Tharparkar visit: CM’s dinner akin to a ‘wedding feast’

Published: March 10, 2014
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The CM and his team reportedly enjoyed a dinner of fried fish, tikkas, biryani, malai boti, koftas and roti. PHOTO: EXPRESS

The CM and his team reportedly enjoyed a dinner of fried fish, tikkas, biryani, malai boti, koftas and roti. PHOTO: EXPRESS

KARACHI: 

Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and members of his group enjoyed quite a feast when they paid a visit to Tharparkar, with some saying the dinner at Circuit House Mithi was akin to a ‘wedding feast’.

The CM and his team reportedly enjoyed a dinner of fried fish, tikkas, biryani, malai boti, koftas and roti.

According to a report by Express News, the CM was accompanied by members of his cabinet and other officials.

He was visiting the drought-stricken area to pay his condolences to affected families.

Guests at the dinner jostled with each other for more food, setting aside all etiquette.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 10th, 2014.

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  • lalai
    Mar 10, 2014 - 3:03AM

    And don’t worry about the poor souls there. They’ll have always the luxury of enjoying cakes, if bread is not available.

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  • reader
    Mar 10, 2014 - 3:03AM

    PPP Hall of Shame is never ending Guinness World Record record-breaking streak……

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  • Nasir
    Mar 10, 2014 - 3:07AM

    I feel ashamed of my country. Why not these people are not taken to task. Do they belong to another GOD?

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  • ahmed
    Mar 10, 2014 - 3:25AM

    What to say?

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 10, 2014 - 3:45AM

    Poor of Tharparkar are not more hungry than these leaders and government officials. Poor are lucky that wedding feast is available to fill ugly bellies of these monsters otherwise they would start eating human flesh.

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  • Hitler
    Mar 10, 2014 - 3:55AM

    where is law? where is equality and justice? Why don’t we see a strict action?

    Why do I have to follow law while these so called elected people do whatever they want without fear of law?

    Why Chief justice why?

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  • Saad
    Mar 10, 2014 - 3:57AM

    This is nothing to be surprised and shocked of, surprising thing is that these poor people who are dying actually elected these cowards.

    We really have short-term memory, don’t we?

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  • Tahir
    Mar 10, 2014 - 4:24AM

    They are feasting next to drought-sicken, dying people.. Even disgusting won’t be a proper adjective here..

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  • goggi (Lahore)
    Mar 10, 2014 - 4:43AM

    The mourner´s simple meal from the family after burying their dead is called in Punjabi language Tosa and in many European cultures the Funeral Feast (Latin: Epulum funebre).

    Pakistani politicians celebrate and enjoy a Gourmet Tosa of shroudless citizens, prepared with 12 spices and foreign drinks.

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  • Tahir
    Mar 10, 2014 - 4:43AM

    Their sins are forgiven as they are progressive PPP liberals….NOT.

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  • Peace
    Mar 10, 2014 - 4:52AM

    Shameless people

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  • numbersnumbers
    Mar 10, 2014 - 5:43AM

    Let see, fly in by private jet, have a photo op with pre-selected (or paid stand in) locals, enjoy feast far beyond local starving children’s dreams, then back to secure homes via same private jet!
    ALL at government expense!

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  • casimpk
    Mar 10, 2014 - 6:39AM

    If SC does not punish any of these politicians & bureaucrats for their criminal negligence on Tharparkar issue, then who will give us justice?!

    This is the very reason why people rejoice when army overthrows the so called democratic Govts. Chief justice, we’re looking at you, please give us justice & punish the responsible people & abstain from usual headline grabbing statements, it’s time for practical action!

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  • Arindom
    Mar 10, 2014 - 6:53AM

    Yummm!!!

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  • Rafique Khan
    Mar 10, 2014 - 6:55AM

    Due to this heavy eatings the C.M. of Sindh was looking Tuberculosis patient before taking the charge of C.M. now he is looking healthy. The Sindh Festival was arranged by Sindh Government and songs were playing and these people were dancing to celebrate this drought and miseries of the people of Tharparkar and Mithi.

    Nobody has any courage to catch these fishes and black ships only Almighty God will catch them through their necks.

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  • Major Iqbal
    Mar 10, 2014 - 7:08AM

    No daal?

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  • Syed Imam
    Mar 10, 2014 - 7:30AM

    You reap what you sow; keep electing same leaders and you hope different results? Wake up Pakistan.

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  • nrmr44
    Mar 10, 2014 - 7:33AM

    Who elected these people?

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  • Shahzereh
    Mar 10, 2014 - 7:42AM

    This is the fault of the people, this is what your voting decisions get you.

    Next time, think before you vote.

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  • A
    Mar 10, 2014 - 7:43AM

    Probably this nation deserve such leaders.

