Farooq Sattar slams Sindh govt

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Staff Reporter

Karachi

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) fumed over the Sindh government at its 33rd Founding Day function Saturday night, saying the PPP administration was trying to devour all funds, including those meant for local government institutions, and the chief minister instead of empowering the Mayors of Karachi and Hyderabad, wanted to be sole arbiter and custodian of tax payers money which is illogical
It also came down heavily on the Pakistan Peoples Party’s Sindh government on Saturday night over Dr Farooq Sattar’s brief detention at a police station.
Speaking at a public meeting on the eve of the party’s 33rd foundation day, Sattar said he was unsure if police had arrested him in connection with a trial or detained him for questioning. Despite being the first such function after delinking of the party from its London secretariat and disowning its founder Altaf Hussain, the gathering at the PIB Colony ground was highly impressive. Fun and frolic was there and speeches were mostly against the provincial administration.
“The MQM is invincible and has been facing difficult times for the past 33 years,” he said. “Let alone others, my own people are pushing us against the wall.”
He complained that the census did not show the exact population of Karachi and Hyderabad. He said his party had filed a petition in the Supreme Court for an accurate head and house count.
Khawaja Izharul Hassan, who is the opposition leader in the Sindh Assembly, said the chief ministership of Syed Murad Ali Shah did not extend “beyond the Governor House.

Earlier, the IO had told the ATC that police had not arrested Sattar on Friday night, and submitted a report claiming that efforts to arrest the MQM-P chief and other absconding accused were still under way.
Upon this the court expressed its doubt over the report, directed the IO to arrest the MQM-P chief and produce him before the court in the next hearing.
The ATC also announced that if the police failed to arrest Sattar, his cases would be heard separately from other absconders’ cases.
In the three cases against Sattar pertaining to charges of acting as facilitator, the sections dealing with the ATA do not apply on the MQM-P chief, stated the IO.