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PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME OF THE AZAD PARTY FOR THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

1.       Purification of Administrative Machinery. To put a stop to corruption, Rasai, Lapo, Anaki and similar illegal practices.

2.      To improve the system of the recovery of Land Revenue

Assessment and revise the rules about unauthorized cultivation, Unauthorized. Construction of villages, changes of the sources of water supply and water wastage.

3.      Appointment of Advisory boards of various departments for recommending measures for the redress of grievances of the people.

4.     To reform the condition of criminal tribes and prisoners in Jails.

5.     Abolition of the chher system.

6.     Abolition of the Jirgah system and repeal of the Frontier Regulation Act.

7.     To enforce the recommendations of the Cattle-supply and Improvement Committee.

8.     To enforce the recommendations of the Cattle-lifting Committee.

9.     To enforce the recommendations of the Bombay Banking Enquiry Committee.

10.    To reconsider and enforce necessary recommendations of the Land Revenue Assessment Committee.

11.    To amend the Encumbered Estates acts so as  to  bring the Zamindars paying Land Revenue Assessment under as.300 within the scope of the Act.

12.    To reconsider and bring into the form of an Act the special circulars of the Commissioner-in-Sind,
13.    To do away with nominations on Municipalities and District Local Boards and to introduce elective principle in Sanitary Boards, and to introduce Adult Male Franchise.
14.    To appoint a retrenchment committee to effect retrenchment in administrative machinery in general and the P.W.D. in particular.

15.    To separate the functions of some the heads of departments from those of Secretaries to Government.
16.   To give Government lands within and without the Barrage 2one, to peasants on reasonable terms.

17.    The Readjustment of relations between the peasants and the Zamindars, and between the Khatidars and the Jagirdars on some equitable basis so as to improve the financial position of the peasants and the Khatidars.

18.    The readjustment of relations between Government and Zamindars so as to improve the financial position of the Zamindars and to reduce the land Revenue Assessment by 50% within the non-Barrage Zone.

19.  The readjustment of relations between the Jagirdars and Governments.

20.  The protection of the agriculturists against heavy rates of interest and hardships of the money-lenders and the co-operative Societies.

21.  The land Alienation Bill to be considered.

22.  Rent Act for Karachi City and other towns if necessary so as to improve the relations of landlords and Tenants.

23.  Development Boards for Rural and Urban Areas.

24.  Protection and furtherance of the rights of laboring classes.

25.  Appointment of touring Doctors, Hakims and Nurses for the rural areas.

26. Protection and improvement of Cottage Industries and consideration of the report of the Industries Committee.

27. Improvement of Roads.

28. Improvement in the methods of cultivation as suggested by the Agricultural Department in consultation with Zamindars Boards.

29.  Revision of remission Rules.

30.  Reform of the co-operative Movement.
31.  Construction of a weir at Jherruck.

32.  Reform of Social evils through necessary legislation.

33.  Expansion of Primary and compulsory Education Employment of Primary teachers for the spread of adult education and reform and cheapening the existing Educational system and establishment of special schools for girls, to have a university for Sindh.
34.  To tackle the problem of supply of water to Karachi city.

35.  Fair representation of various communities in services, and giving preference to qualified persons of the agricultural community.

36.  To relieve Sindh of the burden of pre-Reform Irrigation debts.

37.  Sukkur Barrage:

(a). The Sukkur Barrage be treated partly protective and partly productive and thus to relieve the province of half the amount of the Barrage debts and interest thereon.

(b). To demand the reduction of the rate of interest from 4½% to 3%.

(c). The repayment of debt not immediately put after 1940, from the following sources:

(i) The amount realized from land sales in cash.

(ii) The amount realized from installments.

(iii) The amount realized from the net revenue derived from the Barrage area after deducting.one tenth for land Revenue, plus the amount equivalent to revenue realizable during pre-barrage days.

(d)  The Bombay Government borrowed capital for the payment of interest of the Barrage debts, while in all fairness the interest ought to have been paid from general revenues. Sindh should be relieved of the Capital borrowed for interest purposes.

