Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is committed to providing shelter to people as promised by the party’s slain chairperson Benazir Bhutto and President Asif Ali Zardari.
Addressing a gathering where ownership rights were promised to Goths and Katchi Abadis (shanty towns) in Karachi’s Gulistan Jauhar neighbourhood on Saturday, the chief minister said that the PPP-led government is leasing out 116 urban and 78 rural Goths and Katchi Abadis to benefit around three million people.
Recently, the government gave ownership rights to poor shanty dwellers in the Bin Qasim neighbourhood, he recalled. “This will provide permanent shelter to the people.”
Chief Minister Shah said that the late Benazir Bhutto had returned to Pakistan on October 18 to fight for the rights of peasants, labourers, and the downtrodden because a dictator was in power and no one was paying heed to their plight.
“Anti-democratic forces do not want to see the PPP in power, and to serve the people and safeguard their rights,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion, PPP leader Senator Faisal Raza Abedi said that the government has recovered 1,100 acres from the land mafia and dismantled 738 fake Goths. He added that President Zardari has advised the provincial government to lease out shanty towns to people in Sindh, particularly in Karachi. He said Chief Minister Shah and Owais Muzaffar deserved special thanks for fulfilling the task within a short time period.
Provincial Minister Nadeem Bhutto, CM’s Special Assistant Rashid Rabbani, Waqar Mehdi, Coordinator Siddique Abu Bhai and other PPP leaders were also present.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 8th, 2012.