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January 28, 2021

CM Murad Ali Shah answerable to Sindh’s 60m people, not to Bilawal, says Haleem Adil Sheikh

Karachi

January 28, 2021

Commenting on Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah’s statement that “he is not answerable to the prime minister, Sindh Assembly opposition leader Haleem Adil Sheikh said on Wednesday the chief minister “is answerable to six crore people of Sindh because it is democracy and this is not a fiefdom or kingdom” of the Pakistan Peoples Party’s supremo.

After taking charge of the opposition leader in the provincial assembly, PTI central vice-president Sheikh addressed a press conference, where he criticised the PPP for its “bad governance and corruption” during its rule in the province over the past 13 years.

PTI Karachi president and MPA Khurram Sherzaman, parliamentary leader Bilal Ghaffar and other leaders accompanied him at the press conference held at the Sindh Assembly. He said the public accounts committee should be given to the leader of the opposition, but in the Sindh Assembly, no opposition member was included in this committee. “The PPP’s standards change when they are in the National Assembly,” he said.

He cited the examples of several committees of the National Assembly and the Senate, of which PPP leaders, including Chairman Bilawal Bhutto, Asif Ali Zardari, Syed Naveed Qamar, Sajid Hussain Turi, Farooq Naik, Rubina Khalid and Sassui Palijo, were made leaders.

“But in the Sindh Assembly, the PPP is reluctant to give chairmanship of these committees to Firdous Shamim Naqvi, Khuram Sherzaman, Hasnain Mirza and Nusrat Sehar Abbasi -- the parliamentarians from the opposition.”

“It shows there is a civilian dictatorship in Sindh,” Sheikh said. He asked to dissolve all such committees for which opposition members were not considered. Sheikh said that the opposition and media had to play a key role in highlighting the problems of people. “Nowhere do courts normally annul laws passed by the assemblies, but the Sindh Assembly made three laws and the Supreme Court of Pakistan annulled them,” he said.

Showing his concerns over the non-implementation of the passed bills, he said that law for the use of auto-lock syringes was passed but not implemented. “Similarly, a law of compulsory education was passed, but six million children are not getting education,” the PTI leader said.

Sherzaman said Karachi’s residents were not being provided the basic necessities of life. “Public transport in Karachi is dismally poor and the local government department is being utilised for political purposes of the ruling party,” he said.

PTI parliamentary leader Ghaffar said the Sindh’s economy became stronger in 2020, the IT sector prospered a lot and the FBR had completed its targets mainly because of the federal government’s policies. He said 32 per cent of the federal government’s budget was spent on development.