Hat-trick: PPP nominates Qaim Ali Shah for Sindh CM post

Published: May 28, 2013
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Former Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Former Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah. PHOTO: EXPRESS

KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has nominated Qaim Ali Shah for the slot of chief minister Sindh.

PPP parliamentary leader Makhdoom Amin Fahim while speaking to media outside Bilawal House confirmed that Syed Qaim Ali Shah had been nominated in a meeting presided by President Asif Ali Zardari and that the decision had been made in the best interest of Sindh and the party.

Shah, who has served as Sindh CM on two previous occasions, thanked the party for its decision.

The party also announced that Nisar Ahmed Khuhro would not be returning as the provincial assembly speaker. Instead, the former minister for local government, Agha Siraj Durrani will be entrusted with that mantle.

Senior PPP leader Shehla Raza will serve as the deputy speaker.

The elected members would take oath on May 29, (Wednesday). The incumbent speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro will administrator oath to them before election of the speaker and deputy speaker.

Senior PPP leaders had said Shah was the best man for the job given his past experience and the success of the PPP in Sindh during the May 11 elections.

Third time the charm

Shah, who belongs to district Khairpur, has been a PPP loyalist since the party’s inception and, apart from being elected as an MPA several times, has also been an MNA and a senator. He has also served as federal minister for industries and Kashmir Affairs in Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s cabinet in the 1970s.

When the PPP swept Sindh in the 1988 elections, Shah became chief minister. He continued his job for three to four months until he was replaced by Aftab Shaban Mirani. He regained the position in 2008, and held it for five years.

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  • Turbo
    May 28, 2013 - 5:50PM

    and PPP never fails to disappoint us!

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  • Shah
    May 28, 2013 - 5:53PM

    New CM should be from MQM or things will never get better or progress in sindh

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  • RMM
    May 28, 2013 - 5:54PM

    Tappi rulez!

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  • Muhammad Akram
    May 28, 2013 - 5:57PM

    Pakistan is blindly following “Old is gold”: Fakhro bhai, Khoso, and yet again Q.A. Shah.

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  • Mustafa
    May 28, 2013 - 6:00PM

    How old is Q.A Shah?

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  • ZEE KHAN
    May 28, 2013 - 6:14PM

    Those days has gone when Old was Gold . Now old is Rust. 150% sure Sindh will never progress under this Person . They should have a young and energetic person.Government person retire at 60 i believe why not the politician.

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  • Maria Khan
    May 28, 2013 - 6:16PM

    What’s the reason? ” There is no reason”, is the reason.

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  • Syed
    May 28, 2013 - 6:17PM

    This guy was absolute horror last time. Law and order situation in Karachi was at its worst. He did nothing to curb the violence. If you think about it in the caretaker govt, things improved for whatever reason. I am just so disappointed as I have a lot of family living in Karachi and I fear for their safety.

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  • Saleem
    May 28, 2013 - 6:22PM

    It is Tappi who be the CM in Qaim Ali Shah body.

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  • Saim Baig
    May 28, 2013 - 6:23PM

    Brace yourselves!! 5 More years of failed policies, corruptions & Lawlessness!!

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  • Nilo Khan
    May 28, 2013 - 6:24PM

    Pakistanis think 60 year old Imran Khan is young so why you care about Qaim Ali Shah age?

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  • Maria Khan
    May 28, 2013 - 6:25PM

    What’s changed after “Historic Election? So far Tabdeeli only in KPK, rest is the same.

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  • Saad Durrani
    May 28, 2013 - 6:29PM

    @Mustafa:
    As old as time itself.

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  • hashim
    May 28, 2013 - 6:41PM

    PPP’s gift to the people of Sind.

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  • Sam
    May 28, 2013 - 6:42PM

    People of Sindh got what they wanted (or deserved)….more of sameeee

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  • Historian 1
    May 28, 2013 - 6:55PM

    Never forget PPP rules over backward masses. They don’t want any change or progress in Sind. Same is the case with people of Sindh, they don’t want progressive rulers. Sindh will stay wrapped in dark ages for the centuries to come.

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  • Asim
    May 28, 2013 - 7:00PM

    An 85 year old politician, hmmm. Who believes the security situation is Karachi is not that all bad and they are comparable to other big cities of the world. He did nothing before and will do nothing again. I would have thought the PPP senior members would have been wise to choose an efficient person as there will be a competiion of who will perform better with PML-N in Punjab and Balouchistan, PTI in KP and PPP in Sind.

