Published On: Mon, Jun 14th, 2021
Published in Category: Karachi

Punjab was not stealing Sindh’s water but Bilawal, Murad Ali Shah & provincial cabinet were guilty of the crime: Fawad

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KARACHI: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry says 1600 to 1800 billion rupees have been provided to Sindh government during the last three years and 27 percent more budget will be provided in the next fiscal year.

Talking to media persons in Karachi on Sunday, he said federal government provided additional 500 Megawatt electricity to Karachi which resulted in less load shedding during extreme hot weather.

The Information Minister said law and order situation in the province is also bleak and street crimes are on the rise which shows pathetic performance of provincial government.

He said people belonging to all walks of life have appreciated the federal budget and hopefully next year will be growth year economically.

To a question, Fawad Chaudhry said local government elections should be held in Sindh to ensure development at grass root level.

Fawad Chaudhry hit out at PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and the Sindh cabinet, blaming them for “stealing Sindh’s water”.

The minister said Punjab was not stealing Sindh’s water but Bilawal and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and the provincial cabinet were guilty of the crime. “The water never runs short when it comes to Zardari and his sister’s lands,” alleged Chaudhry.

He said independent observers should find out how much water is provided to Sindh and the amount that is used up by the provincial government.

Fawad Chaudhry accused the Sindh chief minister of resorting to “politics of nationalism”, adding that he was distancing himself from the political principles adopted by PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

He said the Centre had increased the share for provinces in the federal budget, adding that Sindh would receive more than Rs750bn according to the NFC award.

“If so much money is coming in (each year) where is it going?” he asked. “They were unable to create a [competent] police force in the city. They have to seek help from the Sindh Rangers every time,” added the minister.

He expressed displeasure of the dismal law and order situation of Sindh, adding that the Karachi police was not even aware of the city’s problems. “Whoever wants to loot a car in Karachi can do so with impunity,” he lamented.

Turning his guns towards the PPP leadership, Chaudhry accused Zardari of limiting the chief minister and assembly’s role.

“All decisions are taken by the Zardari family,” he said. “They appoint one person as a rubberstamp chief minister. The Zardari family runs the chief minister in accordance with their wishes,” added Chaudhry.

Criticising the Sindh government for what he deemed their lacklustre administration, Fawad Chaudhry said people were demanding the imposition of Governor rule in the province.

“However, there is no provision for it [Governor rule] in the Constitution,” he added. The minister lashed out at the PML-N as well, adding that the PML-N “does not have a future” in General Elections 2023 as well.

He said the government’s budget 2021-22 was a people-friendly one, adding that this year Pakistan will grow its economy. The minister added that the government had decided to slash prices of smaller cars to benefit the common citizen.

“People who have white-collar jobs will immensely benefit from the Kamyab Jawan Programme and the government’s housing projects,” he said.