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Pakistan: Activists vow to continue Muhammad Ali Shah’s struggle for fishing community’s rights October 25,2021   |  Source: The News

At a condolence event on Saturday, human rights and trade union activists on Monday paid rich tribute to founder of the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) Muhammad Ali Shah, saying that he spent his life fighting not only for the rights of the fishing community but also for other downtrodden communities, such as peasants and people affected by the Thar Coal project. Shah had passed away on August 19 due to complications of Covid-19. He was 66. The condolence event was organised at the Arts Council of Pakistan by the Joint Action Committee, a Karachi-based alliance of civil society organisations, to reflect on the life and achievements of the deceased fishing community leader. In 1998, Shah founded along with his companions the PFF, a countrywide organisation of the fishing community. Speakers at the event recalled that Shah always called for justice when it came to the fishermen imprisoned in the Pakistani and Indian jails, construction of dams on the Indus River, abolition of the contracting system on lakes, and construction of illegal jetties. The late rights activist also faced jail terms while fighting for the rights of the fishermen, it was said.

Recently, Shah led a campaign against the federal government’s announcement of constructing cities on the twin islands of

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