KARACHI:Senior political and socialist leaders, civil society, human rights, labour activists on Saturday paid rich tributes to noted communist and Hari leader Jam Saqi at a reference organized by civil society and labour rights organizations of Sindh at Arts Council Karachi.
Former Senate Chairman Senator Raza Rabbani; Federal Minister and head of National Party Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo; Shah Mohammad Shah, President of Pakistan Muslim League (N), Sindh; Rasheed A Razvi, former President of Supreme Court Bar Association; senior columnist Zahida Hina Ms. Shaheena Ramzan; Sajjad Zaheer (elder son of Jam Saqi), Ms. Naghma Shaikh fromDemocratic Students Federation, Ms. Mahnaz Rahman from Aurat Foundation, Habibuddin Junaidi, Convener, Sindh Labour Solidarity Committee; Sindhi nationalist leader Iqbal Tareen, Dr. Riaz Shaikh, Dean of Social Sciences, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST); Syed Ahmad Shah, President of Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi; spoke on the occasion and eulogized his struggle for the rights of downtrodden people.
Senator Raza Rabbani lauded the role of Jam Saqi. He said that the establishment is trying to end 18th Amendment. “It will be a disaster,” he warned adding that Pakistan was created on the basis of federation. “If you try to weaken the federal character of Pakistan, the establishment will be responsible for all the consequences.”
He paid tributes to all political leaders who got passed the 18th Amendment. “Don’t open this Pandora’s box. Don’t add new factor of terrorism to already beleaguered society in Pakistan,” he remarked.
He warned that any judicial or military will be harmful to the country as in the past all Martial Laws had bad effects on Pakistan.
Main Raza Rabbani said despite the fact education and health are provincial subjects, the federal government does not allow the provinces to make change in curriculum. Punjab government wants to add Bhagat Singh, but establishment does not allow to do so. Similarly, he said in the curriculum of Sindh there are more benefits of Martial Law than Democracy in the course books of Pakistan Studies.
Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo said that Jam Saqi remained committed to the democracy. He said he was also one of the witnesses of Jami in the treason case against Jam Saqi besides other politicians of Pakistan. Shah Mohammad Shah said Jam Saqi remained committed to rights of poor’s and he was a true Democratic leader.
All political parties and united against any proposal to impose Judicial Martial Law, he added.
Rasheed A. Razvi said Jam was a chapter of Pakistan’s politics. He is a beacon of lights for students, labour and political workers. He was a great students leader, I came close to him when a case of red flag was registered against him. During MRD we remained in jail.
Jam Saqi was against establishment for the entire life.
He said there is no mention of Judicial Martial Law. Jam Saqi struggle his entire life against those forces. He dedicated his entire life for your rights, he said adding that he stood on principles.
Dr. Riaz Shaikh said he spent his entire life for poor people. Jam Saqi struggled for unity of the nation.
Zahida Hina in her write up said that Jam Saqi was a man of principles who even resigned from Communist Party. He continued his struggle for people, he joined PPP but he was not satisfied with the party. In last days he was inclined to mysticism.