The Sindh government has raised the issue of killings of Sindhi nationalist workers with the federal government. Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has assured that the inquiry will be finished within a month.
“We have taken notice of the issue and the provincial government has taken up the issue with the interior ministry as well,” said Shah at a press conference at the CM House on Sunday. He said that the interior ministry has been asked to clarify its position.
He said that the Sindh police have also been directed to conduct the inquiry into the matter. “We will take action against the police if they are involved in such killings,” he said.
Shah said that the provincial government had decided to increase the price of sugarcane to Rs182 for 40 kilogrammes, on the demand of the growers. He asked the sugar mill owners to start crushing immediately. He added that the provincial agriculture department, in consultation with growers and sugar mill owners, had fixed the price at Rs182 but the mill owners had challenged the rate in the Sindh High Court.
Local body elections
“The Sindh government was ready for the local government elections but they were delayed due to the intervention of the Election Commission of Pakistan and the Supreme Court,” said Shah. Once again, the ECP had given a statement that it was not ready for the elections, he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 8th, 2014.