(An Introduction of Bashir Khan Qureshi - Chairman of JSQM)


Mr Bashir Khan Qureshi S/O Ghulam Murtaza Qureshi born on August 10, 1959

at Motan Pur Mohalla in Rato Deto, District Larkano in Sindh. He completed his primary

 education up to 5th level at Rato Dero and passed his Matriculation examination from

Government High School, Rato Dero in the year 1974. He passed his Intermediate (Science)

examination from Shikarpur and got admission in Agricultural University, Tando Jam in the year 1976.

However, in the year 1981, he was rusticated from the University for one year.

He took part into students' politics. He joined in Jeay Sindh Students Federation in the year 1976.

He was impressed upon the thinking of the Great Leader Saeen G. M. Syed and worked hard

 to spread his message through out the Sindh. He was elected as President of the Federation;

Tando Jam Unit in the year 1980 but after two years (1982) was elected as Central Vice President

of the Federation. He was also elected as Central President of the Federation in the year 1986.

In 1990, he was re-elected for the same post. Nevertheless, in the year 1995,

Jeay Sindh Quami Mahaz was formed when he was behind the bar but was elected as Deputy Convener.

 He was also elected as Secretary General of the Mahaz in 1996 and finally elected

as Chairman in the year 1998.
Mr Bashir Khan Qureshi has played a very active role in politics of Sindh. First of all,

he was put behind the bar in 1978 by Tando Jam police. The Thori Phattak incident (Aug 17, 1984)

 was turning point in his life when un-armed Sindhi students were fired upon and killed

during the regime of militarily dictator General Zialul Haq at Thori Phatak whereas large number

of students was arrested. Mr Bashir played a vital role in mobilizing the members of the

 Federation and worked hard to strengthen the Federation. Mr Bashir also took active

part in the movement against Martial Law. Later, he was arrested on Jan 15, 1985 at Rato Dero.

Torture at various Police Stations, prisons and denial of basic facilities as mentioned

in the Jail Manual, was not new things for him. He was kept in "Closed Ward" (

generally known as 'Band Ward') in Hyderabad Prison for long time. The Military Court

awarded him one year imprisonment in each two cases along with 10 lashes

which were implemented. Finally, he was set free in August, 1986.
Mr Bashir was again arrested on August 11, 1988 after Sindhi-Mohajar riots.

This time, he was jailed for 18 months. Again, he was arrested on Jan 02, 1994

(PPP regime) for two years. Later he was arrested on Jan 17, 1999 on his way to

 attend the birth celebration of Saeen G. M. Syed and was set free in November 1999

after a struggle of 11 months.Mr Bashir has remained in prison for the total period of 6

years and 10 months. He has spent best days of his life in prison. He is author of his book

entitled "Jaagya Junge Jawaan" in Sindhi language, published in 1989 which is collection

of various speeches delivered by him. Mr Bashir was awarded "G. M. Syed National Award"

in the year 1997.

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