SPLGO dilemma : SBC to observe strike in Sindh today
By Asghar Azad
KARACHI: A complete shutter-down and wheel jam strike called by Sindh Bachao Committee (SBC) will be observed in Sindh on Thursday (today) against promulgation of Sindh People’s Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012.
All political parties, except Pakistan People’s Party and Muttahida Qaumi Movement, have announced support for the strike.
Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz, Jeay Sindh Tehreek, Punjabi Pakhtoon Ittehad, Pakistan Sunni Tahreek, Pakistan People’s Party-Shaheed Bhutto, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, Sindh National Movement and other parties’ representatives were present at a press conference held here at Hyder Manzil on Wednesday.
On the occasion, convener SBC and chairman Sindh United Party Syed Jalal Mehmood Shah said, “SBC will hold a peaceful strike beside sit-in outside Sindh Chief Minister’s House on Thursday, however, if the government tries to restrain us forcibly, it will itself be responsible for the consequences.”
Replying to a query, he said, “A political party’s chief had openly announced plans to restrain SBC’s processions,” adding that a peaceful strike was their political, moral, constitutional and legal right.”
On the other hand, Sindh United Lawyers Forum (SULF), Malir Bar Association, Jamshoro District Bar Association and other bar associations of the province announced full support for SBC’s strike and boycott of the court proceedings.
In his statement, SULF president Abdul Wahab Baloch said that the entire lawyers community of Sindh would observe boycott of the court proceedings on Thursday and that he would also appealed before the lawyers’ community of Sindh to participate in the strike.
President Sindh Lawyers Movement (SLM) and former advocate general Sindh Masood Noorani said in a statement, “SLM will participate in the strike called by SBC against SPLGO,” adding, that the ordinance is entirely against Sindh and its people and would not be accepted at any cost.