Ayaz Latif Palijo

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Ayaz Latif Palijo
Ayaz Latif Palijo Awami Tahreek President.jpg
Ayaz Latif Palijo Advocate Central President Awami Tahreek
Personal details
Born (1968-11-15) 15 November 1968 (age 48)
Hyderabad, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistan
Political party Qaumi Awami Tehreek
Relations Sassui Palijo (cousin)
Parents Rasul Bux Palejo (father)
Jeejee Zarina Palijo (mother)
Residence Qasimabad, Hyderabad, Pakistan
Alma mater Mehran University
(Bachelor of Engineering)
Occupation lawyer

Ayaz Latif Palijo (Sindhi,Urdu: اياز لطیف پلیجو‎) (born 15 November 1968, Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan) is a politician, lawyer, activist, writer and teacher. Palijo is the president of Awami Tahreek (Peoples Movement) and central convener and founder of the Sindh Progressive Nationalist Alliance (SPNA). Since 2007, he has represented the left, objecting to the division of the southeastern Pakistan province of Sindh.

Early life and education[edit]

Palijo's mother was the Baloch women's rights activist, writer and artist, Jeejee Zarina Baloch. His father was Rasool Bux Palijo, the Sindhi leftist founder of Awami Tahreek.[1]

Palijo was educated at the Model School, Old-campus, Sindh University, Hyderabad. In his teenage years, under his mother's guidance, Palijo studied Sindhi, Balochi and Urdu. He later became conversant in English, Seraiki, Punjabi and Persian.[2]

At age eleven, Palijo was central secretary general of the Gulan Jahra Barira and the Sujag Bar Tahreek, the children's wing of the Awami Tahreek. He was then a university student activist.

Palijo received a degree in civil engineering from Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, and a degree in law from Sindh University, Jamshoro. He received a degree in environment and development from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Palijo also received a postgraduate degree in rural development from Sindh University and Wye College, United Kingdom.

Palijo received a LEAD (leadership in educational administrate doctorate) in the seventh cohort.[1]

Career in law[edit]

Palijo is a constitutional lawyer of Sindh High Court. He led the movement that culminated in the restoration of the Chief Justice, Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry.

Political activism[edit]

Palijo is the president of Awami Tahreek (Peoples Movement) and central convener and founder of the Sindh Progressive Nationalist Alliance (SPNA).[3][4] He said,

"Today Sindh is passing famine like situation. Conspiracies are being made for disintegration of Sindh and Pakistan. People are committing suicide and selling their children due man-made price hike, water-shortage, crimes and corruption. We'll die but we won't let Sindh be divided, How long the rulers embroil the people of Sindh in concocted stories? People are full of hatred and warmly contributing their part in struggle. Hugely participation of public and political groups irrespective of socio-political and religious affiliations proved that Sindh is united."

Kalabagh Dam[edit]

In 2013, Palijo opposed the building of the Kalabagh Dam.[5]

Karachi Mohajir Suba Na-manzoor rally[edit]

In May 2012, Awami Tehrik Party members and workers organised a rally in Karachi to protest the formation of the Mohajir province (Lyari Mohajir Suba Na-manzoor).[6]

Muhabat-e-Sindh rally[edit]

In 2012, women were able to attend Muhabat-e-Sindh (Love of Sindh) rally in equal numbers to men.[6] The marchers were attacked near Nawa Lane, Pan Mandi and Juna Market. Eleven people were killed and about thirty were injured. Palijo announced to the press a peaceful strike in Sindh to highlight the incident and said his party would stage a sit-in protest till the attackers were apprehended.[6]

Lyari rally[edit]

On Saturday, 14 July 2012, two months after the anti-Mohajir rally, Palijo announced that a Shaheedan-e-Muhabbat-e-Sindh Jalsa would take place on Sunday, 15 July at Gabol Park, Lyari. In his speech, Palijo said, "Nobody can stop us from entering Lyari and other parts of Karachi." Palijo criticised the Sindh Government, saying that 4000 policemen were deployed by the Sindh government to stop his rally.[7] After the announcement, the Sindh home minister ordered Palijo's arrest and Palijo received threats of attacks.[8][8][9][10]

2013 Pakistan general election[edit]

On 11 May 2013, a general election took place. Palijo was a candidate for PS-47 Qasimabad, Hyderabad constituency. Palijo lost the contest with 14,901 votes.[11] Palijo challenged the result in the Sindh High Court and asked for a re-election. He claimed his agents at the polling booths had been harassed.[12]

Disagreement with M. Q. M.[edit]

On 4 January 2014, Altaf Hussain the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (M.Q.M.) called for a separate province. The PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto} disagreed. Palijo also disagreed and threatened strikes and protests.[13] Two days later the M.Q.M sent a delegation under Wasim Akhtar to discuss the matter with Palijo. Palijo called off the strikes and protests.[14]


  1. ^ a b Affiliation, Party, Forums, Organization. "Palijo affiliation with organizations". Pakistan Herald. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Books Llc (August 2010). Sindhi-Language Writers: Nabi Bux Khan Baloch, Ayaz Latif Palijo, Bashir Ahmed Qureshi, Fahmida Hussain,. General Books LLC. ISBN 978-1-153-61526-6. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ayaz Palijo briefly detained in Hyderabad | Pakistan Today | Latest news | Breaking news | Pakistan News | World news | Business | Sport and Multimedia". Pakistan Today. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Election campaigns of nationalist parties safe and sound". Thenews.com.pk. Archived from the original on 26 May 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Kalabagh Dam Political". Sanalist.org. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c Rally, Ayaz Palijo. "Palijo under attack". Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Policemen, 4000. "Section-144". Awaz Today. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Palijo, Ayaz. "July 2012 rally – Arrest Warrant". Karachi: Samaa Tv. Archived from the original on 6 November 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  9. ^ 2012, Rally Against Sooba (province). "May 2012 Rally". Express Tribune. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  10. ^ Reaction, Palijo. "Palijo Address". Dawn. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  11. ^ general election, 11 May Pakistan. "Ayaz Palijo contestant for 2013 general election". Election Commission of Pakistan. Archived from the original on 14 August 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  12. ^ Challenged, Election Result. "Palijo pleads for re-election in his constituency". Express Tribune. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  13. ^ Palijo, Ayaz (4 January 2014). "Altaf Hussain's speech condemned by Pakistani civilians, politicians, lawyers, intelliactuals". The Nation. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  14. ^ House, Ayaz Palijo (6 January 2014). "MQM heads to Palijo house". Geo. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 

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