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We, the undersigned demand that the recent announcement by the Government of Pakistan to establish an Islamabad-based Sindh Coal Authority be retracted immediately. We believe that the rightful owners of the vast coal deposits in the Thar area in the province of Sindh are the people of Sindh and the recent action of the federal governments is an illegal action.


We further demand that the head office of the authority must continue to be based in the provincial capital and the majority of members should be appointed by the provincial government. The proposed composition of the authority that four out of the five members of the authority Federal Government appointees is totally unacceptable.


We consider the Federal governmentвs action a serious violation of the constitution of Pakistan and an attempt to secure control over the provincially owned natural resources. The people of Sindh reject this undue interference in the provincial jurisdiction and consider it an illegal action that counter to the 1940 Lahore Resolution that forms the basis of the creation of the country of Pakistan.


Those interested in the background and other facts in support of this petition are referred to the following public web sites:

http://iaoj.wordpress.com/2008/07/16/provincial-govt-resists-sindh-coal-authority-main-office-in-islamabad/

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Business/12-Jul-2008/Provincial--govt-resists-Sindh-Coal-Authority-main-office-in-Islamabad


http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Regional/Karachi/20-Jul-2008/Ministers-reject-Opp-White-Sheet-terming-it-absurd

http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=116980

http://www.wikio.com/news/Thar+Coal

http://www.aaj.tv/news/National/110963_detail.html


All indications are that the provincial government will not approve any decisions taken by a federally appointed agency. Even if the provincial governments surrenders to the pressure of the federal government, the people of Sindh will oppose any decisions taken that do not protect Sindhi interests by holding public demonstrations and conducting hunger strikes. The international companies must realize the immense risk they would be taking by engaging with a federally appointed agency as the formation of such an authority may be declared illegal in Pakistani courts in future.


Lastly, we appeal to all citizens of the world that believe and support the rights of native people to own the natural resources in their homelands to sign this petition and send a loud message to the federal government of Pakistan that they must respect rights of provinces.

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  • 16 October 201550. Ishaq T
    Sindhi meen Chawnee Aaa, " Andhee Jahrhee Pakeen Tahrhee Sahureen " , Yaa ehaa hallat aaa taa Maath Kayoon Taa munkaar Thiyoon Jayy Kuchoon Taa Kafirr :(
  • 07 October 201549. Fayaz Montgomery
    I support this petition
  • 17 September 201548. Dr Ahmedhm
    It is a moral, human and God-given right of indigenous people, anywhere and everywhere in the world, to have full and complete control over their destiny, wealth and natural resources. Sindhis demand that what is rightly theirs should always remain theirs
  • 13 July 201547. Feroze Au
    I support this petition
  • 06 July 201546. Hasnain S
    I support this petition
  • 20 December 201445. Khalid Iqbalt
    I support this petition
  • 13 September 201444. Ishtiaq H
    I support this petition
  • 22 August 201443. Naila T
    I support this petition
  • 28 July 201442. Khalid H
    The province of Sindh is the rightful owner of natural resouces of the province
  • 17 July 201441. Nazia Gregory
    This is extremely unfair and would potentiate the feelings of deprivation in Sindh
  • 22 June 201440. Altaf M
    Well done Sindhi Supported PPP Govt.
  • 14 June 201439. Sarang H
    robbery on sindhis resources
  • 14 May 201438. Noor J
    I agree with the contents of the petition
  • 20 January 201437. Vivek Kumarr
    Its a serious violation of the Constitution by Pakistan's Federal Government
  • 28 December 201336. Muhammad Moosar
    Fully agree with Demand and demander
  • 18 November 201335. Rasool Buxs
    save your wealth
  • 08 November 201334. Gul A
    The rights of poverty stricken indigeneous people of Thar must be protected. The Sindh government is the rightful authority to use the resouces to help the native people of the land.
  • 05 August 201333. Aziz N
    Federal take over of Thar coal is an illegal, unconstitutional and undemocratic action. Ownership of natural and other resources should be handed over to provinces.
  • 12 April 201332. Dr Amira
    Let's have our say against access of federal government
  • 06 December 201231. Javed S
    I support this petition
  • 12 October 201230. Imran M
    I strongly condemn the unlawful act against Sindhs rights. For PPP Sindh is the centre of gravity and if they will not look after about rights of Sindh then who gonna take care! This is kind of life and death issue for Sindhs life and we all are requestin
  • 26 September 201229. Ali B
    I support this petition
  • 12 July 201228. Nad M
    Federal government of Pakistan should respect the rights of native poeple
  • 23 May 201227. Hanif S
    I strongly condemn the Pakistani Government's unfair decision
  • 17 October 201126. Ishak S
    I support this petition
  • 05 September 201125. Ali S
    I support this petition
  • 05 August 201124. Raja Khaliquzamana
    It is fundamental, universal and basic right of Sindh to have full control on the minerals of its own soil.

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Haley FrederickBy:
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Government of Pakistan, Members of Pakistan National Assembly, and Pakistan Senate, and other citizens of the world

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