Sindh Assembly sees bitter exchange of words


Salahuddin Haider

Karachi—Barbs flew across Sindh Assembly hall as opposition members from Pakistan Tehtik-i-Insaaf, and MQM Pakistan joined hands to accuse the provincial government of meting step=motherly treatment to Karachi, which apart from country’s biggest city, was also the principal financer for Sindh .
The war of words began when the House, ruled by Peoples Party majority, rejected a PTI adjournment motion from Khurram Sher Zaman for greater funds for Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) . Angry at the PPP attitude to disallow discussion on Karachi needs, the MPA from Tehrik-i-Insaf expressed disappointment, and soon found rebuttal from senior Sindh Minister Nisar Khuhro.
With Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani in the chair, Zaman had a point to lament Sindh government’s neglect, especially on a sensitive issue of hygiene, saying that a mega city of 20 million souls, had turned into a garbage dump. The reason was refusal of the government’s to meet KMC requirements, suffering from fund shortages.
Jumping on his feet, Khuhro blasted Zaman for trying to be a hero and of attacking the honourable House. This led to a heated exchange of words between the two. The main opposition party in the House, MQM Pakistan saw in it a God-sent opportunity to take on the PPP, picking the federal administration as his target to point out that NEPRA too was hostile to people of Karachi. While energy costs were being reduced almost daily in the rest of the country, the tariff was surprisingly being raised in Karachi for K-E. This was highly unfair and injustice to the people of Karachi
Opposition leader Khawaja Izharul Hasan, picking up th4e cudgels on behalf of his party, ridiculed the Sindh government for China Cutting, saying it was being done under official patronage of Sindh Building Control Authority. This, was enough to ignite local government minister Jam Shoro, who took serious excepetion to Izhar’s remarks that provincial government was withdrawing step by step powers of the city government, which again showed its anti-Karachi policies. Shoro denied the accusation forcefully.
He also said that if someone was trying to rehabilitate parks and playgrounds in Karachi at its own coast, what was wrong in that.
His remarks was a rejoinder to Izhar allegation that parks and playgrounds had fallen victim to deliberate neglect, and now multi nationals and private sector was being handed over their possession to remake and rebuilt parks and playgrounds