(e). Compensation should be paid to Sindh for works miscarried by the Bombay Government.

(f). The Government of India should undertake full responsibility of recovering the part of the capital and interest thereon and consequential expenditure on improvements on works in British Baluchistan and Khairpur State.

(g)  The provide more bridges and drains within the Barrage Zone and to devise means to meet the dangers from percolation and malaria,

(h)  To compensate the Zamindars for the losses suffered by them on account of the Barrage in lower Sindh.

Executive Committee;

Shaikh Abdul Majeed, Muhammad Ramzan oldi, Moulvi Abdul Karim, Moulvi Abdul Samad; Ghulam Ahmed "Nizami" and Abdul Rahman Muhammad Siddique.

KARAM KHAN NIZAMANI

A branch of Sind Azad Party has been started at village Karam Khan Nizamani taluka dalla with the following men as its office-bearers:

Taj Muhammad Nizamani         President
Hassan Ali Nizamani
           Secretary

Moulvi Shafi Muhammad Nizamani Treasurer

KHAIR MUHAMMAD LAGHARI

In a public meeting attended by Hindus and Muslims numbering nearly 300, held at Khair Muhammad Laghari on 21.2.1931 it was decided to start branch of Sindh Azad Party with the following office-bearers:

Moulvi Khair Muhammad        President
Hamid Khan
                    Secretary

Hussain Khan                  Treasurer

MATLI

At the ocassion of Eid-ul-Fitir (20.2.1931) about 800 men held a meeting at Matli and it was resolved to start a branch of Sindh Azad Party.

Following were elected its office-bearers:-
Muhammad Khan Nizamani        President
Moulvi Attaullah
              Secretary

Haji Karim Bux                Treasurer

MOULVI ABDULLAH LAGHARI

In connection with the formation of Sindh Azad Party branch at Moulvi Abdullah Laghari village a public meeting was held on 15.2.1931, about one hundred people of the village were present.

Following office-bearers were elected for newly organized branch of the Azad Party,

Moulvi Muhammad Hassan Laghari President
    Suleman Khan
                  Secretary

Ghazi Khan                    Treasurer

 

SIND AZAD PARTY (its branches).

 

ABDUL HAI

A public meeting was held at Deh No:144 Moulvi Abdul Hai Village, taluka Dighri on 20.2.1931 to start branch of Sindh Azad Party. Nearly 500 people gathered already for Eid prayer attended the meeting. Speechs were made by Moulvi Abdul Hai and others, Allah dino read extracts from Daily Al-Wahid dated 19.2.1921, giving the latest information about "Hindu-Government Pact", He also read extracts from the letter of Seth Haji Abdullah Haroon written to him. Resolution regar­ding the separation of Sindh was passed and office-bearers were elected as under:

 

Moulvi Haji Abdul Hai        President

Allah dino Khan Bhutto       Secretary

 

Allahdino Khan Bhutto was requested to work as Treasurer of the branch.

 

ALLAHABAD

A branch of Sind Azad Party has been started at village Allahabad Dakhan, taluka Dadu with the following men as its office-bearers:

 

Moulvi Haji Habibullah        President
Rais Ariz Muhammad            Vice-President

Mian Ghulam Nabi              Secretary

Mullan Abdul Hamid            Treasurer

 

BATHORO

A largely attended public meeting was held on 17th of Ramzan in Jamia Masjid of Bathoro. Meeting was addressed by Moulvi Muhammad and Moulvi Muhammad Usif, who is their speechs spoke on the Sindh separation problem. In the end it was resolved to open a branch of Sind Azad Party, 24 persons were enrolled as members on the spot.

 

Following persons were ejected as its office-bearers.

Moulvi Muhammad Usif         President
Seth Muhammad Usman           Secretary

Seth Muhammad Hussain        Treasurer

 

CHAK

A public meeting as held on 13.2.1931 at Chak, Jacobabad, Moulana Muhammad Usman persided, Speechs were made on the separation of Sindh, and it was resolved to open a branch of Sindh Azad Party. About 79 participants paid one Anna each and got theirselves enrolled as members of the party.

