Sindh government should issue a clear statement on this very serious issue – SANA Statement
Toronto: Sindhi Association of North America (SANA), Greater Toronto Area (GTA) chapter has rejected the Pakistan government’s proposed plan of allocating the land for settlement of Kashmiri people in Jati and Shah Bandar, the coastal talukas of Sujawal district of Sindh.
In an emergency meeting of Sindhi Association of North America, Greater Toronto Area (GTA) chapter was held on 13th February 2021 to discuss the issue of allocation of 6627-36 acres of land in the coastal Talukas of Jati and Shah Bandar in District Sujawal, Sindh for the purpose of settlement of people from Kashmir. “The Executive Council unanimously rejected this proposal,” a press statement said.
The SANA (GTA) resolved that allocating land for settlement of Kashmiris in Sindh is unlawful, clear violation of the constitution of Pakistan, and interference in the provincial autonomy.
“It is an act of forceful grabbing of the property and resources of Sindh province, and native Sindhi’s,” the SANA statement contended.
It was further resolved that this idea should be immediately dropped by the Federal Government. “The government of Sindh should issue a clear statement on this very serious issue,” it said exhorting that the Government of Sindh, which is bound to protect the property and resources of Sindh, should show and practice due diligence to stop such things to happen in future.
The media had reported that the federal government had asked the provincial authorities to look into the possibility of allotting a reasonable size of land in some coastal taluka to rehabilitate displaced Kashmiris “belonging to the India-held valley”.
The media had also reported about the letter of Deputy Commissioner of Sujawal regarding earmarking the land for Kashmiris. The federal and Sindh governments’ reported intention to create a settlement in the coastal areas of Sujawal district for Kashmiri families, has drawn a sharp reaction from Sindhi nationalist groups.