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The legend with Vision – Remembering Shaheed Allah Bux Soomro

He was the ambassador of peace, harmony, love and co-existence of multi-cultures

Allah Bux Soomro, martyred on May 14, 1943, was a nationalist in real sense; he loved his land, his people and never compromised on matters that were against them.

Kamran Akber Soomro 

On 14th may, 1943, a visionary and extraordinary true nationalist leader was assassinated. Shaheed Allah Bux Soomro was the premier of Sindh, after its partition from Bombay, simple in his nature and living, but great in thoughts and actions. He was born in 1900 A.D, in Shikarpur the historic city of Sindh. He came up from the local body’s municipality as a chairman, to be the world famous brave and young leader

Shaheed Allah Bux Soomro was the ambassador of peace, harmony, love and co-existence of multi-cultures; moreover, he was the greatest advocate of provincial autonomy even being the premier under British Empire. During short span of his premiership, he took various crucial steps to reshape the traditional economic and political system in Sindh. He reformed the taxation structure and developed irrigation system of the province. He recommended decrease in public expenditure and even favored cut in pays of the ministers. He strived to abandon exile of great religious and revolutionary leader of India, Molana Ubaidullah Sindhi and welcomed him being a Prime Minister!

Shaheed Allah Bux Soomro’s fame reached the sky when he presided over the Azad Muslim Conference in Delhi in March 1940 attended by a great number of people from all the corners of united India. There he criticized the aggressive attitude of British government towards oppressed nations. Again he became the center of attention throughout the world when he blatantly condemned the speech of Winston Churchill during World War II, in which he had criticized the freedom movement adopting harsh language for the leaders of Asian subcontinent. Shaheed Allah Bux wrote him a letter expressing his anguish. Moreover, he renounced his titles of “Khan Bahadur” and “O.B.E” as a protest to the unjust behavior of British government to the Indian people. As a result of his bold behavior, British government dismissed him of his charge as the Prime Minister of Sindh, because they were now afraid of his audacity. And he was martyred on 14th May 1943 A.D, in his own hometown Shikarpur.

Shaheed Allah Bux had condemned the speech of Winston Churchill during World War II, in which he had criticized the freedom movement adopting harsh language for the leaders of Asian subcontinent. Shaheed Allah Bux wrote him a letter expressing his anguish. Moreover, he renounced his titles of “Khan Bahadur” and “O.B.E” as a protest to the unjust behavior of British government to the Indian people.

Shaheed Allah Bux was a nationalist in real sense; he loved his land, his people and never compromised on matters that were against them. He always fought for the betterment of his people and their living condition. His politics was not confined to the official chamber; rather he lived among his people, to understand their problems and solve them – that was his politics. Shaheed Soomro strived for the real autonomy of province; he was worried about the brutalities within Sindh. He wanted to see a prosperous Sindh with full liberty – liberty of speech, liberty of development, liberty of decision and liberty of living.

Allah Bux Soomro- Ubaidullah Sindhi- Twitter
Shaheed Allah Bux Soomro with Maulana Ubaidullah Sindhi – Photo Courtesy: Twitter

Today, Sindh is anxiously looking for such a dedicated, brave and truly nationalist leader with a broad vision, to bring it out of the state of uncertainty and servitude.

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Kamran Akber Soomro is Assistant Professor at SZABIST, Karachi. (This write was shared from Facebook with consent of author) 

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