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December 9, 2019

Will support forward bloc in Sindh PPP, says PTI leader

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December 9, 2019

KARACHI: Once again, the political temperature in Sindh province is running high after the recent claim of the Opposition Leader in the Sindh Assembly Firdous Shamim Naqvi about the existence of a forward bloc in Sindh against the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) government.

The statement came from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s key leader Naqvi two days after a joint delegation of Sindh’s opposition parties, including PTI, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan and the Grand Democratic Alliance, flew to Islamabad to meet Prime Minister Imran Khan to discuss the future political strategy in the Sindh province.

On Saturday, the Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, giving an indirect reference to Sindh’s opposition parties' meeting with the prime minister, said that some disappointed political souls of Sindh met and complained against the provincial government to an already 'panicked person’ in Islamabad but the ‘already panicked person’ urged them not to be alarmed and sent them back disappointed.

On Sunday, Naqvi, along with other PTI leaders, addressed a press conference at the Insaf House, the party’s secretariat in Karachi, where he made the revelation about the presence of a forward bloc in the PPP Sindh, formed by disgruntled members.

During the press conference, Saleem Sachwani, a senior leader of PPP Karachi and former electoral candidate, announced to join the PTI. “The PPP is facing a severe split in its parliamentary party and the PTI is ready to support the PPP’s forward bloc,” he said. He claimed that the PPP has itself said that Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani is a party’s traitor.

Naqvi said that because of corruption and bad governance, the PPP has been limited only to rural Sindh. The PTI-led federal government has forced the corrupt leaders to flee the country and now it was the turn of Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah. “But the PTI Sindh will not allow him to flee the country.”

He said that Sindh chief minister was so frightened after the statement of an MQM-London’s alleged target killer, that he removed a competent police officer from District East Karachi and surrendered his services to the federal government. “This week, another police officer from Shikarpur district has been removed after he said that tribal chieftains and political leaders are involved in the unrest in the district,” he said.

He said that the PPP government did not remove police officer Rao Anwar who was involved in a number of heinous crimes because he was blue-eyed of the party supremo Asif Ali Zardari. He said that after the passage of 18th Amendment, now it is the responsibility of the provincial government to resolve the issues of Karachi.

Reacting to the PTI leader’s comments, PPP leaders have denied any possibility of the formation of a forward bloc in the PPP’s parliamentary party in Sindh province. The PPP leaders declined to comment on it, saying that responding to Naqvi’s baseless claims will give him unnecessary importance.

However, Saeed Ghani, a PPP leader and provincial information minister, told the media that the PTI has itself been making efforts to remove Naqvi from the post of the opposition leader and get rid of him. Adviser to Chief Minister of Sindh on Law Murtaza Wahab, commenting on Naqvi’s statement, said that the opposition leader should use decent language while highlighting political matters. “PTI’s fascist behavior shows that the opposition is only focusing on using abusive words for the provincial government,” he said.

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