Can't connect right now! retry

add The News to homescreen

tap to bring up your browser menu and select 'Add to homescreen' to pin the The News web app

Got it!

add The News to homescreen

tap to bring up your browser menu and select 'Add to homescreen' to pin the The News web app

Got it!
December 11, 2019

Sindh accuses Centre of interfering in its domain


December 11, 2019

Sindh law and environment adviser Barrister Murtaza Wahab has said the federal government has been constantly interfering in the domain of the province, by doing so it has been practically deviating from the course of the constitution.

He stated this on Tuesday while speaking to journalists at the Sindh Assembly. “If the Sindh governor or the federal government thinks that we would be frightened of their unconstitutional steps, then it is their sheer misconception,” he said.

The law adviser, who acts as the spokesman for the Sindh government, stated that such thinking on the part of the federal government or the Sindh governor did not carry any basis. The governor had been constantly deviating from the course of the constitution, he added.

He said the position of the governor had no political basis as it was a constitutional office. He said the Sindh governor did carry much passion to do politics, but before practising politics he should first read the constitution.

Barrister Wahab said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leaders who had earlier met the prime minister in Islamabad should have presented the genuine case of Sindh in view of its real issues before the country’s chief executive, but instead they had raised a plethora of complaints against the provincial government and its chief minister.

He said the federal government had not been coming to the rescue of the farmers of Sindh, who had been in a serious trouble due to the issue of locusts causing serious damage to the standing crops.

Instead, he said, the CM had to order the release of Rs10 million to provide support to the federally run plant protection department so that its planes could conduct aerial sprays against the locust attack in Sindh.

He said that except Sindh’s, the governors of Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were not seen interfering in the domain of the provincial government, but in the case of Sindh both the acts and statements of the governor were condemnable.

He advised the governor to thoroughly read the articles 105 and 106 of the constitution so as to better know about his constitutional role.

PTI voices concerns

Showing his concerns over the removal of two senior police officers in one week without conducting proper inquiries and surrendering their services to the federal government, Sindh Assembly opposition leader Firdous Shamim Naqvi on Tuesday wrote a letter to the provincial chief secretary, saying that his act had badly demotivated honest and committed police officers, who were trying to resist political influence while performing their duties.

Naqvi, who is a senior leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, wrote the letter following the removal of two officers – SSP Karachi East Azfar Mahesar and SSP Shikarpur Dr Rizwan Khan – from their positions recently. Reports suggest the tussle between the Sindh Police and the provincial government had already intensified after the removal of the police officers.

He remarked that the recent notices issued to the two senior police officers in one week under the chief secretary’s signature were on susceptible grounds because actions against them had been taken without conducting a proper inquiry.

The opposition leader said that in the first case, SSP East Mahesar was removed from the post because of the statement of Yousaf Thelawala, where he mentioned that he had met the chief minister in person while he was in custody of Rangers. “This statement of the concerned SSP earned the ire of the CM Sindh,” he wrote.

In the second case, SSP Shikarpur Khan was removed after he said in a media talk that the influential people of the area were creating hurdles in curbing crimes in the district, he said. “The CM Sindh again reacted and transferred him too, saying that his services are not required and are surrendered to the Establishment Division through your office,” Naqvi said in the letter.

He said that it endorsed the police officer’s concerns that the ruling party in the province was behind supporting criminals. “It would have been better that if you have protected your office by not taking any action without conducting an inquiry, which is also suggested that legislation recently done by the Sindh government in the Police Act.”

“As a Chief Secretary, it is extremely important that you should do justice and not succumb to demands of the CM who has proven records to nepotism and is running the province as his fiefdom,” he remarked.

He requested the chief secretary to review his decision of removing the two police officers to meet the standard he had committed himself to and what one of the senior most officers of the DMG should do to set an example for other officers.