World Sindhi Congress organises 'Remembrance Day' for martyrs

ANI | Updated: Apr 17, 2018 23:08 IST

New York [USA], Apr 17 (ANI): The World Sindhi Congress (WSC) organised 'Remembrance Day' on Sunday here, to remember the men and women who worked, struggled and those who laid their lives for the betterment and emancipation of Sindhi people.

The event drew community members from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

The moderator of the event, WSC Information Secretary Farhan Kaghzi thanked the community members for their participation and help in organising the event.

Shahida Soomro, member of WSC and International Sindhi Women Organisation (ISWO), highlighted the recent work of WSC and urged the community to join WSC to help in the activism for the rights of Sindhi people.

WSC General Secretary Saghir Shaikh gave an impressive presentation on the history of WSC work and activism. He highlighted the recent work on enforced disappearances, enforced conversion of the of Sindhi Hindu Girls and land rights of Sindhi people.

Ali Khaskheli, Organiser Sindh United Party (SUP), commended the work of WSC especially of highlighting the enforced disappearances of political workers in Sindh province of Pakistan.

Zakir Bullo, Information Secretary of Sindhi Association of North America (SANA), condemned the recent incident in Sindh where human rights activist Sasui Lohar was forcibly removed from Sufi Conference.

Renowned poet Saeen Abdul Ghaffar Tabassum who was one of the attendees, encouraged the Sindhis to fight for their rights.

Renowned writer Hassan Mujtaba discussed Saeen G.M.Syed's work "Sindhi Ja Soormaan", the book that introduced the real heroes of Sindh. He suggested WSC to work with other nationalists of Pakistan for enforced disappearances.

Atta Vistro, member of Organising Committee Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM), thanked the organizer for the event and assured his party's commitment to the rights of Sindhi people.

SANA former regional secretary Khalid Channa appreciated WSC's long history of activism for highlighting human rights violations in Sindh.

Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) US Program Organizer, Marvin Kumetat, introduced UNPO and its member nations. He too thanked WSC for highlighting the disadvantageous status of Sindhi nation. He said the UNPO would continue to work with WSC to raise their voice against human rights violations in Sindh.

WSC Vice President Zubair Bhambro and G.M. Syed Memorial Committee concurred the G.M. Syed award to Dr. Hyder Lashari.

"The G. M. Syed Memorial Awards are conferred to those whose work with dedication to honour the memory of Saeen GM Syed, a visionary leader who pioneered the Sindhi freedom movement and was a beacon of the Sindhi people's struggle for national self-determination," Bhambro said, and added, "The G. M. Syed Memorial Award is bestowed on Dr. Hyder Lashari in appreciation for his struggle and advocacy for democracy, civil rights and freedom for Sindhi peoples and to recognize his literary and grass-roots work on Sindh and G M Syed."

Hyder Lashari acknowledged G.M.Syed Memorial Committee for the award and also talked about his long struggle for rights of Sindhi people.

In the end, Saghir Shaikh displayed a video on the missing person, compiled by Sasui Lohar. (ANI)