‘Bad governance’: Mumtaz Bhutto calls for neutral interim setup

Published: April 1, 2012
Says talks are under way between his party and PML-N for a possible alliance. PHOTO: FILE

Says talks are under way between his party and PML-N for a possible alliance. PHOTO: FILE


The head of the Sindh National Front Mumtaz Bhutto on Saturday called for an “impartial and apolitical” interim setup to take over from the government which he accused of unprecedented corruption over the last four years.

During a press conference at the Karachi Press Club, Mumtaz, also the former Sindh chief minister, said that an accountability process should be initiated immediately.

Criticising the law and order situation in Karachi, he said that about 6,000 people had been targeted, while the same kind of situation prevails in other parts of the country as well.

“Qaim Ali Shah is the chief minister but President Asif Ali Zardari’s sister, Faryal Talpur, manages affairs of the province,” he alleged.

Mumtaz said that President Zardari was not fit for the post, alleging he was “mentally unfit”. “He is not fit according to articles 47, 62 and 63. He is an illiterate man and is not able to contest the election either,” he said, adding: “There are 13 corruption cases against him and four murder cases, including that of Murtaza Bhutto.”

“Zardari’s family has no identity except as owners of Bambino Cinema, yet they use the name of the Bhutto family for political gain. President Zardari makes people fools and believes in using all sorts of methods, including apologies to get votes,” he said. “It is time to kick them out. This government will destroy the country before the general elections.”

Talks are under way between the SNF and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to forge an alliance between the two parties.

During the press conference, the SNF chairman also confirmed that both parties would soon decide the line of action.

Mumtaz indirectly supported the Punjab government, saying that the federal government has no writ in the province. “The provincial government doesn’t consider the federal government suitable,” he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 1st, 2012.

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