KARACHI: A delegation of Sindh intellectuals, human rights representatives, journalists, writers, social leaders, and academics called on the Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and briefed him on the growing extremism in Sindh.
Expressing concern over the intolerance and incitement being spread against writer and columnist Amar Jalil, the delegation drew attention to the unnecessary reaction to an old allegorical fiction of the well-known writer and expressed concern over the threats to him and other issues being faced by progressive writers, poets and intellectuals in Sindh, says spokesman of Bilawal House.
The delegation included Noorul Huda Shah, Amar Sindhu, Imdad Chandio, Dr. Irfana Mallah. Jami Chandio, Rafiq Chandio, Anees Haroon, Dr. Jaffar Ahmed, Nazir Leghari, Fazil Jamili, Ahmed Shah, Zakia Ijaz and Dr. Ayub Sheikh.
Talking to the delegation, the PPP Chairman said that rise in extremist attitudes in the country and especially in Sindh will not be tolerated and no individual or group will be allowed to take the law into their hands.
The meeting was also attended by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and Culture Minister Sardar Shah.
The delegation of social activists and intellectuals requested the PPP Chairman that the Cyber Crime Cell under the Federal government be contacted for containing and curbing of extremist statements on social media and the PPP should play its positive role in this regard.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the process of dialogue with the administrative bodies of different sects will be promoted and in this regard the Ministry of Religious Affairs of Sindh will play an active role in promoting the process of healthy dialogue between the Ulema and other intellectuals.
He said that Sindh is a land of religious tolerance and Sufi traditions as the message of peace from Sindh spread all over the world, adding that the real identity of Sindh is the tolerance of the society hence it should be maintained in all circumstances.
Vice President PPP Senator Sherry Rehman, Central Secretary Information and MNA Shazia Marri and Political Secretary to PPP Chairman Jamil Soomro were also present.
Around 300 intellectuals and concerned citizens across the country issued a joint statement on Monday, appealing the authorities to stop rising extremist attitude.