CM visits Kingri House, apologises for Marri’s remarks

Published: May 11, 2012

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah visited Kingri House on Thursday. PHOTO: PPI

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah visited Kingri House on Thursday. PHOTO: PPI Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah visited Kingri House on Thursday. PHOTO: APP

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah visited Kingri House on Thursday and reportedly apologised to the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional Pir Pagara Sibghatullah Shah Rashdi for the remarks passed by provincial information minister Shazia Marri against Shah Mardan Shah (the late Pir Pagara VII). The PML-F had threatened to walk out of the coalition government in Sindh if leaders of the Pakistan Peoples Party did not apologise.

“I clarified [Marri’s] statement, [but] came here to invite the PML-F to the public gathering that the Pakistan Peoples Party will organise in Ghotki on Saturday,” said the chief minister.

Shazia Marri had called the late Pir Pagara VII a “GHQ agent” and criticised him outside the Sindh Assembly building on April 27.

When asked about the PML-F’s demand for an apology, Qaim Ali Shah said “Shazia Marri had already apologised for her remarks. There is no more confusion between the two parties over the issue.”

Shah reiterated the government’s stance that only criminals were targeted in Lyari and that no operation had taken place in the area. “A majority of the people [of Lyari] are still with the PPP. We can hold a big gathering in the area whenever it is needed.”

While commenting on Mumtaz Bhutto’s decision to merge his party with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Shah said that the two leaders would be unable to win a single parliamentary seat from Sindh. “The people who are joining PML-N failed to deliver whenever they came to power. The people of Sindh rejected them in the last election too.”

PML-F leader Pir Pagara said on the occasion that his party would support the PPP’s candidate for premiership, in case Yousaf Raza Gilan was removed from his current post. “We will also extend our full support to the PPP during the by-polls in Sanghar.” The seat fell vacant after provincial minister Abdul Salam Thaheem died on April 22.

PML-F Sindh general secretary Imtiaz Shaikh said that all cabinet members of his party would resume their duties and MPAs would end their boycott of the Sindh Assembly sessions.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 11th, 2012.

 

Reader Comments (6)

  • Gul Khan Momand
    May 11, 2012 - 7:46AM

    This comment by Marri shows that PPP considers GHQ as its rival. So there is no doubt PPP complains about GHQ to US and hence memogate seems something true.

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  • pakistani
    May 11, 2012 - 9:21AM

    this is not enough, the real culprit has not appologized yet

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  • jock
    May 11, 2012 - 9:58AM

    Was the CM offered a chair to sit on? Not that he would complain otherwise. We know the man; we know of of his fibre.

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  • DevilHunterX
    May 11, 2012 - 10:29AM

    PML-F should sue for defamation if they got a leg to stand on.

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  • Umer
    May 11, 2012 - 11:47AM

    There is no doubt he was GHQ agent, meaning by was being used by then generals for their dirty politics. Asghar khan case is one example. It is not the matter of anti GHQ, it is matter of law and constitution.

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  • Neha Khan
    May 11, 2012 - 12:57PM

    Probably the first time Shazia Marri talked sense, and her party had to apologise. Such are the ways of our country!

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