ICR, April 24, 2019

24th death anniversary of Saeen G.M Syed is being observed today. The followers of Syed have arranged various programs in the province.

His home town Sann has been decorated with his party's flags and banners to commemorate him.

A large number of people from various districts arrived at Sann a day before his anniversary.

The Sindh United Party (SUP) headed by his grandson Syed Jalal Mehmood Shah had special arrangements for the day after the party leaders laid floral wreath on Syed's grave on the bank of the Indus River.

The SUP also organized a Sindhi-Urdu poetic sitting attended by many prominent Urdu and Sindhi poets such as Rahat Saeed, Dr. Javed Manzoor, Ghulam Ali Wafa, Naseem Nazish, Hujaba Abbasi, Safdar Insha, Asghar Khan, Azeem Hyder, and others.

Besides SUP, other groups of nationalists like JSQM, JST, JSQM (A) have planned their programs.

Who was G.M Syed?

Ghulam Murtaza Syed called as G.M Syed (17 January 1904 – 25 April 1995) was a prominent Sindhi politician, who is infamously known for his scholarly work, passing only constitutional resolution in favor of the establishment of Pakistan from British Sindh Assembly (which is now Sindh Assembly) in 1943, proposing ideological groundwork for separate Sindhi identity and laying the foundations of Sindhudesh movement. He is regarded as one of the founding fathers of modern Sindhi nationalism.

G.M Syed started his political career at the age of 16 when he organized Khilafat Conference at his hometown, Sann, on 17 March 1920. He was first to become a political prisoner after the creation of Pakistan in 1948. He restated the political implementation of Sufi ideologies proposing peaceful religious coexistence, secularism, Sindhi nationalism and laid the basis for Sindhudesh Movement. He spent approximately thirty years of his life in imprisonment and house arrests for opposing the anti-Sindh policies. He was entitled as the prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International in 1995. He died during his house arrest in Karachi on 26 April 1995.