World Sindhi Topi Day today – A protest against ethnic hate speech by Geo TV

World Sindhi Topi, Ajrak Day today
Samaa TV. Upadated on: 06 Dec 09 01:47 PM

By Arbab Chandio

KARACHI: The first World Sindi Topi {cap} Day is being observed on Sunday (today) throughout the world including Pakistan.

Various political parties, civil societies and organizations have supported the first ever day. The Muttaheda Qaumi Movement and the Awami National Party have also decided to observe the day of Sindhi topi and Ajrak.

Several rallies were held even on Saturday in various cities of Sindh to welcome the day. Thousands of people reached outside the Karachi Press Club Saturday night where Sindh Assembly Deputy Speaker Shehla Raza, Sindh Information Minister Shazia Atta Marree and other leaders of various parties including ANP leader Shahi Syed reached. Different rallies from various parts of the city including, Lyari, Keamari, Malir and Khokhrapar joined mass gathering outside the KPC. Women and children wearing traditional Sindi dresses, white suit with Sindhi Topi and Ajrak, lit the candles and danced on the folk songs.

The business of topi and ajrak reached at peak when the government announced December 06 as the Sindhi Topi Day.

This day is also being observed in India, UK, America, Australia and other parts of the world. SAMAA

Sindhi Topi Day celebration plans gain momentum

By Razzak Abro

KARACHI: Different political parties and representatives of civil society gathered on Thursday at the Karachi Press Club (KPC) to discuss plans to celebrate the ‘Sindhi Topi Day’ jointly on Dec 6.

A nine-member ‘Sindh Cultural and Heritage Committee’, headed by senior journalist Ajiz Jamali, was formed to coordinate and organise a rally from the KPC to the Sindh Assembly in connection with the day and also decided that all the participants of the rally would wear the traditional cap.

Jamali said the controversy had united the whole of Sindh, and people who did not like President Zardari have come to support him after the incident.

Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz, secretary general Dr Safdar Sarki was also of a similar opinion. “Naturally the issue has benefited President Zardari” he said, but added that the people of Sindh had shown a strong reaction as they consider the anchorperson’s comments as an attack on their culture. The PPP has supported the Sindhi Topi Day but with a different viewpoint by making it clear that it is not playing the ‘Sindh Card’.

PPP Sindh General Secretary Taj Haider said, “We support the day by considering the Sindhi culture as our own just like all other cultures of the country.”

“All the regional cultures contribute to the national culture and the PPP promotes them for strengthening the federation,” he said, adding that the party believes that promoting regional cultures is necessary for the unity of the country. “Let the flowers of hundred colours bloom,” he remarked.

PPP Karachi President, Najmi Alam, Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum’s Syed Muhammad Ali Shah, Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party’s Ali Hassan Chandio, Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz’s Illahi Bux Bikak, Sindh National Party’s Ali Dahri, SPO’s Illahi Bux Baloch, Karachi Press Club’s President, Imtiaz Khan Faran and others also attended the meeting.

MQM to support Sindhi Topi Day

KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement, an ally of the Pakistan People’s Party-led ruling coalition at the centre and in Sindh, announced its support to the call for observing Dec 6 as Sindhi Topi Day.

“Sindhi topi and ajrak have been symbols of the Sindhi culture and civilisation for thousands of years and all the people of Sindh have an emotional attachment with these cultural symbols,” said MQM chief Altaf Hussain in a statement from his London office.

He said the communities living in other provinces and areas of Pakistan have their culture and traditions and different languages, “therefore, nobody should raise objections to Sindhi Topi Day and all Pakistanis should respect other communities’ cultures.”

He urged that there must be no statement or speech that hurts the feelings of any ethnic group and that one should respect other cultures just like their own and refrain from attacks. He said MQM extends its full support to all the people of Sindh, including mothers, sisters, elders, the youth and children on Sindhi Topi Day. Sindh government’s PPP and its coalition partner, the Awami National Party, have already announced their support to Sindhi Top Day and the MQM has also joined in the celebrations for the cultural day of Sindh. irfan ali

Citizens should attend Sindhi Topi rally: ANP

Staff Report

KARACHI: The Sindh chapter of the Pukhtoon-backed Awami National Party has stressed the government to make efforts for the release of abducted Sindhi national leaders on the eve of Sindh Topi Day. In a press conference at the Karachi Press Club on Saturday, ANP Sindh President Shahi Syed said, “The government should create an environment where no nationalist leaders bear any grudges,” pointing towards the abduction of Jeay Sindh Qaumi Movement (JSQM) leader Akash Mallah and his friends. On the second day of Eid, ANP had announced to celebrate Dec 6 as a day for protection of Sindhi culture and heritage. Syed believes that SMS had worked as an alternative media and a text message from an unknown person lead the government to acknowledge Dec 6 as the Sindhi Topi Day.


