MQM Pakistan, under attack from the ruling Peoples Party in Sindh for the last three days, hit back with full force Monday charging the provincial administration with nepotism, massive corruption, and showing cold feet to rules and regulations.
Its rejoinder came from party’s important member in the Sindh Assembly and former minister, Faisal Sabzwari, who wanted to know as to what had happened the recovery of Rs crore, recovered from the house of a former information minister, now exiled in Dubai for fear of arrest.
In a lengthy reply, the MPA listed what could be a long charge-sheet against its former ally and coalition partner in the southern province. He wanted to know as to how could a party which had seized sugar mills and several other industries forcibly from its opponents, could talk against Mayor of Karachi and deny him the right to govern the city for being elected to the post by the people of the mega city.
He asked the PPP to reply as to why despite huge spending of Rs 1000 crore, not a single union council in Larkana, Shikarpur, Khairpur and Dadu, was cleared of garbage dumps or the people there were supplied clean drinking water. In the Sindh Assembly itself, a minority member of the MQM Pakistan raised the issue of Karachi turning into a heap of garbage. The chief minister was just doing a lip service of chasing shadows, for all his efforts at putting things right were nothing but a put-up show. The bureaucracy had turned deaf and dumb to his instructions as the directive from the chief minister to clean Karachi of garbage within 48 hours, was yet to show results. How could then he and his party’s senator Saeed Ghani, accuse the mayor of doing nothing for Karachi.
The Sindh government has tied the hands of the Mayor and chained his feet, doing a great injustice to a city like Karachi, where MQM has already proven itself worthy of citizens trust by changing the face of the city under its former Mayor, the MPA said.
Faisal Sabzwari, obviously issued the statement after approval from the party’s policy making Rabita Committee, reminded his rivals that the MQM during its days in power, had given jobs to people on merit, and not used employment as businesses to mint money. He said a province which had over half a dozen de facto chief ministers, used its secretariat more like commission agent’s office, rather than government departments to do something positive to the people.
The transfer and posting, promotions of officers and staff employed in the government were being done in flagrant violations of all rules and regulations. Even chief minister of the province, was handpicked. How could these people have face to accuse MQM of irregularities and and abuse of authority?, he asked.
He said the only gift the PPP had offered to Mayor was damaged roads, and stripped of powers, how could mayor deliver under these circumstances. He said that in 2009, KMC had 13,768 employees, today it had 12,900 employees. In 1998, Arshad Vohra, now deputy mayor of Karachi, had presented a formula for releasing money for the development of Karachi. Had that formula been accepted, the government may have escaped criticism which it was facing today.
He charged that of the Sindh budget of Rs 1000 billion, 90 percent of the allocation was reserved for rural areas, and urban areas were deprived of their rights,, Where is justice then> he wanted to know.