UBARO: With the rhetoric mounting against it in Punjab, Sindh Chief Minister and senior Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Qaim Ali Shah said that people supported the government of Asif Ali Zardari, and threatened a long march of their own, one which would travel to Lahore, and beyond.
Addressing a large rally at Kamo Shaeed, Ubaro, Shah claimed that almost a million people were attending the rally, and when the time came, the 55 million inhabitants of Sindh will march onto Lahore.
Flaying Nawaz Sharif for talking about broken promises, Shah said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief had once vowed that he would neither take dictation, nor resign. And when people supporting him against General Pervez Musharraf, who had conducted a coup, reached Lahore, they discovered that not only had Sharif taken dictation and resigned, but had put his hands up against the dictator, pleading for mercy, Shah recollected.
With general elections due, Shah also hinted to the possibility of elections as early as November. “November, December is not far, you can try … the people are angry that he [Nawaz] wants to push out the public’s government,” the Sindh Chief Minister said.
Shah was confident that once the elections come around, the people would once again vote the PPP into power since the party had served the people.
“He [Nawaz] was twice given the chance, what did he do for you?” Shah asked before reminding the gathered crowd that the PPP had “served the public, the poor, peasants, the youth,” throughout the country without discrimination.
He said that PPP’s business was unfinished, and that it was their party which would empower women, give jobs to the youth and give rights to people.
The Sindh CM added that martyrs’ blood (of the Bhutto family) will not be allowed to go waste.
Qaim Ali Shah, representing Sindh’s voice on the Kalabagh dam debate, reiterated objections to its construction.