Geo TV/ Jang Group / The News adamant at insulting Sindhi culture. Terms Sindhi Topi Day as Topi Drama by distorting political statements and publishing ethnic hate speech.
PPP Topi Day participation termed ‘Topi Drama’

4 responses to “World Sindhi Topi Day today – A protest against ethnic hate speech by Geo TV”

  1. Attention Plz:
    Dr Man Mohan Singh PM of India wear Pagri as a Tradition of East Punjab no one Object,
    But elected Presidnet of Pakistan weared SINDHI TOPI while his visit of Kabul, Socalled Achor Shahid Masood (Zameer Farosh) who was kikked out from the Post of Chairmanship PTV by present Government, has used hot words against Sindhi TOPI, SINDHI President, we the people of Pakistan understand that it is a conspercy against not only president but also against our culture tradition and unity of our beloved country Pakistan By GEO Network . Think Again

  2. From Aamir Mughal’s blog:

    Kamran Khan is lying through his teeth by saying that Dr. Shahid Masood’s words against Sindhi Culture were Unintentional. When something goes ON AIR you [GEO TV] better own it that these were the Real Intentions of GEO TV. Lets assume that these words [Insulting Comment on Sindhi Cap] were unintentional then how would you define the article columns on similar Hateful Lines appeared in the parent organization of the GEO TV i.e. Daily Jang and The News International which were written by Dr Shahid Masood [in Urdu and English both] and Irfan Siddiqui in Jang [Irfan is a former Columnist of JI weekly Magazine Takbeer (used to spit venom not only against Bhutto family but Khan Abdul Wali Khan, G M Syed and every nationalists – Irfan was right hand man of Hamid Gul. If words slipped out of mouth unintentionally then how come words came out of pen unintentionally, where were the editors, sub editors, and proof readers of Daily Jang and The News International, World Sindhi Congress, SANA and Sindh Democratic Front should raise this issue with PPP-ANP AND MQM legislators for raising it in Sindh and National Assemblies to move a resolution against Jang Group [involved in inciting ethnic clashes in the past as well]. WSC, SANA and SDF should write letters to Reporters without Borders [RSF] and CPJ AND Human Rights Watch to keep the check on such Irresponsible Journalism by the Jang Group of Newspapers. Kamran Khan intentionally forget to mention that this “Fire Against Sindhi Culture” is basically ignited by THE GROUP EDITOR, SHAHEEN SEHBAI of The News International – Jang Group of Newspapers.

    To keep this whole affair alive I have saved the HATEFUL ARTICLES written by Jang Group Columnists which they wrote to burn Sindh forver, the columnists of Jang Group wrote for inciting Ethnic Hatred against Sindhi Culture, for inciting clash between PPP-MQM, for inciting clash between ANP and MQM.

    Mr Shaheen Sehbai, the Group Editor of The News International is filing “Alleged News Analysis” on political issues like NRO with ulterior motive to create another ethnic hatred. Shaheen has tried his level best to give Ethnic Colour to the issue which is Completely a Political/Legal Issue. Read his own words Shaheen is playing with fire which will ultimately result in Catastrophe.


    It is almost certain, and a senior Sindhi politician who knows the PPP and Sindh like the back of his own right hand, openly admits, that for Zardari there would be no “Sindh Card”, as it was available to Benazir Bhutto. In fact when I asked the Sindhi politician what may happen in Sindh, and the heart of PPP country, if Zardari and his 12 friends were removed from their offices, the answer was: “Only these 13 people will protest, no one else will. ” He explained that there are no PPP cadres with fires in their belly left in the interior of Sindh who would rise for Zardari.

    There is a growing sense of hatred because the Zardari clan has taken over all what was loved by the Bhutto jiyalas. “If today Nawaz Sharif stages a public meeting in Larkana, the country will be surprised at the turnout,” the mainstream Sindhi politician belonging to the PPP told me.

    The contours of a changed, unwritten script Situationer
    By Shaheen Sehbai Wednesday, November 04, 2009

    The feeling in some PPP circles is that if the NRO strikes at Zardari and his cronies, rural Sindh, where the PPP has grass root support for the Bhuttos, would not react as fiercely as many predict it would. This may be so because Zardari and his Sindhi friends, who were never part of the Benazir circle, have generated enough ill will and animosity in the last 18 months.

    Some have been forced to recall the funny story of the coffin thief of a village and his son. It is better not to repeat that story.

