja Ashraf [Punjabi chauvinist]
who in connivance with Shafqat Masood Janjua [another
Punjabi chauvinist bureaucrat] not only
used unconstitutional powers of CCI but also deprived
Sindh of its due share of
Ms Sassaui Palijo daringly spoke in favour of Sindh
whereas poor Qaim Ali Shah in order to make
his score trying to keep quiet Ms Sassaui Palijo.
Surprisingly, Prime Minister also lashed out on Ms
Sassaui Palijo. He did not take any action
against federal minister & Punjabi chauvinist Raja
Ashraf so far whereas Raja Ashraf would have
been dismissed and Shafqat Masood would have been behind
the bars for taking unconstitutional
decision on water issues.
I never met Ms Sassaui Palijo and nor she is personally
known to me but I want services of such
daring people [daughter of Sindh] must be acknowledged
in connection with her efforts for
voice against injustices to Sindh.
I suggest WSC, SANA and WSI, they should jointly
announce some award for Ms Sassaui Palijo
her efforts to Sindh on water front.
Some bitter facts
about late Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi:
On November 23,
Khan Sial writes;
some friends are paying rich tributes to late Ghulam
Mustafa Jatoi, His life can be divided into
two parts. As well as first part is concerned, their
tribute to late G M Jatoi is generally correct but
there were some bitter facts about 2nd part of his
When army dictator Ziaul Haq removed elected Govt of
Z. A. Bhutto, there were the persons
who immediately met Gen Zia in the darkness of
night. They were Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi and
Maulana Kausar Niazi..
02.Unfortunately Rais Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi and Abdul
Hafiz Pirzada both did nothing to save the
life of Shaheed Z. A. Bhutto. When Bhutto Saheb was
in Jail and waiting for death, he asked
Hafiz Lakho, advocate of Shaheed Bhutto, if both are
unwilling to come forward, please
to come in public at least for face saving”.
(Reference BBC Urdu interview broadcasted
04, 2009. In search you can find the video.
In MRD many innocent Sindhi people were brutally
killed. Saein G. M. Syed also pointed out
this. In those days, Jatoi Saheb and his younger
brother Mujtaba Jatoi were leading the
movement. They led the movement in a way that many
people were killed so that they should be
in better position of bargain with Ziaul Haq to
become Prime Minister (Jatoi Sc) but Pir Pagaro did
not agree and he gave name of Mohammad Khan Junejo.
Jang dated 21st Nov 09 , has printed a statement of
Zia Abbas – a close associate to G M
who disclosed that Jatoi was to be appointed as
Prime minister and General Ziaul Haq
this. Had Ziaul Haq not killed in air crash, Jatoi
Saheb would have become Prime
Pakistan within a few days.
After the execution of Shaheed Bhutto, Gen Zia also
decided to appoint him as Prime Minister
and this was accepted by Mr Jatoi in an interview.
But Begum Bhutto issued statement that if any
one is appointed as Prime Minister on our strength
(PPP), he would be ousted immediately. This
statement stopped him to become Prime Minister but
now Zia Abbas has disclosed that a few
of his death, Gen Zia again agreed to appoint him as
new Prime Minister.
memory of human beings is very short. I have no
personal ill-will with Mr. Jatoi. in personal
capacity he was good man but I am writing above
lines to keep the record straight.
A recently article by our friend Mr Aajiz Jamali
has appeared in Sindhi daily headlined " Punjab
Chhaa Thho Chahi" [What does Punjab want?] has claimed that when Sindhi
students go to
Islamabad for admissions, they were asked the
question like: "If
you were were given admissions,
you may kidnap the girls".
I am sorry to say Mr
Aajiz's comments are obviously
speculations. My son has stuied
during the tenure of Gen Musharraf in QAU
never made such complaints.
Hundreds of Sindhi
students are already studying in QAU
many years. However, no
one has raised such
Ayaz Babar's Blog
writes on March 28, 2009
was very unfortunate there was no significant
presence of ‘Sindhi Press’ at the funeral of
Sabihuddin Ghausi – a veteran journalist (Mumbai
born) who dedicated his whole life to serve
Sindh through his writings. He presented ‘Sindh
Case’ vigorously supported by facts and figures.
It was irreparable loss to Sindh.
I knew Mr Ghausi for about last 04 decades and
found him a thorough gentleman and a person
who was sincere to his journalistic profession.
It is unfortunate fact, had there been any
political gathering, full Sindhi Press would
While addressing an annual convention of Sindhi
Association of North America (SANA) in Orlando,
Florida, USA on water-related issues Sindh was
facing, in July 2007, I suggested that SANA
(Sindhi Association of North America), WSI
(World Sindhi Institute) and WSC (World Sindhi
Congress) jointly or separately must acknowledge
services of those journalists who presented
‘Sindh Case’ in English media vigorously. At the
time of suggesting Award, the name of
Ghausi was in my mind for his valuable
journalistic services which he rendered for
No doubt, our friend Sabihuddin Ghausi had
rendered services to Sindh, more than any Sindhi
journalists working in English media, has done.
Mohammad Khan Sial