I am writing to express my deep concern about the persistent inequalities faced by Sindh province in comparison to other provinces in Pakistan. These disparities span across various indicators, from economic and human development to political representation and resource allocation.
While Sindh boasts the highest provincial Human Development Index, it also harbors significant internal inequalities. The stark contrast between urban prosperity and rural deprivation is a glaring example. This uneven distribution of wealth and opportunities perpetuates poverty and limits the development potential of a large section of the Sindhi population.
Furthermore, Sindh often experiences a sense of being unfairly treated in terms of resource allocation. Water rights remain a contentious issue, with concerns that other provinces receive a disproportionate share of this vital resource. Additionally, federal projects and investments appear to be geographically concentrated, leaving Sindh feeling neglected and marginalized.
This lack of inclusivity extends to the political sphere, where Sindhi voices often feel unheard and underrepresented. The historical dominance of other provinces in central decision-making has led to policies that fail to address the specific challenges and needs of Sindh.
Ignoring these inequalities breeds frustration and resentment, threatening national unity and progress. To bridge this gap, we must adopt a multi-pronged approach.
First, Sindh needs greater autonomy and control over its resources, allowing it to chart its development path based on its unique needs and strengths.
Second, a transparent and equitable resource allocation system is crucial, ensuring that Sindh receives its rightful share of water, investments, and infrastructure projects.
Third, fostering inclusive political representation is essential to ensure that Sindhi voices are heard, and their concerns are addressed at the national level.
Addressing these inequalities is not just a matter of justice for Sindh, but also a crucial step towards building a more cohesive and prosperous Pakistan. We must prioritize policies that bridge the economic, social, and political divides between provinces, empowering all regions to contribute to the nation’s development.
I urge the government and relevant authorities to acknowledge the existing inequalities and work towards a more equitable future for all provinces, including Sindh.
M Shamim Uddin