Tale Of Two Marches

By: Ayaz Ahmed Laghari

Unfortunately Pakistan has seen many dark periods of dictatorship. History tells us that mostly the country under ruled in autocratic system. Many times, people rose against dictatorship and raised their voice against dictator, they were beaten and whipped but never went back from their ideologies.

Ayub Khan was the first dictator of this country and he ruled over ten years. He took all measures to save the One Unit, which was repealed by the assembly and supported to continue in his dark era of dictatorship. One unit scheme was very harmful for the small provinces in general and Sindh in particular. 

Ayub Khan made commissioners powerful like kings. They took over almost all institutions even educational institutions were not spared. Commissioners were made member of syndicate of the universities at that time.

University of Sindh was deliberately targeted by then Commissioner Hyderabad, Masroor Hassan who had to fight long battle of words with the then Vice Chancellor Hassan Ali Abdul Rehman. Masrooor himself wanted to be vice chancellor of the university. But Hassan Ali Abdul Rehman was against the intervention of the bureaucracy in the university.

Abdul Reman was a strong supporter of Sindhi language which was being targeted by the commissioner. Students of the university realized the threat to their land, culture and language.

Student Union launched a peaceful movement against the commissioner and One Unit. They raised slogans in front of commissioner office Hyderabad.

Yousif Laghari led the student union along with prominent students like Jam Saqi, Nawab Yousif Talpur, Masud Noorani, Kamil Rajpar many others students. The commissioner could not bear the movement anymore so he ordered police to teach lesson to them by beating and arresting them. On March 4, 1967, students were badly beaten by police at Hyderabad-Jamshoro road, when they were getting back after peaceful protest. Some 207 students were arrested and many injured.

After this incident the spark turned into fire, everyone in Sindh condemned the incident, Editorials were written in newspapers condemning this brutality against the innocent students.

The incident shocked the people of Sindh and they took to streets for protesting the cruelty The incident also motivated poets and writers to write against this injustice.

The month of March is considered as month of awakening of the people but this year March proved to be unfortunate for University of Sindh. On 7th March 2012, a student was assassinated in a clash between two groups at the campus in bright daylight.