GM Syed death anniversary
KARACHI: The 12th death anniversary of G M Syed, the founder of Jeay Sindh Movement, is to be observed Wednesday amid concerns of factional clashes.
Independent observers of Sindh’s politics have noted that the clashes are feared because of differences between Abdul Wahid Aresar and Bashir Qureshi, the chiefs of two factions of Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM).
Both these factions have announced separate programmes to mark the anniversary. However, some of the other factions have decided not to attend either one of these programmes.
“Supporters will reach the grave of GM Syed at noon, followed by a public meeting at the graveyard’s back,” said Aresar, who enjoys the support of organising committee members Sirai Qurban Khuhawar, Shafi Karnani and Riaz Chandio. Aresar has also invited Zain Shah, a grandson of G M Syed, to the public meeting in addition to those who have left the party such as Dr Mir Alam Marri, Hussain Bakhsh Thebo. Furthermore, renowned writers Agha Salim, Amar Jalil, Taj Joyo, Khaki Joyo, Wali Ram Walabh, Ghulam Nabi Mughal, Zaib Nizamani, Najma Shaikh, Gulshan Leghari have also been invited.
On the contrary, Qureshi has said that his faction will hold a public meeting on the front end of the graveyard. He said that Jalal Shah, another grandson of G M Syed and former deputy speaker of the Sindh Assembly, had been invited to his gathering.
JSQM chairman, Abdul Khaliq Junejo, said that his faction had not chalked out any programme for the anniversary. In addition, Sindh Taraqi Passand Party’s vice chairman, Ali Hassan Chandio, mentioned that his party does not believe in attending such programmes.
G. M. Syed was an active member of the Pakistan Movement. The factions today claim they still believe in the Syed’s ideology. How far this is true, remains to be seen.