    All power players focus on constitutional knock-out
    By Shaheen Sehbai Friday, October 23, 2009


    Sindh is angry and Punjab is not helping
    By Shaheen Sehbai Sunday, January 06, 2008

    The other day, in Dr Shahid Masood’s program “Meray Mutabiq”, Dr Shahid Masood, Ansar Abbasi, Shaheen Sehbai and Saaleh Zaafir ridiculed Sindhi Topi and tried to create ethnic hatred against Sindhi culture.

    The third grade journalist of Geo TV / The News named Saleh Zaafir passed derogatory remarks against cap. Fingers should be aimed at The GEO TV channel and Jang Group for tinkering with the sentiments of the people on one hand they demand “Pakistani Behaviour” and Pakistani Dress from Zardariwhereas for 9 years US backed Martial Law Administrator General Musharraf visited different foreign countries wearing Western Suits [was that a Pakistani Dress???] and nobody objected [shame on Pakistani Media particularly GEO TV]. Sindhi Cap and Shalwar Kameez are the dress of not only Sindh but Pakistan as well, because till the last news Sindh is in Pakistan.
    وسعت اللہ خان 2009-12-02 ،

    جس طرح عالم ہونا خوبی ہے، اسی طرح ایک جید جاہل ہونا بھی ہر کسی کے بس کا کام نہیں ہے۔ ہفتے بھر پہلے میں نے ایک پاکستانی چینل پر دو جیدوں کی پونے دو منٹ کی گفتگو دیکھی اور سنی۔ جس سے اندازہ ہوا کہ صدرِ مملکت آصف زرداری نے کابل میں صدر حامد کرزئی کی تقریبِ حلف برداری میں سندھی ٹوپی پہن کر سندھ کارڈ کھیلنے کی کوشش کی۔ صدرِ مملکت چونکہ وفاق کی علامت ہیں اس لیے انہیں بین الاقوامی سطح پر ملک کی نمائندگی کرتے ہوئے علاقائی لباس کی بجائے قومی لباس اور ٹوپی زیبِ تن کرنا چاہیے وغیرہ وغیرہ۔

    میں اب تک سمجھتا تھا کہ سندھ ایک وفاقی اکائی ہے اور اس ناطے وہاں کا لباس اور ٹوپی بھی وفاقی ثقافت کا حصہ ہے۔ لیکن دونوں جئیدین کی گفتگو سے پتا چلا کہ سندھ پاکستان میں شامل نہیں بلکہ نائجیریا یا انڈونیشیا یا بولیویا کا حصہ ہے۔

    دوسری بات یہ معلوم ہوئی کہ اگر کوئی فوجی آمر وردی پہن کر بیرونِ ملک جائے تو یہ فوجی کارڈ کھیلنا نہیں کہلائے گا۔ اگر کوئی صدر یا وزیرِ اعظم تھری پیس سوٹ اور ٹائی میں غیر ملکی دورے پر جائے تو یہ مغربی کارڈ کھیلنے کے مترادف نہیں ہوگا۔ کوئی حکمران اگر شلوار قمیض پہن کر ریاض ایرپورٹ پر اترے تو یہ پنجابی، پختون، سندھی یا سرائیکی یا بلوچ کارڈ تصور نہیں ہوگا لیکن سندھی ٹوپی پہننے سے وفاقی روح کو اچھا خاصا نقصان پہنچ سکتا ہے۔

    ایسے ہی ٹوپی بازوں نے پاجامہ کرتا پہن کر قرار دادِ لاہور پیش کرنے میں پیش پیش بنگالیوں کو شلوار، شیروانی اور جناح کیپ پہننے سے انکار کے جرم میں ملک بنتے ہی ‘پاکستانیت’ کے دائرے سے باہر نکال دیا تھا۔ ان ہی عالی دماغ تنگ نظروں نے سینتیس برس پہلے سندھی کو صوبائی زبان کا درجہ دیے جانے پر ‘اردو کا جنازہ ہے، زرا دھوم سے نکلے’ کا نعرہ لگا کر پورے سندھ کو آگ اور خون میں جھونکنے کا اہتمام کرنے کی کوشش کی تھی۔

    اگر ان میڈیائی مجتہدین کا بس چلے تو وہ محمد علی جناح کی ایسی تمام تصاویر اتروا دیں جن میں وہ کھلا لکھنوی پاجامہ یا چوڑی دار پاجامہ پہن کر ہندوستانی کارڈ اور قراقلی ٹوپی پہن کر بلوچ کارڈ اور فیلٹ ہیٹ پہن کر برطانوی سامراجی کارڈ کھیلنے میں مصروف ہیں۔ علامہ اقبال کی ایسی تمام تصاویر نذرِ آتش کروا دیں جن میں وہ تہبند میں ملبوس پنجابی کارڈ یا پھندنے والی لال ٹوپی پہن کر ٹرکش کارڈ کھیل رہے ہیں۔

