Murad Ali Shah will be new Sindh CM

Qaim’s replacement to be sworn in on Friday; will unveil cabinet in a couple of days

Hafeez Tunio July 27, 2016
Qaim’s replacement to be sworn in on Friday; will unveil cabinet in a couple of days. PHOTO: INP

KARACHI: It’s official. Murad Ali Shah, the incumbent finance minister in the Sindh cabinet, will replace Syed Qaim Ali Shah, as chief minister of the province after the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party formally announced his nomination on Tuesday.

The announcement didn’t come as a surprise because Murad Ali Shah had been billed as the strongest contender for the coveted office since a high-level PPP huddle decided on Sunday to remove the octogenarian three-time chief minister.

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“PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has instructed me to announce that the party has nominated Murad Ali Shah as Sindh’s new chief minister,” provincial information adviser Maula Bux Chandio said in a late night press conference.

The change in the Sindh government was needed in the prevailing situation, he said, adding that it was not a sudden decision and that deliberation in this regards had been under way since long. “General elections are approaching, and the party leadership believes there is a need for a young, energetic chief minister to look after the affairs of the province,” he added.

Chandio said the new chief minister would himself announce his cabinet within a couple of days.

Talking to media separately, Murad Ali Shah also confirmed the development saying he would take oath on Friday. He added that the law and order, health and education would be his priorities.

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Asked about the vote of confidence from the Sindh Assembly, Murad said the opposition PML-Functional has assured him of their support. “We will also contact other parties, though the PPP enjoys a simple majority in the house,” he added.

He said the provincial government would work with the paramilitary Rangers, security agencies and police to ensure peace in Karachi and the rest of the province.

Earlier, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto held separate meetings with party MPAs of every district and the PPP’s central leaders, including Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah to discuss the reshuffle. Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah also called on the PPP chairman at the Bilawal House and tendered his resignation.

According to a press release, Bilawal Bhutto praised the services of the outgoing chief minister, whom he called ‘a great asset’ who stood by the PPP through thick and thin for three generations. He praised his contributions to the PPP and Sindh and said the party would continue to seek his guidance in the future.

“The decision to replace an experienced and loyal party leader was a very difficult one but sometimes the party has to take such decisions for political and strategic purposes in the collective interest of the party and the province,” Bilawal said.

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On the occasion, Qaim Ali Shah said he accepted the party’s decision as the PPP leadership has always taken wise decisions and that he would continue to serve the party.

Qaim’s resignation will now be referred to Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad, who will summon the assembly session for election of a new chief minister.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Secretary Sindh Assembly GM Umer Farooq said they would issue a schedule of the chief minister’s election soon after the governor summoned the session.

“We will announce the date, asking all parliamentary parties to file their nomination papers for leader of the house,” he said, adding that it depended on the opposition whether it fielded a joint candidate or did not file nominations against the PPP candidate.

“The PPP has simple majority in the house and its candidate can be announced elected unopposed if no one files nomination papers against the ruling party candidate,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 27th, 2016.


Syed A. Mateen | 6 years ago | Reply I have met with Abdullah Shah during Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's regime when he was first held the office of labour minister and later during BB's regime he served as Chief Minister. Hope Abdullah Shah's son Murad Ali Shah, the incoming Chief Minister will give priority to law and order situation in Karachi than any other thing, as once law is restored, the rest of matters can be taken up one by one. Murad Ali Shah must prove himself that he is been rightly choosen by PPP. This is not a matter of filling up the blanks.
Sami Shahid | 6 years ago | Reply Sindh will grow only if the ruling party has a vision for Sindh...not a vision of handing over our Sindh to any other country.
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