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’



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