KARACHI: “You have to understand the fundamental problems of Pakistan to understand the problems of Sindh,” said pedagogue, scholar and writer Dr Jafar Ahmed at the Sindh Unity Conference, a people-to-people dialogue, organized by the Sindh United Party and Pakistan’s Qaumi Mahaz. -i-Azadi at the Urban Resource Center here on Wednesday.
“There is an influx of people into Sindh, most of whom are Pakhtuns. According to the Constitution, one is allowed to go anywhere in Pakistan in search of means of subsistence but then how to manage the influx? Should there be better infrastructure in some places so people don’t migrate? Then there is also the population growth in Sindh. We never discuss it, but we should. Political parties should listen to think tanks to think about questions such as where we see ourselves in the next 50 or 100 years. You have to look at these things to develop policies. And policies and plans are developed taking into account resources, infrastructure, etc. “, explained Dr. Jafar Ahmed.
“There is a collapse of educational infrastructure here. The teachers’ societies here are only interested in increasing their salaries and allowances. They don’t deal with student issues. Here too, there is a problem of resources. Such problems lead to ethnic problems. Therefore, they must be treated. Then there is talk of dismantling the province, which is a no-start,” he said, while adding that there is a need for the quota system here.
Columnist Naseer Memon said that conflicts happen in societies, but political parties must play a responsible role. “Here, we ignore the bigger issues and fight for the smaller ones. And the conflict turns into violence through the operators who are at work here. The policy of violence has hurt the Urdus here the most. They felt a sense of insecurity.
Pedagogue and writer Dr. Tauseef Ahmed Khan said there needs to be unity in Sindh when it comes to business management. “Local authorities, cantonments, etc. should all come under one mayor. And yes, I also agree that the quota system is important. But there is also a need for transparency. Addressing many of these issues should help close the gaps in Sindh,” he said.
He also said he had also noticed the influx of Pakhtuns into Sindh, many of whom were also powerful politicians. He said this could be solved by advancing in education and technology.
Architect and urban planner Arif Hasan said he came to Karachi when he was four years old. “Karachi was part of Sindh then and it is part of Sindh now. And Sindh is part of Pakistan. So consider yourself more of a Pakistani than a Sindhi,” he said.
Then, talking about some of the changes he had noticed here over the years, he talked about women and education. “Before, you wouldn’t find women as free as they are now. Girls in interior Sindh are getting an education and this small change will go a long way in changing the province in just 10 years,” he said.
Sindh United Party Vice Chairman Jagdeesh Ahuja, Pakistan Central Committee Member Qaumi Mahaz-i-Azadi Syeda Tehseen Fatima, Economist and Writer Mushtaq Mirani, Writer Dr Mehtab Karim also spoke.
Posted in Dawn, March 10, 2022