 

Following were elected ss office-bearers:
K.SoMir Muhammad Pathan       President
Pir Bux Khan                  Vice-President

Abu Shoukat Hamzo             Secretary

Allahdino Khan                Treasurer

 

CHHATAN SHAN

In connection with the epening of a branch of Sindh Azad Party a public meeting was held on 1.2.1931 at Chhatan Shah (Sakrand), and following were selected as office bearers:
Moulvi Shafi Muhammad Shah     President
Moulvi Muhammad Paryal        Secretary
Mian Muhammad Hassan           TEreasurer

 

Executive Committee;

Pirzada Muhammad Ibrahim and Allah dino including office, bearers:

Meeting ended with the adoption of resolution demanding the separation of Sindh from Bombay Presidency.

 

DAUD MAHESAR

In a public meeting held on 11.2.1931 at Daud Mahesar near Mahar it was decided to form a branch of Sindh Azad Party,

Following were elected as its office bearers:
Syed Juman Shah     0        President
Moulvi Haji Abdul Kadir       Vice-President
Dur Muhammad                  Secretary

 

Syed Juman Shah was requested to act as treasurer of the Party.

 

FAKIRABAD

A branch of Sind Azad Party has been opened at Fakir Abad Deh 22 Nisrat, District Tharparkar with the follow­ing persons elected in the public meeting held on 13.2.1931 as its office bearers:

Syed Jamal Shah               President

Moulvi Muhammad Musa          Vice-President

Syed Qabool Muhammad          Secretary

Syed Hussain Shah             Treasurer

 

HALLA(NEW):

A public meeting was held on 20.3.1931 at Halla with the ambition of opening the branch of Sind Azad Party. About 50 people attended the meeting.

 

Following were elected as office-bearers:
Haji Pir Muhammad                 President

Kazi Ahmed Ali                     Secretary

Mian Muhammad Juman               Joint Secretary

Mian Haji Ghulam Muhammed      Treasurer.

A resolution demanding the separation of Sind from Bombay Presidency was passed unanimously.

 

HASHIM SOOMRO

A public meeting was held on 13.2.1931 at village Hashim Soomro (District Thatta), Muhammad Usman Soomro presided. Unanimously decision regarding the formation of Sindh Azad Party was taken, and following were elected its office­ bearers:

Muhammad Fazul Soomro           President
Akhund Abdul Karim                Vice-President

Khalikdino Soomro                   Treasurer

About 500 people were present at the meeting.

 

HYDERABAD

A public meeting was held on 20.2.1931 at Hyderabad with an ambition of opening of Sind Azad Party. Nearly 12000 people were present at the meeting, speeches were made on the importance of Sindh separation, and resolutions were passed demanding the separation.

In connection with the opening of Party branch following resolution was passed unanimously:

"That, this meeting of citizens of Hyderabad resolves to open a branch of Sindh Azad Party, as to enable the citizens to extend their full co-operation to leaders working for the separation of Sindh.

 

Following persons were elected as its office ­bearers:

1. Pir Ghulam Mujadid        President
2. Abdul Jabbar              Secretary

 

JACOBABAD

Branch of Sindh Azad Party has been started at Jacobabad in the month of February 1931 with the following office-bearers:

Moulvi Haji Muhammad Rahim Bux   President
Shamis-ul-din                Secretary

Abdul Rahman                 Treasurer

President of the party, Moulana Haji Muhammad Rahim Bux is an old Khilafatist of Jacobebad.

 

JHIMPIR

In a meeting held on 6.2.1931 at Jhimpir, under the presidency of Moulvi Ghulam Muhammad, it was resolved to open a branch of Sindh Azad Party at Jhimpir,

Following were elected as its office-bearers:-

Haji Abdul Ghafoor Kazi,       President

Mian Muhammad Alim Darzi      Secretary

Ghulam Muhammad Jakhiro       Treasurer

 

Executive Committee:

Moulvi Ghulam Muhammad; Haji Abdul Ghafoor Kazi; Muhammad Alim; Ghulam Muhammad Jakhiro and Seth Ghulo Khojo,

45 members were enrollee; on the spot. Speechs in the favour of separation of Sindh from Bombay Presidency were made and it was resolved to extend full co-operation to the leaders who are working for separation of Sindh.

