Age is just a number: I am still young, insists 85-year-old Qaim Ali Shah

Published: May 25, 2013
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Qaim Ali Shah denies PPP promised the MQM of repealing the local government system.

Qaim Ali Shah denies PPP promised the MQM of repealing the local government system.

KARACHI: Likely to take up the chief minister’s slot for the third time, 85-year-old Qaim Ali Shah insists that he is still young.

At a press conference on Friday, Shah said he was still unaware who the next chief minister (CM) in Sindh would be. Recently, PPP leader Manzoor Wasan said that the next CM would be a young and energetic person. “Manzoor Wasan also said that Qaim Ali Shah is young,” he told the reporters. “Believe it or not but I am still young and energetic.”

The former Sindh chief minister and PPP Sindh president, Shah also appealed to the judiciary to refrain from issuing a stay order on the election results. He suggested forwarding all complaints to the tribunals instead.

According to him, election results are being tampered to sink the PPP mandate in Sindh. “After the elections, different orders are being issued to suspend the results and notifications of our candidates,” he pointed out, adding that this exercise is meant to reduce PPP votes in the recounting process.

Shah felt that those who lose the elections always go knocking on the doors of the court. “This is not fair,” he said. “It has created trouble not only for the election commission, but for the formation of the government as well.” Even though the PPP was not given a level playing field during the election campaign, the party won a majority of seats in the province, he added.

“We have serious reservations on the election results but we have accepted these results,” he said, referring to rigging in Punjab and other places. He regretted that the 10-party alliance in Sindh has started a campaign against the PPP mandate in Sindh by accusing the party of massive rigging. “They not only harassed our voters but have started killing and torturing our people.”

Elections in Thar

Despite his earlier request to avoid blaming others, Shah could not help but criticise his opponents. “Opponents of the PPP snatched ballot papers, occupied our political camps and set them on fire on May 11,” he said, referring to the security in Tharparkar.

“We did not see the army or the Rangers guarding these areas. It seemed as if a free hand was given to anti-PPP elements to rig the general elections.”

PPP to woo all

On the formation of a new provincial setup in Sindh, Shah reiterated that they would continue their “reconciliation” policy and try to woo all parties to join the government. “Not just MQM, but we will persuade all old coalition partners, including the PML-N, to join the provincial government.”  He did, however, dispel the impression that the PPP has assured the MQM of repealing the incumbent local government system.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 25th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • confused
    May 25, 2013 - 3:42AM

    He was obviously talking in a lighter mood. Don’t catch or twist phrases please like media does with Altaf Hussain’s and President Zardari’s

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    May 25, 2013 - 9:55AM

    Syed Qaim Ali Shah thinks that he is not 85 years old, but in fact he is 58 years old and still he has two more years to go before his retirement from the Sindh Government job.

    After that, the Sindh Government will hire his services for a further period of three years on contract basis.

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  • ashar
    May 25, 2013 - 10:22AM

    Actually he is ten years younger than the President and he is right he is not old he is young.

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  • May 25, 2013 - 3:08PM

    He does not look 85, true. Also, he behaves like a 8.5-year old – making statements such as the improvement of the law and order situation in Karachi during his last Chief Ministerial stint.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    May 25, 2013 - 5:45PM

    No more peoples left in sindh i guess why dont they make Kamal Mustafah CM.

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  • Lallu Panjju
    May 25, 2013 - 5:52PM

    Hot guy ;)

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  • alikhan
    May 25, 2013 - 9:49PM

    lagay dam tu mitatay gham – no care about ageRecommend

  • mohammad
    May 26, 2013 - 2:07PM

    Hes not 85 , hes 80 just to be clear

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  • azam abbas
    May 26, 2013 - 10:54PM

    Stupid people always do criticism for the sake of criticism. To me age is just a number.. Below is a small example of how the world works.

    Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz al-Saud
    King of Saudi Arabia
    Year of birth: 1924

    Girija Prasad Koirala
    Prime Minister of Nepal
    Date of birth: Feb. 20, 1925

    Abdoulaye Wade
    President of Senegal
    Date of birth: May 29, 1926

    Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah
    Emir of Kuwait
    Date of birth: June 6, 1929

    Mwai Kibaki
    President of Kenya
    Date of birth: Nov. 15, 1931

    Manmohan Singh
    Prime Minister of India
    Date of birth: Sept. 26, 1932

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  • Qaim Ali Shah
    May 29, 2013 - 12:04PM

    Qaim Ali Shah is so old that he knew alexander before he was great

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