Healing wounds of Sindh

DURING his long due visit to interior Sindh, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on Thursday, made several important announcements that raised expectations among under-privileged people of the area about change of their fate in times to come. Promising that his government will build a new Sindh, the Prime Minister announced a number of programmes and projects that have the potential to resolve fundamental problems of people of interior Sindh.
While appreciating Prime Minister’s pledge to heal wounds of Sindh and eradicate sense of deprivation prevailing in the province, one might ask why PML-N took so much time in arriving at this right conclusion. But this sense of deprivation is not because of any neglect on part of federation that provides due share of taxes to the province from federal divisible pool. Similarly, Federal Government has also been implementing mega infrastructure projects in the province both through its own finances and under the framework of CPEC. The question arises why the PPP Government, which has been ruling the province for the last about ten years, did not pay due attention to real problems of the people. Earlier, PPP had its own government at the Centre as well but things did not change for the better during that era because of lack of commitment and corruption. This state of affairs offered fertile ground to other political parties especially PML-N to make inroads in the province by introducing people-centric programmes and policies but unfortunately the party failed to take advantage of the situation. Had the Federal Government taken the initiative, it would have forced the PPP’s provincial government too to come out of inertia and compete in service delivery. Anyhow, now that the Prime Minister has announced important programmes and projects in the spheres of health and infrastructure, it is hoped that these would be carried out expeditiously so that their fruits reach to the people before next elections.

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