Fishermen demand liberating water bodies


Hyderabad: A large number of fisherwomen, hailing from marine and inland waters led a huge rally organized by Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) on Tuesday to end encroachment on fresh waters of the province and stop hostility against marginalized fishermen.

The rally started from famous Shehbaz Building and culminated outside Hyderabad Press Club, where PFF chairperson Mohammed Ali Shah, senior vice chairperson Fatima Majeed, writer and social activist Zulfiqar Halepoto, hari leader Punhal Sario, Mustafa Meerani, Jameel Junejo, Mir Hassan Mari, Sabir Jarwar, Azad Mirwahi and others spoke. They condemned the feudal lords and chieftains, who are harassing fisher people in different areas.

The speakers accused Sindh government of supporting contractors and influential persons, who have deployed their armed men at fresh waters to deprive fishermen of their catch at gun point.

PFF had announced the year 2014 as the year of struggle against encroachment on waters and vowed to mobilize the campaign with participation of the community people to save their natural sources of income. The rally was the beginning of the campaign to liberate these waters.

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