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G M Syed's Mistakes

Mehtab Ali Shah’s review of the English translation of G M Syed’s book, The Case of Sindh (“Sindh’s Testament”, EPW, 19 April 2014) is excellent indeed, with relatively accurate historical contextualisations. However, it uncritically presents the perspective of G M Syed and fails to discuss the political mistakes he made. Syed was able to create a cult of Sindhi nationalists but without recognising the divisive nature of nationalism. This marred Sindhi politics through his entire lifetime, and continues to do so after his death.

The question of why he met General Zia has a clear-cut answer: Syed was staunchly opposed to Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto who had a broader vision of regional and international politics. He did everything to hurt Bhutto and his Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

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