HYDERABAD, Feb 11: The Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM) has asked outsiders who settled in Sindh after 1954 to leave the province by Feb 20 and warned them that they will be expelled by force if they fail to leave voluntarily.

The party made the demand at a seminar – “Sindh is our motherland: outsiders leave Sindh” – held in Jamshoro on the back of Indus on Tuesday evening.

Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (A) chairman Abdul Wahid Arisar, Sarwar Sehto, Dilshad Bhutto, Sagar Hanif Burdi, Hafeez Azad Hakro, Muttahida Qaumi Movement MPA Akram Adil and Senator Mohammad Ali Brohi and JSMM leaders Syed Asghar Shah and Muzaffar Bhutto spoke at the seminar.

In a message read out at the seminar, JSMM chairman Shafi Mohammad Burfat said that outsiders who had come to Sindh after 1954 were in control of resources of Sindh and were converting the indigenous population into minority.

He said the government had launched operations in the tribal areas, Swat and other areas of the NWFP and as a result a large number of people from those areas had moved to Sindh and got national identity cards.

He called upon Sindhi and Urdu-speaking people to stop raising hollow slogans, and launch a struggle to ‘throw the outsiders’ out of Sindh.

Mr Arisar supported the call for waging a struggle to expel the outsiders and said that his party would extend full support to efforts for achieving the objective.

Asghar Shah said that the number of outsiders in Sindh was increasing with each passing day. He called upon nationalist forces and Sindhis who were in the government to stop the influx of outsiders.

Muzaffar Bhutto said that time had come to launch a relentless struggle against the outsiders who had usurped the resources of Sindh.

MQM leaders said they would support any struggle to protect the interests of Sindh.

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