SUJAWAL: People from different walks of life gathered in Jati to pay glowing tribute to Muhammad Ali Shah the crusader of fisherfolk rights in memoriam organized under the aegis of Pakistan Fisher Folk Forum.
Speakers eulogized his heartfelt affiliation with the fishermen community of Sindh and his resolute efforts for the revival of the Indus delta.
He built theatre groups to spread awareness among fishing communities about their rights.
He also felt the need to question government policies that were taking away the rights of fisherfolk in favour of private contractors and international fishing companies.
Senior Journalist and social worker Zahid Ishaque said that Mohammad Ali Shah was a beacon of hope of suppressed class particularly the fishermen community living in Thatta, Sujawal, Badin, and Karachi who had never enjoyed basic amenities of life until “Shah Sahab” held their hand and educated them about their rights.
He mobilized them for their rights and made them a community; Zahid said.
Expressing his intense love for the Indus River and the delta Social worker Adil laghari said that No one would fight for the rights of River Indus the way Mohammad Ali Shah did and added that he put the fisherfolk on the path of socio-political development by forming their party- Pakistan Fisherfolk forum.
His daughter Yasmeen Shah Who attended the event as a Chief Guest said that her father was the voice of voiceless and silent people particularly the fisherfolk.
She further said that his father launched a massive movement against Pakistani fishermen languishing in Indian Jails and he was probably the first person to have highlighted the pathetic plight of Pakistan,s fishermen community at the international level.