Rising temperatures: PTI leader sees bleak future for PPP leadership

Ruling party's politicians, feudal lords, police hold people hostage to fear and retribution, alleges Naqvi


Our Correspondent February 03, 2019
PTI leader Firdous Shamim Naqvi. PHOTO: FILE

HYDERABAD: The opposition leader in Sindh Assembly, Firdous Shamim Naqvi, said that soon Pakistan Peoples Party's leadership will land in Adiala Jail.

"The Bilawal Express will start from Karachi and will arrive at the Adiala Jail," he said while talking to the media in Sanghar district where he visited government schools and hospitals during his two-day visit.

"After imprisonment, those who raised the slogan of Pakistan khappay [we want Pakistan] will say Pakistan na khappay [we don't want Pakistan]".

He predicted that like Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's leader, the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, the PPP's Co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari and Sindh chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah were also destined to go to jail.

Naqvi said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) did not oppose the 18th Amendment, but it only wanted to further reform the Constitution. "The PPP has used the 18th Amendment to play the Sindh card and hide its corruption and plunder behind it." He questioned the PPP's assertion of ruling the hearts of people in Sindh, claiming that he had rather witnessed an environment of fear in rural Sindh.

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He alleged that a nexus of the ruling party's politicians, feudal lords, police and the bureaucracy has held the people hostage to fear and retribution if they dare resist their clout. Naqvi said the infrastructure of the government hospitals and schools is dilapidated and in shambles.

The opposition leader said the PPP's provincial government is loath to give him the position of chairperson of public accounts committee because they fear that he would expose their embezzlement and corruption.

Responding to a question, he denied that the attempts for reconciliation between his party and the PPP were underway. "They [PPP] will neither get leniency nor a deal."

The opposition leader visited water filtration plant, civil hospital Sanghar, New Aligarh College, taluka hospital Tando Adam and the government schools. He interacted with the people and the students. At the hospitals, the people complained about missing facilities and medicines. "I have come to Sanghar to shake your sleeping conscience," he told the people.

Naqvi's blood pressure and ECG tests were conducted at the civil hospital. He was displeased that the doctor could not get correct reading of his blood pressure and told off the administration over the lack of cleanliness inside the hospital.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 3rd, 2019.

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