The iconic peasant leader Mohammad Fazil Rahu was remembered on his 35th death anniversary in Rahuki in Badin district on Monday. The politicians, poets, writers gathered at his village and paid the rich tributes to Fazil Rahu. The Senior Pakistan Peoples Party leader and former Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah told the audience that Fazil Rahu was one of only a few leaders who devoted their entire life for the rights of peasants and downtrodden people. He said the great leader had laid down his life for the rights of people and democracy. ” Fazil lived and died for the people of Sindh and rights of all underprivileged classes” he added.
He never compromised on principles, adding that he lived and died like a brave man, he said. Fazil Rahu was axed to death under a deep-rooted conspiracy hatched by the then ruling clique and its puppets in the mid-1980s when the masses were struggling for the restoration of democracy in the country, he said. The senior PPP leader said that Rahu remained on the forefront during the movements against dictatorships of Gen Ayub Khan and Gen Ziaul Haq and never budged even an inch from his stance. He appreciated Fazil Rahu’s son, Ismail Rahu, for carrying forward his father’s mission from the platform of PPP to fight undemocratic forces.
Mr Shah said that the rulers imposed on the country had created the mess and had made the lives of the people miserable. Qaim Ali Shah said that only leaders like Bilawal Bhutto Zardari could steer the country out of the deep crises and provide relief to masses groaning under abject poverty due to the steep rises in the commodities.
The Sindh Minister for Environment and Boards and Universities Mohammad Ismail Rahu said his father kept struggling for the rights of underprivileged and downtrodden people of Sindh and Pakistan. He said the slain leader and his father stood firm against dictators despite all odds. He recalled that Fazil Rahu was in the forefront during the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy (MRD) during Gen Zia’s rule.
He said his father created awareness of rights in peasants, farmers and other segments of the working classes. He said it was a matter of great pride for him and his family, as well as thousands of other people that PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto and Fazil Rahu had jointly launched the MRD. “My father never left her while in the worst situation most of her so-called aides had distanced themselves from her.
Rahu lashed out at the PTI rulers for their anti-people policies and plans said that incompetent rulers had already forced the people to commit suicide. He alleged that the Prime Minister Imran Khan and his aides were only trying to snatch the morsels from the mouth of the people and pushing the country towards the darkness. Rahu said that it was the high time to get rid of the insane rulers and to save the country from bankruptcy.
Aijiz Dhamrah, the provincial information of PPP Sindh chapter, speaking on the occasion paid rich tributes to the struggle of Mr Rahu. He said that the scheduled march of the party towards Islamabad would prove a nail in the coffin of the inept rulers, who according to him, had created a mess in the whole country. ” The workers of PPP are ready to dislodge the misrule of PTI under the dynamic leadership of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari” , he added. The Special Assistant to Chief Minister Sindh, Pir Noorullah Quraishi said that Fazil Rahu was the great leader of the poor people and always worked for them. He said that there was the need to follow the footsteps of those great leaders, who fought for the restoration of democracy at the cost of their precious lives.
Mohammad Aslam Rahu, MNA Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur, Haji Rasool Bux Chandio, Ghulam Qadir Palijo, Taj Mohammad Mallah, Ms Tanzila Qambrani, Dr Khalil Qazi, Dr Bekharam, Ms Shehnaz Siddiq Rahu, Haji Sain Bux Jamali, Prof Abdullah Mallah, Dr Aziz Memon, Arbab Wazir Memon, Ali Ahmed Jokhio, Adil Rahu. and many others spoke at the programme. The prominent literary figures attended the programme and they presented their prose and poetry on the personality and services of the great hari leader.