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  • H.A. Khan
    Mar 10, 2014 - 7:43AM

    Where is super Sain.?.
    Where is the ajrak loving siblings of super Sain.?
    Where are the MPAs of Sind and of the area?.
    Where is the bullet proof car crowd of PPP?
    And where the relief trucks of various political parties?

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  • bilal
    Mar 10, 2014 - 7:55AM

    where are these so called liberals (PTI haters)? PTI is no supporter of Talibaan… BUT make no mistake about this. PPP and its so called liberals are 100 times worse than Talibaan. PPP is a curse on Pakistan.

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  • Lunacyassailam
    Mar 10, 2014 - 8:11AM

    India can help the people of Sindh if the people of Pakistan cannot help Sindh and Balochistan.

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  • Aamir - Toronto
    Mar 10, 2014 - 8:12AM

    Aghast and speechless…………..they were shameless but now I believe they are heartless too.

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  • Shob khan
    Mar 10, 2014 - 8:17AM

    Fair enough we all know how corrupt and dishonest the government is! ET and fellow commentators just think what you’ve done for the sick and poor next door let alone Thar Parker victims and then decide if this dinner was uncalled for.

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  • ko
    Mar 10, 2014 - 8:39AM

    This is very insensitive but the politicization of this famine should end. Everyone is exploiting the calamity for political point scoring,

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  • James
    Mar 10, 2014 - 8:51AM

    Pakistan badly needs people like Arvind Kejriwal….

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  • yousafhaque
    Mar 10, 2014 - 8:56AM

    Knowing the plight of Thar people and seeing the way these good-for-nothing are enjoying food has upset me to the limit.They are no more than shameless and mindless heaps of portable flesh and bones.Zombies are much better than these hungery animals.Shame,nothing but shame on them

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  • imran ali
    Mar 10, 2014 - 9:00AM

    According to Khurshid Shah. wheat could not be distributed among the affected people because of financial constraints…but there was no financial constraints while enjoying feast..

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  • Truther
    Mar 10, 2014 - 9:09AM

    @Saad: Worse had taken place after floods in Sindh yet they elected them again they find these corrupt wadera party as the best reflection of them so elect them again and again

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  • Truther
    Mar 10, 2014 - 9:10AM

    @Tahir: Yup and hey where have all the so called big mouth sindhi nationalists gone? Perhaps they are too busy occupying lands in Karachi

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  • YP Mississauga
    Mar 10, 2014 - 9:12AM

    Only vultures feasts on dead.

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  • bash gul
    Mar 10, 2014 - 9:14AM

    @Nasir:
    They don’t belong, they think they are GOD

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  • Lord
    Mar 10, 2014 - 9:27AM

    As they say :) ‘Democracy is the best revenge’.

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  • Shaheryar
    Mar 10, 2014 - 9:47AM

    As usual the likes of Aitzaz Ahsan & Raza Rabbani are quite. No wonder, these two seasoned rather “well seasoned” politicians of this ill fated country have no one to blame or have the face to criticise their masters-Bilawal & Zardari & co. So much for the so called Sindh Cultural festival.

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  • Sajid Iqbal
    Mar 10, 2014 - 9:55AM

    Roti, Kapra, Aur Makan…………………………………Dai raha hai PakistanRecommend

  • sani
    Mar 10, 2014 - 10:06AM

    @ rafique Khan:

    Absolutely bro and Ameen for your prayer.

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  • gulmina
    Mar 10, 2014 - 10:23AM

    so sad. I am sure everyone here must have stopped eating since past 1 week or must be eating just daal.

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  • repeater
    Mar 10, 2014 - 10:30AM

    Again army called on …. What’s the use of this “demoNcracy” when every time we need to call army for real action … I will urge army to take over these crappy politicians and slit their throats in public.

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  • Mifrah Atif
    Mar 10, 2014 - 10:36AM

    It is really a pity as to how these politicians are behaving!! i am drastically shocked and feel embarassed to be a Pakistani for i enjoy meals every hour and kids at Thakparkar are starving out of death!! Is this how the government should behave when they are to visit a desolated area such as this??? I believe such a visit was not needed then…if you can enjoy fish tikkas, please provide them with just bread and water for GOD’S sake!!!!!

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  • Asad Khan
    Mar 10, 2014 - 10:42AM

    @Lunacyassailam:

    India can help the people of Sindh if the people of Pakistan cannot help Sindh and Balochistan.

    Thanks for the offer. But first try to solve yours, there are more malnoursihed children in India than the whole sub saharan Africa.

    regards,

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  • Mobin
    Mar 10, 2014 - 10:51AM

    At least two of the four people in this photograph are journalists, presumably accompanying the CM to extol of his largesse and generosity towards the people of Thar! Judging by the pile of food on their plates, it seems the provincial government is ensuring people are well fed!

