KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement's (MQM)'s Rabita committee censured the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government in Sindh on Sunday for not acting swiftly enough to deal with a fire that broke out in a timber market in Karachi.
"It is unfortunate to say that several hours after the fire broke out, the government of Sindh was asleep, while Karachi burned all night," Rabita committee's caretaker incharge Qamar Mansoor said.
Mansoor went on to add that the fire had broken out in Lyari Town -- an area of the city that falls under the responsibility of the PPP.
"Our leader, Altaf, directed us to assist with the situation at the timber market with the help of the Khidmat-e-Khalq Foundation," he said, while addressing a press conference.
He said even female MQM workers were present at the site of the fire all night, helping affectees.
"The timber market plays a vital role in the market of Sindh," Mansoor said.
MQM leader Farooq Sattar, giving his two cents on the situation, said, "The fire could have spread had MQM workers not reached the scene of the fire."
He lauded MQM party leader Altaf Hussain, saying, "Altaf Bhai stayed up all night to monitor the situation."
Sattar questioned the lack of responsibility displayed by Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon.
"They [Shah and Memon] did not even call, let alone visit the area where this incident took place," he said.
"Several MQM members were there, including Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and Rashid Godil, but not a single representative of the Sindh government was there," Sattar added.
The MQM leader also criticised senior members of the federal government, "We have not received any call from Finance Minister Ishaq Dar or Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal."
He added that they could have at least addressed the media in lieu of the incident, adding that those affected by the fire should be compensated.
Shortly after the MQM leaders ended their press conference, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took notice of the incident, and directed the Sindh government and other concerned departments to take steps to ensure such incidents are avoided at all costs.
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