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Protest against JSMM leaders’ arrest

November 15, 2005

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HYDERABAD, Nov 14: Activists of the Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz, including women, staged a demonstration outside the press club on Monday in protest against detention of party leaders Muzaffar Bhutto, Sattar Hakro, Mehram Mallah, Zulfiqar Khaskheli and Ahmed Khan Keerano. They also marched from the old university campus to the press club and blocked the road for over an hour.

Speaking on the occasion, Shahnawaz Bhutto, Saima Bhutto, the wife of Muzaffar Bhutto and Sohail Hakro demanded that the party leaders be produced in the court.

They appealed to nationalist leaders to take notice of disappearance of the JSMM leaders.

JSMM chairman Shafi Mohammad Burfat sent an open letter to writers an d intellectuals of Sindh to take notice of the detention of the JSMM leaders who were being held incommunicado by intelligence agencies for the last one month.

He said on the one hand, 14 JSMM leaders were languishing in jail without trial and on other half a dozen had been arrested by agencies and their whereabouts were not known.

He said that news about disappearance of the JSMM leaders had been widely reported in the press and their relatives had held many protests demonstrations but no one had taken notice of these protests.

Shafi Burfat, who himself is a fugitive, said the only fault of his party workers was that they were the followers of Saeen G.M. Syed.

He appealed to writers and intellectuals to raise their voice against the illegal detention of the party activists.

PIR: Pir Amjad Ali Shah Bukhari of the Al-Madaar shrine has welcomed the decision of launching an operation against impostor Aamils.

Speaking at a news conference at the press club on Monday, he said that many respectable families had been destroyed by fake Aamils and Pirs.

He regretted that some genuine Gadi Nasheens were also being harassed who were trying to heal the people in accordance with injunctions of the Holy Quran.

He claimed that Aastana-i-Madaria was 500-year-old and it did not believe in what fake Aamils and Pirs were doing.

He said that there were no black sheep at the Aastana-i-Madaar and challenged authorities that if there were any complaints against his Aastana, he was ready to face the consequences.

He also appealed to MQM chief Altaf Hussain to announce his clear policy in respect of Pirs and mystics.