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Pakistan Needs to End Sindhi Exploitation: Resolution by World Sindhi Congress

The Resolution States to Uplift the Status of Minorities in Pakistan and End Exploitation

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World Sindhi Congress asks Pakistan Government to End Sindhi Exploitation. Source: World Sindhi Congress
  • Mr Gul Sanai pointed out the situation of Sindhis and other minorities in Pakistan facing problems
  • Mr Sanai also accused Pakistan of violence and marginalization of Sindhi minorities in Pakistan occupied Kashmir
  • Sanai also asked the Pakistan Government to put an end to the violence and not to exploit Sindh resources and put a fair trade and equal distribution of resources policy

June 30, 2017: World Sindhi Congress has recently passed a resolution in Geneva outside UN headquarters, according to which they would call upon the government of Pakistan to put an end to all acts of exploitation of Sindhi people and other minorities in Pakistan. The resolution was presented on the abysmal human rights situation in Sindh and Balochistan before the media.

The representative of World Sindhi Congress, Mr Gul Sanai has pointed out the situation of Sindhis and other minorities in Pakistan facing problems. A brief synopsis of the resolution was read by Mr Sanai which accused Pakistan of violence and marginalization of Sindhi minorities.

The resolution stated that religious extremism and fundamentalism was being funded by foreign money and many minority based areas of Pakistan are suffering from poverty, unemployment, and low education standards.

Further, it also stated, “Pakistan must stop attacking and killing Sindhi nationals and other political activists; conduct judicial inquiries into incidents of extra-judicial killings; declare the names of missing and illegally detained people, and or produce them before a court of law if they are accused.

The Government of Pakistan is responsible for these extra-judicial killings in Sindh and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, forced conversions of Sindhi Hindus. We call upon the Government of Pakistan to address governance issues; restore the law and order situation; allocate substantial resources for development; generate employment and improve the quality of life in Sindh.”

Sanai also asked the Pakistan Government to put an end to the violence and not to exploit Sindh resources and put a fair trade and equal distribution of resources policy to reduce the internal displacement of people and discourage Sindhis from living in their own land. The resolution also requested the international community to understand and resolve the rights and conditions of the Sindhis in Pakistan’s territory.

– by Sumit Balodi of NewsGram. Twitter: @sumit_balodi

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Horn Please! Beauty of Truck Art in Pakistan is more of a Cultural Representation of the Region

Truck art represents the culture, tradition, history, love, passion, storytelling and much more

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October 20, 2016: In Peshawar, trucks are not just a vehicle to get around. It is a mobile work of art that says so much about the person driving it. Truck art says so much about the culture, tradition, history, love, passion, storytelling and much more.

Truck painting is a popular form of an indigenous art form in the South Asian countries. It features floral patterns and poetic calligraphy. Also known by the name of the jingle trucks, these trucks first appeared in the 1940s but took off in the 1970s.

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The Government of Pakistan has been organising truck art exhibitions in co-operation with some enterprising individuals since the 80s. The art has established itself as a thrilling and lively ‘folk art-form’ from Pakistan. Pictures by Tourists have made it a global phenomenon and has inspired local businessmen as well.

Balochistan and Peshawar prefer wood trimmings in Truck art. Click To Tweet

Quotes are one of the most imperative and the eye-catching feature of the truck art as they provide insightful humour. They leave an impression on the reader by virtue of its simplicity. Truck art would be incomplete without theses quotes. Some of these includes ‘Aadmi Aadmi Ko Duss Raha Hai, Aur Samp Khara Huss Raha Hai!’, ‘Duniya Jalti Rahi, Shahzadi Chalti Rahi’, ‘Maalik Ki Gaari, Driver Ka Paseenah, Chalti Hai Road Per Bun Kay Haseenah’, etc.

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Each province of Pakistan has its own unique and striking style of truck painting. Each tribe offers its own exclusive ethnic heritage. Sindh is famous for camel bone work, Rawalpindi and Islamabad’s truck includes plastic work, Balochistan and Peshawar prefer wood trimmings. The art, including arrangement, colour and material, is the “cultural representative of the region.”

According to a local driver, from buying the paint, to getting trucks painted, it costs around $1000. A truck artist said,” I have pictures that I copy one or two times. I memorise it and then I paint it straight onto the truck.” Truck art continues to evolve with psychedelic and floral designs to make driving in South Asia a sight to behold!

 by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53