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Sindhi nationalism also known as Sindhi Nationalist Movement (Sindhi: سنڌي قومپرستي يا سنڌي قومي تحريڪ) was launched in the 1950s to struggle against One Unit. After Bangladesh became independent in 1971, G.M. Syed gave a new direction to nationalism and founded the Jeay Sindh Mahaz in 1972 and presented the idea of Sindhudesh; a separate homeland for Sindhis.[1] G.M. Syed is considered as the founder of modern Sindhi nationalism.[2]

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Nationalist movementEdit

Total Independence of SindhEdit

The Sindhi nationalist movement's demands have ranged from greater cultural, economic and political rights, to political autonomy, and to outright secession from Pakistan and the creation of an independent state referred to as Sindhudesh. It was founded by G. M. Syed in 1972 to help Sindhi separatist forces to separate Sindh from Pakistan.[1] Sindhi separatists believe that the Sindhi people suffer from disenfranchisement at the hands of Pakistan's Punjabi majority.[3] In 1972 G.M Sayed, The founder of Sindhi nationalism formed an organization Jeay Sindh Mahaz. Later JSM divided into many fictions. Majorly two of these various political counterparts of Sindhi nationalism are JSQM and JSMM which believe in the political struggle[1] while another faction of Sindhi nationalists the blacklisted Sindhudesh Liberation Army a Terrorist organisation believes in Armed Struggle for the total independence of Sindh from Pakistan and creation of Sindhudesh as proposed by G.M Sayed.[4]

Rights for Sindh according to 1940 ResolutionEdit

In Sindh province many nationalist parties other than these separatist nationalist parties have been demanding for the rights of Sindhi people according to 1940’s Lahore resolution within the framework of Pakistan.[5] Major parties those advocate this rhetoric are Awami Tehrik led by Rasool Bux Palijo; formerly worked with G.M. Syed but parted his ways after the Sayed’s call for a separate homeland for Sindhis, Sindh United Party led by G.M. Syed’s grandson Syed Jalal Mehmood Shah and Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party led by Qadir Magsi.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Analysis: Sindhi nationalists stand divided". DAWN.COM. 4 December 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "Making of the Sindhi identity: From Shah Latif to GM Syed to Bhutto". DAWN.COM. 10 September 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "Here's The Untold Story Of Sindhudesh - A 'Country' Of Sindhi People Lost In Pakistan". indiatimes.com. 6 December 2016. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "Baloch rebels inspire separatists in Sindh". www.thefridaytimes.com. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Magsi demands equal rights for Sindh". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 9 February 2017.