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No differences within Sindh government over transfers and appointments: Nasir

By Aftab Ahmed & Imtiaz Hussain
March 25, 2024
Sindh Minister for Energy and Planning and Development Syed Nasir Hussain Shah gestures during a meeting in Larkana on March 24, 2024. — Facebook/Syed Nasir Hussain Shah
Sindh Minister for Energy and Planning and Development Syed Nasir Hussain Shah gestures during a meeting in Larkana on March 24, 2024. — Facebook/Syed Nasir Hussain Shah

hyderabad/sukkur: There are no differences within the Sindh government in the matter of transfers and appointments in the province.

Sindh Minister for Energy, and Planning and Development Syed Nasir Hussain Shah gave this clarification on Sunday as he addressed a press conference at the Larkana Press Club.

He said maintaining law and order in Sindh was the provincial government’s responsibility and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had given instructions to the chief minister and home minister to improve the law and order situation.

He said the provincial government had been taking measures for improving law and order and their results would be felt in the coming days.

In response to a question, Nasir said there were no differences among Sindh government high-ups regarding transfers and appointments and rumours were being spread on social media that had no truth.

He added that the PPP leadership nominated Syed Murad Ali Shah again for the slot of the chief minister because he was a better candidate. He said the PPP had been winning most of the seats from Sindh for four general elections.

The Sindh planning and development minister said that in order to actualise Bilawal’s manifesto of building 2 million houses, construction of 20,000 houses had been completed and the construction of the remaining houses was rapidly under way.

He vowed that the PPP chairman’s ideology would be carried forward and relief would be provided to the people. He maintained that In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and other provinces, no government talked about building houses for the flood victims, and it was only the PPP that had announced building houses for the flood-affected people.

Some new faces had already been inducted in the Sindh Cabinet and in the second phase of induction, more members would join the provincial cabinet, Nasir said, adding that as far as the privatisation of institutions was concerned, the PPP's position had been from the day one that the future of employees should be taken into account in the privatisation of Steel Mills and other institutions.

He said there were problems, including those related to gas supply, in Larkana Industrial Zone, but work on the project was going on fast. He added that on the instructions of Bilawal, the Sindh government was providing solar electricity after an increase in electricity bills so that the labour class could get relief. He said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government had taken loan from the International Monetary Fund on strict conditions, and it did not fulfil those conditions, due to which the economic condition worsened.

He conceded that the PPP was defeated in the federation in the general elections as it did not get enough seats to form the government alone. He added that the independent candidates of the PTI got the most seats, but they did not want to have any talk with anyone to form the government.

If the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz had not been supported in the federal government, Nasir said, there would have been no parliamentary system and the country would have gone to general elections again.

He explained that in return for supporting the PML-N’s federal government, the PPP asked for constitutional positions, and some of its nominees had already been appointed and the rest would be appointed in the future.

On the issue of the missing girl Priya Kumari, the provincial minister said she was Sindh’s daughter and the CM had come to Sukkur on the instructions of the PPP chairman to make efforts for her recovery.

He explained that the next Sindh governor would be decided by the PML-N and he did not know who would be selected for the post.

Earlier, while chairing a meeting, Nasir urged the Larkana deputy commissioners to deliver the basic items to the people at the prices fixed by the government during the holy month of Ramazan. Sindh Culture and Tourism Minister Syed Zulfikar Ali Shah and MPA Jameel Ahmed Soomro were also present at the meeting.

The planning minister explained that he was holding the meeting on the orders of the PPP chairman and special instructions of the CM so that the people could get necessary items of daily use at the prices fixed by the government in the holy month. He said that those involved in black marketing, hoarding and overcharging would not be spared by the government.