Winding up the budget discussion, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah said that the people criticising the government should see the developmental budget and the four-year progress of the government. Criticising Nawaz Sharif and other Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leaders, he said that they are playing politics with the miseries of people.
“The Sindhi nationalists have taken shelter with the man [Nawaz] who has been a supporter of the Kalabagh Dam and whose politics revolve around anti-Sindh issues,” said Shah. “They are political orphans and are now criticising the government.”
The chief minister also announced an increase in the MPA fund from Rs60 million to Rs80 million and as token of appreciation of the Sindh Planning and Development Department’s staff in preparing the budget documents, announced a bonus in the form of three monthly salaries.
Shah also appreciated the role played by the coalition partners in the PPP-led government.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 26th, 2012.