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February 25, 2019

People of Sindh rejected criticism for the sake of criticism, says Wahab


February 25, 2019

The Sindh Literature Festival is an event that bears testimony to the positive side of the country, especially Sindh, and the media should cover such festivals to bring a positive image of Pakistan before the world.

Barrister Murtaza Wahab, the adviser to the Sindh chief minister on information and archives, law, and Anti-Corruption Establishment, said this on Sunday while addressing as the chief guest the “Meet the Sindh Session” on the concluding day of the third Sindh Literature Festival, which was held for three days at a local hotel. A large attendance at the event is proving its success, he remarked.

Shedding light on the role of Sindh in the creation of Pakistan, Wahab said it was the Assembly of Sindh that first passed a resolution for Pakistan. The information and archives adviser also explained the achievements of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) which had been voted by the people of Sindh to govern the province for a third consecutive term.

The government of PPP will take stand for the rights of the people of Sindh at every forum, Wahab said. He maintained that the Sindh government was not against the process of accountability but the accountability should be impartial and unbiased.

Commenting on the recent issues being faced by the Sindh government, Wahab said the federal government had lessened Rs106bn from the NFC award for Sindh. He added that water of Sindh had been stolen quite a number of times in the past and electricity and gas were also not being provided to Sindh as they should have been.

The Sindh government has already filed a petition with the Supreme Court against the decision of handing three health facilities in Sindh over to the federal government, the adviser said. Regarding the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD), which is one of the three hospitals that are a bone of contention between the federal and Sindh governments, he claimed that its budget had climbed up to Rs12 billion under the provincial government.

The Sindh government is doing its utmost to provide best facilities to the people of the province, he maintained. The adviser claimed that the PPP government in Sindh strongly believed in the supremacy of the constitution and law. Fresh challenges are a routine matter for the Sindh government, he said.

Wahab said the Sindh government always welcomed healthy criticism; however, he stressed that the media should also highlight the positive works carried out by the government. Criticism for the sake of criticism against the Sindh government had been strongly disapproved by the people of Sindh, he claimed.

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