Colonialism could end, but perilous settlers-colonialism rarely ends, so Zulifkarabad is the new game by Pakistani-occupiers to change the demography of Sindh.
The Sindhi nation is suffering and in deprived condition and Pakistani-colonizers want to sow the seeds of settlers-colonialism again as that happened in 1947 when this rogue state came into being. On the time of formation of Pakistan in 1947, there was state-sponsored-program of Sindhi-Hindus in Karachi in 1948, and they were forced to flee away to India and Sindhi people were left in the minority in Karachi.
“Zulifkarabad will be the new city on the coastal belt of Sindh on the Indus Delta and is a 150 km away from Karachi. It will be like Shenzhen (China’s boomtown) situated in the Pearl River Delta, and since 1979 it was the city of poor fishermen with a population of 6m. After Chinese settlement and investment, it’s population increased to 11m. It’s the Special economic zone, but the indigenous people were converted in the minority. Before the 1980s the language was spoken there was Cantonese, and now it’s Mandarin like-wise Sindhi people will be in the minority on their land.” (1) Zulifkarabad will be new economic zone, and it is planned with the help of Chinese which will contain manufacturing and industrial units.
The Sindhi nation already has suffered the Pakistani-occupation and colonialism by which Sindh’s resources and masses are being exploited. Land of Guddu and Sukkur Barrage in Sindh were allotted to Punjabi-Bureaucrats, Punjabi Nazi army generals and Punjabi landlord’s even advertisement for sale of land was not published in Sindh, it was announced in Punjab.
Local people talk with Dawn Newspaper, We have only heard about Zulifkarabad in newspapers. We are worried we will be thrown out of our land. We don’t want to get swindled. Indigenous people are not taken in confidence, whose future belongs to that area. Indigenous people living there are confronting poverty, illiteracy, mortality rate high, recent floods and heavy rains have devastated southern Sindh, and now Pakistan wants to saddle Sindhi people by Zulifkarabad. Demography of Sindh will change. That is the tact of Pakistani-occupiers and colonizers as Chinese were doing in Tibet to convert the Tibetans in the minority even same happened in Balochistan for Gawadar project but Baloch people resist and saved their land from changing demography.
The Sindhi nation denies that enslavement and bondage in the name of development, the Sindhi nation will resist that. Every development on occupied and colonized land looks like a torch and happiness for the oppressed nation, in fact, it’s the way to sow the seeds of settlers-colonialism more deeply. Settler colonization is an ultimate colonizing act where settlers envisage no return; settler colonialism still tells a story of either total victory or complete failure.
China is mostly interested in this region as China firstly started Gawadar port but the resistance of Baloch people made them tripped now they are shifting towards coastal areas of Sindh, but Chinese will confront opposition in Sindh also. Balochistan and Sindh are littoral States, so China wants to form their hegemony on the Arabian sea by getting control of coastal areas of Sindh and Balochistan. “An independent Sindh will serve as a natural conduit for oil and gas pipelines from energy-rich Central Asia to energy-starved South Asia. Without an entrenched bureaucracy, Sindh will rapidly lead the way to economic expansion in South Asia. Most significantly for the rest of the world, given its long peaceful Sufi tradition, an independent Sindh will provide a bulwark against fanaticism and promote peace and prosperity.” (2) We can see the interest of China in Sindh and Balochistan by his energy needs in future: “China whose demand for crude oil doubled between 1995 and 2005 and will double again in the coming decade or two as it imports 7.3 million barrels of crude daily by 2020—half of Saudi Arabia’s planned output. More than 85 percent of that China-bound oil will pass across the span of Indian ocean through Strait of Malacca: the reason China is desperate for alternative energy routes to the Pacific, as well as fast ones into China from Central Asia, Pakistan, and Burma.” (3) As well as “China seeking Gawadar and 75 miles away Pasni, China is active in Chittagong for container facility and also for naval base constructing roads, waterways and pipelines from the Bay of Bengal to China Yunnan province.”
Colonizers and occupiers must stop those conspiracies against the oppressed Sindhi nation, and we will resist against those plots for the sake of our homeland and Beware!! You colonizers and occupiers still the blood of Sindhi youth is not entirely cooled down, and they stake their lives in the interests of their homeland.
Conclusion: “Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it, in relative opacity.”
― Frantz Fanon: The Wretched of the Earth