Pir Sibghatullah Shah Rashdi (Peer Pagaro -Soreh Badshah)
During the British rule, Pir Pagaro declared his community "Hur" (free from British slavery). The British tried to repress the movement and that resulted in armed insurgency by Hurs. The Criminal Act of 1871 was recommended on Sindh on disciples of Pir Pagaro in 1898. This law was imposed on Sindh in 1900 by virtue of disciples "Farqara wara” sent out in concentration camps. This law remained on the disciples throughout upto 1952. But during the 1941 to 1946 the British passed many laws, one of them called "Hur Suppression Act" passed hastily by Sindh Assembly in May 1942, ultimately the British imposed Martial Law from June 1942 to the end of May 1943. After lifting of Martial Law in 1943, again many laws were arbitrarily made virtually keeping the laws that had been made for military rule—these rules were in addition to the Defense of India Rules. By virtue of all these Acts and Rules, the entire Hur community was virtually criminalized. This community had been declared “Criminal Tribe" in the year 1900. During the martial law the law allowed the officers to shoot to death on sight any person suspected of being disciple of Pir Pagaro.This caused the Hurs to carry out more acts such as causing the derailment of the Lahore Mail train in 1942, which resulted in the death of 22 people.
Pir Pagaro Sayed Sbghatullah Shah Rashdi II, was hanged on 20 March 1943 and the British left Pakistan four years later on 14 August 1947.
Voice and Producer: Khalid Hussain
It’s production of PBC Hyderabad