Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon, while appreciating the Supreme Court’s directives in the Karachi law and order case, has requested the apex court to take suo motu notice of the deteriorating law and order situation in Punjab.
In a statement issued on Monday, the information minister said that the Sindh government has taken effective measures to maintain law and order in Karachi, which has yielded positive results.
“The police and Rangers are busy protecting citizens and their efforts can be measured from arrangements taken by the government on the last two days of Ashura, which were observed without any untoward incident,” he said.
The provincial minister said the present government has already taken steps for the welfare of the public, but on the contrary, there seems to be “a Mughal dynasty” in Punjab.
Memon, who is also the PPP central deputy information secretary, said that bad governance in Punjab has led to an increase in kidnappings for ransom, robberies, rape cases and the supply of substandard medicines in public hospitals and markets. He added that the latter has caused a significant loss of life.
“Bad governance in Punjab is thriving because a ‘prince’ has concentrated all the power in his hands. I wonder why the judiciary is silent over the pathetic conditions in Punjab and why suo motu action is not being taken in this case,” he asked.
Criticising Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif, he said that the “princes” of Raiwind will be defeated in the upcoming elections.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 27th, 2012.