Sunday, May 22, 2005

Charter of Demands of Sindhi People

Charter of Demands of Sindhi People

The right to constitute the State like Pakistan was granted by the British
rulers to Muslim majority provinces after a protracted political and
constitutional struggle. The Province of Sindh, the initiator of the final
process of the latest formulation of the partition proposal on behalf of the
Muslims of India, the first province to pass through its provincial assembly
the resolution in favour of the Pakistan resolution 1940, was the main
pillar of the five foundation pillars of the state of Pakistan. Before
British rule, Sindh was an independent state. As such on the eve of the
creation of Pakistan, Sindh sacrificed its historical status of being an
independent state in view of certain concrete guarantees given by the then
Muslim League leadership. The people of Sindh believed that the question of
political autonomy and sovereignty of their homeland was fully settled by
means of political negotiations, discussions and formulations by the
founding fathers of the country, including Quid-e-Azam Muhammed Ali Jinnah.
The ultimate and concrete guarantee of this autonomy was drawn from a moral
anchor of 1940 Resolution, which lay the foundations of union between the
founding states. It was implicit that the Pakistan resolution of 1940 will
remain un-tempered and will form a single covenant between the member sates
to draw historic legitimacy of the union. It is worth mentioning that there
was no legal or constitutional obligation for any member states to form the
union under Pakistan. It was a simple matter of choice and discretion and a
volunteer act on behalf of Sindh to enter this union. Sindh reserves the
right to revisit its historic decision in light of the way it has been
treated within the union.

Establishing the legitimate basis for creation of Pakistan, the Pakistan
Resolution of 1940 says:-

"Resolved that it is the considered view of this session of the All India
Muslim League that no Constitutional plan would be workable in this country
or acceptable to the Muslims unless it is designed on the following basic
principles via that geographically contiguous units are demarcated into
regions which should be so constituted with such territorial re-adjustments
as may be necessary that the areas in which the Muslims are numerically in a
majority as in the North-Western and Eastern zones of India, sho


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