SUKKUR: Responding to the call of 'Pak Watan Ke Matwaley', thousands of Sukkur residents carried the national flag and shouted slogans on Wednesday in favour of the army chief and against corruption at Muhammad Bin Qasim Park.
The Qaumi Parcham Rally was organised by various political, religious and social parties, as well as the traders' community, on the call of Abdul Majeed Pathan, former secretary of the Sindh excise and taxation department, whose early retirement was spurred by his claim that he was a 'misfit' in the system.
Pathan criticised corrupt politicians and bureaucrats. "Pakistan gave them recognition and, in return, they subjected the motherland to the worst loot and plunder." Terming Sukkur an "orphaned city", he said corruption in development funds has been so rampant that the chief minister and chief secretary admitted that, despite allocating Rs25 billion for development, Sukkur looked like Moen Jo Daro.
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According to him, corruption is the worst form of terrorism and therefore we welcome General Raheel's actions in breaking the nexus of corruption and terrorism.
Taking jibes at politicians, he said, whenever any agency talks about accountability, they say democracy is at stake. Sukkur Development Alliance chairperson Jawed Memon and Safia Baloch of Pakistan Peoples Party also spoke at the rally.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 28th, 2016.