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March 4, 2008

PPP workers celebrate nomination of Qaim as Sindh CM

March 4, 2008

KHAIRPUR: Hundreds of jubilant workers of the Pakistan People’s Party and supporters of PPP Sindh president Qaim Ali Shah Jillani came out of their houses and celebrated joyously the nomination of their leader for the slot of Sindh chef minister on Monday evening.

The delighted supporters of Qaim Ali Shah started gathering at the Jillani House Khairpur while the villagers of Soomar Mallah village took out a rally in support of the decision. The triumphant citizens of Khairpur also took out a rally merrily which was led by PPP city president Muhammad Saleh.

The rally passed through main streets and roads of the city while its participants were chanting slogans in favour of Qaim Ali Shah Jillani and Nafisa Shah Jillani. According to the rally participants the decision to make the PPP Sindh president Qaim Ali Shah Parliamentary leader in the Sindh Assembly deserved much applaud as the Shah was among the most senior leadership of the party, and that he enjoyed respect in all over the province. They welcomed the decision saying the PPP Co-chairmen Asif Ali Zardari took a sane decision to honour a senior party leader by nominating him as chief minister of Sindh.

Sayed Qaim Ali Shah had started his political activities in 1960. He became Sindh law minister in the first government of ZA Bhutto and later he was also sworn in as federal communication minister in 1971-72. In 1988, he became Sindh chief minister when PPP’s slain chairperson had become the first woman prime minister of Pakistan.

Sayed Qaim Ali Shah had lost in the 1994 election on PS-29 Khairpur on the hands of PML’s Sayed Ghous Ali Shah for the first time, however, later he managed to restore his political position in the constituency.

However, supporters of another hopeful for the slot Manzoor Hussain Wassan were heard criticizing the nomination of Qaim Ali Shah as Sindh chief minister. According to them, Qaim Ali Shah had proved himself a weaken chief minister of

Sindh when the party had elevated him to the position in 1988. They said his policies had caused a great deal of loss to the party as well as the people of Sindh in terms of poverty and unemployment, adding he was bound to meet the same fate once again as he was not a good political administrator and the difficult province like of Sindh needed an efficient and bold chief minister.

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