Opponents have launched propaganda campaign to divide Sindh: Zardari

PPP will never accept division of Sindh says President Zardari.


Express August 11, 2011

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari said Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will never accept the division of Sindh at a meeting of federal ministers from Sindh on Thursday.

While talking to federal ministers belonging to Sindh at the President House, Zardari said that opponents of the PPP have launched a propaganda campaign to divide Sindh and believes the campaign has been launched to defame the government.

President Zardari said there will be a uniform LG system across Sindh, including Karachi and Hyderabad, and that all parties will be consulted regarding this matter.

The federal ministers also briefed the President about people’s reservations on the LG system.

CM Sindh denies allegations about dividing Sindh

On the other hand Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Qaim Ali Shah said on Thursday said that the local government (LG) ordinance was imposed after consultation with the coalition.

The CM made these statements during a press conference after meeting the Sindh Council of the People’s Party.

He said that party members were taken into confidence regarding the LG system adding that the administration system was changed in line with the reservations expressed by the coalition partners.

Speaking on allegations regarding conspiracies to divide Sindh, he denied these allegations saying the LG system can be reviewed for amendments to better the existing system.

Earlier, the President on Wednesday held separate meetings with PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and head of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), taking them into confidence over the government’s decision to revert back to the local bodies’ system introduced in 2001 in Sindh.

President Zardari is facing stiff resistance from within his own party over the new deal with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, especially from Sindh leaders.

“We have to face our electorates, not Babar Awan. We have strong reservations about the way this deal was clinched,” a federal minister from Sindh had told The Express Tribune the other day during an interaction.

Under such circumstances President Zardari is seeking support from other parties to give his own party members the message to quell this internal rift, sources said.

(Read: Sindh local govt system: President Zardari takes allies into confidence)