    ان ٹوپی ڈرامہ بازوں کو تو شاید یہ بھی معلوم نہ ہو کہ جب سندھ اسمبلی میں قرار دادِ الحاقِ پاکستان منظوری کے لیے پیش ہوئی تھی تو بیشتر مسلمان ارکانِ اسمبلی نے سندھی ٹوپی پہن کر اس کی تائید کی تھی۔ انہیں غالباً یہ خبر بھی نہیں پہنچی کہ فی زمانہ سندھی ٹوپی سندھ سے زیادہ جنوبی پنجاب، صوبہ سرحد، بلوچستان اور افغانستان میں پہنی جاتی ہے۔

    Dr Shahid Masood, Irfan Siddiqui & allegedly a Senior Correspondent Muhammad Saleh Zaafir [Jang Group/GEO TV] want Ethnic Clash between Communities of Sindh, Dr Shahid Masood and Muhammad Saleh Zaafir [Jang Group] insult Sindhi Community and create more problems in an already disturbed Pakistan.

    Meray Mutabiq 21st Nov 2009 Part 4 NRO [Insuting Remarks of Jang Group Correspondent on Sindhi Cap]

    Please keep in mind while reading the text below that Mr. Shaheen Sehbai, Group Editor, The News International is nowadays on vacation in USA with his family. Mr Irfan Siddiqui [Noted Columnist of Daily Jang and Former PRO of President House Islamabad and earlier he was a Regular Columnist of Weekly Takbeer] has also been declared as Mentor of Dr Shahid Masood. Irfan Siddiqui want Civil War in Sindh because he is adding fuel to the fire between MQM and PPP.

    Read his article on Eid Day’s Daily Jang
    Saturday,November 28, 2009

    In the words of Dr Shahid Masood:

    I am a proud Pakistani and also a proud Sindhi, but I don’t believe in the Sindh card. I am sure that such a card does not exist anymore. It is again wrong to suggest that father of the nation Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah used the Sindh card for creation of Pakistan. It is simply childish to say that adoption of resolution in favour of Pakistan in the Sindh Assembly in 40s was an exploitation of the Sindh card. It shows lack of sense of history. The passage of resolution by the Sindh Assembly establishes the negation of the Sindh card. The role of the Awami National Party is also crucial in this situation as its role in any clash between the PPP and the MQM in Karachi will be pivotal as thousands of Pathans, with arms, could play havoc.

    REFERENCE: The desperation of PPP to shoot the messenger Friday, November 27, 2009 By By Dr Shahid Masood

    Please keep in mind while reading the text below that Mr. Shaheen Sehbai, Group Editor, The News International is nowadays on vacation in USA with his family. Mr Irfan Siddiqui [Noted Columnist of Daily Jang and Former PRO of President House Islamabad and earlier he was a Regular Columnist of Weekly Takbeer] has also been declared as Mentor of Dr Shahid Masood. Irfan Siddiqui want Civil War in Sindh because he is adding fuel to the fire between MQM and PPP.

    REFERENCE: Read his article on Eid Day’s Daily Jang Saturday,November 28, 2009

    KARACHI – Sindh Minister for Information Department Shazia Marri has said that anti-democratic elements of media are busy to destabilise PPP-led elected government of the county. Addressing a Press conference at the Committee Room of Sindh Assembly she also condemned the thoughts expressed by an anchorperson Dr Shahid Masood on a private TV channel, in which he raised objections over Sindhi cap of President Asif Ali Zardari. She also blamed that Dr Shahid Masood through his views was trying to ignite the ethnic riots in the country, adding that the said anchorperson was harbouring some personal vendetta against the President Asif Ali Zardari. REFERENCE: Marri slams ‘anti-democratic media elements’ Published: November 25, 2009


    1 – GEO TV/JANG GROUP: Sindhi Cap, National Dress & General Musharraf.

    2 – GEO TV/JANG GROUP’s Message of Hate for Pakistan.

    3 – Shaheen Sehbai, Jang Group & Sindh Card of Zardari.

  3. Lets assume that Kamran Khan is right and words slipped out from the mouth of Shahid Masood unintentionally then how would you define the same Kamran Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed and GEO TV’s videos exposing Dr Shahid Masood??. Were these GEO TV Programs unintentional as well, watch the videos of same Kamran Khan trashing Shahid Masood on GEO TV.

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  4. i love sinndh and sindhi people becouse i am sindhi and so all love to sindh sindhi topi and ajrak its great culture of world in my knowlege sindh tokhe salaaaaaaaaaaaam