Bohras' 'constructive' contribution to Pakistan lauded

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Sindh Chief Minister and officials with Bohra delegation

Sindh Chief Minister and officials with Bohra delegation

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the Bohra Community has played a very constructive role in the development and prosperity of Sindh, particularly of Hyderabad. He described them as valuable citizens of the province.

This he said during the course of discussions with Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the spiritual leader of the Bohra community who met him at CM House today. The chief minister had hosted a tea-party for Syedna.

The chief minister, lauding Syedna's spiritual leadership, said he had led his community so peacefully that none of its members has ever been found involved in any subversive activity.

"This is the result of Dr Syedna's teachings," he said. "The Bohra community has played a very constructive role right from the creation of Pakistan to this day."

Syedna showed a keen interest in the culture, art and craft of Sindh and said faith has left a good impression on the lives of the people of Sindh.

The chief minister presented him with traditional gifts of Sindh including the famous 'ajrak' shawl shown draped on Syedna.

(Ajrak (Sindhi: اجرڪ‎ , from the Arabic 'azrak' meaning blue) is a name given to a unique form of blockprinted shawls and tiles found in Sindh, Pakistan; Kutch, Gujarat; and Barmer, Rajasthan in India. Common colours used while making these patterns may include but are not limited to blue, red, black, yellow and green. Over the years, ajraks have become a symbol of Sindhi culture and traditions. Courtesy Wikipedia)

During his visit to Karachi Syedna presided over the celebrations of his grandfather Syedna Taher Saifuddin's birth anniversary. The eve of the occasion was marked by a grand procession and fireworks and Syedna gave a sermon the following day.

Syedna met with Sindh Governor Ishratul Ibad Khan at Governor House and the governor later escorted Syedna personally to the airport to bid him farewell on his departure to Sri Lanka.