HYDERABAD: The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)-ruled Sindh government's attempt to stop the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) from taking action in Sindh has started to provoke a backlash.
As the Sindh Assembly passed on Monday a bill repealing the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999, Qaumi Awami Tehreek (QAT) leader Ayaz Latif Palijo sat at a token hunger strike in Hyderabad to protest against the move.
"Instead of making Sindh Assembly a representative of the people of Sindh, the [ruling party's] members are removing obstacles in the way of plundering resources of Sindh," said Palijo while talking to the media.
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Palijo said that he, like many critics of NAB, is not satisfied with the bureau's performance because it was supposed to act more emphatically against corrupt elements. However, he added, the criticism should not be considered a justification for stopping NAB's action in Sindh. Rather, the bureau should be made to bring more corrupt people to the book, he said.
"The Sindh government's act is meant to protect Anwar Majeed, Dr Asim Hussain, Nisar Morai, Sharjeel Memon, Zia Lanjar, Manzoor Kaka and other big fish involved in trillions of rupees of corruption, land grabbing and plunder of resources," he said.
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Palijo contended that the assembly's move is a violation of Article 25 of the Constitution. He described the Sindh Anti-Corruption Establishment as a slave institution of PPP's provincial government.
"The federal government should stop the PPP from turning Sindh into their conquered territory. The MPAs who have supported the bill will be regarded as supporters of corruption," he commented.
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