RAWALPINDI: Members of the old and new Sindhi delegations, invited by the President here to discuss the language problem, have made impassioned appeals to the people to maintain peace and order in the province. In their messages broadcast from Radio Pakistan, Karachi and Hyderabad, they condemned in unequivocal terms acts of arson, loot and bloodshed, and emphasised the need for continued peace and harmony for the integrity of the country. …

[Meanwhile, as reported by news agencies in Karachi,] The District Magistrate, Karachi, has issued a Press Note … The curfew relaxation period was extended to four hours in the afternoon [July 12]. During this period, a PIA bus ... was set afire... .

[News agencies add from Karachi,] Mr Mumtaz Ali Bhutto, Chief Minister of Sind, said ... that the Language Bill provided full protection to Urdu and that the present violence ... was the result of misunderstanding. In a nationwide broadcast ... last night [July 12], the Chief Minister appealed to the people of Sind to refrain from violence and wait for the decision of the Rawalpindi talks. Mr Mumtaz Ali Bhutto ... explained clause-wise the provisions for teaching, promotion and use of the Sindhi Language Bill... .

Published in Dawn, July 13th, 2022

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