Monday, July 16, 2012

Sindhi Nationalists Protest Against Punjabi Shenzhen – Analysis

B. RamanPresident Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan was in Beijing from June 5 to 7, 2012, to attend the summit of the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO) of which Pakistan, like India, Iran and Afghanistan, is an observer. During Zardari’s stay in Beijing, officials of the two countries signed three memoranda of understanding (MoUs) covering supply of water from Tarbela to Islamabad, the establishment of a Special Economic Zone in the proposed new city Zulfikarabad in Sindh and the building there of 6,000 flats on private-public partnership basis. They also signed an agreement for Chinese assistance in the de-silting of canals and barrages in the Sindh province. After Mr. Zardari’s return from China, it was reported that he has directed the Sindh Government to identify a million acres (4,000 km²) of land near the coast in Thatta district for the development of the proposed new city, in memory of the late Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. The proposed location of the city would be near Jherek in Thatta district.

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