Sindhi separatists announce comeback


Taking strength from the Baloch freedom movement, the Sindhi separatists have also started their own struggle for the eventual separation of Sindh province from Pakistan, starting off by planting several bombs along the railway tracks in the province.
Railway tracks at around 14 different locations across Sindh were damaged in a series of bomb blasts in the wee hours of Saturday by presumably politically motivated miscreants.
When a team of Pakistan Railways engineering department arrived at the Bin Qasim Railway Station to repair the tracks damaged by two minor blasts, they found a pamphlet from the site.
The paper printed on both sides, carried the name of “Sindhu Desh Liberation Army (SDLA)” at the top. The pamphlet was later forwarded to the Pakistan Railways Karachi Division SSP Muzzaffar Sheikh.
Talking with Pakistan Today, Sheikh said the pamphlet was issued by SDLA Chief Commander Darya Khan Marri.
“In the pamphlet, the SDLA chief commander has requested the Sindhis to start an armed struggle for Sindh as an independent state like Balochistan. Marri also draws attention to the disparity of affairs by the Centre to the residents of the province,” the police officer said. “The Sindhis have been called on to take up arms and join the movement of free and independent state [of Sindh] on the world map.”
“Taking the Baloch as their role model, the SDLA has lauded their efforts in getting world’s recognition and tried to convince the Sindhis, who, according to Marri, have been deprived of their rights by the Centre since decades, and could get worldwide recognition through an arm struggle like the Baloch,” Sheikh said.
“In the pamphlet, the SDLA chief commander has assured the citizens of Sindh that his movement will also launch an armed struggle like the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) for making Sindh an independent state,” he added.
“Marri claims that the Centre was exploiting the natural resources of Sindh against a very low royalty to facilitate Punjab,” the SSP said, adding that the government’s pro-Punjab policies have also been criticised.
“Terming the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) as ‘opportunists’, the SDLA blamed the party for using the Sindh card for attaining power, trying to impress upon the nationalists that Sindh is the country’s most poor province,” Sheikh said. “In the pamphlet, the SDLA has requested the Sindhis to stand up against the government, Pakistan Army and Inter-Services Intelligence.”
On his Facebook profile, the SDLA chief commander called upon his “brave Sindhi brothers” to pick up arms against the country’s establishment just like their Baloch brothers so that the world comes to know that the Sindhis are also struggling for freedom.
In June and July 2010, a dozen similar incidents were avoided when law enforcement personnel had defused the explosives planted along the railway tracks across the province. Then also, the SDLA had claimed responsibility of the attempted attacks and vowed to continue the “war” until Sindh was liberated.