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March 20, 2017

PM has realised Sindh’s importance: Murad


March 20, 2017

SUKKUR: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the government must stop harassing the PPP leaders through NAB. He said that such actions of NAB were creating anarchy as well as frustration among the people of Sindh. He said this while talking to the media at the newly-established 100 megawatt power plant at Nooriabad on Sunday.

He said after the 18th Amendment, the provinces were independent. He said PPP leader Sharjeel Memon came to Pakistan on the Islamabad High Court’s orders and he was ordered to appear before the court on March 20. His arrest was quite surprising after the decision of the Islamabad High Court.

While replying to a question, he expressed his anger over the high-handedness of the Federal Investigation Agency and strictly warned them by adding that if this attitude would continue with the people of Sindh, then no one would be allowed to enter Sindh for any type of investigation.

Answering a query, he pointed out that some white elephants were freely moving around the country and abroad despite the fact that they were most wanted in NAB corruption mega scandals but it was astonishing to note that the NAB was reluctant to nab them. 

“The PPP is continuously being targeted and is being pushed to the wall, leaving no option to retaliate in a positive manner,” he said. “This province will raise its voice against the atrocities of the federal government to remove the barriers laid by the federal government to stop the pace of development in Sindh.”

He said that it was the history of PPP that it honoured judiciary’s decisions whether they were in favour of PPP or not. Replying to a question, he said, “It is my humble advice to MQM Pakistan chief Farooq Sattar to be a law abiding citizen and complete the process of investigation and comply with the court’s order.”

On a question, he proudly said that Sindh was the only province which had the honour to not only initiate public private partnership but to also become a power producing province by using its own resources – despite the fact that a number of hindrances were created to stop such efforts. He said had the federal government not played a negative role, this project would have been completed two years ago.

On a question about frequent visits of the prime minister to Sindh, he said, “We are thankful to him that at last after four years’ ignorance, he has now realised the importance of Sindh.”

Murad Ali Shah on Sunday also visited Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Sindh Minister for Industries Manzoor Hussain Wassan at their residences. While talking to the media, Murad said that Farooq Sattar should obey the court orders following the footsteps of Sharjeel Memon, who had obtained protective bail from the High Court of Islamabad. The chief minister said that if the Sindh government was backing Sharjeel Memon, then he would have landed at the Karachi airport instead of Islamabad.

He said that the party was not the personal property of anyone. He also suggested Farooq Sattar to obtain protective bail or appear before the court like Sharjeel Memon.

Murad said that the mechanism for conducting census was not really transparent. On the other hand, he said that PPP was not an estate of one person, it’s a party of the masses.

Meanwhile, Manzoor Hussain Wassan said that the Panamagate case decision would be announced by March 31. He said that the Sindh government was not behind the arrest of Farooq Sattar, adding the name of the person involved in this drama would soon come to the surface.

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