Sindh saw widespread agitation
KARACHI: A total of 1,717 agitation activities, including protest rallies, demonstrations and sit-ins, took place on various issues in Sindh during the first five months of 2005. Most of the demonstrations, rallies and sit-ins were held in Hyderbabd (800), Sukkur (562) and Karachi (355), according to a report prepared by the provincial government.
The main issues that compelled the common people to come out on the streets were non-payment of dues/salaries, the deteriorating law and order situation/lawlessness, reinstatement of workers, grievances of teachers and students, complaints about nazims and councillors, water shortages, electricity failures, working of Wapda, KESC, HESCO, kidnappings, killings and civic problems.
Once again Hyderabad district became the hub of protests in Sindh, where no less than 800 times people staged demonstrations and sit-ins, observed hunger strikes and pen-down strikes, took out processions/rallies and blocked roads in protest against the non-redressal of their grievances and to press the government to accept their demands.