CM Sindh accuses centre of political victimisation

Published: January 11, 2016
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Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah. PHOTO: EXPRESS Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah speaking to reporters at the Chief Minister’s House. PHOTO: EXPRESS
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Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah on Sunday said the federal government, after working democratically for a year and half, has now unleashed a policy of ‘confrontation and political victimisation’.

“The federal government was working democratically in the beginning and gave space to provincial governments to work freely in implementation of their policies and manifestoes,” he said while speaking to reporters at the Chief Minister’s House. “But I am sorry to say, it has started a policy of victimisation.”

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“Without any solid or tangible evidence, it [the federal government] has started harassing our ministers, government officers and elected representatives,” Shah said, adding that despite this, the centre had failed to find any proof of corruption against them.

He gave example of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) lawmaker Mir Munawar Talpur who, he said, had never held any government office at the federal and provincial levels during the PPP government tenures. “Despite this, a baseless reference has been filed against Talpur, who is an extremely polite person and mostly lives in his village to serve his people.”

To a question, Shah said he was thankful to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for inviting him along with his delegation to Islamabad and listened to him patiently. He said the premier agreed with him on most of the issues.

“Pointing to [Interior Minister] Chaudhry Nisar, the prime minister said he [Nisar] would visit me within a week to redress all our grievances,” the chief minister said. “However, I have been waiting since and he has not contacted me directly.”

Shah claimed his government restored law and order in the province through the joint efforts and sacrifices of police and paramilitary Rangers. Enumerating his government’s achievements, he said the PPP-led Sindh government created more 150,000 job opportunities, developed road network all over the province and established nine universities.

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“We also introduced public-private partnership concept and launched mega-projects. We are also going to celebrate Sindh government-Engro Coal-fired Power Plant,” he said.

Shah said his government did not need ‘certificates’ from our opponents. “But we are answerable to the Almighty, our people and to our leadership,” he said.

To a question about the anti-government grand alliance announced on Saturday by the Sindh’s opposition parties, he said it was not a new thing and that similar alliances had always been formed against the PPP. “But people of this province have always rejected them.”

He said he had not expected such thing from Pir Sahab Pagara, the head of the alliance. “He calls me ‘uncle’ and then leads such alliances, which without any solid argument to criticise my government,” he said.

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Responding to Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) leader and Karachi’s mayor-elect Waseem Akhtar’s comment regarding shifting of funds from Karachi to Dubai, he said he was surprised by this ‘absurd statement’.

“If I retaliate to him in the same coin, he will not be able to answer. His statement is baseless and we have served Karachi and its people selflessly,” he said.

He said Sindh government was paying salaries to a huge number of Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC) and water board employees, appointed during the MQM’s tenure. Shah said his government constructed flyovers in Karachi and had always financially supported the local bodies without any discrimination.

“Presently, more than Rs42 billion worth development works are going on in Karachi but even then those who [MQM] has always been in government are criticising the Sindh government,” he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 11th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Saim Murad
    Jan 11, 2016 - 9:19AM

    Karachi in the tenure of PPP govt. since 2008 is turned in to a city of garbage, sewerage water, encroachment, traffic jam, worst conditions of roads and passage way. so we can say that PPP anti Karachi Policy is going at its best.

    Karachites are sleeping. They are in pain but they are indifferent. They are facing hundreds of problems but they are quietly facing it.

    Please wake up. Please wake up Karachi walo. Recommend

  • Rumormonger
    Jan 11, 2016 - 10:04AM

    While the people of Sindh could blame the CM and PPP for victimization in the name of democracy.Recommend

  • ZAK
    Jan 11, 2016 - 10:28AM

    Allegations and counter allegation will not resolve the real problem of common man.
    Show your works to public and resolve their problem.

    Most backward province of country Sindh where people are crying for rule of law and facilities.
    High ups are sleeping. We are not giving examples of New York, Singapore or Istanbul.
    Visit other major cities of Pakistan, Lahore, Peshawar, Rwp, ISD to see the kind facilities and rule of law.
    Just replicate those in Sindh especially in Karachi.
    Karachi financial capital of Pakistan is looking and garbage city. No one to address basic needs( Electricity, Water, Sewerage,Traffic Law, Management of resources) of common man.

    Every one in bureaucracy is busy in making money for their own benefits putting aside benefits of common man and nation.

    People were hopeful about Local government to resolve their problem but Sindh government is not ready to give them their due power. Recommend

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