Press Release & News
April, 30, 2018
Sindhi Association of North America, SANA, has expressed great concern over the news reports that the Sindh government is considering allotment of 150 acres of land to a religious organization, Majlis-e-Rabita, Dawat-e-Islami, Karachi, Sindh to promote its activities under the name of Dawat-e-Islami Trust.
In a statement, issued in Austin, TX today, SANA said that the province is already facing religious and sectarian extremism and the policy to show favoritism to one religious group or sect over the others will create more problems. SANA urged the Sindh government to stop its policy of giving away Sindh lands for any religious, sectarian or political purposes.
SANA also strongly objected to the grant or allotment of land at throw-away prices to defense societies, Bahria Foundation and such other outfits. The statement said Sindh government has continuously been accused of helping land grabbers to destroy hundreds of old villages and occupy thousands of acres of land belonging to poor farmers in various districts of the province.
SANA called upon the Sindh government to reverse its land allotment policies and use the land for the benefit of the people of the province and lawful purposes.
Mohammad Ali Mahar
(Sindhi Association of North America)
Austin, TX, USA
Mar 7th, 2018
Sindhi Association of North America (SANA) has expressed profound grief and sorrow at the sad demise of a legendary progressive, leftist, Marxist Sindhi leader Comrade Jam Saqi. In a statement issued in Austin, Texas, SANA paid rich tributes to the fallen hero of the 4th March, 1967 movement when Sindhi students had risen against the Martial Law regime of General Ayub Khan. In the coming years, Comrade Jam Saqi became symbol of resistance against tyranny of various dictatorial regimes and a strong voice for peasants, labour, working class and downtrodden.
The statement noted that comrade Jam Saqi had become active in student politics in 1960s. He was General Secretary of Hyderabad Students Federation and later founder president of Sindh National Students Federation. He was in the forefront of the struggle against One Unit and the demand to publish voter lists in Sindhi in late 1960s. Jam Saqi was a leftist progressive leader who struggled for democracy, rule of law, peoples’ rights and the rights of peasants and labour. Injustices against working class and downtrodden brought him close to the Marxist ideology. He joined the Communist Party of Pakistan and later became General Secretary of the party.
Jam Saqi was a sincere, tireless and hardworking political activist who gave the true meaning to the word ‘Comrade’. He suffered immensely for his political activism and his principles facing severe hardships.. His family was also put under tremendous stress forcing his wife to commit suicide. Jam Saqi spent most of his political life either in prisons or remaining underground. He was subjected to severe torture at the infamous dungeons of the Lahore Fort also under military dictatorship. All of that couldn’t break his resolve to be on the side of the working class.
Another great aspect of Jam’s legacy was creation and mentoring of a large number of active political workers across the country. His demise comes as a tragic loss and shock to all his friends and the activists who struggled along side with him.
SANA salutes the courage and the valiant struggle of Jam Saqi for democracy and peoples’ rights and sends condolences to his family and well wishers.. His sad demise is a great loss to the working class, peasants and pro-democracy forces in the country.
Mohammad Ali Mahar
Sindhi Association if North America (SANA)