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Larkana, October 6, 2012:

Condemning the tribal conflicts in Sindh, Touqeer Fatima Bhutto, the Sindh Minister for Women Development, said that she would present a resolution in Sindh assembly for declaring tribal conflicts as acts of terrorism. She was speaking at consultation on a research study on “Economic, Social and Cultural Impacts of Tribal Conflicts in Sindh. The consultation was jointly organized by Bhittai Social Watch and Advocacy (BSWA) and Indus Development Society (IDS) at a hotel in Larkana. Ms. Fatima commended the efforts of Hassan Nasir Mirbahar, the research, and BSWA for taking the efforts to highlight this important issue. She acknowledged that reforms in police are required as there are corruptions and mishaps happening in the police department. She stressed the need for raising awareness in masses on these important issues. She invited media and civil society to collaborate with politicians in this regards.

 

Peace friendly people of Larkana, including political, social and religious representatives and media, have strictly condemned bloodshed in the name of tribal conflicts and demanded from the government to ensure rule of law, carry out de-Weaponization, end illegal occupations in schools, prioritize education, make reforms in police and judicial systems. The forum further demanded removal of political interferences from the police department, making appointments in police department on merit and ensuring socio-economic development in the affected areas. The participants resolved that crimes happening in the name of the tribal conflicts are actually “acts of terrorism”. 

Earlier, sharing the findings of the research study, Hassan Nasir Mirbahar said that as per newspaper analysis a total of 242 tribal conflicts have happened in past three years in eight districts i.e. Khairpur Mirs, Sukkur, Shikarpur, Kashmore, Ghotiki, Larkana, Kashmore and Kamber-Shehdadkot. He added that a total of 772 persons were murdered whereas 548 persons were injured. As per information collected from various sources, around 148 schools have remained closed in the eight districts of Upper Sindh, said the researcher. The researcher added that health sector has severely been affected as people have to face severe difficulties in accessing health services due to prevalent insecurity and fear as a result of the tribal conflicts. Hassan added that people have been affected economically as well as they have lost personal property and have been unable to carryout economic activities. Sharing the causes of the conflicts, the researcher said that there are various economic, social, political and cultural reasons behind the tribal conflicts. He added that these include disputes over land ownership, money matters, theft of livestock, matrimonial affairs and honor killing. Hassan added that women have been severely affected due to tribal conflicts; not only their household responsibilities have increased but traces of psychological issues due to death of relatives and constant fear are also prevalent. 

Prominent among others who spoke on the occasion were Javed Ali Shah, Naseer Aijaz, Ali Gul Sangi, Inayatullah Morio and Jabbar Khaskehli.

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