    As mentioned in the first comment PPP NEVER FAILS TO DISAPPOINT US.

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  • J
    May 28, 2013 - 7:08PM

    @Mustafa…..he is 83 years old………

    @Zee Khan…. fully agree

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  • Tahir Khan
    May 28, 2013 - 7:18PM

    Does any one remember the statement that Mr Farooq Sattar made in Padiden on 31 March 2013:
    Next Sindh CM from MQM

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  • HopeNChange
    May 28, 2013 - 7:19PM

    No surprise, incompetency pays off in PPP.

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  • Shahid Kinnare
    May 28, 2013 - 7:49PM

    So TV anchors are again wrong

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  • ZZQ
    May 28, 2013 - 7:52PM

    Wow…. What are the PPP strategists banking on??? Still Bhutto and his daughter???? or still Sindhi nationalism???

    I mean, when PPP was in Federal, PMLN had a strong man like Shahbaz Sharif as CM Punjab and partially thanks to his work, PMLN is now in control???

    And PPP is relying on this man to lead Sindh for coming 5 years… What else did he do during last 5 years than to sit on the mausoleum of Bhuttos???

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  • Javed Ali
    May 28, 2013 - 7:56PM

    Gives new meaning to the phase “Stupid is a stupid does” – another 5 years of incompetency, corruption and wadera-shahi.

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  • MJ
    May 28, 2013 - 7:57PM

    Residents of Karachi and Hyderabad should brace themselves for a disaster in the making. During his past two terms as CM, these two cities witnessed the worst of times.

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  • lol
    May 28, 2013 - 8:25PM

    you shehri burgers should calm down, the masses of sindh belong to rural areas and as such our province’s priorities revolve around them, not you, if you don’t like it, leave

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  • OldIsGold
    May 28, 2013 - 8:52PM

    Qaim Ali Shah is too OLD for the job, but what about Pervaiz Khattak of PTI?

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  • May 28, 2013 - 9:29PM

    @lol:
    The real Puppet Masters of Sindh are Faryal Talpur and Owais Muzzafar aka Tappi. They are the ones who pull the strings. Qaim-Ali-Shah is just a puppet. This is known to everyone. Seems like PPP has not learnt its lesson. Same old corrupt people same bad governance. PPP never learns. Come 2018 election, there will be only three parties in Sindh. PTI, MQM and PML-N.

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  • Syed A. Mateen
    May 28, 2013 - 10:55PM

    There are some people in Pakistan who are capable to work (delivery is not necessary) till their last breath.

    A similar example was of former Vice Chancellor of NED Engineering University & Technology Late Mr. Abdul Kalam, who remained VC of NED for continuous 16 years.

    He got retired from his position just months before his death.

    I am not mentioning more examples, as the readers of these valued columns would get bored.

    Though it was the turn of Mr. Nisar Khoro to become the Chief Minister of zsindh, but the “establishment” within PPP wanted Syed Qaim Ali Shah to become the Chief Minister of Sindh again, due to its vested interests.

    The law and order situation in Sindh, more particularly of Karachi will remain the same and this is going to irk the PML(N) Government, as Mian Sahib wants complete peace in Pakistan.

    But in Sindh it will be PPP Goverment while PML(N) would be having its government in the Federal Capital.

    Previously, PPP had the government in the Federal Capital, while PML(N) was having its government in Punjab only.

    The position of the “Pawn” on the chess board is changed, but this time “Check” will be on PML(N), as last time the “Check” was on PPP.

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  • mystreeman
    May 28, 2013 - 11:05PM

    @Historian 1: That’s why hordes of people have been migrating to sindh from north Pakistan for decades.

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  • DevilHunterX
    May 28, 2013 - 11:10PM

    @lol:
    Majority of rural is uneducated. Your point is?

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  • Sindhi_Pakistani
    May 29, 2013 - 1:52AM

    When AZ needed to make decision whether to hold on in presidency or party leadership, he preferred Presidency over party leadership, that resulted a vacuum and party lost in whole Pak except Sindh in last election. Now again selection of Qaim Ali shah indicates that party wants a CM who should be a merely front man, behind him, real power be exercised by others. This shows poor strategy and PPP will ultimately pay its price in next elections or even in upcoming LG elections.

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  • Bajwa
    Jun 1, 2013 - 7:44AM

    @Shah: if no CM from MQM but at least disassociate from The gang war criminals and take action against them to restore peace and stability in the city.

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