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Email:ayazlatif@gmail.com

Cohort:7
Designation:Constitutional Lawyer

Organization:Qomi Awami Tahreek (National Peoples Movement)

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Mr. Palijo is a Pakistani politician, lawyer, activist, writer and teacher. Palijo was born in Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan, to a Baloch mother, the women's rights activist, writer and artistJeejee Zarina Baloch, and a South Asian leftist Sindhi father and founder of Awami Tahreek, Rasool Bux Palijo.

Mr. Palijo is the President of Awami Tahreek (Peoples Movement), Central Convener and Founder of Sindh Progressive Nationalist Alliance (SPNA). Palijo is frequently guest speaker and consultant of several international forums and organisations including Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD), Commonwealth Association of Science, Technology and Mathematics Educators (CASTME), International Water History Association (IWHA), Centre for Peace and Social Justice, Southern Cross University, International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM), Asian Students Association (ASA), World Social Forum (WSF) and World Commission on Dams (WCD).

Mr. Palijo is a graduate of Civil Engineering from Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, and a graduate of law from Sindh UniversityJamshoro, Pakistan. He has done his graduation in environment and development from LEAD Int. at University of British Columbia, Vancouver; Ayaz also possess MSc in Rural Development from SU and Wye College, United Kingdom. He secured 1st position in LL.M. across the whole of Sindh.

Mr. Palijo entered activism and politics as central general secretary of Gulan Jahra Barira & Sujag Bar Tahreek (Children Wing of Awami Tahreek) in 1979–80 when he was in grade 8th. He led the student movement inspired by SST in Mehran University.

Mr. Palijo is one of the leading human rights lawyers of Pakistan, who has filed, contested and won hundreds of cases on behalf of the oppressed and victimized sections of Pakistani society. He has remained a member, guest speaker Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD), Commonwealth Association of Science, Technology and Mathematics Educators (CASTME), International Water History Association (IWHA), Centre for Peace and Social Justice, Southern Cross University, International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM), Asian Students Association (ASA), World Social Forum (WSF) and World Commission on Dams (WCD). 

At present he has been practicing as a leading constitutional lawyer of Sindh High Court, Hyderabad, Pakistan and he was the first lawyer who challenged the man-made breaches of dikes and embankments of Indus River at Tori, Ghouspur, Suprio and MS Bund in Sindh during Floods of 2010.

Project

Advocacy for the protection of Kinjhar Lake & Dissemination of information about Indus

Lakes are large, inland bodies of salty or fresh standing water. Lakes form and disappear over the course of varying lengths of geologic time. Lakes are distinguished from bodies of water such as bays and gulfs, and some seas, that have an interchange with the ocean and are subject to tides. Lake basins are formed by many geologic processes, such as buckling of stratified rock into large folds, displacement of large masses of rock by faults, and blocking of valleys by landslides. As we know Sindh has several lakes including Manchar, Kinjhar, Haleji, Hamal, Hadero, Shakoor and others but Manchar and Kinjhar are well known throughout the Asia and World due to their large water reserves, rich aquatic life, seasonal visits of European birds and historical cultural background. Kinjhar Lake is situated at the right bank of river Indus adjacent to the National Highway in Thatta. With an area of 13,468 ha Kinjhar is the largest freshwater lake in Pakistan which was formed by the damming of lakes Kinjhar, Sonhery and Kalri in the beginning of Twentieth century. As Pakistan is predominantly arid, with low rainfall and humidity and high solar radiation over much of the country, therefore most of its regions receive less than 200 mm annual rainfall. In these circumstances the only source of feeding for Kinjhar Lake is Indus River, which in addition to agriculture use, is also used for drinking, and cities, towns and small rural areas of Sindh use its inadequately-treated water for everyday life and drinking purpose. The objectives of this project was to create & enhance awareness regarding water pollution in Kinjhar Lake, Indus and Social and Ecological importance of Kinjhar Lake at community and Provincial level, to prepare database about Kinjhar Lake and suggest better measures to protect local water and Bio-diversity resources. For this purpose Environmental and ecological scooping and field visits of a team comprising has been conducted. Participatory research, analysis and planning and Preparation of report and lobbying through print media was done. The Advocacy  in National and International forums has been done along with holding of a participatory workshop for community awareness/consultation. A prolong Information dissemination and awareness campaign was organized.

 

                                                                                               (Updated On June 2015)