 

KARACHI:

A public meeting was held on 2.2.1931 at Shikarpuri Mahla Karachi under the auspices on Jamiat-ul-Ikhwan, Shaikh Abdul Majeed persided. Amongst the present were Mir Muhammad Baloch, Moulvi Abdul Karim, Moulvi Abdul Samad and Moulvi Abdul Rahim. Speakers apprise of tie audience the situation and political conditions of the country, they all emphasised on the point that it is the birth right of Sindhis to be free from every kind of bondage. Audience responded with the slogans, aiming the separation of Sindh from Bombay Presidency. It is resolved to form "Sindh Azad Party", about 50 persons agreed upon to be members of the said parry. In the end the election was held to elect office-bearers on the party.

Following persons were elected unanimously:

Haji Mir Muhammad Baloch       President

Muhammad Ramzan M.Sidiqe      Secretary

Haji Ali Muhammad Akhund      Treasurer

 

SIYAL

On 17the of February 1931 a public meeting was held at village Siyal near Dadu under the presidency of Moulvi Mian Muhammad Hassan Abbassi. About 50 people attended the meeting. It was resolved to open a branch of Sindh Azad Party at Siyal.

 

Following were elected as its office-bearers:
Moulvi Mian Muhammad Hassan    President
Sirai Mian Muhammad Hassan     Vice-President
Moulvi Muhammad Salih Abbasi   Secretary
Kazi Mian Haji Ahmed          Treasurer

A resolution demanding the separation of Sindh was adopted in the end.

 

SUJAWAL

In connection with the Formation of branch of Sind Azad Party, a public meeting was held on 1st of Shawal 1349, at Sujawal about 500 men attended the meeting.

 

Following were elected as office-bearers of the branch:

Syed Pir Muhammad Shah          President
Moulvi Haji Mahmood           Secretary

Mullan Abu bakar              Treasurer

100 members were enroled on the spot.

 

MURAD PUR

In connection with the starting of Sindh Azad Party branch at Muradabad a meeting was hield on 5.6.1936 under the auspices of Anjuman Islah-ul-Muslimeen. Meeting was presided over by Moulana Syed Sadar-ul-din shah Bukhario

Following resolutions were passed unanimously:

1.  That, this meeting of people of Muradabad resolves to

start a branch of Sindh Azad Party at Muradabad, with the

following persons as its office be users:

Moulvi Syed Sadar-ul-din      President
Moulvi Abdul Halim            Vice-President

 

2.That, this meeting of people of Muradabad have received with great shock the decision regarding shahidgaj Mosque of Lahore, and demands from the Government of Punjab to restore the mosque to the muslims of Punjab.

 

NAWABSHAH

In a public meeting helld, on 7.2.1931 at Nawabshah it was resolved to open branch of Sindh Azad Party.

Following were elected as its office-bearers:-
President:                   Akhund Abdul Wahid

Secretary:                   Rais Ghulam Siddique Khan

Treasurer:                   Abdul Khalik

 

Executive Committee:

Moulvi Muhammad Usman; Main Allahdino; Akhund Abdul Wahid; Rais Ghulam Sidique Khan and Abdul Khalik.Resolution demanding from the Government separation of Sindh was also adopted.

 

ODI

In connection with the opening of branch of Sindh Azad Party, a public meeting was held at Odi Taluka Thull District Jacobabad, and following were elected as its office-bearers:

Abdul Rahman Sarki            President

Moulvi Abdul Karim            Secretary

 

Executive Committee: consisting on 11 members was elected also.

 

SHIKARPUR

In a meeting held on 15.2.1931 at the Shikarpur, following persons have been elected as office-bearers of Sindh Azad Party, Shikarpur branch:

Haji Moula Bux Soomro         President
Moulvi Fazlullah Hakim        Vice-President
Moulvi Abdul Karim chisti      Secretary
Mr. Mumtaz                    Joint Secretary

Khair Muhammad "Fakir"        Treasurer

 

 

 

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