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  • Sher Ghazi
    Mar 10, 2014 - 10:54AM

    Pathetic attitutde and the soul of Benazir Bhutto must die after this brutality with Humanity. Just Shame on you Sindhi Feudals and leaders. Sindhi poeple should come out from the graveyard of Bhuuto

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  • Truther
    Mar 10, 2014 - 11:27AM

    @Nasir: You can not say a word to them or they will cry they are being targeted because they are Sindhi

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  • Truther
    Mar 10, 2014 - 11:29AM

    @Lunacyassailam: first build toilets for your 600 million men and women doin it in open

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  • Kamran Khan
    Mar 10, 2014 - 12:00PM

    Khana Khapay

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  • MH
    Mar 10, 2014 - 12:53PM

    They voted for them.. enjoy!

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  • ria
    Mar 10, 2014 - 1:41PM

    @Asad Khan: still less malnourished than pakistan man……… hey ever come across this report that pakistan has the highest first day deaths……and highest children outta school and hey also the only nuclear power to be affected by crippling polio and poverty…….maybe no..;)
    (btw these dishes seem delicious )

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  • Bashir
    Mar 10, 2014 - 1:44PM

    Shame. Shame. Shame

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  • Baloch
    Mar 10, 2014 - 2:08PM

    How many innocent women and children are you willing to sacrifice in the name of Bhutooism? The Army should step up and cleanse this country of these parasites before its too late. They should prove that they are worthy of the huge defence budget recieved at the expense of education and healthcare

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  • Libra
    Mar 10, 2014 - 2:09PM

    Interior Sindh elects PPP times and again. Why to cry then?!! Aren’t they tested enough?

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  • qaim ali shah
    Mar 10, 2014 - 2:21PM

    And yet we especially arranged for our servants food to be served to us, but look at the comments! People wouldn’t simply let us live either way, and expect us to die of starvation alongwith these worthless dying “Kamis”.

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  • Imran Ahmed
    Mar 10, 2014 - 2:47PM

    An example of the lack of conscience amongst these fat cat murdering wadera criminals and their boot lickers.

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  • AJZ
    Mar 10, 2014 - 2:55PM

    This is insane… Shameless people… crossed all limits… sad about Sindh govt…

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  • Ammar
    Mar 10, 2014 - 2:57PM

    @Sher Ghazi:

    “Sindhi poeple should come out from the graveyard of Bhuuto”

    And get along with the killers’ sympathisers, regardless of the fact that body count beyond fifty thousand continues along with the talks. Keep talking/bashing (habitually) and appeasing (fearfully). Congratulations on this great achievment!

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  • NN
    Mar 10, 2014 - 3:00PM

    shame on them and very sad indeed

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  • MAD
    Mar 10, 2014 - 3:07PM

    This indicates how unaware the politicians of Sindh are to sensibilities of its people. This shows how little the starving and dyiing people of Tharparkar mean to them.

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  • Fuaaza
    Mar 10, 2014 - 3:26PM

    spechless!!!! How cn thy eat??? Im astoshed to see thm. I dont even feel like having meals these days with people dying of hunger around me… Thts digusstin!!! Bt I think its not jst Sindh bt the same attitude prevails in all over the country.. Thy have eatten PAKITAN. Now thy r enjoying left overs… Horrible… :(

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  • Ek Pakistani
    Mar 10, 2014 - 4:24PM

    well done .. jiyalon .
    CJ please do something .

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  • Usman
    Mar 10, 2014 - 6:05PM

    Saein tu Saein, Saein ki hakomat, CM , MPAs sab Saein

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  • Atif Nawaz Khan
    Mar 10, 2014 - 6:33PM

    Well I can’t see Qaim Ali Shah, nor the date, time or venue can be confirmed in this picture. But, this is true that he/they might be enjoying way better dinner or lunch somewhere Even a single death can be a reason of revolution as hunger creates violence, but I am really concerned that Why Pakistani Nation doesn’t even bother of such incident? No protests no nothing. One can easily identify us as dead nation over the silence of such a big issue. May Allah bless us all with feeling or care and peace for others.

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  • MAQ
    Mar 10, 2014 - 6:38PM

    When will they feel ashamed?

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  • Silky
    Mar 10, 2014 - 7:11PM

    Nawaz, good PM

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  • Alltheway
    Mar 10, 2014 - 7:13PM

    PPP, painfully progressive party

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  • Gloria
    Mar 10, 2014 - 7:38PM

    Sindh Food Festival, at tharparkar

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  • jes
    Mar 10, 2014 - 7:52PM

    They are people representatives as per democracy…so “they eat” means “common people eat”…since they are representing people…

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  • Mar 10, 2014 - 7:55PM

    I’m sure everyone in the comments eats as equals on the dinner table with their cooks, maids and drivers instead of giving them 1% of the events meals and expecting them to sit on the floor.

