DADU, Sept 13: The heirs of the Pakistan People’s Party workers who laid down their lives during the Movement for Restoration of Democracy (MRD) complain they have seen no change in their lives over the past 25 years.
The heirs had gathered in a community centre of Khairpur Nathan Shah to remember and mark the 25th death anniversary of MRD workers on Friday.
“My brothers were young when our father was killed during the MRD. Our grandmother took care of us and worked as a labourer to raise us,” said Farooque Ahmed, son of Nizamuddin Naich of Aziz Naich village. He said his brothers could not get primary education due to financial constraints and they had been jobless till that day. He said his family was living in the worst conditions a shabby rented house.
“PPP leaders announce jobs, plots and other financial aid on every death anniversary of his father but we haven’t got anything yet on ground,” he said.
Ms Sahibzaidi, widow of MRD martyr Ghulam Nabi Khoso, said that her husband was a farmer and he was driving a donkey-cart when he was arrested and killed afterwards.
She said that she passed a miserable life after his death. At one point in the 25 years, she had to go begging for meals to feed her daughter. She expressed regret that she did not have means to send her daughter to school. “I went to PPP leaders to seek their help in arranging for my daughter’s marriage but none helped me,” she said.
Wazir Lakhiar, brother of late Aziz Lakhair, said that after his brother’s death his father was so shocked he left the country for Saudi Arabia and never returned since then.
Adil Khoso, brother of Shahnawaz Khoso, said that PPP leaders gathered only once a year on the death anniversary of MRD workers and never seen afterwards.
Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq said that jobs would be given to the relatives of the MRD workers whose sacrifices had helped restore democracy in the country.
Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro praised people of Dadu for their bravery and said that MRD and Oct 18 tragedy could never be forgotten.