Whenever an issue of new provinces of Pakistan is debated Pakistani mainstream parties and their leaders assert that they are not against new provinces in Pakistan as well the provinces are not demanded on the basis of linguistic ethnicity and then they support the demand of ‘Seraiki’ and ‘Hazara’ Province. Creating a province should be a need of managing the common state affairs in the best interest of the public. However, biased and shameful so-called politicians in Pakistan are using this issue to gain sympathies of the people of their constituencies so that they make them fool again in the next general election if happens.
The seed of division in Sindh was first planted by the government of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in 1970s by the introduction of ‘Quota System’ for the people of Sind Rural and Sind Urban on the name of providing more opportunities and facilities to the underprivileged people of Sindh Rural. But the truth was that the division was made on the grounds of separating Urdu Speaking and Sindhi Speaking people of Sindh. Quota System was introduced in order to maintain their vote bank in interior Sindh. In Sindh, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has been led by the powerful feudal of Sindh. Therefore, from the very beginning leaders PPP from the very beginning introduced their party in Sindh as the party of Sindhi-Speaking in order to secure their vote bank in rural areas. The people of Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkar were treated as de facto.
Even those Urdu-Speaking who were born in Sindh were called as ‘Mukkar’ and ‘Manah-Ghir’ – Asylum-seekers. Late G.M. Syed in his life said to the Sindhi-Speaking that never ever let the Manah-Ghir (migrants) think as Sindhis if you want to librate Sindh. Bigger Quota allotted in government jobs and high & professional colleges for the Sindh Rural and lesser for Sindh Urban on the name of uplifting the conditions of the people of Sindh Rural. Consequently hatred and division between Sindhi-Speaking and Urdu Speaking created.
Continuous discrimination in jobs and higher professional educational institutes led the young Urdu-Speaking even who were born in Sindh as Muhajir. Yesterday’s All Pakistani Muhajir Students Federation then Muhajir Quomi Movement and today’s Mutehada Quomi Movement the reaction of this division. Due to this persistent biased and racist system in Sindh created repulsion among the young Urdu-Speaking of Urban areas and even though they were born in Sindh they are now proudly calling themselves as ‘Muhajir’. Thus, now this is the ground reality and the truth that today, there are two local ethnic communities in Sindh Sindhi-Speaking and Urdu-Speaking.
As you sow so shall you reap, so let’s face the music. The corrupt, incapable and biased government of the day has created chaos in the minds of the common people. People have no safe life and no future, everyday problems created lost vision of ideology of Pakistan. The four major political parties of Pakistan who are one or the other way are in the federal or/and provincial government are just focusing of on their parties’ vested interest not the interest of the country’s sovereignty and nation’s Unity. For this reason they are now playing the dangerous game of divisions within the province.
As I said earlier, there is no harm to create a new province as long as it is needed for the better management of running government affairs. But the demand of ‘Seraiki’ province, Bhawalpur province Punjab, ‘Haraza’ province in Pakhtun Khwa and ‘Muhajir’ or ‘Jinahpur’ or ‘Sindh Urban’ are purely on ethnic parameters. Therefore, if Seraiki and Hazara Provinces are created then it will not stop there. Then there will be more demand especially a demand for a separate province for Urdu-Speaking in Sindh. And demand would then be logical.
The founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah said, ‘We are now all Pakistanis –” not Baluchis, Pathans, Sindhis, Bengalis, Punjabis and so on –” and as Pakistanis we must feet behave and act, and we should be proud to be known as Pakistanis and nothing else.’