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  • nrmr44
    Mar 10, 2014 - 8:18PM

    @James:
    “Pakistan badly needs people like Arvind Kejriwal….”
    They have enough problems already, don’t you think?

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  • javed iqbal
    Mar 10, 2014 - 8:46PM

    I can see some journalists in this photo as well…they don’t spear the food ever.

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  • Murtaza
    Mar 10, 2014 - 8:48PM

    @ria:
    Just for your information: India has a much higher percentage of poor people than Pakistan! We don’t even need to talk about children starving in India everyday! And India has the highest rate of girls being killed before or directly after their birth! More than 60% of Indians don’t have a toilet. So before pointing your fingers towards Pakistan, talk about your own country first!

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  • Imran Ahmed
    Mar 10, 2014 - 9:26PM

    Cannibals eating the flesh of families unable to withstand drought.

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  • Observer
    Mar 11, 2014 - 9:11AM

    @Ria Pls focus on India’s problem..from what we hear on international media – rape is a big big problem there :( its immensely cruel and u shud try to tackle that first. And once ur done feel free to give us advice!!

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  • TK
    Mar 11, 2014 - 12:31PM

    Its like eating over dead body, worst than animals

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  • Fahad
    Mar 11, 2014 - 12:40PM

    Those people who are holding the people responsible for voting for PPP. Please be informed that this is not Karachi or Islamabad. These areas are till today controlled by Vaderas. Their is no law and order at such places. The Vadera acts as the God of the village. He can pick any girl from any house he wants. No media will be there to report it. So please dont criticize them. What you can do is Stop supporting PPP atleast in Urban areas and start supporting those parties who have started to make positive changes.

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  • Fahad
    Mar 11, 2014 - 12:55PM

    Those people who are holding the people responsible for voting for PPP. Please be informed that this is not Karachi or Islamabad. These areas are till today controlled by Vaderas. Their is no law and order at such places. The Vadera acts as the God of the village. He can pick any girl from any house he wants. No media will be there to report it. So please dont criticize them. What you can do is Stop supporting PPP atleast in Urban areas and start supporting those parties who have started to make positive changes.

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  • Maj malik
    Mar 11, 2014 - 3:22PM

    Our eyes are closed feet into the mud and looking drama oh army we are alone when will you come on board please save people of our country otherwise nothing will be behindRecommend

  • scorpian
    Mar 11, 2014 - 5:24PM

    these politicians should be hanged to death……………vultures in shape of humans.You will be answerable to Allah swt for this.each and every politician who is directly responsible will be answerable and these people will hold their collars on the day of judgement

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  • hehe
    Mar 11, 2014 - 7:09PM

    Still yaar its a secular party, we should support them and the MQM!

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  • ishrat salim
    Mar 11, 2014 - 7:36PM

    @Truther:

    Yes ! they will keep them voting into power, because these waderas / landlords are their economic lifeline…..until there is awakening among them to take up arms and fight these suckers ( waderas / landlords )….these poor people shall remain under their dominance….that is the reason these waderas / landlords who are lawmakers / MNAs / MPAs will never allow people of their areas to get education lest they get enlightment to come out of darkness and fight slavery they & their family are in today….Recommend

  • 357
    Mar 11, 2014 - 8:31PM

    Business as usual in Sindh One.

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  • pardeep
    Mar 11, 2014 - 9:19PM

    People are dying in drought and CM Sindh is Enjoying Feast . Just got terrified after watching such pictures of innocent kids of THAR http://www.mrpolitics.pk/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Drought-in-thar-www.MrPolitics.pk_.jpg

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  • mrs ahmed
    Mar 11, 2014 - 10:43PM

    @nrmr44:
    the best comment “who elected these people”

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  • AShah
    Mar 11, 2014 - 10:48PM

    Once when Zulificar Bhutto was traveling in Johi taluka in Sindhi he stopped his caravan to speak to a Hari who was working in the field, He walked up to him and told him who he was , and asked when the time comes to Vote will he(Hari) vote for him the Hari said yes but on the condition you have a meal with me Taken aback ZAB suprized! asked where is your meal he said right here it was a “Bajar ki rooti” and “Lassi” What amazed people in his entourage like Abdullah Shah and Kamal Azfar (among others ) that ZAB eat the whole meal thanked the Hari and left . I guess PPP has forgotten their ROOTS and now it’s back to the party of wadera’sand Jahils trust me this is a very authentic story just go and ask Kamal Azfar !

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  • aakash
    Mar 12, 2014 - 1:41AM

    wt to say ,son of makhdoom , son in law of CHIEF MINISTER AND MILITRY SECRATERY OF ZARDARI SB ….. THERE IS DROUGHT IN THAR

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  • Hammad
    Mar 12, 2014 - 6:07PM

    What a Government? excellentRecommend

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